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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!).

I attended a really interesting session at the Handheld Librarian online conference on managing organisational Twitter accounts. The session, Doing more with less: What to do with your 140 characters, was presented by Donna Ekart from Kansas State University library (@kstatelibraries). As I've been using Twitter since 2007 I wasn't expecting to learn a lot from this session, but I picked up some really useful tips so I'm glad I attended.

I've recently been trying out a new case* for my Kindle, one that also came with a light. Reading on my Kindle is mainly done in bed as I'm trying to get to sleep, so it's important for me to be able to hold it comfortably lying down and be able to read it in the dark. I do have a bedside lamp but I've been wanting to try a Kindle light for a while; partly so that it is less distracting for my partner as I wouldn't have to have the bedside lamp on, and also as when I stay in hotels it's sometimes not possible to read as there is no bedside lamp. The Tuff-Luv Spark Kindle Case with Light (Purple) is a funky looking case; I love the colour and the feel of the leather is really good. The light is very compact - you can store it within the spine of the case when the case is closed so it doesn't take up any extra room.

Earlier today I gave a presentation at the Oxford Social Media 2011 event hosted by Oxford University Libraries. The brief was to discuss ways to market yourself as a librarian using social media, and rather than just update my previous presentation on a similar topic, I chose to change the focus slightly and concentrate on the marketing and personal branding side of things rather than the fundamentals of social media.

Found out about a great resource today which you can use to get an iPhone version of your blog (found via Ned Potter). Bloapp is a tool you can use to create a customisable mobile version of your blog (great for institutional blogs although the customisation is a little limited). I followed Ned's instructions to create a mobile version of the Joeyanne Libraryanne blog as shown below: [caption id="attachment_1396" align="aligncenter" width="320" caption="Joeyanne Libraryanne on Bloapp"][/caption] If you'd like to read my blog this way, you can download the Bloapp app to your iPhone (it's free) and then scan in the QR code below. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="150"...