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I've been a Twitter user (joeyanne) on and off for a few months now, but have only recently started to use it regularly. It seems to have suddenly become more popular; Stephen Fry talked about it on last week's Jonathan Ross show, and there's a video of him talking about twitter on the BBC site which is currently the most viewed video on there. I've personally noticed an increase in use of Twitter recently due to the number of followers I seem to be getting - I don't have loads but most days in the last couple of weeks...

I recently completed a survey for an MSc dissertation project about academic librarians and their involvement in reasearch. Details of the survey (taken from the website): Whilst academic librarians have as a core responsibility facilitating the research of others, not as many conduct their own. The purpose of this study is to understand more fully the motivations and barriers for UK academic librarians to conduct research and to publish. This study will take place during the autumn and winter of 2008. This study will form the core of a dissertation in support of an MSc Information and Library Management at the University...

Just over a year ago I had my first go on an iPod Touch and raved about it. Shortly after I caved in and bought myself one. At the time, although I loved my new gadget I was worried I'd made the wrong decision as it isn't a cheap gadget at £269 (as was the price of my 16GB model this time last year). However, looking back over the last year, I can definitely say it was not a waste of money. I absolutely love my iPod Touch and use it on an almost daily basis. Since I bought it, there...

I've recently noticed that I'm getting quite a lot of visitors who have been searching for information on the Acer Aspire One (AAO) and its capabilities, so thought it would be useful to write a review of my experiences to date to address some of these queries. If you would like any further information or want me to test something on the AAO please e-mail me and I'll do my best to help. I've had my AAO (A150-Bw model) for a few months now and have tested it in a number of different circumstances. I've taken it to my study school...

Are you sometimes afraid to open your RSS reader as you know you will be met by a shockingly large amount of unread items? Up until recently, I was - I particularly noticed it when I didn't check my RSS feeds as frequently as usual back in October when I waspreparing for my interview, finishing my Diploma, and then went to Florida for 2 weeks . When I opened it up again after the break, I had thousands of unread items and found myself flicking through most of them with little interest. I started to look at Google Reader's Trends to...

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="New Year Celebrations in London (from i is Ashby on Flickr)"][/caption] Firstly, I hope any readers who celebrate have had a wonderful Christmas season and enjoyed the break - I certainly have. It's given me chance to see family, spend time at home relaxing with my boyfriend and our kittens, catch up on sleep, do some cross-stitching (for next year's Christmas cards!) and learn a bit of Photoshop. As it's the last day of the year I thought I'd take the opportunity to reflect back on the year and look forward to 2009. 2008 has been quite a big...

I forgot to mention this on the blog - I received my results for my final assignment a few weeks ago and I've had them confirmed so I have now successfully completed my Diploma! :) I'm still keen to continue to Masters level and my plan is to concentrate on my dissertation next year. I'm still not 100% sure what the dissertation will be based on but I'd definitely like to do something with new technologies. I've recently put in a project proposal for running a Learning 2.0/23 Things programme at work which I've been wanting to do for ages. I feel...

I've recently come to realise just how important aesthetics and usability are in all websites, including electronic databases. Having a web designer boyfriend means I recognise the importance of design and usability in the corporate world, but it's become apparent that it's also important in the academic world. I'm interested in web design and particularly usability of web interfaces and had been reading a Visual Design for the Modern Web (well recommended for those interested in the basic principles of designing an effective website). The book has some particularly interesting sections on user interfaces and navigation. Not long after reading the book, I...

Yesterday I attended the Mashed Libraries Unconference held in London. There were around 25 participants in the event - mainly from the UK, although one had even come all the way from Germany (an ExLibris representative). Most people were library techy people, many from systems departments in academic libraries. There were also quite a few not so techy people like myself there though, and although some of the programming went way over my head, there was a lot to be learned and some interesting things that were not so difficult to achieve. We started the day with some short presentations about mashups...