About Andrew

I'm a health librarian in Sydney, Australia, who also happens to be a geocacher.

Online learning course

Well, I’ve signed up for an online course offered by ALIA in partnership with ScHARR at the University of Sheffield. The course looks at Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP) and is called EBLIP-Gloss. Quite a catchy title, but at least there’s no need to actually wear lip gloss as part of the course.

The course runs for a few weeks, and I’m looking forward to it.

Burke and Wills, geocaching and the SLV

As part of their activities to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition, the State Library of Victoria has got into geocaching. A series of caches will be placed along the route that the expedition took, as well as at other sites associated with the explorers. Sounds like it could be fun – I wonder if something like this could work with the Lachlan Macquarie bicentenery celebrations?

Web 2.0 training – wikis

Well, with Lhan unavailable for a couple of weeks, it’s up to Paul and I to deliver the four training sessions dealing with wikis. The first week went well, with all the participants learning how to edit a wiki page and how to create a page. I’m sure this week will be as successful. I hope everyone posts to their blog with what they’ve learnt, otherwise they won’t be eligible for any of the prizes that are on offer!

ALA Annual Conference

The 2010 American Library Association Conference was held last week in Washington, DC. Here are some links to various sessions and presentations:

The ALA Annual Conference is organised quite differently to Australian library conferences (apart from being much, much bigger – there were 26,201 attendees at this year’s conference!) There isn’t a single programme which all the sessions are part of. Rather, each Division of ALA organises their own programme. This means there are dozens of sessions all running at the same time at several different venues. It can be hard trying to decide which session to go to.

    Libraries and geocaching

    Well, I guess it would make sense for me to post some projects and ideas I’ve come across (mainly in the US) that combine libraries and geocaching.

    • The University of Notre Dame in Indiana came up with “Caching in at the Library” for their orientation programme for first year students.

    There are a copule of caches I’ve come across (but not found) that involve visiting a library or using Dewey Decimal Classification to solve a puzzle.

    Geo-what?

    I’m guessing that’s the first thing that popped into your head when you read the name of my blog. Don’t worry, it’s an activity that most people don’t know about.

    Geocaching is:

    a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.

    I started in 2007, but geocaching itself started in 2000. It’s a great way to discover new places, and one of the main reasons that geocachers say they enjoy the hobby is that it’s taken them to places that they otherwise wouldn’t have visited (even within their own city). Geocaching is also a great activity for holidays – I’ve never specifically gone on a holiday just to go geocaching, but I’ve certainly done some during holidays.

    For those of you who are interested, there are 48 geocaches hidden within a 5 kilometre radius of the Library. The closest one’s about 3oo metres away.

    The main geocaching website, geocaching.com, has a variety of resources which explain the various aspects of the hobby. There’s also a wiki available at Geocaching Australia.