information flaneur

Everything I've written about libraries

Dreaming bigger

Balance I missed the deadline for the GLAMBlogCLub in November, ironically because I was going through a month that was...

Dumb luck, fear, and patriarchy

Where am I? It’s a question begged by this month’s GLAM Blog Club theme “How I ended up...

Libraries are trust all the way down

Everything about the modern public library involves calculations of risk, and decisions about trust. We lend things to people, and...

Zoia Horn’s Library: protecting your users’ privacy with Tinfoil

In February I presented a paper at the VALA 2016 conference. The basic argument of my paper was that the...

Antifragile Libraries pt 1: Antifragility and collections

I recently read Nassim Nicholas Taleb's excellent book Antifragile: how to live in a world we don't understand. It's a...

Addressing Selection Criteria in public library job applications

Last week I was part of a panel session organised by the ALIA New Graduates group. Katherine Gallen, Kim Tairi...

#Ausvotes 2013 and the Library and Information Agenda

On July 10th ALIA released The Library and Information Agenda, intended as a lobbying document for political parties and candidates...

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...

Julia Gillard, Terry Deary and the cultural problems with libraries

On Sunday Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced a new 'Reading Blitz' program for primary school students. As I read...

On relevance, standards and collaborative leadership

Regular readers of this blog will have noticed an absence of posts over the last few months. After a recent...

Winter is coming for copyright slumlords

Did you hear?  Game of Thrones is now the “most illegally copied” television show of the season, and Australians top...

A failure of imagination - the problem with format neutrality

I often hear librarians promoting their ‘modern librarian’ credentials by saying “it’s about the information, not the container”.  By...

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...

From selection and recommendation to curation and suggestion

A couple of weeks ago I went the the VALA 2012 conference and saw an inspiring keynote closing address from...

Using risk-reward calculations in the library

Since my post before Christmas on maximising the idea-generating ability of libraries, I’ve been thinking a bit more about...