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Four very bright public library directors

Posted in on a + note by flickfancy on July 21, 2014

kitty#29A few weeks ago at the Canadian Library Association annual conference I had the pleasure of attending a workshop featuring four very bright public library directors. In a panel discussion they were asked what kept them up at night and this is some of what they said:

►”Libraries need a ‘change agenda;’ a list of the services and procedures that need to be improved. It needs to be a list that all staff can embrace and support.” I like this idea so much I have created one for the library, one for my family and one for me.

►”The magic of the public library is the consolidation and blending of resources, services and staff. It’s this unique environment of lifelong learning opportunities that makes Canadian public libraries in the 21st century so successful.”

►”Public libraries are not community centers. They are similar is some ways but we are a community learning space first and foremost.”

►”People are living in smaller spaces therefore the need for community space to read, learn and discover is growing.”

When they were asked what the biggest challenges in library land are, they said:

►”How do we manage the fast pace of change and the slow pace of government?”

►”How do we cut through the noise and tell the library story with a louder, more persuasive voice?”

►”We are planning for perfection but that inhibits our ability to take risks and take action”

►”How can we be agile enough to keep the best staff engaged and doing the work they are most skilled at doing?”


So there you have it, four very bright public library directors with lots of insightful thoughts about library land.


Kitty Pope                                                                                                #29 July 2014


Reimagining cities, rediscovering their roots

Posted in on a + note by flickfancy on July 14, 2014

kitty#28If you enjoyed last week’s TED talk…..have a listen to Richard Martz, Vice President of the amazing Live Work Learn Play, an international real estate development and advisory firm, dedicated to creating iconic and thriving mixed-use neighborhoods. They are the big minds behind community developments like downtown Mississauga and the River Rock re-development in Rockford, Illinois.

Last year Richard spoke at TED in Montreal about the future of cities and the importance of mixed-use communities like the one we are trying to create here in downtown Guelph.

Have a listen, it’s really interesting.

Kitty Pope                                 #28 July 2014



PS: Yup, that’s Diefenbaker in summer walking mode

How public libraries make cities (and towns) work

Posted in on a + note by flickfancy on July 7, 2014

kitty#27I just watched the March 14, 2014 TED talk by the amazing New York City Planner Amanda Burden entitled: How public spaces make cities work: http://on.ted.com/a0GrY.

It’s only 18 minutes and really interesting; just replace the word “park” with “public library” and your library heart will soar!


May we all attend a TED talk some day!!!

Have a great week…

Kitty Pope                                                                                            #27 July 2014



Posted in on a + note by flickfancy on June 30, 2014

kitty#26I was sitting in an airport a few weeks ago and stumbled across the word aphorism and of course I had to look up its meaning: “a short, pointed sentence that expresses a wise or clever observation or a general truth.” In order for a statement to be an aphorism, it must contain a truth and an element of philosophy but it does not have to be humorous. These characteristic distinguishes an aphorism from a cliché. The term was first used by Hippocrates in 400 B.C. but Mark Twain is perhaps the most recognizable aphorist.

Not satisfied with just the definition and with 2 more hours to wait for my flight I started to compile a list of all the aphorisms I know…

►Don’t fight the wave, learn to surf.

►Always be yourself because the people that matter don’t mind and the ones that mind, don’t matter.

►Grease is cheaper than parts.

►Money will buy a fine dog but only love will make her wag her tail.

►No one ever says “it’s only a game” when their team is winning.

►Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.

►If you don’t have a sense of humour you probably don’t have any sense at all.

►A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you’re in deep water.

►Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it’s faced.

And my personal favorite these days….

►Politicians and diapers should be changed for the same reason.


This summer may all your flights be on time and include a bit of humour!

Kitty Pope                                                                                               #26 June 2014


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