23 Things: Thing 16—Advocacy, Speaking Up For The Profession, And Getting Published

Personally, I haven’t done a lot of advocacy for libraries. I have, however, been involved in a library’s outreach programme at one point in my life (as an intern), and I have done advocacy in the cultural sector, not to mention being a student protester. As someone who works in the academic sector, I think … More 23 Things: Thing 16—Advocacy, Speaking Up For The Profession, And Getting Published

23 Things: Thing 15 – Attending, presenting at and organising conferences, seminars and other things

1. Attending One of the most amazing things I have been able to do in a professional capacity so far was attending IFLA 2010 in Gothenburg, Sweden. It was a great conference and I took away a lot; I was on the team for the IFLA Express so my “attendance” involved a lot of sitting … More 23 Things: Thing 15 – Attending, presenting at and organising conferences, seminars and other things

23 Things: Thing 14 – Zotero, Mendeley, citeulike

One of my lecturers recommended Zotero, but it never worked for me. It kept crashing, wouldn’t play nice with my Mac and the Mac:Office software, and was generally not very usable. And if I changed computers, everything would be gone because it’s tied to one particular computer. Worse, it’s tied to one particular browser, so … More 23 Things: Thing 14 – Zotero, Mendeley, citeulike

Visit to UEA

The graduate trainees at my workplace have a programme of visits to various other libraries within the local area. Other members of staff can usually tag along, and so I found myself at UEA in Norwich for a day with a few colleagues and our one remaining graduate trainee (the other two having decided that … More Visit to UEA

23 Things: Things 8 and 9 – Google Calendar and Evernote

I use Google Calendar, but only for myself. I haven’t worked in an environment that has shared online calendars. I think it could be useful for teams, across teams, to find out where people are, but there is the issue of people actually *using* it correctly. So I don’t really have a lot to say … More 23 Things: Things 8 and 9 – Google Calendar and Evernote

23 Things: Things 6 & 7 – Online and offline networking

I hate networking with a passion. Or, well, I used to. I always felt horribly pressurised at networking events; all these interesting people talking to each other while I stood on the sideline feeling I had nothing to say and didn’t want to embarrass myself. And I do use online networks, but not in a … More 23 Things: Things 6 & 7 – Online and offline networking

23 Things: Thing 4 – RSS feeds, Twitter, and Pushnote

Current awareness comes in many flavours. As I said earlier, I have two Twitter accounts, and I find it somewhat useful for current awareness – the trick is to figure out who to follow so you can keep on top of things. It mixes current awareness news accounts with engaging others (or at least, that’s … More 23 Things: Thing 4 – RSS feeds, Twitter, and Pushnote