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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.

I've recently written a couple of guest blog posts for Kiyomi Deards, who I keep in touch with via Twitter but whom I haven't actually met in person yet (I think she kept avoiding me at ALA Annual in June, I'm hoping to track her down at ALA Midwinter in January!). Kiyomi asked me to write a guest blog post and complete an interview as part of her leaders of tomorrow series on her blog. I decided to write from an international perspective about my experience at ALA Annual, and share my top tips. Hopefully they will be relevant to anyone...

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="136" caption="ALA Emerging Leaders"][/caption] Just a brief blog post to share some exciting news - I've been offered a place on the 2012 class of ALA (American Library Association) Emerging Leaders program. For those who don't know what it is, here's a bit of information about ALA Emerging Leaders: The American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders (EL) program is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country* to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It puts participants on...

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="CILIP AGM 2011"]CILIP AGM 2011[/caption] I recently attended my first CILIP AGM. I helped organise the CILIP West Midlands AGM earlier this year but this was a much more formal affair. I learnt a lot about CILIP and its governance, so thought I'd reflect on my experience and share my thoughts (well, actually it was my soon-to-be mentor for CILIP Chartership who prodded me to record my thoughts and gave me some starter questions whilst it's still fresh in my mind).

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Would be nice if Chartership involved chartering a boat..."]Motor Yacht Helios in Darwin Harbour February 2009[/caption] So, the dissertation is over and I should get my results in December. I'm taking a little bit of a break from studying now but I'm planning to start my CILIP Chartership next year so I've started doing some preparation for that. To charter or not to charter? For me this was an easy decision to make - I've been wanting to begin my Chartership for a while now. Since starting my first professional level post in October 2008, I've been engaged in a number of different professional activities in order to increase my understanding and further develop my skills. Professional development is an important element of my career, and I view Chartership as the first step of this journey.

Wow, what a day! I really enjoyed Library Camp UK 2011 yesterday, and wanted to jot down some quick thoughts from a personal perspective whilst it's fresh in my mind. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="One of my sessions - really enjoyed the conversation at this one"]Sarah points out the next session[/caption]

Tomorrow I'm joining 174 other people interested in libraries at the first Library Camp UK. I'm hoping it's going to be a little more civilised than the photo above - at least it should be drier as it's indoors. It's being held in Birmingham so I don't even have to travel far (although getting up early on a Saturday will be a bit of a shock!).