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Just a quick post in case you didn't see the announcement on Jennie's blog - the UK Library Blogs wiki is now open for any registered user to edit. Time has flown by, but it's been two whole years now since Jennie initially starting looking for UK library blogs. What initially began as an individual (Jennie!) searching out for other UK bloggers, was turned into a directory of both individual blogs written by librarians and library blogs written for users, and supplier or other information professional's blogs. With a little bit of assistance from Phil Bradley, Christine Rooney-Browne, and myself, it...

I recently wrote a short article about OCLC QuestionPoint's new mobile widget for Fumsi, and thought I'd also post it here for anyone interested. As an avid iPhone user, I'm always keen to test out new mobile technologies - especially those relating to libraries. I was really pleased when I heard that OCLC were planning to release a mobile version of their QuestionPoint chat widget to enable users to access the service from their phone. It's currently available for iPhone, Android and Palm phones and I tested it on my iPhone recently. The Qwidget looks exactly the same when you access...

UK Library Blog wiki For a while now, I've been helping Jennie (and Phil and Christine) administer the UK Library Blogs wiki with up-to-date details of blogs from the UK biblioblogosphere (i.e. library related blogs). It includes institutional blogs as well as personal blogs from all sectors in the information profession. The number of blogging (and microblogging) librarians in the UK seems to keep increasing, although there are some blogs that are now defunct, and a number that have chosen to change blogging platforms or converge multiple blogs into one. The wiki is a really useful resource (so please spread the...

This post has been sitting in my drafts for a long time now but I still haven't had chance to finish my mashing project (read on for details). However, I recently finished reading Nicole Engard's Library Mashups book (which by the way, is excellent - thoroughly recommended) and it spurred me on to finally publish this post. Middlemash [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="At Middlemash in December - from Dave Pattern on Flickr"][/caption] Those who follow me on Twitter will know that back in December I was official Tweeter at Middlemash, the latest Mashed Libraries event. Mashed Libraries is about "bringing together interested people...

[picappgallerysingle id="4505285"]A little while ago, I was involved in a very interesting discussion about utilising newer mobile technologies within libraries which began on Twitter (with @ijclark, @aarontay, @ostephens, and @chriskeene) and sparked experimentation and further discussion in the office. 1. Using your mobile phone as a library card The first idea was prompted by this blog post from Aaron Tay. It introduces the Cardstar app, which allows users to enter their loyalty/membership card details into their iPhone (they are also developing an Android and Blackberry version) and use the barcode on their phone instead of their cards. I'd seen this in the...

Some readers will remember my nerves followed by enjoyment when I spoke at my first conference last year - the New Professionals Conference. As you can see from my write up of the experience, I really enjoyed the conference - there was such a buzz of enthusiasm. Following the success of last year's event, CILIP Career Development Group are organising New Professionals Conference 2010 this summer, this time in Sheffield. Quite a few people on Twitter seem to be considering proposing a paper, and I'd strongly encourage anyone to do so if you are eligible and you're thinking about it; it...

This is one of a series of posts documenting my daily activities as a Resources Librarian at University of Wolverhampton, UK, as part of the Library Day in the Life project. Today I'll take the more traditional approach and record my activities, and the time I did them. 6.20 Second alarm went off, I finally decide it's time to get up. 6.45 Leave home. 6.55 Get first bus. 7.25 Get University shuttle bus. 7.50 Arrive at work, such a quicker journey when I get the earlier buses. 8.00 Opened up (with help from colleague) - turned on OPACs, changed date to show Friday opening hours (we close...

This is one of a series of posts documenting my daily activities as a Resources Librarian at University of Wolverhampton, UK, as part of the Library Day in the Life project. [caption id="attachment_364" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="My desk at 11am - too much clutter and paperwork!"][/caption] I was planning to get the earlier buses today which get me to work at 8ish so I could get some work done before we opened, but cuddles in bed with Cookie cat were too tempting to miss out on! I left home at 7.30 instead, and got the public bus and University shuttle. Bit of an...

This is one of a series of posts documenting my daily activities as a Resources Librarian at University of Wolverhampton, UK, as part of the Library Day in the Life project. I decided not to blog yesterday, as most of my day was taken up with family activities (Monday and Tuesday are non-library days for me anyway). I did do a couple of library profession related activities though: completed and submitted my application for a student place at a conference, and emailed my newly appointed dissertation supervisor (more on this in a future post, exciting!). Today was a late night librarian shift...

Introduction to Library Day in the Life project (25th-29th Jan is Round 4), and Monday's (short!) post about my library related activities for the day. Monday isn't strictly a working day for me in my library, although I tend to spend time on professional activities so thought it would be worthwhile including these in Library Day in the Life....