Month: January 2014

Libraries, what are they for?

 Ever since I was a child I have used libraries for pleasure and information. Most people of my age that I know do the same. But how many other people actually know what they are for, and use them for this? Even students seem to struggle at times.

  • Libraries are depositories of information which is organised and arranged to make retrieval as easy and quick as possible.
  • Their contents are listed in a catalogue which can be searched to indicate whether and where information is stored.
  • Librarians are professional people trained in organising such information, helping users find what they want and establishing the location of such material in their own library – or elsewhere.

This is put beautifully in this excerpt from Libraries are Essential:

 There is much more to doing real research than typing a few words into a search engine such as Google. Librarians are trained to do high-level research, which supports scientists, doctors, lawyers, professors, writers, government officials, and other important professionals every single day. Without the aide of librarians, all of these people would be making decisions without having all of the relevant knowledge they need on their topics.

Conductive Education libraries

 Libraries and librarians may seem an easy target when financial cuts are to be made, which means that valuable resources are not being exploited to the full. Conductive Education publications are limited in number and new, accurate material can be hard to find. Five years ago the Foundation for Conductive Education decided that it could no longer prioritise the expertise of a professional librarian for its library and recently the Pető Institute lost its librarian (I do not know whether a replacement has yet been appointed. Would not this be public information deserving of prioritisation?). Who is maintaining and developing these libraries now?

 I do not know.

SAHK in Hong Kong has a library but I do not think it is open access as the others are. A few years ago a ‘mobile’ library was established to be used by all the conductors and centres in New Zealand. Again I do not know if that is still a going concern.

As far as I know there are no other collections of any size other than personal ones.

The Virtual Library of Conductive Education

 In 2009 I started collecting information on items on the Internet and catalogued the details in the Virtual Library catalogue. This now  has a new format and an updated help page.Yesterday I spent time entering further details of material available on line into this catalogue.

I will post occasional lists of yet more items added here on this blog.

Other sources of information

Information about Conductive Education is now accessible via e-conduction’s website which acts as a knowledge portal leading people to blogs, books, unpublished material, and conductors’ workplaces:

Previous postings on libraries and information:





Visitors keep coming!

Since the announcement of the new home for this blog after being hacked,  I have been keeping track of the visitor numbers.

When the blog went live the counter read 114,766 (this total was transferred from the old location) and now reads 118,423 which means there have been 3,657 page hits since 15 January.

This is a real surprise and makes me think it was worth spending a lot of time over the past two weeks transferring 340 posts across from the old location.

So please do give me feedback on future (and past) posts.

Conductive Education Newsletters

Every now and again I get sent the latest newsletter from a CE organisation which helps keep me up to date.

I had one from the New Zealand Foundation for Conductive Education recently and as always this was full of information about developments in New Zealand. This can be seen at

A few days ago I received the latest newsletter from ACENA  and this can be found at–Winter-2014.html?soid=1115767549498&aid=tybPmT-7f4o

The format of this has been updated  and includes  an overview of training courses in Conductive Education, report on the World Congress and a report on the status of Conductive Education in North America.

Access to all previous newsletters is also available.

If you produce a newsletter, please do let me know and send me a copy and then I post an up to date list here on the blog..


Pető Institute library news

Last week the librarian at the Pető  Institute left. I do not know if someone else is now in post, but I do hope that another professional has taken over the reins.

Over the past few years Beata and I have occasionally contacted each other for help and information and I have always found her very professional, knowledgable and willing to help.

There are very few people that I am in contact with who ‘know’ the literature of Conductive Education, and  I will miss knowing she is there, but wish her all the best for the future.


A phoenix from the ashes

A new year should be the start of something new and good but 2014 brought me the complete opposite. Someone has seen fit to hack my blog at and changed the email linked to my Google account from mine to something different. Consequently I have been unable to access my blog to make any changes, add new postings etc, and it now has all sorts of adverts showing all over it.

 I was devastated. What should I do? What could I do?

I contacted Ben Foulger, who runs his own IT consultancy, and asked his help. Ben made a search for me and established that someone in Morocco had hacked in. There was nothing else he could do, so the only course was to contact Google’s product forum. This produced no help or satisfaction.

 But a new temporary site was set up at Ben’s suggestion, and I have spent quite a lot of time transferring posts from the old blog to the new one. There is still some way to go and not all old posts will be included, just the informational, factual and ̶dare I say ̶ useful ones. All news, fundraising items and ephemeral posts have been left out and remain where they are. An archive of news items will be compiled at a later date and posted separately.

 It is still possible to access the blog at and the new ‘contributors’ can be found at the bottom and are Paul Smith and hicham rw whoever they may be, nothing to do with Conductive Education I am sure. But when the fee for this URL needs renewing, I will not do so and the blog will disappear. The only way of consulting the original postings will then be via the archive of the Way Back Machine at

 Working through the blog in this way is an interesting (though daunting) exercise and makes me realise what a lot of factual solid information about the history, literature and events in Conductive Education have been posted. I am still wondering how useful people find this as I still get virtually no feedback.

 For the foreseeable future the new, revised Conductive Education Information will be found here on Conduction’s website :


This solution would not have been possible without the expertise and encouragement of Ben Foulger. I cannot thank him enough for all his help. Anyone who needs IT help, website design or advice, should consult him at


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Re-launch of Virtual Conductive Education Library catalogue

In 2010 I started compiling a  catalogue of Conductive Education items available on, and via, the Internet. These early listings of items, arranged under subject headings, can still be found  posted on a blog  at

This pilot catalogue revealed problems of arrangement and classificaton in such a context.
So later that year a proper catalogue was created and items were listed in a traditional library format. This was made possible with the help of Ben Foulger who set up the necessary software and web pages in November 2010 on E-Conduction’s website,
Since then new items have been added as, and when discovered, until entries reached over 400 in number.
Now, ready for 2014, Ben has helped produce a new look for the catalogue. The format and layout of this virtual library have been updated and can now be found at
This version has a clearer brighter format which is much easier to read, search and consult. The help page on searching and using the catalogue has also been extended, updated and now includes examples of searches. This can be found at
Please note that as before, this catalogue includes all papers, documents, reviews, bibliographies etc discovered on the Internet that are relevant to Conductive Education. Also  note that none of the items have been evaluated for quality. That is a job for readers: it is not the role of a library. Inclusion in this catalogue indicates solely their existence on the Internet.
I will continue to add to this and welcome any suggestions, links etc for inclusion. Please also let me know what you think of the new layout and help pages.