Archive for September, 2007

A bit more on Aurora

I found a small article I have written about Aurora and thought I’d share it with you.

Aurora placed me on the right track to ensure my career is still moving forward, but with greater momentum. In such a short period of time, I was pushed to the boundaries of my ability that helped me to maximise the entire learning experience. It opened up my eyes with regards to the way I and others operate, to ensure I am an effective leader in my profession. It also reconnected me with how I can make a difference in my professional associations. Since Aurora I have had many moments where the learning experiences make more sense, and I am confident that will continue for many years. I even worked out why I can’t take corners very well on my motorbike, and I’m now working on that too. (Jill Stephens March 2007)


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Yay, Donna and Katy have published edition 3 of the Vic Specials Newsletter, here is the link for the newsletter, http://alia.org.au/groups/specialvic/vicspecials/

Here they give a blurb of what’s contained in this edition,

We’ve got some really interesting articles, including a review of our
second site visit to the SBS library, and an interview with a librarian
who takes research questions such as ‘what’s the economic value of a
penguin to victorian society?’ in his stride.

Also, there’s another competition with prizes to be won. I will end this
email with one of the prize winning jokes from edtion #2 – this one
submitted by Gemma from the Ballarat Health Services Library.  There’s
one more edition of this newsletter to go for ’07, and we’d love for you
to contribute an article, a review, a letter, whatever. If your library
service is doing something good, or there is something that you would
like to read more about, then drop us a line and we’ll follow it up..

Here’s groovy Gem’s joke…

A chicken walks into the library. It goes up to the circulation desk and
says: “book, bok, bok, boook”.

The librarian hands the chicken a book. It tucks it under his wing and
runs out. A while later, the chicken runs back in, throws the first book
into the return bin and goes back to the librarian saying: “book, bok,
bok, bok, boook”. Again the librarian gives it a book, and the chicken
runs out. The librarian shakes her head.
Within a few minutes, the chicken is back, returns the book and starts
all over again: “boook, book, bok bok boook”. The librarian gives him
yet a third book, but this time as the chicken is running out the door,
she follows it.
The chicken runs down the street, through the park and down to the
riverbank. There, sitting on a lily pad is a big, green frog. The
chicken holds up the book and shows it to the frog, saying: “Book, bok,
bok, boook”. The frog blinks, and croaks: “read-it, read-it, read-it”.

Great work girls !! And look at Katy on the front page there, she’s a model !!

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The Aurora Foundation is calling for new-upcoming library and information management leaders to apply for the Institute that will happen in February 2008 at Thredbo.

Attending Aurora has been one of the greatest highlights of my life, it mixes in there with travelling in Europe for 7 months, marrying my gorgeous husband and quite a few other significant life experiences. Aurora is the only learning experience I have participated in that was conducted learning in a safe environment with my peers and mentors for five continuous days. It is guaranteed to be an experience that carrys a wide range of emotions, but going through the experience is not meant to be daunting, as I see it as character building, while helping to develop myself consciously as a leader. It has been seven months since I have returned from Aurora and I reflect on some aspect of the Aurora experience every day, and continue to learn from the Institute. How’s that for positive life long learning! Since Aurora I have continued to push myself in my work and my career, and I feel rewarded for all the hard work I have invested in myself.

See below for details on how to apply for Aurora. Good luck !!!


Applications are now open for the 11th Aurora Leadership Institute which
will be held at Thredbo, NSW from 14-19 February 2008.

This is a once-in-a-career opportunity to acquire and practise
leadership skills in a fully supported residential learning environment
away from the distractions of work – and in one of the most inspiring
places in Australia.

Once again the Institute will be facilitated by John Shannon and Becky
Schreiber, assisted by nine mentors prominent in Australian and New
Zealand librarianship.

If you are a middle-level librarian seeking the fast track to a more
effective contribution to your profession, and would like to join the
Aurora network of more than 300 librarians on both sides of the Tasman,
then here is your big chance.

Application details are on the Aurora website at:

Applications close on Monday 22nd October, but please don’t delay with
your submission; competition for the limited number of places is keen.
Applicants who previously missed out on selection are encouraged to
re-apply. Leaders are persistent.

The Aurora Foundation is supported by ALIA, LIANZA, EBSCO and the
National Library of Australia.

Ian McCallum, Secretary

02 6257 9177

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I’m BACK !!!

Okay, so it’s time to get back to the blog.

Apologies for the HUGE pause in the blog, but other things got in the way, including being sick with “that flu” that was brining alot of people down.

Yesterday I presented a paper at an Ark Conference, but I’ll talk about that in further posts. Today, I just wanted to touch base and say I”M BACK. I notice people are still visiting my blog and it’s good to see there is an interest in what I have to say.

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