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[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.

Earlier this week, myself and Emma Illingworth (@wigglesweets and half of Librarians on the Loose) presented a joint workshop at CoFHE/UC&R Joint Conference 2010 titled “Your library brand and the student experience”. Although neither of us are directly involved in this sort of work in our institutions, it’s something we’re both passionate about and spend time researching, so we wanted to pull this together and share some of what we’ve learnt with others.

Today marks the three year anniversary of Joeyanne Libraryanne! I first set up the blog back in June 2007 when it looked a little like below (I couldn't find any old screenshots so this is the current blog with the original theme applied): [caption id="attachment_930" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Original Joeyanne Libraryanne blog theme"]Original Joeyanne Libraryanne blog theme[/caption] With a little help from Cookies and Java (my boyfriend's marketing and web design company) it has since developed into the brand you see now (pictured below for those using a feed reader!): [caption id="attachment_931" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Joeyanne Libraryanne current theme"]Joeyanne Libraryanne current theme[/caption]

[picappgallerysingle id="5289263"]The day after the Librarians as Teachers event was a similarly themed event focusing on a different element of the librarian role - Librarian as Researcher. I wasn't able to attend this event, but I followed it via Twitter thanks to @LISResearch and @lenocsor. You can see the tweets in relation to the event at the TwapperKeeper archive. Obviously, I didn't get the benefit of attending the day's events but I did get a flavour for the discussions and could follow up links mentioned and view presentations online. I'm a keen advocate of research, making evidence-based decisions wherever possible. I'm involved in my own research as a librarian (for work-based projects and to inform elements of my job role), and I also spend my free time researching areas of interest -sometimes for articles, presentations or blog posts; sometimes just to increase my understanding. One of the things I was really impressed by at LILAC 2010 was the emphasis on research-informed information literacy teaching, using both existing research and conducting original research to help make decisions about the approach to teaching. Commitment to research by librarians is something I'd love to see more of, but I think all too often it's overlooked as other activities take priority.

[picappgallerysingle id="7291598"]Last week I attended a really interesting event hosted jointly by University, College and Research Group West Midlands and Career Development Group West Midlands. Librarians as Teachers: the New Professionals? was a very popular event, with delegates travelling from across the country to attend. I was invited to join the panel for a debate at the end of the day, presenting the opinion of a new professional. You can see a programme of the day including presentations and supporting material, and view other blog posts covering the day, or view the archive of tweets, but I wanted to share some of the themes raised during the event which I’ve been contemplating since.

I think for anyone reading this blog, you probably know I'm an avid supporter of the microblogging platform Twitter, but there have been some interesting points made recently about tweeting during events, and it's something I'd like to discuss (particularly apt at the moment as I'm "Twitter Officer" for the upcoming New Professionals Conference in July!). The focus for this post is on tweeting at events, not tweeting in general. My own experiences have taught me that sometimes it is acceptable (and encouraged) to tweet during an event, and sometimes it's frowned upon. I'd also like to make it clear that of course it is unacceptable to tweet about confidential matters and therefore inappropriate to tweet internal meetings to an external audience, or to tweet any information which is sensitive or confidential. More recently I've been discussing the issue of whether or not to tweet at events with my boyfriend Chris (yes we are proper nerds and spend a lot of our free time discussing such things!). It seems it's quite a complex issue with a number of misunderstandings, as unfortunately experienced by WoodsieGirl recently. There's been an interesting debate over on CILIP Communities today which I've been following with interest, and I thought I'd share my own views and some of the arguments for and against tweeting at events. I hope to present a balanced view, although I do admit up front that I personally sit firmly in the camp who advocate tweeting at events, for the moment anyway.

[picappgallerysingle id="257026"]Defining our professional future is the new term being used for the "Big Conversation" that CILIP are having this year with their members and non-members, to establish where information professionals may be in the future and how the professional body can continue to support the changes. I'm attending a local focus group tomorrow and have been gathering some thoughts on the three key questions, but thought I'd jot them down on the blog too.