I was struck by this photo I found on Flickr, entitled 'There is hope wherever you look'. The photographer had written a haiku underneath the photo:
In friendly waters...
Caressed by a tender light..
Hope and love unfold...
by Ines Langs 2008The beautiful photo reminded me that there is always something to look forward to, and not to give up hope.
So, thinking along these lines I thought about the things I have to look forward to. I have one last assignment to do, and if I pass I will have completed my Grad dip in Applied Science and Library technology(or something like that!).
I have enrolled to attend a virtual 'webinar' in a week or so about gaming and libraries. What a very interesting topic. The Shanachie boys have produced a video on this topic called if you are not gaming you are losing. One of the librarians quoted in this production talks about her YA circulation statistics going up 200% after introducing gaming!!! The downside is that it starts for me in Australia at 4am!!
The annual QPLA conference is coming up again, and it is being held at the State Library in Brisbane instead of Bundaberg this year. Because it has been shifted, I am able to attend the conference for one of the days. Such a good time to listen and learn.
Also coming up in November is the Unconference, hosted by the State Library. I really can't wait for this one! Great chance to learn heaps about how librarians are implementing Library 2.0 technologies, and I get to hear Erik and Jaap from the DOK Library Concept Centre talk on telling the library's story. These guys, also known as the shanachie's, will also be at the New Librarian's Symposium being held in early December, so I get to hear them twice!!
What an amazing time of learning coming up for me - can't wait. Isn't that what libraries really are about? Encouraging life long learning regardless of what format it takes.