I’m tired, my head is spinning. You’ve done it to me APLIC18

Quick notes courtesy of some great tweets. And by the way, how great is twitter for conferences and talks?  We even had a #APLICleftbehind hashtag. Was it only ten or so years ago that tweeting at a library conference was like being the naughty child, with disapproving librarians tsking tsking around me? Now it’s just so powerful. And thankyou to Uti for curating the tweets on wakelet

Random thoughts in no particular order…

Loved just catching up and connecting with people – so much of what I do is online or remote and it was just nice putting faces to names. Seeing the familiar and meeting up with new people – these F2F interactions cannot be underestimated.

Keynotes (which were all recorded and will be available within the month)

Lucy Bloom – putting on a daring, roaring, out there woman to start APLIC18 was a great idea – got me snorting at her birth story and Brazilians and made anything possible.

Opeta Alefaio – I met Opeta in Fiji last October as part of the accreditation visit. We didn’t have a lot of free time, but made time to visit the National Archives of Fiji at Opeta’s urging/invitation. What fantastic stories and the impact of the archives is so powerful. When archives go out to communities – people connect, find out about their heritage, their past. Impact of outreach to build influence and credibility.

Dave Snowden – the name rang a big bell, but it was only after I realised that David Snowden was big in knowledge management when I studied KM at uni in the early 2000s. I found you smart but annoying, dropping lots of ideas and theories into such a short amount of time – but I will watch your keynote again for the bits I need. His conference dinner reflection: the dance of the librarians. Slides from keynote and a TEDx (5 mins) to watch for later.

Christine Mackenzie / INELI-Oceania. This was a late entry into the conference as a keynote pulled out a week prior, but really glad that this was included. It fit so well with the ALIA focus on SDGs, with publications such as Australian libraries support sustainable development goals. Libraries have the potential to have real impact on people’s lives, and expect more on this. This cannot be underestimated. And we do have a place in the Pacific.

Michael Stephens. What an absolute joy and pleasure to see Michael in action with such an impassioned keynote to end the 3 days. I met Michael online many years ago he was probably one of the first library people I connected with online. I took part in the Hyperlinked Library MOOC and when I found out that Michael would be speaking at APLIC I messaged him, asking him if he would come to Canberra…and he did! Carl and I spent a lovely day with Michael and his partner Steve, and we just connected. The best. What a gentle, thoughtful, inspirational person. A friend.

It was so lovely to meet up with Michael at APLIC18. Michael invited Carl and I to Michigan and we will come one day I know. But the joy was seeing Michael’s keynote, the slides don’t tell the whole story. I loved Michael’s movement, his sudden realisation that he had a monitor to see his slides!…his humanity. This is my kind of stuff. Refective practice. Responsibilty. Open mindedness. Whole heartedness. Always learning.

The heart of librarianship. We listen. We teach. We build community. We welcome everyone.

We have the tech. We do the tech. But with heart.

Lead from the heart. Learn from the heart and play from the heart.

I also really thought the four spaces of the public library model that Michael referenced was so applicable and usable…the library for inspiration space, learning space, meeting space, performative space.


And books. I loved the book stuff. As a profession we often hear people say things like “oh you’re a librarian – it must be so nice sitting around and reading books/ being around books blah blah blah…” I didnt’ hear the author panel but followed on twitter, but I loved the author signings and the free books. How great to be at an event where there are books – great to have the publishers involved! I only left with two btw.

Part two to follow…where I talk *vibe*


Not sure what to call this post.

‘The other night I heard and saw one of the fathers of the internet?’ We shall see

[Can’t actually believe that it’s been a year since I last blogged? Lots of conversations around these days about perhaps going back to blogging, longer reads, away from Twitter…again…we shall see. I do enjoy longer form writing and I do quite deliberately not engage in some of the Twitter convos these days. I do like Twitter for links and staying in touch with colleagues around the world…it makes library land closer and i love the sharing].

Anyway back to Vint Cerf. I have been going to quite a few ANU talks after work these days- usually one a week on the way home from work, often an author/book launch. But last week it was the annual J G Crawford Oration at the ANU – Vinton G Cerf, vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google .

Vint arrived in Australia that day, flew to Canberra, had a formal ANU lunch, went over to Tidbinbilla Deep Space Tracking Station and then presented the JG Crawford Oration – all in a day. He has since been to UNSW and is probably now back in the US.

Vint is known as one of the fathers of the internet having co-developed internet protocols TCP and IP with Bob Kahn.

His talk was partly historical with some great photos of early computing and internet, and then his current work developing interplanetary protocols for deep space- the interplanetary internet. [My personal feelings on the development of the interplanetary internet is can’t we get it right or better on earth, can’t we spend this money on more pressing concerns like climate change?]

His two slides on the unfinished internet…


these are my notes on some of his points from these slides…

the need for transparency

not to oversell or become overly dependent on AI,

computers were meant to give us time to do other things…

wants public to be sceptical

Vint stated that his frustration was that technology was used to harm, and his response to this was

  • find tech means to stop bad behaviour on the internet
  • develop global laws to enforce
  • and to call out bad behaviour – “don’t do that – it’s wrong” and he commented that this is increasing, norms arising now to call out bad behaviour.

The last part of the evening was 15 minutes in conversation with Professor Genevieve Bell, who is head of ANU’s 3A Institute – that’s Autonomy, Agency and Assurance. I have heard G Bell a few times over the years- the first time many years ago at NLA when Genevieve was with Intel working as an anthropologist. I think that increasingly the work that the 3A Institute was developed to do is so important … ” to build a new applied science around the management of artificial intelligence, data and technology and of their impact on humanity”, from https://cecs.anu.edu.au/3a-institute

Genevieve commented that over the formal lunch on that day she had detected a thread of anxiety about the future and asked Vint for two ways people could build a positive future.

His reply

  1. Be serious about digital literacy. Do not underestimate the fragility of digital content. The medium is not guaranteed. He asked us to think about our phones and all the pictures we take. He said that when he is asked about the best way to keep photos he says, print them out on good quality paper and they should last 100, 150 years.
  2. Critical thinking – activate and encourage critical thinking. Information overload was pre-internet. Had anyone ever read all the books published? Seek out trustable sources. Consume. Reject. Think. Seek.

Two pretty obvious spaces/opportunities for libraries – where libraries are and should be.

Oh, and of his work as Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, Vint works and travels for the 3.8 billion people that are not online. He evangelises (?) the internet as a means of increasing health and income outcomes. Making the internet useful!

Kathryn asks the question – what’s your blog all about?



  • life, including bereavements
  • family
  • parenting
  • music
  • movies
  • reading
  • some library?

In fact if you want to know, my most popular post ever is ….

da da

Holy farting Birkenstocks – true. I think because it is a problem (suction, air, farting noises at times)

I guess it has always been more of a blog of bits of me with no special emphasis.

Why don’t I blog about my profession? Not sure, do I need topics to guide?

Truth right now is that I busy just learning my job these days, and I am doing the best jigsaw right now (pic to come sometime), and a few projects being hatched that are taking my energy and time right now.

What I know i missed through not taking part in #blogjune is the community.

Someone, not someone, a dear friend…sent me an email today.

A photo of a rainbow and the wish that i had rainbows in my line of sight…


Dont want to feel anxious about a bunch of projects at work, so concentrating on other things right now…

Started reading ‘all the light we cannot see’

And just back from the movies with a poet friend ‘a silent passion’

And that rainbow.

Life is good.


#glamblogweekly like the idea of a weekly blog

I love that I learn. I learn what I love. I love that I live. I sometimes (still) surprise myself.

What did I learn in 2016?

grab opportunities – a new work opportunity came up, and I embraced it, grabbed it and I love it! I left almost 13 years in an academic library to work at ALIA in this job. Now I’m working across all types of libraries, and the LIS and GLAM sector.

don’t let things slide – like the old frog happily sitting in a pot of water that is slowly coming to the boil…I don’t want to let things slide like they did…I was unhappy. I acknowledge that. But I couldn’t move on. Or wasn’t looking in the right directions. I was fighting bureaucracy and the system. I was letting my unhappiness consume me. Some things you can change. And some things you cannot – so acknowledge and work with it or acknowledge and move on.

what goes around sometimes comes around again – in a past life/job I was an employment counselor, and a (small) part of my job now is talking to people about working/studying/possibilities in the LIS sector.

moving on doesn’t mean losing touch – hangouts, Skype, email, Instagram – they are all great ways for me to stay in touch with colleagues. And I am co-presenting a paper at ALIA Online next month with a special colleague and friend.

i waste time – not so new this revelation, but trying for more purposeful reading and reflecting for 2017

life never stands still  – now is my/our time to travel – the kids have left home (mostly)

*don’t fight myself – seriously, my worst enemy is me. always.



*this one has really nothing to do with 2016. ongoing!


Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) has been around for a few years now but I suspect it will really gain real traction in 2017…

I saved this just last month from the Guardian – The complete guide to virtual reality.

AR mentioned in 2017 Trends, AR in Facebook as a trend for 2017.

But the difference between AR and VR…as the Guardian story says….’While virtual reality is about immersing you in an entirely virtual world, viewed through a screen in your headset, the real world outside you isn’t part of the experience – at least not until you trip over the cat or accidentally knock out your child while immersed elsewhere. But augmented reality, as the name suggests, is about augmenting or adding to reality reality. You might be looking at your cat or up your street, but there could be digital characters and content overlaid on them’.

Aurasma is an AR app. I can see the use for it especially in teaching/learning.

Pokemon Go was a huge hit in 2016 so 2016 was probably the year that AR became mainstream.

Pokémon Go traffic advisory

Pokémon Go traffic advisory


Credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pok%C3%A9mon_Go_traffic_advisory_(day-crop).png

Great idea and something that I know higher education are doing to a great or not so great degree.

These types of apps do need to be interactive…not just a bunch of links and maps/floorplans (although maps v useful!) but really helpful stuff and social media feeds. The orientation and transition…that first 6 weeks of uni or school is so very important!

It did make me take a look at what is happening in this space in HE in Australia. But it’s the wrong time of year and orientation for 2017 is still a way off so I was unable to find any orientation apps just now that fit this.