information flaneur

Everything I've written about librarianship

When access isn’t even access

Last week I attended auDA’s Australian Internet Governance Forum - something I’ve been wanting to do for a...

There never was a golden age of library blogging

For the last several years, many Australian librarians have participated in the annual ‘Blog Every Day in June’ - with...

Burn it all down

Imagine a colleague. She’s been hardworking, loyal and dependable her whole working life. Unfortunately, other than a late-career attempt...

Antifragile Libraries pt 2: Antifragile librarianship

In my last post we considered the idea of Antifragility and how libraries might consider making our collections more anti-fragile....

Technolust - the fifth column of the information counter-revolution

I'm going to start with a story about growing up in Tasmania in the 1990s. The economy wasn't great, with...

Not just an Academic question: Why Open Access matters for public libraries

I’ve been thinking about writing a post on Open Access for a while. The recent tragic death of Aaron...

Libraries as software - dematerialising, platforms and returning to first principles

Ever since I read Marcus Westbury’s article about Renew Newcastle, Cities as software, last year I’ve been thinking...

You need an R&D culture, not an R&D department

A couple of weeks ago, a tweet popped up in my feed just begging for a click-through: Yes. A thousand...

How do you measure the rate of mind expansion?

Gardening and the library No, I’m not talking about weeding. Anyone can plant some seeds and grow something -...