Quiet please, were thinking about what sessions to go to

Quiet please, I'm standing on a Dalek thinking about what sessions to go to

What are the sessions that might lure in librarians from the public library sector? Here’s a few possibilities, feel free to add your own ideas in the comments field:

  • 3M Award for ‘Innovation in Libraries’ Finalists Presentation. This is really a conference highlight. The finalists aren’t necessarily from public libraries, but the innovations are ideas tested at the coal face. This prestigious peer voted award  has been won by initiatives from public libraries or with a public library input – Manukau City Libraries Tupu – Dawson Road Youth Library project (2002) and in 2005 by AnyQuestions (National Library with Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Manukau Public Libraries) and eLGAR – Auckland City, Waitakere, Rodney, North Shore and Manukau Libraries Smarter Systems Project (2006)
  • On Wednesday 14 October 1.00pm is the PubSIG AGM
  • Aotearoa People’s Network: facing the future  presented by Sue Sutherland and Margaret Garland. A must for all public librarians – find out about the impacts and opportunities that the Network has ushered in. This session will be looking at the possible options and directions for the APN and Public Library partnership.
  • Customer education: what is the point?  This session is presented by Kim Clayton and Rebecca Waechter of Wellington City Libraries.  They decided to review customer education to find what customers needed, when they needed it and how they wanted to receive it. Nearly a thousand customers were consulted and this led to interesting results – assumptions were questioned and current procedures reviewed. It’ll be interesting to discover what their conclusions are.
  • Revitalising libraries for the self serve generation. Joanne Smith was awarded the Margery C Ramsay Scholarship by the Library Board of Victoria in November 2008:
  • The scholarship has provided the opportunity to research innovative libraries throughout Australia and New Zealand and look at formulae for success in targeting displays, signage, layout and staffing to local users. This presentation will highlight my research on the changing face of customer service in this self serve age, identifying the changing way the community “shops” and how this should influence the design and layout of libraries in the future.

    You might also bear in mind:

  • The librarian as a bookseller: empowering the profession to take their knowledge to the reader John McIntyre
  • Manukau Libraries RFID – The Times They Are A Changin’ Corin Haines and Mirla Edmundson

Really there is an embarrassment of riches for those of us in the public library sector, and the keynote speakers will be touching on issues and ideas that resonate – & stimulate.