Sermon reflections

Continuing theme of listening to God, today was listening via Holy Spirit. We started off with a briefing of the what and who the Holy Spirit is as part of the trinity and essence of God.  Then a briefing on the dynamic power of the Holy Spirit.  Then ways in which we might become more attune to hearing the Holy Spirt.  And although there are various ways one of the prime ways is via the voice of others.

Concluding remarks were to desire to know God and hear God.  To slow down, pay attention and be still.  To write down what God says in a journal for later reflection and ultimately to do what God says.

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Coffee ride to Essendon

Today was again a winter’s day when the sun was out but there was a chill in the air.  Also there had been rain overnight so the roads were wet and potentially slippery so I was overly slow and cautious particularly on the rough paths and footpaths that had tree debris on them.   Heading out of Keilor towards Essendon requires riding up some significant hills. There is no way around it.  Once past these there was a new short path near the cemetery.  Interestingly seemed to be a funeral in progress on a Saturday.  We then travelled on some backroads and bike paths ending up near Strathmore and then heading to a known café for coffee and treats.  Near the café was a park pictures below.


It was amusing to see this cockatoo looking very dirty and ruffled but still having a drink and wash in the puddle


The ride home was more or less retracing our steps from before.  Always interesting to note how the traffic gets heavier and angrier around lunchtime on a Saturday.  STRAVA result


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The bonus of the NVIVO training was that the location was in the city of Melbourne and close to Southbank.  So popping out at lunchtime in the winter sun was a treat.


We were quite stretched to learn the functionalities and possibilities of the NVIVO software.  Finding out the linkages and possibilities of connection with Twitter was surprising.  I’ve started on a project to explore the functionalities and to come to grips with the nodes and coding.  There are also quite a range of data visualisation and mind map and chart possibilities of displaying data.  This youtube might be helpful to look at Librarians and NVivo – supporting your campus researchers 

The training venue had an interesting sculpture in the entrance



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Today and tomorrow I am undertaking training in NVIVO software.  It is tricky.  We have a library guide about it. We have had staff in the past who had knowledge of it and trained with it.  Currently we have a few staff members who know it, and the training team are hiring in a casual post grad student to run sessions with it.  Being in the Research section we want to provide a certain level of troubleshooting and assistance when requested.  But, with just a couple of days training and limited capacity to use it for qualitative research it is going to be interesting.  Via the trainer’s website there are a certain amount of resources and videos available.  The challenge will be to apply the knowledge and utilize the software for a couple of projects to gain some experience to then potential run training and provide at least a certain level of support and response to queries from patrons.  Haven’t seen any posts this #blogjune on imposter syndrome.  That will be me if I have to run advanced NVIVO training (!)

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The #blogjune 4 questions of the day

Via Paul Hargon   on Wednesday the 21st June, create a post answering these 4 questions.

  1. Who are you, and what do you do?

I’m Graeme Oke.  My job title is Coordinator, Research Advantage.  I am a Research Librarian at La Trobe University in Melbourne Victoria.  My prime role is to manage a team of Senior Research Advisors to support HDR students and research staff from the Arts Social Science and Commerce (ASSC) College. I also have a role in the support of Research Impact, Customised Searches, Research Data Management and I contribute to the publications data collection exercise. Additionally  I am involved in the development of the Research Commons.  I have been writing a little about the Viz Lab and the Research Commons during blogjune.   I also love to ride a bicycle and have blogged about that too.

2. What hardware do you use?

I primarily use a work Dell Ultrabook running Windows 10.  I use a hand me down S3 Samsung smart phone.

3. And what software?

Outlook for email.  Word, Excel, Microsoft Onenote, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, WordPress for blogjune, UNITE/sharepoint to access work stuff, I tend to use multiple browsers for different purposes Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer.

4. What would be your dream setup?

I think I would love to be able to work from home if I desired to.  The commute to and from work I find draining.  Think I am most productive in the early morning so would like to be able to just push myself early and then relax and go for a bike ride in the afternoon.  At times I have applied and aspired to be further up the hierarchy but that doesn’t seem to have eventuated.


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How do I book the Viz Lab?

On the surface and over the last year the booking process has evolved to an online form from a generic email   We are also soon to be added to the complete La Trobe room booking system However behind the scenes and from opening it has required a certain amount of intervention and complication.  Being in a restricted area those who book the facility need to be given card access.  This can be done by our library administration team by emailing patron’s identification and card access numbers.  To leverage this and empower those who take charge of events we set up a familiarisation process, and developed the requirement to sign a conditions of use form to try to ensure that those taking charge of an event knew how to run the equipment, and would leave the place as they found it. Once they have attended a familiarisation and lodged conditions of use form we pass on their card details for access to the facility.  They are then put on our registered users file and are in charge of the event.

The complication and administrative burden has been distributed across the library research partnership team via a roster checking the generic email and by allocation from the back end of the online form.  There is certainly an amount of time taken up to check availability, check if already a registered user, making the time for familiarisation in times when the facility if free, and booking the facilities.   Inherent with this has been technical issues on the day, and occasionally those who booked the event and familiarised not being present on the day, or cancelling the event without letting us know.   A year later we have around ninety registered users and have hosted a wide range of successful meetings and events. In more resent times an adjustment of booking process has involved our library administration team being notified by library research partnership team to make the actual booking. We are working towards lessening the administrative burden and distributing the load, we are currently reviewing the research commons and familiarisation procedures, we have reviewed the operation of the facility over the first year,  and looking at implementing the recommendations from this report.

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Sermon reflections

Following on from last week our pastor continued on the theme of when God talks are we listening.  The focus of today’s sermon was on prayer and an interesting starting point to state know you’ve probably heard lots of sermons on prayer and not here to lay a guilt trip on you or make things inaccessible or unachievable.  Main point was to live a prayer life and break down compartments in life.  With an emphasis of a book written in the 1600s still in print today and available online for free Practice the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence.

The three main points were;

  1. Cultivate and awareness of God in everyday living.
  2. Invite God to accompany you in every day to every place.
  3. Look for God’s hand and listen for God’s voice in the midst of your busy life.

For homework she suggested to take 5 minutes at the end of the day when you are in bed and  before you go to sleep to walk through your day in your mind and invite God in.  Slow down and reflect over the day where you might have seen God, what to give praise to over the day, things to confess, and reflect on where you might have allowed God to enter the moment.


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