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[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...

I've recently co-authored an article with Christine Rooney-Browne for Refer, the journal of the Information Services group of CILIP, which has now been published in the Autumn 2009 issue. Refer offer some of the material from their journal online at REFERplus, and our article is available in pdf format, please feel free to read and let myself or Christine know what you think. The article, "Blogging: an opportunity to communicate, participate and collaborate on a global scale", is written primarily for reference librarians, although the majority of the material is general in nature. It was an interesting article to write; much...

  by  Karl Hab  I've just finished reading Paco Underhill's book Why we buy: the science of shopping, which was recommended during Rachel Van Riel's talk at the CoFHE conference earlier this year. It's a fascinating book for anyone interested in marketing, retail or human behaviour. The version I read was the 2000 edition so there have obviously been more developments in the way we shop since then (in one chapter he talks about the futuristic way we may scan our own shopping in at the supermarket!), but a lot of the principles discussed I imagine remain. This is of particular importance now...