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FasterChef DEUX

I am indeed fortunate to work with a number of creative geniuses: David Litting, Jemima McDonald (who needs to go back to cinematography school), Carl Hoschke, Belinda Tiffen and Patrick Tooth.
You need to watch all the way until the end to fully enjoy David’s excellent sub-titles.

Dangerous ideas for libraries

Dangerous ideas for libraries: ASLA 2011

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This is the keynote presentation I gave to the ASLA 2011 Conference: http://www.asla.org.au/pd/conference/ 

I had a couple of good questions that went much further than the content of this presentation, perhaps into areas that I’ve covered in other recent presentations (also on SlideShare). One question, however, was on how we are going to manage all of the changes indicated in this presentation. I don’t think I answered that one comprehensively.  I said that for some of the new initiatives such as developing a new range of services that will be more appropriate to the role of a new Library within a world-leading university of technology (UTS’s aspiration), we are already engaged in active learning programs to improve our understanding of Design Thinking processes as they apply to service design.

What I should have added, however, is that I don’t think there is anything in this presentation that presents a major change for us beyond the development of a new range of services. At UTS Library we are already actively exploring or already doing most of the “dangerous ideas” covered here. So none of this really presents a major change in direction for us.

Macquarie University Library

I toured the new Macquarie University Library in mid-September 2011 finding it bright, porous, welcoming, comfortable looking, spacious and not over-signed. It is already proving to be very popular with the students. I really liked the new areas devoted to post-graduates and higher degree researchers. Many of the internal design features look to be very clever and effective.

The Grove Library, WA

 

I visited this Library in mid-September 2011 and was really impressed with the design, sustainability features and the people who work there. It is popular, efficient and a great addition to the community.
I am very grateful to those who arranged this visit for me and those who spent some of their time showing me around.