Well, we all have busy lives and no mistake.  Sometimes it really is a challenge to get to the gym, but luckily your workout worries are over, for The Betty Glover Library Workout tape (ca. 1987) is here to help.  Tremendous.

Wow, that lady is scary.  Come on you “library desk-potatoes”, one and two, one and two…

Or if you’re really after a bit of physical exercise while you’re in Christchurch for conference, you could always just go for a walk around Hagley Park, hire a bike, or get a visitor’s pass for a local gym.


Wow, I’m really jazzed about this whole SOL Square evening on the second day of conference.  I’ve never been there before but if the following video is anything to go by it really will be a good night.

That pizza looks especially yummy but on the other hand recent adventures have given me a taste for French champagne (espesh Perrier-Jouët, dahlings) so La Petite Croix might be the way to go.

I’ve got to remember to get my SOL Square card sorted so that I can take advantage of associated discounts (I’m a sucker for loyalty cards anyway.  I’ve got a wallet full of those things) and then all I’ve got to worry about is what to wear…and how I’m going to manage going to sessions the next day.

Now that I’m a seasoned conference veteran (not that I like to skite or anything) what I’ve noticed is really useful is getting some idea about the location or “neighbourhood” of the conference beforehand (that mission to find the Metro station in Paris could so easily have been avoided with a little forward planning).

After all, I’ll need my wits about me to try and take in all the wonderful new ideas I’ll be exposed to at conference, I don’t want to expend precious brain or leg energy on an Odyssey to find a cash machine.

Just as well those bright sparks on the Promotions and Communications Sub-committee for LIANZA Conference 2009 have thought ahead and made this video for us.  What thoughtful gals they are…

I hear whispers there may be a handy-dandy map that goes with this video as well.  I’ll see if I can find it for you.  Stay tuned.

Today’s offering features a quirky musical vignette from Dunedin band Haunted Love in which librarians epitomise the saying that “Revenge is a dish best served cold”.

I don’t know about you but when I kill gum-chewing patrons it’s always in black and white…

According to the credits, filmed on location at Dunedin Public Library.  Can any other libraries in New Zealand brag that they’ve featured in a music video?

It’s not easy being green. Conferences can produce a lot of pollution and waste. That said, the annual LIANZA Conference is vital to our profession – it’s a chance for the community to network, showcase our stars, and share knowledge. So what can we as individuals do to lighten the impact on the environment? Check out the following clip on Youtube for green ideas:

This is the first in a series of clips highlighting a particular aspect of LIANZA Conference 2009 that have been put together by your erstwhile (and photogenic) Promotions and Communications team.  We’ll be posting more over the next few weeks so check back here often.

I don’t think I’m alone in my admission that indie-queen Parker Posey’s turn in 1995 film Party girl was a bit of an inspiration to me.  She goes to parties, steals couture and…works in a library.  In the scene below she lets loose the kind of sarcastic barrage towards a customer that I have always fantasized about delivering myself (but would never in a million years indulge in).

It’s soooo unprofessional (but pretty funny).

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Aussie comedy The Librarians is having a second season in Oz. Much in the same way as Paula Ryan’s comments on librarian ‘fashion’ made a lotta librarians grumpy, this series divided librarian viewers between those who found it droll and those who found it repulsive.

Here’s a clip from the latest series. What do you reckon? Close to the bone, or wide o’the mark?