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Public Librarian, Father, Husband, Left Leaning, Slightly Anemic
Public Librarian, Father, Husband, Left Leaning, Slightly Anemic

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Library Management: A Monarchical Approach, or How Umberto Eco stole my Library
It is with a great sense of goosebumps that I begin this post, because it is time travel, the long way round.  I started this post with this title back in 2014/2015 December/January and it lay fallow for a while because I was dealing with 'stuff' (as you kn...

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in the dark place, or adventures in higher education
Its inevitable higher learning will get you in the end despite your rationalizations of  "I don't need it, I'd rather catch a venereal disease than go back to University or College".  My excuse is little less melodramatic.  I went because it was free and I ...

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in the dark place 2, or adventures in higher learning, duh.


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lost in translation, or destroy all jargon fiends
Librarians love Jargon. Its the cream cheese icing to our red velvet cake of organizational policy and process. Take for instant the word “accession" - a perfect example of how librarians love the
Jargon. Under normal circumstances the word would mean attai...

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lost in translation, or destroy all jargon fiends
Librarians love Jargon. Its the cream cheese icing to our red velvet cake of organizational policy and process. Take for instant the word “accession" - a perfect example of how librarians love the
Jargon. Under normal circumstances the word would mean attai...

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The 2015 One
T his is the 2015 blog. The first one for the year. It should be all those noble and inspiring things that speak of the untapped potential of a blooming year that is too yield a bountiful harvest. .... Not so much. South African Library land is not having a...

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More than Words or Between the Gush and the Cold Place
Quick. Someone asked you to name your top 5 favorite books.  The adrenalin starts to pump for no apparent reason. Your brain releases a Dopamine Seratonin and Endorphin Cocktail. The grey masses that govern logic and creativity synch together under the blis...

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Going to the Matresses - 15th LIASA Conference, Day 2
The time of the 'new' librarian has come, and it isn't us. (Us being public librarians) UCTLiS in the first presentation of the day called for the emergence/creation/the need for this 'new' librarian that is all singing, all dancing and ready to research an...

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The Sobering Thought, or That Sinking Feeling - 15th LIASA Conference, Day 1
The truth is this.... I don't think Cape Town has the best library service in the country any more. I've declared it quite loudly on twitter, and have had enthusiastic kudos which I freely admit I reveled in like a large mammal in an appropriately matching ...

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The Politics of the Librarian, or the Identity Crisis - 15th LIASA Conference Day 1
Its like I never left.... Yes more than 5 years have passed since the last conference I attended, and things have changed significantly. We have Twitter now. We still have Facebook but its not as cool as it was. E-readers are not the pipe dream of a few aca...
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