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 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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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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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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August 7, 2016 by Sharee Cordes

Finding the middle ground.

  I have been involved in quite a few communities in the past, both in person and online, and I think there are two different ways that I instinctively engage.  Firstly, I tend to take on a leadership role in many of the groups I have been involved with.  I have well thought out ideas,…

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August 3, 2016 by Sharee Cordes

The Journey so far…

Hello Everyone and welcome to my blog! I have got a little away from the posed questions in my intro, but I think the story of how I came to be here is quite relevant to the Info Programs subject, so here it is… My name is Sharee and at the moment I find it…

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