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Today, 20th August 2010, is the last day of my contract at  University of Wolverhampton (last Friday was my final working day). Having begun employment as a Graduate Trainee on 1st September 2005, I worked there for almost 5 years. During that time I had four different contracts, three different bosses, two different job titles, and worked at three different campuses. I worked with some fabulous colleagues, many of whom I am sure I'll keep in touch with.

[picappgallerysingle id="195600"] As some of you may know, escaping the echo chamber has been a concern of librarians for a while now. American library bloggers, and more recently UK library bloggers, share their experiences and discuss innovative ideas for developing their libraries, whether they are public, academic, law, health or special libraries. For approximately four or five years now, I've been reading about all these fantastic developments and joining in conversations with other library and information workers in the profession.There's some great stuff happening and some even greater stuff being developed for the future. And yet, we find ourselves in the unfortunate position whereby libraries are facing closure threats, funding is being cut drastically, and staff are facing redundancy. Obviously, these new stories are due to the economic climate, but why are libraries suffering worse than some other areas? Is it because libraries aren't seen as important as some of the more vital areas of public spending such a healthcare and education? Possibly. Is the problem exacerbated by the lack of communication outside of anyone working in the profession or our regular users? I think so.

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 third time I've participated; you can see my earlier posts from July 2009 and January 2010. I'm a Resources Librarian at a university library in UK, and work part-time (3 days a week). This will be the last time I complete the project in this role as I have a new job to move to soon (more on this in a later blog post). Over summer I've got two main projects...

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 third time I've participated; you can see my earlier posts from July 2009 and January 2010. I'm a Resources Librarian at a university library in UK, and work part-time (3 days a week). This will be the last time I complete the project in this role as I have a new job to move to soon (more on this in a later blog post). Over summer I've got two main projects...

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 third time I've participated; you can see my earlier posts from July 2009 and January 2010. I'm a Resources Librarian at a university library in UK, and work part-time (3 days a week). This will be the last time I complete the project in this role as I have a new job to move to soon (more on this in a later blog post). Over summer I've got two main projects...

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Emma Illingworth and myself at NPC2010 (from sarahjison on Flickr)"][/caption] Having gained a lot from the use of Twitter as a communication tool and conference backchannel at recent conferences, I was keen to encourage this at this year's New Professionals Conference. Thankfully, the organising committee agreed and I was appointed the grand title of “Twitter Officer” (despite what some people thought, this was only my title for the conference and not for my paid job!). The Twitter hashtag A hashtag of #npc2010 was agreed early on in the conference planning, and a TwapperKeeper archive was set up by Ned...

Just a quick post - my event report from LILAC 2010 has now been published in the latest issue of Journal of Information Literacy - go directly to the article or view the journal issue. As always, there are some really interesting articles in the issue; I particularly enjoyed reading Jane Secker's article about information literacy education in US libraries (I had many interesting conversations about this at LILAC so was good to read about it from someone who has visited - I'd love to do that some time!). Also, a brief mention about the publication process - as it is...

The second workshop I ran at the CoFHE/UC&R Joint Conference was aimed primarily at new professionals, although much of the content was relevant to all - it was titled "New professionals: build your network using social media". I updated some of the material from similar presentations I have given previously, and extended the scope to include tools and tips to help build a network. The main focus of the presentation was blogging and microblogging as they are the social media tools I've gained most from personally. I also touched on the use of social networking and we had interesting discussions around Facebook and LinkedIn.