A couple of days overdue on the September monthly review post, this round-up post has snuck into October instead.
The discussions sparked off by the series of posts about #mentoring have been great.
There’s plenty more discussions to be had to build on initial ideas – investigating the place of formal vs. informal mentoring, mentoring up & down, creating wider support networks for new grads, creating stronger support networks for first-time submitters for publication. It’s also sparked off ideas of how different approaches to mentoring might suit our diverse GLAM communities, and how we can make that happen.
I’m in the process of putting together my application to join up as a mentor for LIANZA’s formal mentoring programme – fingers crossed I will be accepted, and also that some new grads might actually want me as a mentor!
I’ve really enjoyed the conversations that these #mentoring discussions has sparked, & I’ve made new connections as a result. #win
So what’s the outcome for June 2013?
I’ve found the second month more challenging, as I’ve found myself having to take a different slant on some topics that I had already blogged about in May 2013. Not wanting to repeat myself, I’ve found that I have thought further ahead on the upcoming letters, explored different ideas, discarded some & developed others, and I have also searched further afield for potential adjectives to use each time.
I’ve found myself coming back to the key theme of having conversations with customers again & again, as a crucial & critical part of what we do as librarians, to create customer-centric libraries, collections & services. And yet, I find it harder & harder to find examples of people actually talking about the conversations that they are having with their communities.
Is it that we just do it as a matter of course, and we don’t talk about it?
Is it that we don’t do it, therefore, we don’t actually have anything to share?
I was cheered to see Senga White’s recent post about the conversations she’s been having with her customers, and how it is challenging her to find new ways of working. I want to find more examples of these types of conversations, from librarians who are making changes to their professional practice as a result on discussions with customers.
So what’s the outcome for May 2013?
It’s been an interesting, and challenging, month of blogging. A commitment to regular posts (a new post every 48 hours), focused on two key topics #customers and #collections, all with a degree of flexibility and creativity thrown in for good measure. I’ve found that setting specific parameters for my blogging has been a good way to reign in the audacious ideas that fizz in my head.
I’ve had positive feedback, interesting conversations and continued encouragement throughout May 2013 from all corners of the globe. I’m grateful that these posts are making folks think about their own professional practice, and that different posts have challenged folks to reflect on the ways in which their libraries engage with customers, how they manage & develop collections, and subsequently make connections between the two.
I feel there’s some common themes coming through, so we’ll see how that continues over June & July 2013, and the remainder of the #alphabet.
So what’s the outcome for this topic for February 2013?
Push it until it happens.
I *want* this to happen. I want NZ to lead the way. Show the world that it is possible.
It’s up to me to put my money where my mouth is. I’ve committed to improve my own Te Reo Māori skills this year. Next up is extending my skills in te reo Māori, gaining a greater of understanding of tikanga and increasing my waiata repertoire.
And somewhere along the line, I will refresh my NZSL skills.
I need to keep planting the seed to everyone I know in the GLAM industry to incorporate bilingualism into our training curriculum.
So my goals are to –
- Keep the discussion going.
- Find out who to lobby, who to influence and who will make this a reality.
- Find others to be part of this.
- Start the groundswell.
- Keep momentum going.
Make it happen.
So what’s the outcome for this topic for January 2013?
Unlikely to happen.
One card for use in all New Zealand public libraries won’t happen without significant buy-in across New Zealand.
A significant commitment of time & resources from all local government/authorities would need to happen before this project would become a reality. And not all public libraries are overseen by their local government authority, some are run as trusts (Horowhenua Library Trust) and other are run in partnership with other local institutions (Puke Ariki).
Despite significant cost savings, advocacy ‘wins’ with greater collection of useful and usable data, and an improved, synchronised debt collection process, I don’t see this type of project happening before I retire.