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Library definition
Library definition from Collins
Quite a lot actually, when you're a librarian. A recurring professional issue in librarianship is defining what a librarian does to a member of the public. Laura (Theatregradrecently blogged about her experiences as a librarianship student discussing her course with other students, giving a really interesting perspective. What is a librarian anyway? We have the traditional stereotypes - the middle aged woman wearing a bun with a twin set and glasses on string around her neck. What does she do? Well she's knowledgeable, but she's a bit stuffy and reluctant to share information - you have to ask very nicely and you have to be very quiet when in her presence. I'll admit that I held this perception of a librarian until I graduated from my undergraduate degree in 2005 and starting trying to find out about librarianship (this fact is ever present in my mind when I talk to people outside the profession).

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="442" caption="Sax 1 by chickadee"]Sax player by romexico[/caption] (Post title will probably be lost on you if you haven't been watching Treme on Sky Atlantic, but my boyfriend has been singing it constantly the last couple of days!) I mentioned in my post at the start of the year that I wanted to attend more conferences this year, and in particular my first international conference. I've now stopped jumping around ecstatically and can share the news that I'm going to ALA Annual in June this year (it's in New Orleans hence the Treme and jazz references!).

I'm organising CILIP West Midlands Members' Day and AGM 2011 at the moment, and during the day I'd like to take the opportunity to get people's opinions on what the focus should be for the branch over the next 12 months. As marketing officer on the committee, I'd particularly like to find out what people's needs and expectations of the branch are. What support would people like from the branch? What sort of events would they like us to run? Where in the region would they like events/networking opportunities? How would they like to communicate with the branch? It would also be good to get views on the discussions about the future of branches and groups (read Emma Illingworth's blog post for an excellent overview of the recent meeting about this), though that may be a bit ambitious!

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="True phone by cizake on Flickr"]True phone[/caption] Picture the scene: a researcher and research director sat in an office around a faded cream plastic telephone with the headset lying upwards on the desk, listening to a call on speakerphone and taking turns to shout into the mouthpiece. The person on the other end of the line can't seem to pick up the director's voice so the researcher has to repeat everything the director says so that the caller can hear. Not exactly an ideal situation for a conference call is it? But things are much better than that nowadays aren't they?

If you read my earlier post on my experience with a Kindle, you may be somewhat surprised to learn that I now own one. I didn't exactly love it when I borrowed one last year. However, I came to realise that I was trying to turn it into something which is was not. It's not a multi-functional device, and it's unfair to compare it with one - it's not a competitor of the iPad. But it is a great reading device.

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 fourth time I’ve participated; you can see my earlier posts from July 2009, January 2010 and July 2010. I’m currently a full-time Researcher at Evidence Base, Birmingham City University, UK. This will be the first time I complete the project in this role and I hope it helps explain a little bit about the type of work I do. Today I chose to work from home - I find it easier to...

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 fourth time I’ve participated; you can see my earlier posts from July 2009, January 2010 and July 2010. I’m currently a full-time Researcher at Evidence Base, Birmingham City University, UK. This will be the first time I complete the project in this role and I hope it helps explain a little bit about the type of work I do. The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that today is not actually Thursday (I was tempted to change the publication date but I can't bear lying to myself). But then this does tell you something about a day in the life of a librarian - it can be unpredictable and plans can change throughout the day so you have to be flexible. In my case it included a rather entertaining conference call (that's a whole other blog post!) which took far too long and ate up most of my afternoon.

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 fourth time I’ve participated; you can see my earlier posts from July 2009, January 2010 and July 2010. I’m currently a full-time Researcher at Evidence Base, Birmingham City University, UK. This will be the first time I complete the project in this role and I hope it helps explain a little bit about the type of work I do. Today was the second day of the event in Edinburgh, and the focus of the day was open source software (OSS) library infrastructure. Some of the mashups used yesterday are examples of open source library software, but today concentrated on the fundamentals of OSS, benefits and barriers of OSS, and discussed ways to progress in future.

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 fourth time I’ve participated; you can see my earlier posts from July 2009January 2010 and July 2010. I’m currently a full-time Researcher at Evidence Base, Birmingham City University, UK. This will be the first time I complete the project in this role and I hope it helps explain a little bit about the type of work I do.

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 fourth time I’ve participated; you can see my earlier posts from July 2009January 2010 and July 2010. I’m currently a full-time Researcher at Evidence Base, Birmingham City University, UK. This will be the first time I complete the project in this role and I hope it helps explain a little bit about the type of work I do.