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Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
My wife drops them off at school, and I'm out the door just before 8am to catch the bus to work. We're a one-car family, and I love it the bus is great. There were about 15 on there this morning, and it's pretty much the same people. There's a guy who lives just around the corner, so we have a bit of a yak on the way down, or sometimes I put the iPod on and chill a little bit.
I usually have a walk around to try to make things nice and tidy so the place is looking good for when we open up. I'm the reader services librarian, so I'm in charge of the day-to-day running of the adult library making sure things are running smoothly, dealing with any problems that might occur.
I might have a staff member in to do some training. At the moment, I'm working through a training package that's been developed for libraries training the trainers.
I do a desk roster weekly and I supervise student shelvers who come in after school.
This morning, I went for a walk up Stafford St. We're taking part in a kete which Waimakariri Libraries are doing. They're trying to get all libraries in Canterbury to do an expose on their main street. It's kind of like a blog or archive kind of thing. It says it's a community-built digital library of art, cultural, heritage resources and knowledge.
So I started at the top of Stafford Street and worked my way down. They want old photos and new photos and also the history of the street. So I had quite a bit of fun taking photos. It's not really what you expect libraries to be doing, but the biggest thing is that no two days are the same.
Quite often I'll do desk duties out the front basically, I fill in. That's the really great thing about the job, the people contact.
I've been here for 25 years. I came in as the boy and I'm still the boy sometimes chief light bulb changer, and sometimes chief bouncer. Twenty-five years ago, jobs were fairly easy to come by. I decided when I was at school I didn't want to do university study, so I applied for two jobs one in a bank and one was here. I got offered three jobs two in a bank and one here, and I chose here, and it's been great.
No. I'm not a new-book sniffer ... but there's something about the feel of a brand new book ... I think the 25 years have gone really quickly.
This is a fun place to work. We have a laugh. The crew's great. No two days are the same I think it's that variety. I wouldn't be happy in an office signing papers. People contact is really important.
The borrowers are fantastic library users are great. Some of them aren't just borrowers; some of them have become friends. You see them so often, you know a little bit about them and their family, that sort of thing.
One of the biggest misconceptions is that we read all day. That's huge. We often get comments, "it must be great reading all day". That's far from it. I order books, but there's so much more. A book just doesn't come in, magically get covered, and magically get catalogued, that sort of thing. It goes on the computer so we know we've ordered it, it's checked in so we know it's in the building, it gets covered, catalogued, and from there it's ready to go. But that can take a little bit of time.
About 1200 new books come into the place a month. That's a lot of books, so a lot of work. People don't quite realise how much does go on. Various people do various things. We've got people dealing with other libraries wanting our books, somebody making up housebound bags for those who can't get in to the library. Volunteer drivers from the Red Cross deliver those. And there's somebody who deals with the overdues, and people who catalogue, and desk duties and shelving. There's a lot that goes on that people don't realise. It's like anything, really; until you've done the job, you don't know what's involved.
Sometimes there will be books that come back damaged. The most classic one somebody brought a book back and it had been attacked by the dog. It was called How to Train Your Dog.
It happens. Most people fess up. The odd one gets dropped in the bath. It'll be soaking wet and that's the death knell for them.
It's New Zealand Book Month in October, so today I've been busy trying to get some programmes together for that. We've got a couple of guest speakers, and we'll be running a New Zealand reading challenge.
I buy the fiction, and quite often we'll see two to three book reps a week. We try to offer as broad a selection as possible, everything from literary novels to a Mills and Boon paperback. But we can't buy everything. It's good to know your readers and know your stock, because it helps you determine what to buy.
There's very little science fiction and fantasy books being written at the moment. Chick lit used to be really big, but that's developed into the vampire romance stuff bonk and bite that's the hot thing at the moment. One of the bigger ones is the thrillers. A lot of authors are trying to write like Dan Brown, because in the past, they've been big sellers. It's become a genre.
I go for a walk at lunchtime. Then I usually go to a bookshop. I love books, and like to just keep up with what's out there. If I go to somewhere like Whitcoulls or Paper Plus and think, oh yeah, OK, such and such has just written a book that's OK, I've ordered it. I think it's a matter of keeping up to date.
You're definitely reading things that you wouldn't choose to on a personal level. That comes in with running the book club. The whole thing behind that is to challenge people to read outside their normal scope.
When I do the reading challenges, I might say you have to read a biography or science fiction. It's to get people out of their comfort zone. The main challenge is to pick something up and give it a go. People are often quite surprised.
I've got probably four separate projects on the go at the moment. There's always unexpected interruptions that you get. It might be somebody from a book-covering firm coming in, or a furniture place, in to say hi. That sort of thing.
I do a lot of Web 3.0 in my job, which involves running our library blog, and am also working on updating and creating a new library website. For the future, we're looking at Facebook and Flickr.
We're open late nights on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but I tootle out the door at 5pm and catch my big green bus back home. I'm home about 5.30pm, which is a good time. So I unwind a little bit, do the homework with the girls, and shoot some hoops I've got one in particular mad keen sportsperson who played netball and is playing basketball, so we have a father-daughter challenge and I get beaten fairly regularly.
We have tea, then get them off to bed. My wife's a Pippins leader and on the Gleniti School PTA, so quite often is doing those bits and pieces.
I'm a self-confessed Trade Me addict. That's my night-time hobby. Books. I do a bit of trading, and I use Trade Me to to see what books are selling for, for the books we have on our sales tables.
I generally tootle off to bed at about 11pmish, but I like to have a game of patience ... or usually more than one. I try to get three out in a row. And I've found a tenpin bowling game on the web. So sometimes it will be 11.30pm before I get to bed. Or sometimes I'll read.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Over 50 communities have already signed up through their designated Book Activist and will be picking their New Zealand book over the coming month. Five celebrities will also add their voices – picking their five favourite New Zealand books in categories from history to DIY.
There are a few big changes to the campaign. The first is that NZBM will be partnering with TVNZ and to do this, it’s had to move from September to October. It means that throughout October, there will be NZ writers and readers from across the country featured on TVNZ 6 and TVNZ online, promoting NZ literature.
The second big change is that there will be no Six Pack in 2009. The competition is on hold pending funding. However, the good news is that there will be a new public choice category in the Sunday Star Times Short Story Competition – where the public picks the winner – and that winner, as well as the open and youth section winners of the Sunday Star Times Short Story Competition will be announced in New Zealand Book Month.
“New Zealand Book Month 2009 is about taking the essence of our purpose home. Book Activists across the country are signed up and ready to bring their favourite Kiwi reads to their communities,” says Michele Powles, NZBM Director. “Already there is talk of art shows, dinner parties, speakers, school plays, author visits and so on – each community will be creating events to showcase their selected Kiwi read. Celebrities will be choosing their favourite reads and all this activity will be featured on Television and in Newspapers.”
Thursday, August 20, 2009
1959 - Timaru celebrated 50 years of Public Library Service - in the first 50 years more than 10,000,000 book issues have been made.
1979 - 7th May - Current Library was opened on Sophia Street. It was designed by Miles, Warren and Mahoney and opened by Sir Keith Holyoake.
1989 - Timaru City, Temuka, Geraldine Boroughs and the Strathallan County amalgamated to form the Timaru District and the Timaru District Libraries was born.
1997 - The new Temuka Library, Service Centre and Information Centre was opened in the revamped old Temuka Supermarket in King Street (the original building was built in 1911).
New Temuka Library, Service Centre and Information Centre
2003 - August - The new Geraldine Library, Service Centre was opened on the old Community Hall / Library on Talbot Street.
Old Geraldine Library
New Geraldine Library, Service Centre