Book Review – Dumbing Us Down

You know, I don’t even remember how I came across this book or why I even ordered it from my library. Maybe I was listening to a podcast about finding flow and the author’s name (John Taylor Gatto) was referenced at one point. And I was impressed with the idea of the book – more…

VALA Virgin

As you know I have an insatiable desire to learn about EVERYTHING – but for the purpose of this blog – I am mostly writing about professional learning. Yes this time I had the opportunity to attend the VALA 2020 conference for the first time! Wow. Finally! It’s been my dream ever since I started…

Data Unleashed – The data we’ve always had

Last week I attended a workshop called Data Unleashed hosted by LINC Tasmania. As the name suggests, the session was about the data collected by and are readily available from LINC Tasmania and other libraries and government institutions. Speakers discussed their use of available data for research, work and creation of informational products. Three LINC…

My DIY Presentation

My Abstract Proposal Last year, I submitted an abstract proposal to become a speaker at the 8th New Librarians Symposium (NLS8). To my surprise, it (the abstract proposal, which was in the form of an HTML file) got accepted. “Hurrah!”, I thought, “I’m off to Canberra in June!” My Mentor I participated in the NLS8’s…

My NLS7: The beach ball connection

I really, really, really wanted to attend NLS7. I’ve put in a proposal for a presentation but that was rejected. I’ve put in an application to become a volunteer but again that was rejected. I nearly lost all hope when suddenly….I saw a call out for a competition┬áto win a registration pass. All I had…