EAST-IN SIG (East Coast Special Interest Group)

To form a focus group for information specialists in the East Coast/Hawkes Bay Region.
To conduct continuing education for information professionals.


Membership is open to all Librarians in the East Coast Region of the North Island.
Membership is $10 per annum.
LIANZ Membership is not a requirement, but desirable.

Membership application can be obtained from treasurer Diane Friis dfriis at eit.ac.nz
(note: all one word replace the word at with @)

Committee 2009-10

The current comittee is:

Convenor: Jenny Cutting
Secretary: Jeannie Wright
Treasurer: Diane Friis
Blog: Kim Salamonson

Committee: Sheryl Reed, Sue Fargher, Kim Salamonson, Paula Murdoch, Jennifer Cutting, Diana Cram, Pat Money, Karen Tobin, Rae Jones, Maureen Roache,

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Why Blog?

Why Blog you ask?

Why Blog

The word “blog” is one of the most popular words on the internet today. This buzz word is one of the most popularly searched terms on the net because increasing numbers of people are trying to figure out what blogging is all about. A blog is a web log, or an online public diary or journal that is written for others to read. You can create blogs…

Read more › http://www.lianza.org.nz/community/341/forums/internet/blogging-why-blog-you-ask

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

EAST-IN SIG page / forum on the LIANZA Website

Have you been reading the EAST-IN SIG page / forum on the LIANZA Website?
Then why noy have a look. I will be blogging more and more on the LIANZA website and less on the EAST-IN SIG blog.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Five Laws of Library Science

Dr. Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan (1892–1972) of India was an inventor, educator, librarian, and a philosopher. His early education was of a mathematics background. Using this systematic way of thinking, he later applied this to his work in library science. His most notable work was on library classification and administration.[2] He went abroad to study librarianship at the University College of London, working under W.C. Berwick Sayers.

He was a university librarian and professor of library science at Benares Hindu University (1945–47) and professor of library science at the University of Delhi (1947–55). The last appointment made him director of the first Indian school of librarianship to offer higher degrees. He was president of the Indian Library Association from 1944–53. In 1957 he was elected an honorary member of the Federation Internationale de Documentation(FID) and was made a vice president for life of the Library Association of Great Britain.[3]

Ranganathan made fundamental contributions to world library and information profession.

The Five Laws of Library Science are some of the most influential concepts in the field of library science. Since they were published in 1931, these five laws “have remained a centerpiece of professional values...”.[4] In fact, these basic theories of Library Science continue to directly affect the development of this discipline and the service of all libraries.

These laws are:
1.Books are for use.

2.Every reader his [or her] book.

3.Every book its reader.

4.Save the time of the reader.

5.The library is a growing organism.

First law: Books are for UseThe first law constitutes the basis for the library services. Ranganathan observed that books were often chained to prevent their removal and that the emphasis was on storage and preservation rather than use. He did not reject the notion that preservation and storage were important, but he asserted that the purpose of such activities was to promote the use of them. Without the use of materials, there is little value in the item. By emphasizing use, Ranganathan refocused the attention of the field to access-related issues, such as the library's location, loan policies, hours and days of operation, as well as such mundanities as library furniture and the quality of staffing.[4]

 Second Law: Every reader his or her bookThis law suggests that every member of the community should be able to obtain materials needed. Ranganathan felt that all individuals from all social environments were entitled to library service, and that the basis of library use was education, to which all were entitled. These entitlements were not without some important obligations for both libraries/librarians and library patrons. Librarians should have excellent first-hand knowledge of the people to be served. Collections should meet the special interests of the community, and libraries should promote and advertise their services extensively to attract a wide range of users. [4]

 Third Law: Every book its readerThis principle is closely related to the second law but it focuses on the item itself, suggesting that each item in a library has an individual or individuals who would find that item useful. Ranganathan argued that the library could devise many methods to ensure that each item finds it appropriate reader. One method involved the basic rules for access to the collection, most notably the need for open shelving.[4]

Fourth Law: Save the time of the readerThis law is a recognition that part of the excellence of library service is its ability to meet the needs of the library user efficiently. To this end, Ranganathan recommended the use of appropriate business methods to improve library management. He observed that centralizing the library collection in one location provided distinct advantages. He also noted that excellent staff would not only include those who possess strong reference skills, but also strong technical skills in cataloging, cross-referencing, ordering, accessioning, and the circulation of materials.[4]

Fifth Law: The library is a growing organismThis law focused more on the need for internal change than on changes in the environment itself. He argued that library organizations must accommodate growth in staff, the physical collection, and patron use. This involved allowing for growth in the physical building, reading areas, shelving, and in space for the catalog.[4]

With kind permission from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_laws_of_library_science

Google Body latest from Google

Google Body is a detailed 3D model of the human body. You can peel back anatomical layers,
zoom in, click to identify anatomy, or search for muscles, organs, bones and much much more. You can also
share the exact scene you are viewing by copying and pasting the URL. A great way to explore the human body.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Ikaroa Hui day 2 : Biculturalism “Information seeking behaviour of secondary school students”

Biculturalism “Information seeking behaviour of secondary school students”
Spencer Lilley Massey University.
Spencer Lilley thesis for his Phd.
Information failure, he was from a small town and first generation university attendee.
and of course to complete his Phd had hoped to fnish it in 2009.
key questions
Why don't maori use libraries (more)?
Where do maori students go for information?
How can we as information professionals make a difference?
How do maori students make sense of the world they live in.
What infor information barriers exist for maori students  and do they vary according to context?
Method. A mixed methods approach was undertaken through a questionnaire and focus group interviews with Maori students aged 16 and over in years 11-13 at four different secondary schools.
Several levels and lines of consent
Analysis. Quantitative analysis was carried out on the questionnaire data from 139 respondents. Qualitative analysis on the transcripts from the forty-five participants in the focus group interviews was carried out. Research results reveal that the students are not always able to access the information they want due to its 'unavailability', or they perceive the information as being incorrect. Access to information technology and the Internet remain significant barriers to overcome. The study revealed that the types of barriers encountered by students varied according to the cultural context they were seeking the information in.

Friday, November 19, 2010

East-In SIG Christmas Function and Quiz

The East-In SIG Christmas Function and Quiz was attended by 34 Library staff from Central Hawke's Bay Libraries, Hastings District Libraries, Napier Libraries and EIT Library Staff. A great time was had by and Kim was the Quiz Master. 7 teams in the quiz were challenged by question on topics diverse as Science, Music, Literature, General knowledge, New Zealand, and a Picture category.
Fun was had by all and the EIT team can out winners followed by Napier and in third place Havelock North/ Flaxmere combination. Well done to all.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Kindle release 14 day loan ebooks

Amazon Announces 14-Day Kindle Ebook Lending

October 24, 2010 - 5:50pm — Bibliofuture

It was only a matter of time. Amazon will be introducing a 14-day lending feature for Kindle ebooks later this year, the Kindle team announced yesterday.

The move brings the Kindle up to date with Barnes and Noble’s rival Nook ereader, which touted 14-day book lending as a key feature since it launched last year. And just like the Nook, Amazon says that you won’t be able to read ebooks while they’re lent out. The feature won’t be available for all ebooks either, as it will be entirely up to publishers and rights holders to enable it.

Full article in the NYT http://www.nytimes.com/external/venturebeat/2010/10/23/23venturebeat-the-end-of-the-nook-amazon-announces-14-day-54464.html?ref=technology

Sunday, October 17, 2010

FREE Christmas Function & Quiz night

Join your colleagues for a fun-filled Christmas get together. Drinks and nibbles provided. (Please specify any food allergies with your RSVP). Get your team of 3-4 people together and RSVP today...
RSVP to: Sheryl Reed

by 29th October 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Massey Librarians Double Finalists in Innovation Awards

Massey Librarians Double Finalists in Innovation Awards
by Massey University Library

Massey librarians have taken out two of the three finalist spots in the national 3M Innovation in Libraries Award.
Spencer Lilley and Sheeanda Field, library Māori Services staff, were shortlisted for developing the Ngā Kupu Ora Māori Book Awards. Heather Lamond, head of Distance Library Service, is a finalist for the library’s sustainable strategic approach to online tutorials.

Well done Spencer, Sheannda and Heather and well done Ikaroa Region, haven't we done well. Ikaroa Region are innovative and can do anything!


Monday, September 20, 2010

Ikaroa Hui : Dinner (Te Haonui - Open to all) with an after dinner speaker: Gareth Hughes MP on the “State of the Libraries”

Dinner (Te Haonui - Open to all) with an after dinner speaker: Gareth Hughes MP on the “State of the Libraries”
Gareth Hughes was entertaining yest at the same time informative and waas supportive of Libraries. He was doing his best to keep libraries free. He was there supporting Tauranga Libraries when their  council were trying to impose charges, and again for South Taranaki Libraries. He is drafting an amendment to the local government act to include that libraries should be free to borrow as they are for the community good.

Pre-Dinner drinks

Ikaroa Committee have provided an excellent programme a combination of serious keynote spaeakers, and concurrent sessions combined with awesome social interludes.
The predinner drinks was just one of many. Great choice of drinks, nibble and lots of networking ensued. we had to be interrupted to move into the dining lounge.

Ikaroa Hui : "Never say never again"

"Never say never again"  by Rosalie Blake Horowhenua Library Trust was on Catalyst by Contec Data Sytems, it was never a windows based sytem. Tthe company ownership had moved to Singapore. It was not being supported anymore. They knew the system wasn't Y2K-compliant, and they realized it no longer fit their needs. HLT also knew that buying a new system would cost them a lot of money up front and would require capital improvements they couldn't afford to make (up to $1000 communication lines and gear to support the new system).

They wanted to keep with their $1 a day technology connection courtesy of Telecom.
In 1999, HLT made a momentous decision. They were using a 12-year-old integrated library system (ILS) that was no longer being developed they need a new library system. They had be advised to never hire any some to write a programme for you, cost to much and ends up becoming obsolete and not supported. They convinced their Council they need a new library system by 1 Jan 2000 as the present one would not cope with Y2k. This was approved by Council.
The approached Katipo and after much discussion they suggested that if they did write a programme it would involve a lot of testing and that they should release it open source under a GNUPLto prevent obsolence. In september 1999 Katipo systems were hired to write a programme for HLT ready to start in Jauary 2000
Koha was developed during the fourth quarter of 1999 and went into production on January 1, 2000.  The first installation went live in January of 2000 and it was the first open source integrated library system There was a brief flurry of work on the system, and it was released to the world early that year. Koha won two awards in 2000: the 3M award for Innovation in Libraries and the ANZ Interactive Award (Community/Not-for-Profit Category).
Initially, Koha was picked up by other libraries in New Zealand (many of them hiring Katipo for support). Then it was put out there under open source licence GNUPL it did take long before it was in Fiji and on the west coast of the USA
It didn't take long for Koha to cross the Pacific. In the fall of 2000 the rural Coast
Wethen went to the Massey Library on the Horowhitu campus to have a look at the Horowhenua Library Trust website and Library catalogue.

Ikaroa Hui : "Best Seller" Best retail practice for Library Displays

“Best sellers”: Best Retail Practice for Library Displays by Paul Brown from Manakau Libraries.
Since 2008 Manukau Libraries readers advisory training program (2) has been intrinsic to enabling frontline staff to rethink and improve services. However far from representing a simplistic model of operational instruction Best Sellers is predicated upon key sociopolitical considerations. While advancing readers advisory work, it has challenged librarians to review organisational pedagogies and behaviours which have been allowed to act as delimiters in the repositioning of readers advisory services as the core business of public libraries.

Let me begin with a problem statement, or at least an acute transTasman observation, but which is also variably applicable throughout New Zealand and internationally. It is one at the heart of the ability of public libraries to execute a core role to a professional level

... libraries now need to refocus on the core
business of books and reading ... The main
challenge here is that many Australian library
staff have lost confidence in giving people
advice about books and offering borrowers the
chance to try something new to read.

Ikaroa Hui : The Cheat's Guide to Project Management by Sally Pewhairangi

The Cheat's Guide to Project Management by Sally Pewhairangi.
A project is a temporary endeavour to create a new product or service. A successful project is one that is on time, on budget, on specification and too the customers and managerment satisfaction.
Key obstacles that hinder sucessful projects are:
1. Lack of direction
2. lack of a plan
3. lack of resource
4. lack of communication.
A good project should define the project, then plan it, then check it adjust if necessary then  do it check it adjust long the way only if necessary and finish project. Stay within teh scope of teh project and don't stray.

Ikaroa Hui : Professionalism

Professionalism is defined by the Concise Oxford Dictionary (2nd ed. 1992, p. 905) as practicing "the qualities or typical features of a profession or of professionals especially competencies, skills, etc."
Carolyn said the professionalism among librarians is shown by the way we act and practice the professional competencies of being a librarian and abiding by the LIANZA code of conduct.

Professionalism has been shown by Canterbury Librarians in their response to the earthquake. Pitching cleaning up the library, helping others in the community. The rest of the profession has shown their professionalism in their supportive messages and also asking how they can help? and their appeal contribution.
Caroyn then went on to show us some photos of Christchurch City Libraries and their devastation.

Ikaroa Hui : Engaging with your Community & Building Relationships

Working with you community will be to your benefit. There is nothing better than having your community as an advocate for your library, especially in these tough times.
Everything we do must fit within the four well beings, cultural well being, environment well being, social well being and economic well being.
We need to work with our local community, the business community the educational community and the council community. They are our greatest assets.
It is not what you know but who you know.  So get involved, say yes!
Sponsorship is the key to sucess in what ever form you can get.
Local Groups like operatic society, repetory groups, teachers, scouts guiding etc can all be useful know, you never know when a theme for a holiday programme a book launch they may be useful to help you.
Working with you community will be to your benefit, so get involved in your community, get to know your community.

Managing for Change Jo-Ann Ransom Keynote Speaker.

Managing for change, the only thing that is constant is change. We must work with change and we can do this by:
a) managing to cope
b) managing to control
or a combinationation both.
Remember to accept the things I cannot change, to change the things I can, and
the wisdom to know the difference.
Coping is:
Surviving, making do, just getting through and achieving despite the odds.
Control is:
Influence, having options, having choices and developing strategy.

We have spheres of influence, starting with me the workplace, the sector, and society.
We should be looking ahead at the big picture and where better to start than
Bookends Scenairos "Alternative futures for the public library network in NSW in 2030" there is alot there very applicable to New Zealand Libraries.

The environment is a major factor and next 20 years
1. Cliamte Change
2. Water scarcity
3. Peak Oil
4. pandemics
will be our biggestes challenge.

Society is changing
Paper vs Pixels

Economic growth is struggling
Employment is down
Workloads increasing
Web usuage is rising by 60% per year. The amount being uploaded on put on the web is exponential.

Is becoming a poluar one
Risk aversion
Inwards focus

Technology is changing
web 2.0
other digital media

We have to cope with  all  this while budgets are being cut funding is stretched to the max, will it look like changing? I think not...

But we can exert influence over the following we just need to lok outside the box.
1. Sponsorship
2. Partnership
3. Open Source
4. Collaboration

1. Sponsorship

2. Partnership
3. Open Source
4. Collaboration
5. Governance
6. Lobbying
7. Community engagement
8. Consortium

Joannn talked about the Generation WE http://www.gen-we.com/
Millennials are the largest generation in American history. Born between 1978 and 2000, WE are 95 million strong, compared to the 78 million Baby Boomers.

WE are politically, socially, and philosophically independent, and are spearheading a period of sweeping change in America and around the world.
The new book, Generation We, explains the emerging power of our Millennial Generation, and shows how WE (and older people who think the way WE do) are poised to change our nation and our world for the better.....
Remember to accept the things I cannot change, to change the things I can, and

the wisdom to know the difference.

Ikaroa Hui : The marae sleepover

There were about 14 of us that took up the offer of the sleepover at the marae to get the full experience of the mare visit and hui weekend. Sheeanda led with some korero on marae Tikanga and the background to marae protocol. She explained how we were now whanau (family).
Sheannda explained that sleeping together in one building – the wharenui or meeting house may be a new experience for some so please remember the key rules of politeness:

- Respect each other at all times
- Shoes are to be removed upon entering the wharenui and placed neatly on the veranda or taken beside your baggage.
- Please do not step over others.
- Use space wisely, you are allowed to share a mattress.
- Normally the tangata whenua occupy the left hand side of the meeting house while the manuhiri occupy the right side, this also applies to sleeping arrangements. (but as it isonly us sleeping over we can spread out)
- Try to avoid standing on mattresses or sitting on pillows.
- Tidy mattresses and bedclothes before going to breakfast. It is offensive if you enter the wharekai in your pyjamas.
- Keep clothes in bags, suitcases or neatly folded on top. Please do not hang thinga from carvings or pictures. Special hangers may be provided.
- The majority of Marae prohibit food and drink to be taken into the wharenui including the surrounding area, i.e. courtyard.

Sheannda that there was a reason for the earplugs that were handed out too. No guesses on that.
As I was the only male in the wharenui with 13 female colleagues I was a little anxious how it would go.
But as said Sheannda we are family and my colleagues soon put me at ease. We had a ball.

Ikaroa Hui : Welcome Drinks & Dinner

5.30pm - 8pm Welcome Drinks (open to all) Sponsored by the Ikaroa Region LIANZA Committee
A great evening of meeting everyone and enjoying the drink and nibbles. Ikaroa committee made us feel instantly welcome.
Lots of networking ensued and eventually around 8ish we headed into town for some dinner.
Jay was a great host and took us for a brief tiki tour through the Pa;lmerston North City Library on
our way to dinner. Having the LIANZA president at our table was great. Hearing about LIANZA and of course Christchurch's earthquake and the Libraries.