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 – 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 – 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…

UX Research & Design Training

I was lucky enough to attend my work’s User Experience (UX) Research & Design training with UK’s UX trainer and consultant, Andy Priestner. It was a 4-day workshop and during that time, Andy introduced and showed us how we could apply UX research and design techniques in libraries. I’ve always thought that the term ‘UX’…