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In my last post, I mentioned that I would be writing a post about how I got into librarianship, following a meme going round. Ned Potter has now set up a Library Routes wiki to record all these posts, in a similar way to the Day in the Life wiki. It's really interesting reading everyone's posts and I also think it could be very useful for anyone considering entering the profession to see how others got there. Here's my story anyway...

There've been a couple of blog memes going round the UK biblioblogosphere ( library bloggers!), so I thought I'd join in. The first is a post about how you got into librarianship, which I'll write later this week, and today's is Reading Habits (so far completed by WoodsieGirl, Jaffne, stupidgirl_no1, iOverlord and infobunny). I'm writing this one first as Infobunny asked us all to write it and I must obey Bunny - as should you, so please feel free to carry the meme on with your own reading habits. Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack? Not usually, no....

I met Kathy Ennis from CILIP at the New Professionals Conference earlier in summer and she asked a few of us from the day if we could also speak at the CILIP Graduate Open Day. The theme of the day is marketing yourself, which was also the message in my talk at New Professionals Conference, so I was happy to accept the invitation to speak. I'll be presenting a similar presentation to before, and will be focusing on using blogging, microblogging and social networking to market yourself and your skills online. As well as a series of presentations, the day...

The latest issue of CILIP West Midlands journal, Open Access, is a special edition on Web 2.0. It contains articles from librarians throughout the region,and I was pleased to be asked to contribute. The editor, David Viner, asked if I could write about professional networking using Web 2.0 tools and I was happy to oblige - a similar article from the viewpoint of Amelia Luzzi, an information professional currently working outside a library is also presented which gives an interesting comparison. There are also practical guides for using Web 2.0, overviews of Web 2.0 projects within the region, and a look at the Semantic Web and...

We're coming to the end of Fresher's Week and as the title says I am feeling shattered! We've spent a long time preparing for inductions over summer, and this week has been really hectic (with staff illness, last minute sessions, and general running around like a headless chicken!), so I can't wait until I finish work today so that I can rest! I always look forward to the students coming back though, and this year is no exception. The University seems so empty without them, and one of the most rewarding aspects of the job for me is working...

The UK newspaper Guardian occasionally have articles on academic libraries. Normally they're not too favourable, but last week there was a really interesting article about how academic libraries are undergoing a quiet revolution. The article talks about how the information environment is changing and with that the role of the academic librarian must adapt from one of a keeper of information to one of a marketer of services and teacher/trainer to help students (and academics) use the right services with the appropriate tools and techniques to get the best information. The article features insights from academic librarians in the UK and gives...

I've been busy busy busy recently - academic librarians always seem to have so much they hope to achieve in summer and then you blink and suddenly it's almost time for the students to return! Anyway, just a short post to share some exciting news - my first peer reviewed article has been published in Program. :) I mentioned a while ago that I had contributed to a paper for Bridging Worlds 2008 conference, and Program have run a special edition featuring selected papers from the conference. It seems like such a long time ago when I first wrote my...

Interesting day today, lots seemed to happen - some good, some not so good. The day started with a lazy morning, although I did manage to get to work for 9am despite not leaving the house until 7.45am. Result! I hadn't seen my manager for a while (he's been on leave and then I was at Warwick yesterday) so caught up on a few things and spoke to him about the progress of the inductions work. Caught up on emails and planned my priorities for the day - although they changed during the course of the day! I had my appraisal at 11am...

Wordpress iPhone app is clearly not the way to go, just crashed again whilst trying to publish and now I can't get to my post! Anyway, today's activities: Similar morning routine to yesterday with more snoozing of the alarm, a whiney attention-seeking Cookie cat, and minus the winter coat (too much hassle!). I'm off to Warwick today so a slightly later start as I don't need to be there until 10.30am. Got the 7.44am bus to get to the station. There seem to be plenty of trains to Coventry ( nearest station to Warwick Uni). Bought my ticket at the station and managed...

For most people, Wednesday is day three of their working week, but my library job is part-time so Wednesday is the first working day of my library week (I spend Monday and Tuesday at home with my boyfriend working with him in his marketing/web design business, Cookies and Java). Here's an overview of my day today: 6.20am Alarm goes off. I ignore it a few times by snoozing. I'm terrible at getting up in the morning and have two alarms - one on my phone and one Lumi clock which provides light and is supposed to help you get up easily each...