Libraryhack competition

Libraryhack is an opportunity for students (well, anyone really!) to get involved in creating a mashup or app for State Libraries across Australia and NZ.

Sounds very interesting! I wonder if any students will have a go?!


2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa has 296 steps to reach the top. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2010. If those were steps, it would have climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa 4 times

In 2010, there were 51 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 54 posts. There were 8 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1mb.

The busiest day of the year was April 27th with 32 views. The most popular post that day was Why Teacher-Librarians and Teachers are important.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for embrace, jessica shirvington, reviews of the book the museum of mary child, redmond barry lecture 2010, mercy rebecca lim ya, and “chrissie michaels”.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Why Teacher-Librarians and Teachers are important April 2010


Solace & Grief – Foz Meadows March 2010


Theme change. May 2010


Meryl Streep – Barnard Graduation Speech May 2010
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About October 2009

Disclaimer: This was written by a helper-monkey, hence the poor grammar (doing awesome!). I take no credit for the grammar, and only some of the credit for the posts.

When too much cyber-surfing is barely enough

At the moment I am spending about half of my day exploring Web 2.0 tools. My work has gone to hell in a hand basket because I’m tweeting, ninging, blogging, booking, following, elluminating, YouTubing, gaming and many other things.

It is HUGE, people, HUGE!

But it’s really heaps of fun. I expect I will get sick of it in a while, but at the moment it is really exciting actually using many of these things, which, as a librarian, I ‘know’ about, but now I’m really getting to know about them, and use them, and use them properly, and interacting with other people that are learning so it doesn’t matter if I stuff up.

And the best bit is that I am learning it all from my very own, comfortable chair.

Loving it!

Starting a new learning experience

Today I started a PLN. PLN? Personal Learning Network. I do have some already (FB and OZTL) but this is a special, guided learning experience, provided by SLAV and delivered by the wonderful Judith Way – she of the SLAV Bright Ideas blog.

Although I’ve got FB down pat (too pat!) and love the interaction of OZTL, I have never tweeted, have made a bad wiki, and have no idea what a ning is, although I hear that Ning is on the way out.

Anyway, I figure this is an opportunity to broaden my horizons and maybe learn a bit more about podcasting and embedding videos.

I’ll keep you posted.