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Last night I attended a free webinar hosted by SirsiDynix on marketing libraries. The speaker was Nancy Dowd, who writes The 'M' Word blog and recently authored Bite-sized marketing: realistic solutions for the over-worked librarian. I was particularly interested in the webinar due to my interest in marketing and my (proposed) dissertation topic, and I also hoped to see if there were any ideas I could use either at my place of work, or for my new role as CILIP West Midlands Marketing Officer. The webinar didn't disappoint - Nancy gave an excellent presentation and concluded the event by answering some of...

[picappgallerysingle id="3470167"] With a number of people having (or looking for) new mobile phones for Christmas or in the January sales, and people reflecting on the technological advances of the last decade (ignoring the debate about whether or not we're actually in a new decade!), I've read a few blog posts recently about the great features of mobile devices and how useful they are. All this talk about mobile devices reminded me of a blog post I've been intending to write for a while so here it is. Regular readers of the blog will know that I splashed out on an iPod...

[picappgallerysingle id="246905"]I thought I'd continue the tradition I started last year and end 2009 by posting a reflective blog post about the year. It's been a year full of ups and downs, mainly ups thankfully - although at times it's been difficult to focus on the positives, I've learnt a lot this year about myself. This time last year I had recently started my first professional librarian job, and one year in I'm really enjoying it - it was definitely worth all the hard work completing my Diploma. I've had the opportunity to work on projects such as improving the way we...

Due to the nature of my career history so far (numerous temporary contracts and moving campuses), I have changed jobs a lot in the last few years. In just over four years at my current place of work I've had five interviews, five different jobs (four in the same job role but different locations and contracts), and worked at three different campuses. I'm now in my first professional post which I started just over a year ago. I've become pretty accustomed to moving around and having different jobs, so having a permanent librarian job is a bit of a novelty. However,...

[picappgallerysingle id="5265589"] The time has finally come - I just can't put it off any more! I've been taking a break from studying whilst I settle into my new job, but I can't really use that excuse anymore as I've been in this job for over a year now. I've been researching ideas for my dissertation for a while now, and have been spending a lot of time reading, researching and thinking - now it's time to do some real work. I've been talking to lots of people about my ideas; I must mention special thanks to Sarah Oxford from University of...

A couple of weeks ago I attended my first CILIP Branch and Groups (BNG) event on behalf of CILIP West Midlands branch. The events are held throughout the year by Kathy Ennis and Lindsay Rees-Jones from CILIP Membership Support Unit. This event was titled “Marketing: getting your message out”; many of the delegates were responsible for marketing within their branch/group. It was my second visit to CILIP HQ, although I still needed my Google Maps app to navigate London and find my way from Euston station! There were around 15 delegates, and it was good to have the opportunity to discuss...

Just a brief post to highlight a new(ish) feature on Wordpress.com blogs which you can use to link your blog posts to your Twitter account. I talked about the importance of linking your online accounts at my talks at the New Professional's Conference and the CILIP Open Graduate Day earlier this year, and at the time recommended using Twitterfeed to help you link your blog posts into Twitter. This is still a great service and works well with all RSS feeds, but if you just want to link your Wordpress.com blog(s) to your Twitter account(s), you can now do it directly...

[picappgallerysingle id="275923"]There are many things I enjoy about being a librarian. As I've mentioned before, I find it particularly rewarding helping people utilise our resources to find the information they need. But a lot of the work we do as librarians isn't really seen. Much of a librarian's time is spent in an office sat in front of a computer screen - producing training material, managing web pages, communicating online with users, liaising with staff, reading list checking, finding out about new publications, researching and writing reports for projects, keeping up-to-date with developments in the profession.. etc. etc. So sometimes...

Last week I did something a bit different - I was asked a few weeks ago if I could be interviewed for a podcast about social media, and was pleased to accept. It was actually for a social media module at University of Aberystwyth, so I was especially pleased to be involved as I had provided feedback from my course that it had been a shame this had not been covered during my Diploma. Nicole Schultz (who also has an interest in social media) is responsible for developing the module and she came up with the great idea that it would...