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Hi there, I’m BACK…again…for about the 3rd time and THIS TIME, I’m aiming to keep up regular posts.

I was re looking for a good blog reader, I miss my google reader (I must be old school)  and have dug up my blog and realised there is ALOT of history on here and I first started the blog 8 years ago. There are thoughts swirling around, should I delete this blog? Start a new one? What’s the point? Why not keep writing? What theme should the blog now take?

Well, the blog will keep going and I will let a theme evolve. I might try a few themes and discussions until some clarity happens.
So bear with me, but at least I have started….as I don’t want to keep doing what the featured photo implies, I’m going to START TODAY and keep moving forward….

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…gee, I have just found some old library photos and have realised the funny lengths I have gone to, to promote my library and it’s services.

I am a true believer that libraries must promote themselves to the maximum of their abilities to show patrons what services they offer.

The first photo of myself with a barcode on my head is an informal photo taken as a joke.
The second one I found amongst all my old photos, so I must have been trying to be funny when it comes to promoting library services. I don’t recall this one being used to promote my library, formally.

The third photo from the left, was used to promote my national library service to all of my clients. The ad actually worked and I found more people ringing me for information searching after this initiative was launched.
The last photo, second column was used to promote myself within the Melbourne Office as many staff didn’t know where I sat, it was aimed to take the mickey out of me, to show I’m fun and “at your service”, of which, this promotion also had an increased use in my services.

Therefore, it pays to lose some humility and promote yourself and your library, show that you are NOT invisible within an organisation and let people know you are there to help them with their information needs.

What sort of quirky information promotion have you undertaken in your service?

Does my promotion ideas give you any ideas you could use or do?

Goodluck !!

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Return to my career

Hi there fellow bloggers, it’s been close to 3 years since I have worked and blogged, but now it’s time to get my brain working towards returning to my “career”, as my son has been given the greatest gift of having my undivided attention for this time, but now it’s time for ME to get some stimulation back into my brain and life!!

I am going to ease back into my blogging and today I’m going to list the 99 things about ME. Feel free to copy and paste this into your own blog

99 things about ME

Things you’ve already done: bold
Things you want to do: italicize
Things you haven’t done and don’t want to – leave in plain font

1. Started your own blog.

2. Slept under the stars.

3. Played in a band.

4. Visited Hawaii.

5. Watched a meteor shower.
was camping in Germany and couldn’t believe what was happening, then saw on the news the next night some info about the shower.

6. Given more than you can afford to charity.

7. Been to Disneyland/world.

8. Climbed a mountain.
The You Yangs, Mt Kosciusko, a small mountain in Andorra

9. Held a praying mantis.

10. Sang a solo.
Can’t sing 😦 drats

11. Bungee jumped.

12. Visited Paris.
once, loved it

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea.

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch.

15. Adopted a child.

16. Had food poisoning.

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty.

18. Grown your own vegetables.
Lots of vegies, garlic, onion, tomatoes, potatoes, pumpkins

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France.
Next time

20. Slept on an overnight train.

21. Had a pillow fight.

22. Hitch hiked.

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill.

24. Built a snow fort.

25. Held a lamb.

26. Gone skinny dipping.

27. Run a marathon.

28. Ridden a gondola in Venice.
Been to Venice, but didn’t do the gondola

29. Seen a total eclipse.

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset.
LOVE sunsets, not really a fan of sunrise

31. Hit a home run.
When little

32. Been on a cruise.

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person.

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors.
England, Ireland, Scotland, France etc, and local Australian places

35. Seen an Amish community.

36. Taught yourself a new language.
French and Bahasa Indonesian

37.Had enough money to be truly satisfied.

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person.
That’s a big dispute in our family, as we missed it on the map when driving thru Italy !! Ooops

39. Gone rock climbing.

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David in person.

41. Sung Karaoke.

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt.

43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant.

44. Visited Africa.

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight.

46. Been transported in an ambulance.
Crushed a vertebrae in my back when I fell off a horse, a long time ago

47. Had your portrait painted.

48. Gone deep sea fishing.

49. Seen the Sistene chapel in person.

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Once !

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkelling.
Many, many times, in East Timor, Bali, Thailand and Australia
52. Kissed in the rain.

53. Played in the mud.

54. Gone to a drive-in theatre.
Love them

55. Been in a movie.

56. Visited the Great Wall of China.

57. Started a business.

58. Taken a martial arts class.

59. Visited Russia.
Want to go

60. Served at a soup kitchen.

61. Sold Girl Scout cookies.

62. Gone whale watching.

63. Gotten flowers for no reason.

64. Donated blood.
I’d pass out, wish I could

65. Gone sky diving.

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp.
Visited Auschwitz, in Poland. Very hard to explain this experience, but many people must see it and learn from this lesson in history. Tragic

67. Bounced a cheque.

68. Flown in a helicopter.
When 5 months pregnant

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy.
A teddy bear

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial.

71. Eaten Caviar.
Tried it, not a fan

72. Pieced a quilt.

73. Stood in Times Square.

74. Toured the Everglades.

75. Been fired from a job.

76. Seen the Changing of the Guard in London.

77. Broken a bone.
Crushed my vertebrae in my back

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle.
Used to ride a motorbike

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person.

80. Published a book.

81. Visited the Vatican.

82. Bought a brand new car.
My Hyundai Excel ! Wee

83. Walked in Jerusalem.

84. Had your picture in the newspaper.
A few times, for Pony Club and Librarian promotion items

85. Read the entire Bible.

86. Visited the White House.

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating.

88. Had chickenpox.

89. Saved someone’s life.

90. Sat on a jury.

91. Met someone famous.

92. Joined a book club.

93. Lost a loved one.
A few

94. Had a baby.
Yes, one, he’s nearly 3. Have a stepson who is 25 !

95. Seen the Alamo in person.

96. Swum in the Great Salt Lake.

97. Been involved in a law suit.

98. Owned a cell phone.

99. Been stung by a bee.
My father used to own bees and took me out to rob them once when I was about 7, he put woolen gloves on me, hence the bees stuck to them, ouch


I hope you enjoyed that little speel about ME, I will write more, very soon. It’s good to be back

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Just a quick post to say that my beautiful bundle of joy has arrived, Ronan Baker Stephens arrived last Thursday, 17.7.2008 at St John of God Hospital in Geelong.

He entered the world at 7.30 and weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces, and was 54 cm long (he’s going to be a long jumper).

All is going well and I appreciate people sending me emails or getting in touch with either myself, or Tania Barry, re my news.

I arrived home from hospital yesterday, so we are into all the baby gear, like using the pram and bassinett etc. It is so much fun being a Mum and I appreciate being an older Mum, I feel like I’m pretty organised and thinking ahead of things and what I need to do. Here’s hoping it’s a pretty smooth ride.

If you’d like to send me an email, I’m at jillcstephens@gmail.com.no spam (remove the no spam).

I may not reply for a while, but will see your wishes.


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Hi there Blog Readers,

Thought I should give you one last update, before I really tune out on life, for a while.

My baby is due in 3 weeks now, due to arrive “about 26 July”, but who knows when it will choose it’s birth date! I am finding that I’m starting to “tune out” on life and other what nots, so you may not hear from me for a few months.

One accomplishment I have been really proud to get happening, while on maternity leave, is the NLS4 Website (see link to the site, on the right hand side). We opened registrations at few weeks ago, and announced the program and a few keynote speakers, with more announcements to come. We do have an interim plan, for a month or two while I settle into life with a baby, regarding the website updates. It’s good to be prepared in advance for that. The NLS4 team received some very positive feedback from our PCO (Professional Conference Organiser) and their IT Team saying our website is “one of the best they have seen, produced by an organising committee”. Ooooh wow, I feel really proud now. The website has really come together over the last year and a half, and will continue to show it’s true colours, as we get closer to the conference date.

My belly is now growing quite big, uncomfortable at times, with other usual end of the pregnancy related items, including feeling very puffed out / short of breath.

I’ll be sure to post some info about the baby when it’s born, and you may also find out via other friends what the outcome was. Ie. is it a boy or girl? Girl or boy??

Until, a few months time, this Information Super Sleuth, is signing out.


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Just over one week down, of being a “stay at home preggers person” and all is going well. I don’t think I would have enjoyed being “stranded at home” (those close to me know what this means) if it wasn’t for the varied activities I had planned. One that is keeping my mind challenged, is the NLS4 Website developments.

I am learning further about tables, linkages between pages and basically getting the HTML to do what I want it to do. I have tackled, successfully, the program, which in my mind was a big job. It did take time, but I worked on one problem at a time, finding it all fell into place very quickly. The program page is not launched yet, but will be in the next week or so. I enjoyed doing the abstracts page and seeing the rich and varied papers that will be presented, from a variety of sectors, makes me feel very proud to be a part of this team!!

Registration has been delayed a bit due to technical reasons, but we have announced our first keynote speaker, do go to the site and check out the News Page.

Another joy is that I have been able to get back into is cooking. I enjoyed doing home science at school, all those years ago, and when not at school, I would tussle with my Mum in the kitchen, and cook up a few things. So, this last week has seen the chef extr-ordinaire (oh, can’t spell it !) come out – again ! I’d love to do a cooking class over a few months, but we’ll see if / when I get time for that. As a part of our Urbis Team Day a few years ago, we went to a Thai cooking class and I believed I came home feeling more confident when cooking, so classes can help. However, when we were in Bali, I refused to pay $100 for a few hours one morning, as in Australia, I know I could do a few nights of a course, for that much.

So, all is not doom and gloom, being a stay at home person. It can give you time to get through some items that have been in “waiting” for a while, or opening up some hobbies that have also been shelved, such as photography. Also, I must remember to do my ALIA Pd and get that accredited…

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It seemed like it would take forever for this time to arrive, but it soon caught up, and I have now commenced the first day of my “new life” as a ??? maternity leave person? impending mother? ummm, I’m not quite sure how to word it. I don’t want to use the words housewife…I still have my “other” library interests and activities to keep me involved in my career, such as the NLS website. Anyway, I’m sure I’ll get right into the swing of things.

Today, I have already updated the “exciting news” on our NLS website, and have looked after the concreters who are here working away.

I had a fantastic farewell at Urbis this week, it actually started last friday with a joint lunch, with another person who was leaving. I preferred to undertake a “joint” event as it took the “heat” off myself. Many people gave me lots of lovely gifts for the baby, stuff that makes you go gooey and imagine the little one wearing or using once they arrive. And on the last day my boss did a wonderful speech rounding up the library and intranet services and their progress from when I started at Urbis, close to 3 years ago, to how they look and work now ! I felt tired after reflecting on all that. It’s good that Ian and Ignatius are now taking over the services, they can look at them from “fresh” eyes and implement further changes, progression and development.

So, here is the Urbis Technology & Knowledge Team, some of us.

L-R: Ian, Ignatius, Johan, Me – Jill, Andrew and Adriana

Geelong Library Event

Last week I went to a Geelong Library and Information Week event, and it was good to connect with some of our regional counterparts. I had to be careful when I said, “I work in the city”, because that doesn’t mean, “I work in Melbourne”, most thought Geelong, so I needed to clarify. When I asked them why there hadn’t been an event for a while they mentioned that it “all got too complicated with ALIA”. But I don’t think a group needs ALIA to get like minded librarians together from a variety of organisations, so I do hope they keep meeting up. It will be good for myself, and easier to get to, than going to Melbourne during the next year. I was amazed I knew so many people, before I went I knew I’d know two people, but when I got there I knew about 6 people and a few others had heard of me through the ALIA lists. It was good to get chatting to people to talk library talk I hadn’t done for a while, such as document delivery and talk about the progression of those services through the use of technologies. So, I think I have found one way I can keep up to date with my profession while out of the workplace.

Anyway, I’m off to keep on with Day 1 of my new direction.

Thanks bloggers and blogging readers for making comments on some previous posts, it’s good to stay in touch.

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