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I found last year's resolutions useful in helping keep me on the right track last year, and am pleased to say I kept most of them - here's a review: Complete my MSc dissertation - finished in July Attend more conferences - I attended lots of great conferences and events in 2011 Implement the Getting Things Done system at home and work - I seem to have this sorted for electronic information, though need to work on physical organisation of paperwork and notes Participate in Library Day in the Life - I took part in both rounds of Library Day in the Life in...

I'm a creature of habit, so I'm continuing the tradition of posting an end of year blog post (see 2008, 2009, and 2010). It's actually really useful for me to look back and see what I did each year. So, what has 2011 involved? 2011 mosaic 1. My ALA 2011 badge complete with ribbons!, 2. Louisiana State University, 3. Osney Building at University of Oxford, 4. CILIP signage

My MSc Econ dissertation titled 'Strategic marketing in academic libraries: an examination of current practice' is now available on Aberystwyth University's open access repository. I know a number of people said they were interested in viewing it so I've included the details below. I have also added it to my publications page. Strategic marketing in academic libraries: an investigation of current practice Purpose The purpose of the research is to investigate strategic marketing in academic libraries, incorporating elements of organisational orientation, strategic planning, and processes and procedures to support these. Aims and objectives The aim of the research is to build on existing literature, extending the knowledge of...

At Online Information 2011, I presented in one of the European Librarians Theatre panel discussions. The discussions are hosted by EBSCO and SLA Europe and bring together librarians from different parts of Europe to discuss a topic and the experiences within their country. My session, 'Everyone is talking but is anyone listening?' focused on social media. It was chaired by Sara Batts (see tweet below), and my fellow panelists were Katrin Weller and Dennie Haye.   I think the panel discussion flowed well - there was largely agreement across the board on a number of different factors, suggesting that libraries across Europe are at a similar stage with social media (the panel had representatives from UK, Germany and The Netherlands). There were some really interesting examples from my fellow panelists - one example of Yammer being used for internal communication (in an international organisation with staff dispersed geographically), and one example of Facebook being used by a University before students arrived to help answers queries and help them begin to make friends. The main messages I took from the session were that libraries and librarians should experiment with social media to see what works, and should aim to understand more about their users as no two libraries will use social media in the same way. You can see the tweets from the session at the #elt2011 hashtag (thanks to @WoodsieGirl and @EBSCOUK for such comprehensive tweeting!) and there is a write up of the session on the SLA Europe website. As mentioned before, I decided to get  information for my section of the discussion via a brief survey - many thanks to those who gave feedback. The main themes emerging from the results of this are shown below.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="180" caption="Tuff-Luv Spark Kindle Cover with Light - by joeyanne, on Flickr"]Tuff-Luv Spark Kindle Cover with Light - by joeyanne, on Flickr[/caption] It's coming up to the holiday season, and I know a number of people are considering getting a Kindle. There have been quite a few questions on Twitter and interesting conversations with both Kindle owners and those thinking of getting one. I noticed however that some features of the Kindle that I mentioned were unknown to some other Kindle owners, so I thought I'd share a few tips about the way I use my Kindle that you might not know about.

I've been asked to take part in a panel discussion as part of the European Librarians Theatre at Online Information next week titled 'Everyone is talking but is anyone listening?'. I've got some ideas from my own experience and conversations with others, but as I'll be representing the views of the UK I wanted to open it out and ask you to help me. If you work in a UK library, please complete the form below (or complete the online version) to let me know your views. The feedback is anonymous - though if you have something you are particularly proud...

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What? As I mentioned at the beginning of summer, I've been participating in and helping organise the 23 Things for Professional Development (CPD23) programme. The programme was slightly different to other 23 Things in that it focused on both tools and also techniques and strategies for professional development (rather than just web tools as in many previous 23 Things courses). I authored two of the 'things' - Thing 3 on Consider your personal brand, and Thing 19 on Integrating the Things. I've also helped encourage conversation on Twitter and have contributed some of the @cpd23 account tweets as well as looking out for queries on the #cpd23 hashtag. As a participant I blogged at Joeyanne's 23 Things for Professional Development and have recently completed all 23 things.

[caption id="attachment_1508" align="aligncenter" width="320" caption="ILI 2011 (apologies for poor photo!)"]ILI 2011[/caption] Last week I attended my first full Internet Librarian International conference. It's an event I've often followed virtually and this year was really pleased to be able to attend and present on using web tools to improve productivity for librarians (see previous blog post for more information). I attended really interesting sessions, met great people and had engaging discussions.

Last week at Internet Librarian International 2011 I gave a presentation on productivity for librarians. I'm a fan of the GTD (Getting Things Done) methodology and like to utilise online software to help organise my work and increase my productivity. I thought I'd give a brief overview of some of the tips I've picked up along the way as well as sharing some of my favourite productivity tools.