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Andrew Finegan
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How I learned to stop worrying and love the GLAMR label...
I first heard the term GLAM about eight years ago when I was working at the State Library of Victoria. At the time, it was used in relation to the scope for collaboration and partnership between the major cultural agencies within the State Government, namel...

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The Difficulty of "Yes"
So, I may have been a little flippant in my last post when I stated that to "just say yes" is the easiest lesson. I should perhaps say that it's as easy as jumping off a cliff. Technically speaking, it's just a matter of moving in a certain direction, and y...

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Ten Years of Lessons Learnt
So, given my ten years of professional work , I must have learnt a few valuable lessons, right? The kinds of things you can’t learn through the usual academic coursework and research? I had a good think about the main lessons I learned through my extensive ...

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Grand Ambitions
I don't do New Year's Resolutions. My life hasn't changed overnight since the clock ticked over, and I don't have any regrets for which I want to redeem myself with the new year. However, it's three months since I returned to Australia, and lately I've felt...

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Ten Long Years in the Saddle...
I was recently looking at a calendar, and it realisation struck me that it's been 20 years since I graduated from High School, and 10 years since I graduated from my professional qualification and started working as a library and information professional. I...

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Reverse culture shock
People often talk about reverse culture shock, like it's just another first-world problem. For example: - Having to leave the house an hour early to get to work on time, and they're still running late. - Experiencing rude customer service at a shop. - ZOM...

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The Unexpected Journey continues...
So, this afternoon, I am back on the road again, both figuratively and actually. When I spoke at the ALIA National Conference in 2014, my paper was titled "The road goes ever on and on: a Librarian's Unexpected Journey." I never expected that my choice to b...

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The double-edged sword of democracy...
I like the fact that I come from a democratic country. I also appreciate that, in Australia, democracy is enforced through compulsory voting. For an example of what happens when voting isn't compulsory, look no further than the recent EU Referendum in the U...

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Libraries gave us power...
This is pretty much what I envisage working in a Canadian Library would be like... The Haskell Free Library and Opera House is a neoclassical building that straddles the international border in Quebec and Vermont. The Opera House opened on June 7, 1904, and...

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To blog or not to blog about work...
I used to blog about work a lot. This was back in 2007, when I was a new librarian and would blog about my experiences as a new professional, the successes and setbacks, aspirations and frustrations. I was also very careful not to directly criticise my empl...
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