25 Jan Library day in the life round 4 – Monday
This week is the fourth round of Library Day in the Life, a project started by Bobbi Newman in which librarians (and other library workers) document their work activities. This is usually via blog posts, although some prefer to use photos, and this time there are a large number tweeting, using the tag #libday4.
Library Scenester has written a great blog post explaining the project and how it could be used by different user groups to give an insight into what we actually do as librarians.
I participated in the last round last July (see my earlier posts for an idea of what I got up to that week last July), and am also participating this time. As I’m a part time worker I only wrote posts for Wed-Fri last time, but I thought this time I’d also include brief posts for Monday and Tuesday as I’m often involved in activities related to the profession.
If you’d like to join in with Library Day in the Life, add you details to the wiki and link to your posts/tweets/photos.
Monday started with a lovely lie-in and cat cuddles (apologies to all who usually have to work on a Monday morning!). I then checked in with Twitter and caught up with my emails, mainly from in bed – I love my iPhone!
I decided at 10am it was probably time to get up, and did some household chores. I spent the rest of the morning on Twitter and responding to messages relating to CILIP West Midlands. Unfortunately, we’ve had to cancel the Libraries: Building for the Future event which was scheduled for 9th February, so I helped make sure we publicised the fact that it had been cancelled on all our communication channels. I was responsible for updating our CILIP West Midlands Twitter feed and Facebook Page.
After that, I edited an application I’m submitting for a sponsored student place at a conference, and then had some lunch.
This afternoon I’ve been researching different ways of integrating Twitter with WordPress, and looking at some really good WordPress plugins. I don’t currently use many on Joeyanne Libraryanne, but it’s always good to find out about new developments – a great feature of an open source community! I’m playing around with some new plugins to pull in Twitter responses to blog posts, and to publish my blog posts to Twitter (until now I’ve been using Twitterfeed but I have found it a little unreliable recently). The one I’m currently trying is Twitter Blog, which links to your bit.ly account (useful for tracking purposes), and pulls in Twitter replies into blog comments. It doesn’t do either perfectly (e.g. I’d like to be able to customise each Twitter post in case I want to add custom information), so I may well try others also, but I’ll see how this one does for now. We currently use WordPress.com blogs at our library, but I like to keep on top of WordPress developments as I’d love to use WordPress.org to host our own blogs in future to have greater control. We also use WordPress for some of our smaller websites at Cookies And Java (boyfriend’s business which I support on Mon/Tues), so it’s useful to know what plugins are out there to add extra functionality for clients.