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[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....

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...