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November 4, 2016 by Sharee Cordes

Could we dig deeper?

Contribution to the learning community Sometimes I thought that my role in the learning community could probably be called that of antagonist, but this word has such negative connotations I am loathe to use it, so I have decided on a different title – ‘thought provoker’.  According to the Oxford Dictionary, an antagonist is ‘a…

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October 28, 2016 by Sharee Cordes

From Oldendayism to Participation 2.0 – the potential of local history

(You may be wondering what this has to do with pop-culture, but I assure you that family and local history is very ‘pop’ with the older set – and also Kate told me this would be the best week for this review – thanks Kate!) Recently I have been involved in a couple of the…

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October 24, 2016 by Sharee Cordes

Our places – a quote from David Carr

I just love this quote from Professor David Carr (who unfortunately passed away earlier this year), the beginning quote from his book Open Conversations: Public Learning in Libraries and Museums so I thought I would share it here – it’s a great thing to keep in mind… “Our places, being the kinds of places they…

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October 22, 2016 by Sharee Cordes

Library as Place of Refuge – the not so obvious role of libraries in serving children and teenagers.

Where do you go if your life is in turmoil, and you need somewhere to hang out that feels safe and has things to do that take your mind off your troubles?  For many children the answer is the library. Libraries play a not so obvious role in the lives of many children and teens…

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October 10, 2016 by Sharee Cordes

What are the user needs?

How do we know what the needs of our user actually are?  I feel like we talk about how important it is to meet our user needs, but how do we actually know what they are?  Surveys would be a great way to find out, but I’m sure we’re not going to be able to…

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October 10, 2016 by Sharee Cordes

Research Support – get out of jail free card

I look forward to reading everyone’s thoughts on research librarians, but I am going to give posting a miss this week to concentrate on some other assignments.

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September 21, 2016 by Sharee Cordes

What on Earth are we doing here?

What are we doing here?  What is the role of the library and who decides?  There is no doubting that libraries are changing rapidly, they are going in a whole new direction from the silent tomes they used to be.  As new, enthusiastic and educated librarians we have lots of beliefs and ideas on the…

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September 11, 2016 by Sharee Cordes

They kicked him out of the library!

My daughter-in-law told me a sad story this evening.  Her brother was visiting the library when his carer decided to read The Hunger Games to him.  I’m not sure if he was enjoying it or not, but he expressed his feelings with some rather loud vocalisations  – the only way of communicating for this young…

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September 2, 2016 by Sharee Cordes

Readers Advisory – Amazon vs the Library

Following on from our very interesting twitter chat on readers advisory, I thought it would be interesting to do a service review with a difference – Amazon vs the Library! The Amazon advisory service was easy to access at any time, whereas a search for any online or out of hours advice from my local…

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August 28, 2016 by Sharee Cordes

‘Participatory’ – it’s hard enough to say, even harder to get your head around!

‘Participatory’ comes from the root ‘participate’.  Sounds easy enough, it must be getting people to come in and be involved in my programs right?  Well, sort of, but I think it is much more than that so I thought I would explore this concept a bit more. There is a lot of literature about participatory…

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