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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...

This week I'll be taking part in the Library Day in the Life project, which I followed last year and intended to join in but didn't get round to posting. It's a simple idea - people who work in libraries simply record their daily activities for a week and share these at the end of each day, usually via their blog. They add their name to the list held on the wiki so that others can read their blog posts, and they tag all posts, photos, videos etc. with the librarydayinthelife tag. I found it really interesting reading about what...

At the New Professionals Conference I presented at last week, I spoke to CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) representatives who mentioned the CILIP Network of Expertise and Interests. Seeing as I was talking about online networking, they seemed surprised (and I was fairly embarrassed) that I hadn't heard of it before. I asked others on Twitter last week and was relieved to find that it wasn't just me who wasn't aware of the network. I decided to register, and thought I'd share a brief review of the service. The network is not part of the Communities area of...

I thought it would be useful to share my experiences as a speaker at the New Professionals Conference last week. The talks were by new professionals, all of whom were first time speakers, and I was lucky enough to be one of them. I was pleased that my proposal had been accepted (apparently there had been 28 proposals and 10 were chosen to speak), but I was incredibly nervous about talking at the conference. I was even more nervous when I found out the week before the event that there were 90 delegates; I had only expected it to be a...

On Monday, I gave a presentation on networking and marketing yourself using online tools at the New Professionals Conference in London. It was the first time I'd spoken at a conference and I really enjoyed the day; it was great to discuss my interests (i.e. new technologies) with other new professionals. I'll write a more detailed post about the day itself soon. I chose to talk about online networking and personal marketing as I thought it would be particularly relevant to new professionals,  and I could share my own experiences. My presentation introduced professional networking and then went on to discuss...

Last week I attended the University of Wolverhampton's e-learning celebration 2009. I blogged about the previous event in 2007, which I really enjoyed. This year's event had a number of themes around the concept of blended learning including collaborative work, content, ePDP, formative assessment, and e-submission and feedback.. The presentations were primarily from current University projects, many of which are coming to a close. It was interesting to hear about the work going on in the academic schools on e-learning, although it was a little disheartening to learn about some of them as I had no idea they were going on...