Shelving

Posted on April 27, 2011. Filed under: Fun Stuff | Tags: , , |

This via Stephen’s Lighthouse blog :

Wonder where I can get those shapes?

And more lovely and unusual shelves here too.

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New Poetry blog

Posted on January 4, 2011. Filed under: Poetry | Tags: , |

The poets on staff may be interested in a new poetry blog Rhymes Rudely Strung which was announced in the Matilda blog.

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Librarians of the World: Australia

Posted on March 16, 2010. Filed under: Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , , |

The Merry Librarian blog is a blog where library employees from all over the world can share the true library stories of their daily lives in public and academic libraries: as we know the most hilarious, disgusting, heartwarming, alarming, shocking and ridiculous things happen in a library every day.

But now The Merry Librarian has decided to host our first ever “Librarians of the World” month, exclusively featuring stories from librarians outside of the United States and March 2010 will be dedicated to those fearless librarians working down under in Australia.

There are already two stories for us to read:

Giving Harry Potter a hand . . . downunder and Kama Sutra, Australian style.

Heidi

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Welcome to our new communication tool!

Posted on December 11, 2009. Filed under: Blogging, Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , |

We now have a new blog! No need to logon to view. But you will need to use the username and password sent to you by email to add a post.

Everybody is welcome to add information, tips, tricks, jokes, anything… Just add your name or initials to your post.

You can subscribe to the blog and you will be notified when a new post is added.

Happy blogging…

Patou

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Interesting blog

Posted on September 3, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Lifehacker Australia is a fun and interesting blog giving “tips and downloads to help you at work and play.”

Alongside technical news such as JavaScript Options Controls What Web Site Scripts Can Do and Five Best Disk Defragmenters there is more offbeat stuff like
Curing Insomnia With Online Tools (my very next read), Boost Your Brain’s Health With Loud Music, Use A Tea Bag To Freshen Small Spaces and the absolutely essential why-has-nobody-done-it-before-now Learn To Throw A Knife.

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Blogger Tips – Introduction

Posted on August 17, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

I’ve been asked to write some blog posts to refresh the memories about blogging of those staff who have completed the SLNSW Public Libraries Learning 2.0 Activities course. For those staff who haven’t yet given the Libraries 2.0 a go, take the plunge now, it’s a lot of fun.

So back to basics for this first post. What is a blog?

The word blog is a contraction of the word weblog. A blog is a specific type of website.
The main features of a blog which make it different from a regular website include:

  • Content is presented in an ongoing series of data entries or posts – kind of like a diary or journal
  • Posts are displayed in reverse chronological order with the most recent entry on top so the latest news or information is easy to identified
  • There are Comments areas that allow for reader feedback regarding posts
  • Links can be incorporated to other websites, other blogs and a variety of other links
  • Pictures and videos can be embedded in posts to enhance the content or give more information
  • Posts are given topical tags which enable readers to find similar posts

The content and purpose of blogs vary enormously; some are personal diaries, some focus on a specific subject such as politics or travel, and some are primarily “newsy” and informational.

Blogs are being used in libraries to communicate with borrowers/customers, to provide Readers Advisory through book reviews and to highlight collections, events and exhibitions. Blue Mountains City Libraries have several blogs running (take a look if you aren’t familiar with them):

And we are using this blog to enhance communication between staff and for professional knowledge sharing. Don’t be shy about posting and sharing something that you have found interesting.

Here are some examples of how other libraries are using blogs:

Here is a short video about blogging (you’ll need to watch it between 12pm and 2pm because it’s on Youtube):

Now, if you didn’t do the SLNSW Public Libraries Learning 2.0 Activities course, give it a go, there are video and written instructions on how to start your own blog in Week 2.

If anyone has problems with any aspect of blogging I may be able to help, just give me a call.

If anyone has a topic you would like me to cover in these Blogger Tips posts, just let me know.

Heidi
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Everybody is a-blogging…

Posted on July 29, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Apart from the HSC Legal Studies: News Watch (covered in this blog earlier), the State Library has 3 more newly established blogs:

Exploring Heritage

Join Stephen Martin for lively and stimulating discussions about the displays and items in the Nelson Meers Heritage Collection gallery.
Join Scott Wajon, Lang Ngo and Alan Davies for discussions about this exciting project to digitise 3,500 glass plate negatives documenting the 1870s gold rush era in New South Wales and Victoria.

Join Jennifer Berryman for discussions about the eRecords project, the highlights and discoveries being made along the way.
Patou

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