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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...

iTunesU and Podcasting Laurie Roberts, Liaison Librarian at QMU, explained the use of podcasting at QMU and introduced iTunesU (iTunes University) - watch introductory video for an overview. You can download a copy of Laurie's presentation, which includes relevant links as well as her notes. As part of Laurie's job role, she has the task to investigate use of Web 2.0 technologies and how they can be used to support the library services. Laurie therefore “plays” with web 2.0 technologies, explores potential use for library, and attends courses to discover new tools and share good practice. Currently, QMU are using a library blog,...

Encompass: Workforce Diversity Ayub Khan, Head of Libraries (Strategy) at Warwickshire County Libraries, introduced the Encompass scheme, to encourage BME graduates to libraries. Encompass is a three way partnership between CILIP, PATH (a skills development agency) and employers. Employers are asked to convert existing post or create new one on a 3 year contract basis whereby the trainee would be in the workplace 4 days a week and spend 1 day each week studying. The aim is for the trainee to have completed a CILIP-accredited postgraduate qualification in Librarianship and gain their Chartership by the end of the three years. Benefits for employer ...

Building a customer centred space - using observation to inform library design Rachel Van Riel from Opening the Book gave a thoroughly inspiring talk about observing library users and how to adjust your library to suit your user's needs. This is something that I was particularly interested in from a work point of view as I am responsible for a special collection for our trainee teachers and I'm not sure how it is currently used but feel it could be better utilised if it was laid out differently. Rachel spoke about how libraries can learn a lot from retail and recommended Paco...

Managing in tough economic times Sheila Cannell, Director of Library Services at University of Edinburgh, spoke about the current risks to libraries and how to try to overcome some of them during the recession. The risks she highlighted included: Value proposition Human Resources – large numbers close to retirement age, little to attract newcomers to profession Durable goods – value of books decrease, value of space increase Legacy technology – still using old technology Intellectual property – using Google to find e-books etc. Sheila made suggestions as to how these risks could be addressed, such as changing the perception of the library, investing in staff development, building a...

Copyright law, librarians, information professionals, and the digital revolution - Ten Tips to make you top If I'm being perfectly honest, I think there were a lot of us who were wondering if a session on copyright had been a good choice for the slot first thing in the morning on the second day. However, out doubts were proven to be unfounded when Jason Miles-Campbell from JISC Legal gave an incredibly interesting and upbeat presentation about the legalities of copyright and how to work with them. Jason began with a really simple slide summarising the basics of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR): Are you...