Infographics – Two of my book related favs

I absolutely love infographics!

There are many bad infographics out there but when done properly they are incredibly effective and serve as powerful ways of quickly communicating large amounts of information. And doing them well is really REALLY hard! So kudos to the designers/information specialists who not only identify the right information to transform but also transform it amazingly!

Here are two of my favourites at the moment:



#MOOCFail – Confessions of a serial MOOC failure

To date I have signed up for four MOOC’s and I haven’t finished a single one.

I tried scheduling Monday night as MOOC night but the allure of alliteration didn’t work. I set up automatic calendar reminders for myself but would hit snooze. I set it up so I received every single notice and alert about the MOOC via email. All I got was a full email.

So here’s my MOOC list shame:

  • Science of climate change, lasted 2 weeks
  • Disruptive technology, lasted 1.5 weeks
  • Justice, lasted 4 weeks
  • Digital curation, introduction exercise pre-week 1

I’m going to put this out to the internet because I know someone may have a trick, does anyone know how to study MOOC style?

Who has finished a MOOC? how did you do it?

I love learning (and inherently studying). I’ve only had 2 years of not learning in a school/university since kindergarden. But thats all been face-to-face. I love that MOOC’s are democratising learning but will they ever (for me) be able to beat that immersive learning experience of sitting in a tutorial and discussing an issue with students and tutor?

Any tips from a MOOC succeeder?

Two themes from Adapt or Die

Okay so I’ve already slipped in the challenge but this Librarian needed sleep!

So here’s my post..

I went to a design industry event, Adapt or Die as part of the VIVID Festival and learnt stuff.

What did I learn?  Well, in addition to learning that designers swear more in presentations than librarians I was amazed about how surprisingly similar the issues facing the industry are. There were two themes which were very surprising: print vs online, technology and everything going digital.

Print vs Online

Both sides of this story were represented at the Forum with some romanticising print and others announcing its death (and if not its most definitely terminal illness). Bonnie Abbott, Editor of Desktop Magazine presented a side to the pro-print argument which I found interesting, its permanence. Unlike the online realm once you send a text to be printed it’s out of your control. In the online realm as the author you are constantly in the driver’s seat, you can edit, rejig or delete with ease. Spot a typo after you press publish it doesn’t really matter.

Bonnie described the difference as:

Digital whim vs print conviction

Whilst I wouldn’t go quite that far I definitely think, in my own experience, a lot more care is taken in print publication. I’m not a flimsy blogger who doesn’t take care in what they post but every blog post definitely didn’t get the 27 plus draft versions that a journal article gets. Whilst I’m not going to start making that many drafts for posts (that would definitely muck up the June challenge) but that ambivalence or any less care shouldn’t be taken with digital publishing. The world is online and will be moving there even further. If care isn’t taken in digital publishing the next world classics will be scarily similar to Emoji Dick ( To which my response is…


Technology and the digital takeover

A number of speakers at the conference spoke of the differing perspectives to technology. Whilst recognising the dystopian, there what a resounding message of practicality. Quoting Bob Greenberg, Andy Wright of R/GA  spoke of the necessity coming out of the other side of technological change because the industry and careers currently operate on a very simple equation:

Disruption = Creativity OR Death

It’s your choice what option of the equation you take. I was surprised that quite a few of the presenters spoke of the need to have more understanding of technology and html. So hey the Library and Information industry is up in that respect – we’ve embraced the digital challenge whole-heartedly! *virtual high five*


Vivid Ideas – Adapt or Die

On the weekend I attended the AGDA event 2020: Adapt or Die as part of the Vivid Ideas Festival in Sydney.

After coming to terms with the realisation that there was a 99.9999% chance that I was the only non-designer in the room* I had a great time learning about change, the future and what can be done to be prepared for it. Because the challenge of change isn’t unique to the Library and Information Industry….ITS EVERYWHERE!

Setting the scene for the forum was this fantastic quote from Charles Darwin:



I’m still in the process of digesting my notes from the forum into a post but I thought that was a good quote for a Monday. Be adapters!





The June Blogging Challenge – I promise to blog!

I’m going to have a go at the June Blogging Challenge and blog everyday of June.

Not going to lie, keeping on top of the challenge in the first half of June will be tough. Its finals time and contract law is not my passion. I’ve also got my first column for the Informed Librarian Online due (get ready to learn about wearable tech!).

But I will do this! Starting from today I promise to the blogsphere to post once a day.


Okay with that done now to attack contract law….