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Not long to go now, LILAC2010 starts on Monday and I'll be travelling to Ireland tomorrow. Unusually for me, I am pretty well organised and most of my stuff is packed ready to go. I had a minor dilemma with clothing yesterday, but I think I'm sorted now, it's so difficult to know what to take! This will be the largest scale multi-day conference I've been to, so I've been following the advice from others such as Vicki Owens (who attended LILAC last year and shared some great tips) and Erin Dorney. I've got some comfy flat shoes, got loads of...

A little while ago, I read an article about oMbiel's mobile app for universities, CampusM. I'd hear about it on Twitter, and the University of Sheffield's recent implementation, but the article in Talis' Panlibus magazine gave more context into just how much information was available in the app. I thought I'd find out more, and was able to get a copy of the app from the App Store on my iPhone. Of course, I'm not a member of the University of Sheffield so many of the features I cannot use, but a brief overview of the features are shown on the...

[picappgallerysingle id="258453"]So, as I may have mentioned (I think it's taking over my life at the moment!), I'm currently writing my dissertation for my MSc Information and Library Studies course. I'll be doing my research over summer, but in the meantime I'm actually writing it in the correct order rather than leaving the literature review until the end, which I may have been guilty of when writing my undergraduate dissertation (on gender stereotyping in sport, bit of a change of subject!). I've noticed during this process though, that it's incredibly easy to get out of the habit of writing in...

Exciting news - I'm going to the Librarian's Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC) 2010! I've always really wanted to go - providing information literacy support is one of my favourite parts of being an academic librarian. A colleague attended LILAC last year and said it was fantastic, so I applied for the sponsored student award this year and am absolutely over the moon to have been successful. :) This year it's being held in Limerick, Ireland - I've never been to Ireland so I'm really looking forward to it (shockingly, I've never actually used a Euro either as I haven't been...

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...