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Building and designing a sustainable library service The keynote was delivered by Fraser Muir, Director of Information Services and Learning Resource Centre at Queen Margaret University (QMU), who opened the conference with a presentation about the campus and its sustainable strategy. He began the talk by asking us some questions to respond to using TurningPoint voting systems. Interestingly, 45% of the attendees were currently involved in a new building project, and 63% of participants were actively discussing sustainability at their institutions. I was amazed at how many of us are involved in new builds, especially when you take into account the...

Having returned from the CoFHE 2009 conference in Edinburgh on Friday evening, I've almost managed to catch up on sleep since and gather my thoughts on the event. I'll write separate posts for the sessions I attended (otherwise this would be a mammoth post!), but thought it would be useful to give an overview and highlights of the conference first. After an eventful journey (involving three trains when it should have been one!), I was pleased to meet others on their way to the conference for the last bit of the journey. We made our way to the registration desk where...

I can't believe it's almost a week since I went to the Library Show 2009 (which I kept referring to as the LIS Show but apparently it has changed its name). I spent the morning looking around the stalls at the show, and chatted to quite a few of the exhibitors who took my details with the fancy zappers. I seemed to be a magnet to all brochures and fliers (I do tend to have a habit of collecting material at every conference I attend!), and struggled to carry everything by lunchtime! The free seminar programme was good so I decided to...

Well it's summer already (until recently the weather has reflected this too which has been a welcome surprise!), and the time of year when a number of library events happen. This year I have been lucky to be able to fit quite a few into my calendar and was offered sponsorship for one conference which I'm really looking forward to. Over the next few weeks I will be attending: Library Information Show 2009 - Wednesday 10th June CoFHE Conference 2009 - Wednesday 17th-Friday 19th June New Professional's Conference 2009 - Monday 6th July At the LIS Show at NEC on Wednesday, I'll be helping out...

As mentioned in an earlier post, CILIP recently held an Open Session to enable conversation about the use of Web 2.0. Many others have blogged about the event, but I thought I'd add my thoughts too. I was particularly pleased that in between enquiries and other work-related tasks, I was still able to follow much of the conversation by using Twitterfall to follow any Tweets tagged with #cilip2. As it was an open session, the tag had been promoted before the event and the use of Twitter/live blogging was encouraged. There were some "official" bloggers including Matthew Mezey who blogged about...

I recently found out about this from a recent post on Phil Bradley's weblog - a list of top tools for learning voted for by learning professionals (also a list of top tools for learners has been added), compiled by Jane Hart. Phil's post inspired me to think about what my current top 10 tools are, which I will shortly be sending to Jane who now accepts entries via Twitter. My tools aren't in any particular order, it was hard enough to decide on my top ten let alone rank them! Wordpress - my blogging software of choice which just gets better and...

Last week I attended a course at De Montfort University in Leicester titled "Focus on your teaching: revisiting current practice and sharing new ideas. An event for librarians teaching in HE institutions" - catchy title! ;) In keeping with the wordy title, I will warn you that this blog post is a long post, but is separated into the different presentations. I was intending to live blog the event but the room wasn't really set up for that. Teaching is one of the parts of my job as an academic librarian that I most enjoy, and so I was really looking...

A couple of months ago there was a major backlash from the library community in the UK regarding CILIP and it's use (or lack of) Web 2.0 technologies. It started with Bob McKee's All of a Twitter post on his From the Chief Executive's Desk blog, which was responded to by Phil Bradley in his CILIP - Epic Fail post. There were others who responded either on the original post from Bob (although at the time this was only open to CILIP members, something which had always irked me but has thankfully now been changed, on Phil's post, on their own...

Wow, I've been named a 2009 Shover and Maker! :) For those that don't know of Shovers and Makers, here's some information taken from the Shovers and Makers website: Every year, Library Journal names a group of innovative librarians as “Movers and Shakers.” M&S is a popular feature for a good reason: the profiles of M&S librarians are thought-provoking and inspiring. M&S ends up as something of a snapshot of what the library profession finds innovative and worth of notice, and there is no question that the Movers and Shakers are people to watch. But at the Library Society of the World, we...

A few weeks ago there were some major changes with the layout of Facebook (more on the official Facebook blog). The change has been pretty unpopular with quite a lot of people, although I have to say I personally quite like the change of focus. Facebook is now far more focused on following the activities of your friends on your home page, in a similar way to Twitter (Facebook did try to buy Twitter earlier this year so it's probably no coincidence that they are changing in this way). At around the same time of the change, Facebook also changed its...