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Friday, October 31, 2014

Using blogger to engage in reflective practice

It was important for my reflective portfolio for ETL507 to set up a space where I could continue to learn and grow as my career progressed. And so infowhelm.blogspot.com was born.  

Choosing a platform for reflection

After playing around with Weebly I chose not to use it for my portfolio, as I liked the widgets and the category sorting that Blogger offered. I also intend on continuing to use this blog after I have my degree, I didn't want the blog to become cyber trash like so many other portfolios I have stumbled across. My blog needs to grow and be dynamic, it needs to embed itself into the web.

A Day in the Life of a Librarian

I love parodies but this one couldn't be further from the truth!


We have a long way to go to shatter this image!

Critical Reflection of ETL505

ETL505 was a challenging subject. Not just because of the rules that accompany cataloguing, but because I am naturally not a “detailed” thinker. My default setting is “big picture” thinker. Up until this subject, I had been dealing with mostly the "front of house" issues in the school library. I had used the catalogue as a searcher, but had never gone into the back end.

When I did my reading about Cataloguing systems, I couldn’t help but think of Information Systems and the organising that occurs within them. Within schools there seems to be a separation of library and ICT, but really they are so very similar. The Schema's that the ICT faculty deal with are very similar to the schema for working out a RDA description or using Web Dewey to ensure that a catalogue call number is accurate.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

DIY Quote Posters for your Library

When you work in a school library you need to be a knowledge professional, library technician and also marketing expert. A jack-of-all trades.

I came across this great article on ebookfriendly that listed best quotes about libraries and librarians and then I found myself using BeHappy to create some library quotes


Within our school libraries we need to provoke, to inspire and to get kids thinking even when they think they are not. Quotes positioned in corners of the library or as part of a vignette should be designed to catch the student off guard and challenge them.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Kaizen in Schools

Kaizen is Japanese for Good Change and advocates a philosophy of continuous improvement in everything that you do.  I first came across Kaizen when my husband introduced me to it, he had heard about it from a friend who works at Toyota.  The philosophy of Kaizen is to properly evaluate innovation so as it may continue to evolve and improve.




Some of the positive things of Kaizen are that can be applied to a School Library are:

  • Employees are more satisfied – through the evaluative process they feel that they have a direct impact on the way things are done and the direction of the Library
  • Improved commitment – team members have more of a stake in their job and are more inclined to commit to doing a good job as they know they will be evaluated regularly.
  • Improved retention – satisfied and engaged people are more likely to stay at an organisation.
  • Improved consumer satisfaction – Kaizen can be used to prove an increase in service levels and a strategy for problem solving. 
  • Improved problem solving – looking at Library processes from a solutions perspective allows employees to solve problems continuously. There is an expectation that a bad process will be refined out of the organization.
  • Improved teams – working together to solve problems helps build and strengthen existing teams.

Often within organisations we can implement an idea but never evaluate it to see whether it has actually worked. Kaizen advocates that when you plan the event, you also plan to evaluate (Vocoli, 2014). I like this idea.

Reference:

Muhammad Asif , Henk J. de Vries & Niaz Ahmad (2013) Knowledge creation
through quality management, Total Quality Management & Business Excellence, 24:5-6, 664-677,
DOI: 10.1080/14783363.2013.791097

Vocoli (2014). How to Start a Culture of Continuous Improvement [website] Retrieved from:
https://www.vocoli.com/blog/october-2014/kaizen-continuous-improvement-culture/

Wiljeana J. Glover, Wen‐Hsing Liu, Jennifer A. Farris, Eileen M. Van Aken, (2013) "Characteristics of established kaizen event programs: an empirical study", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 33 Iss: 9, pp.1166 - 1201 

Wiser, J. (2005) Kaizen Meets Dewey: Applying the Principles of the Toyota Way in Your Library. Toronto Conference. Special Libraries Association.