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…

Book Review – The Library Book

As a librarian, visiting and learning about other libraries is a happy experience for me. Even if I’ve not visited the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) before, I feel like I have after reading Susan Orlean’s The Library Book. Orleans uses the story of the LAPL fire in 1986 to write and explore all things…

Library Visit 2019 – Hinchinbrook Shire Library

I came upon this library via serendipity. We stopped at the TYTO Complex in Ingham to have a look at the wetlands (where we saw a crocodile – yikes!). As I was meandering along at the complex, I stumbled upon the library! Whoa! What a great explorer I was! This was my 9th library visit…

Library Visit 2019 – Bundaberg Library

When I hear the word Bundaberg, the first things that come into my mind are normally rum and ginger beer. Is it the same with you? Well, let me erase those images from your mind and replace them with the word library instead – yes library. I was surprised to discover an amazing library space…

Library Visit 2019 – Childers Library

I visited the Childers Library during one of our lunch stopovers on the way to Bundaberg. This was my 7th library visit during a recent family road trip to Queensland. I’ve never been to Childers and I was amazed to find a thriving town with plenty of things to see and do. This was a…

Library Visit 2019 – Noosaville Library

So we were in Hastings Street, Noosa Heads when I decided that I would rather go to the library than walk around here watching a lot of pretentious people with their fedora hats drinking cafe lattes and buying overpriced items! The Noosaville Library was my 6th library visit during a recent family road trip to…

Library Visit 2019 – Woden Town Centre Library

We spent a month in Canberra searching for a suitable caravan and car for our road trip to Queensland. With all that time spent in the nation’s capital and with the city’s large number of library institutions, I’m amazed that I only visited one library here – the Woden Town Centre Library which I used…

Library Visit 2019 – Queanbeyan City Library

Today I incorporated a library visit with our caravan shopping. We went to the NSW service in Queanbeyan to enquire about registering a vehicle in NSW. The Queanbeyan City Library was the fourth library I visited during a recent family road trip to Queensland. PLEASE NOTE: Since I visited and wrote this review the Queanbeyan…

Library Visit 2019 – Holbrook Library

I visited the Holbrook Library on the same day I visited Euroa Library. We were still on the way to Canberra from Melbourne on a recent family road trip to Queensland. This was a short visit as we only really stopped by for lunch (not at the library but at the Submarine HMAS Otway). Date…

Library Visit 2019 – Euroa Library

I came about this library via a road trip stopover to Canberra from Melbourne (man, that was a LONG drive!) – making this my second library visit for this trip. So while my boys were looking at tanks and war memorial displays at Euroa – I went to the library. Of course! Date & time…

Library Visit 2019 – Ferntree Gully Library

This was the first library I visited during a recent family road trip to Queensland. So we were in the middle of looking at a van (Fiat Scudo) in Ferntree Gully (a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria) when we needed to print out a form for transferring vehicles (by the way we didn’t end up buying…

Reading Project 2018 – Useful, Usable, Desirable #8

Ok, Useful, Usable, Desirable: Applying User Experience Design to your Library by Aaron Schmidt and Amanda Etches is one of the books that my work bought after we did the User Experience (UX) training with Andy Priestner in July. Yes I have only read it now. It’s very popular and at this moment someone else…