Library Day In The Life Round 8 - Monday #libday8 - Jo Alcock Consulting
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Library Day In The Life Round 8 – Monday #libday8

Library Day In The Life Round 8 – Monday #libday8

This week I’m participating in the Library Day in the Life project which charts the day-to-day activities of library workers at different points of the year. This is the sixth time I’ve participated; you can see my earlier posts from July 2009January 2010July 2010January 2011 and July 2011. I’m currently a full-time Researcher at Evidence Base, Birmingham City University, UK. Although my job title doesn’t include the word librarian and I don’t work in a library, I still consider myself very much a librarian – our research helps support the library and information communities.

Just a brief post – today I attended the LIS DREaM (Developing Research Excellence and Methods) workshop 2, this time held in London. It was an early start (left home at around 6.40am – too dark!), but it still amazes me that I can be in London by 9.30am and at an event before 10am.

Far too early to be catching the bus

On the train journey I worked on a draft of one of our reports (for the m-libs support project), and sorted through work emails.

The event itself was 10.30am until 4.15pm at the British Library.

The British Library

I have to be honest; it wasn’t my favourite research event as the topics weren’t very relevant to my interests or current research areas and I struggled to see how some of it could apply in practice in libraries/LIS research. I did find some of it useful – I enjoyed the session on webometrics and might do some further investigation into what can be done with sentiment analysis from online social media (e.g. using tweets), and I enjoyed hearing about other attendee’s research/ideas in the unconference half hour. I’ll write a full review of the workshop later this week.

Having coeliac disease means its always a bit of a gamble with conference food (I have to follow a gluten free diet), and the lunch was, as is often the case, pretty disappointing but in the afternoon I got my own special gluten free cake!

Gluten free cake

Once the event finished I checked into my hotel (staying over as I’m attending a writing for publication workshop on Tuesday), and after a quick catchup of work stuff via email I headed out to catch up with some lovely librarian friends from London and enjoyed a nice meal followed by some cocktails. Great end to the day!


  • Leo S. Lo
    Posted at 03:49h, 31 January Reply

    Yay for your gluten free cake. 🙂 You might already know this place – when I was in London a few months ago, I tried this vegan restaurant called Manna (, which had a lot of gluten free dishes done very creatively. Probably worth a try if you’re in that area.  

    • Jo Alcock
      Posted at 18:08h, 31 January Reply

      Thanks for the recommendation, Leo. I usually stay fairly central but might be worth a trip out one time if they do interesting gluten free dishes!

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