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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....

CILIP West Midlands are organising a one-day conference, Libraries - Building for the Future, held on Tuesday 9th February and sponsored by TOP-TEC. The event includes information about two exciting new libraries; The Library of Birmingham and the Worcester Library and History Centre, which will be the first fully integrated public and university library in Europe. There are some great speakers, including library workers from different sectors as well as architects, and there will be opportunity for networking with other professionals, both in the library and architecture fields. The event will also include the AGMs for CILIP West Midlands, West Midlands...

Yesterday I attended my first CILIP West Midlands branch committee meeting at Birmingham Central Library (where I must investigate sometime, can't believe I've never been in before!). I'm the new Marketing Officer for the branch which I'm really excited about. Marketing in the library and information sector is becoming increasingly more important at the moment, particularly with budget cuts, and I know from my own experience that many in CILIP (Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals) are unaware of some of the benefits available to them as members. There is also a large number of information professionals who are not...

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...