Sliding onto home base, gravel rash and all

It’s 4:54pm at the end of January, and I’m darned if I’m not going to miss out on yet another optimistic opportunity to connect with library and information professionals through the glittering world of blogging and an oddly north american sports metaphor.

#glamblogclub I am so pleased to meet you! Introduced c/o Clare McKenzie, whose 2016 ruminations got me thinking.

What did I learn in 2016?
I learnt that you can make a jump into the unknown, and it will be ok. A new job, a new childcare centre, these are serious challenges! I didn’t really realise how unfamiliar I was with blue sky thinking until it was actively encouraged and required. My modus operandi has usually been to see what can work within established rules and boundaries.

I learnt that it’s ok to try new things, especially in order to see what happens. Now look, we all know it’s ok to try new things, and change is the only constant we can rely on, but there is a subtle shift in that goal. It’s a good way to get some of that curiosity and chaos factor back into setting goals.

I learnt that if something is important enough to you, you will find a way to make it happen. Getting people on board to support a major inter-university collaboration in Sydney in 2017 was a major challenge last year, and although I had a few nos to deal with at the start, I just kept at it, and eventually things fell into place. People were in the right place at the right time, and this little cog could stop whirring in overdrive and slot back in concert with the rest of the machine.

I learnt that even if you want to do something really badly, it doesn’t have to happen the way you planned it. This happens every goddamn week I parent. Sometimes the routine will work, and sometimes it won’t. This might sound maddeningly glib, but it is a real sanity saver.
And I learnt that grief will stop you from doing things, but you won’t realise it until you reflect on all those things that just ground to a halt that time back a couple months ago. So that’s that.

What do I want to learn in 2017?
I’ll just keep it short, and refreshingly honest!
• How to write like a pro
• How I can make myself do things?
• How to finish things


Research data and the library

Usually I’m a tad sceptical about Elsevier’s goings on, however I watched a webinar recently and was so impressed I made some notes.

Research data and the library, Dec 8 2016.

Sarah Wright, Cornell University

  • Data information literacy research project
  • Schield et al (2004) excellent separation of data, statistical and information literacies
  • Carlson et al (2011)  comprehensive 12 facets of data information literacy competencies
  • Faculty often unsure of best practices or how to approach competencies themselves
  • Needs may not be as complex as you might thing – eg basic filenaming conventions.


Christian Lauersen, Copenhagen University Library

  • 3 x discipline focussed data labs set up across the Library campuses
  • It’s great to provide data but it’s useless without data literacy
  • Data labs have 3 roles: 1 events and instruction, 2 Facilitating and curating, 3 Community building


Anita de Waard, Elsevier


Carlson, J., Fosmire, M., Miller, C. C., & Nelson, M. S. (2011). Determining data information literacy needs: A study of students and research faculty. Portal: Libraries & the Academy, 11(2), 629-657.

Schield, Milo. “Information literacy, statistical and data literacy.” I ASSIST Quarterly 28.2/3 (2004): 6-11.

Once more with feeling!

It’s June 1. Well, it was quite recently. I’m about to start a new job in two weeks. I’m about to leave my old job in 1 ½ weeks. My child will start at a new daycare (terrifying). I have to finish #allthethings. I have to delete #allthedrafts and #alltheworkingcopies. I have less than 30 days to earn 30points for ALIA certified practitioner PD scheme. (I might take a sensibility pill right now and strike that off the list like the practical librarian in sensible shoes that I am.) How are people going with that one?

I committed to it yesterday, #blogjune that is, and although I alluded to the fact that a) this was supremely ridiculously timed what with #allthethings b) I’d probably not even get one post up on time, and c) heh, even thought I’d revive not one but two blogs (stay tuned for some linky link to my mummy blog) I am still going to Start Again.

And this is why:

  1. @sandysandy encouraged me with this post about #blogjune, and this kernel in particular: writing more, writing faster, writing better.
  2. Clare McKenzie named it. #blogjune is a writing sprint. It’s out of the ordinary, it’s intensive, and it’s often an ambitious goal. And although Clare’s writing about how her new job is not so new anymore, I realised I’m about to start a new job, (hah! as though I’d forgotten!) and all these things I’m thinking and reflecting on as i wrap up my current job, like what have I done, what have I learnt? recalibrating, letting go, getting ready for new challenges etc etc, will evaporate into the ether. I’ve always intended to write more, or even in fact to write, and so this seems like the perfect collective kick up the bum to do so.
  3. Marilyn Strathern  on writing, and the ‘initial loss of confidence’ (via the sociological imagination project.) You know, just stop what you’re doing write now and read that. This. This is vivifying. I’d always taken that loss of confidence as concrete evidence that I was a doomed procrastinator always destined to struggle against this very thing. So to hear someone actually chase it as an indicator that something exciting might happen…well. This might even change how I even approach video games!


an ardent love of online archives…

…impresses upon me to share this new online archive: The Australian Museum of Squatting. I’ve only had a quick review, but it looks like a good one to watch – starting out with summary histories of squatting in Australia through the ages, and of course, this is radical / anarchist variety of squatting, which is an ironic kind of antidote to the lauded colonial squat-ocracy which was popular in Australian school syllabuses. Remember when Australian history was all about villianous bushrangers, boring squatters and doomed explorers? There are promises for much more content to be added in the future – I’m looking forward to it!

Keeping it all up to date

So it’s week 2 of cpd 23 things. I’m in the middle of madly finishing my very final assessment for my Information Management qualification, and packing to venture forth to the UK on a long ago planned holiday which has come up rather quickly! Onto the plane tomorrow!*

Let it be known right now that over the next few weeks my participation will be sporadic, but enthusiastic when it does happen! With plenty of exclamation marks.

A couple of things of note that have crossed my path this week:

1. that tedxlibrarian shebang in Toronto – looking forward to seeing the presentations online from that!
2. a great paper by Seely Brown and Adler: “Minds on Fire: Open Education, the Long Tail, and Learning 2.0”
3. an interesting paper on blogging in a higher educational context which should beef up my resources on the whys and wherefores of blogging.
4. a very nicely worded lit review on blogging from a masters coursework perspective

*Why on earth am I posting this now? Because in the spirit of never enough time for professional development, and carpe diem, and some sharing is better than nothing, I feel I must do something!

joining in the cpd23 shenanigans!

Just quickly now, because it’s just past lunchtime and I’ve got a ton of work to do…

I found out about the cpd23 event through twitter, probably about a couple of weeks ago. I’d been thinking that I’d really like to get back into blogging – I used to keep a personal blog when I was an undergraduate creative type, and loved the opportunity to wax lyrical about new things I’d find on the internet, and explore the wonderful world of fanfiction.

I started this blog about 3 years ago, when I first began this epic journey towards information & knowledge management – which I like to describe as  “Libraries of the Future” (complete with a visionary type  pose not unlike Buzz Lightyear with knuckls on hips, a firm elevated gaze towards distant galaxies).  If you care to browse the archives, you’ll see that my persistence has been sporadic. Here now, however, is a distributed collaborative event which I hope to get right back onto the horse.

Stay tuned, because as Horatio is often reminded, “There are more things between heaven and earth…”

a word about web stats

Heheh! Reviewing this oft neglected blog, I had a quick look at my web stats. ftw! A weird spike in the last couple of days to the most recent post – and all because I’d posted a picture of danger mouse as a visual association I had while reviewing KM literature, to the DM logo, which got picked up by 5,000 searches for DM. That’s more traffic than I’ve ever ever dreamed of! No wonder cultural studies invests so heavily in pop culture – it’s got currency!

So. webstats in context. Always consider this. It may change my social media strategy.

That is all.

If this wasn’t such a quick post, I’d include a picture of michael jackson.