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Well, the time has finally come - on Monday I had an interview for a professional librarian post and I was successful! I'm also coming very close to completion of my Diploma (I'm going away at the end of this month and my aim is to complete my final assignment before I go) so hopefully soon I'll be able to say with pride that I am a qualified librarian. I'm so excited about starting a professional post, I can't wait to be able to work more closely with academic schools to help support the students and further develop our services. I'm moving...

There are many things I love about my job, but around this time of year each year you can usually find me with a big smile on my face. We’ve just finished Fresher’s Week and despite being physically and mentally shattered, I feel great. This year I was involved in helping with a number of library tours and teaching sessions introducing students to our Learning Centres. We spent a lot of summer preparing for the sessions as they were a group we hadn’t had much contact with in the past. We were trying new techniques (we used Captivate to support the...

As part of my study school week in Aberystwyth we had Dr. Jane Secker, Learning Technology Librarian (such a great job title!) at LSE, as a guest speaker to talk to us about the adventures of LASSIE (Libraries and Social Software in Education). I have been following the LASSIE project with interest since last summer when the initial literature review was published – for those that don’t know the project looked at social (Web 2.0) software such as online reading lists, social bookmarking, blogging and social networking, and specifically how they can be used to support distance learners. During the...

The post below was actually written on Monday but I've been without internet access (shock horror!) and haven't been able to post it until now: I’m currently sitting on a train to Aberystwyth with hundreds of sheep around me (it never fails to amaze me just how many sheep there are in Wales despite living here for three years!), playing with my new gadget. I’ve been after a new laptop for a while now and kept telling myself that I would save up and get one when I start my dissertation. My previous laptop is over 6 years old now, and as...

I was checking my blog stats recently when I noticed that some people had entered my blog via del.icio.us (or delicious as it's now known!). I then remembered that I still hadn't got round to adding the ShareThis option to my blog which I had intended to do when we re-designed it.This post outlines how I have added the options to share directly from the Joeyanne Libraryanne blog or from the feed viewed in a feed reader. Sharing from the blog ShareThis enables readers to share interesting posts with their social media or with particular people they think may be interested. As...

Thanks to Jill Hurst-Wahl at Digitization 101, I was made aware that today is Blog Day 2008. For those unfamiliar with Blog Day (and I'll admit I was until Jill made me aware of it!), the idea is that bloggers all around the world find other interesting blogs and share them with their readers by making a post about them. Here are the instructions: Find 5 new Blogs that you find interesting Notify the 5 bloggers that you are recommending them as part of BlogDay 2008 Write a short description of the Blogs and place a link to the recommended Blogs Post the BlogDay Post...

I've received confirmation that I will be attending Internet Librarian International 2008! I won't be attending the full conference but will be there on Friday 17th as I'm particularly interested in the Information Literacy track. I've always really wanted to go to ILI, particularly with it being held in the UK, so I'm really pleased that I'm able to go this year. It's the 10th Anniversary too, as recently blogged about by Brian Kelly (who unfortunately isn't able to attend this year). I'm sure I'll be blogging about my experience (hopefully on my new Acer Aspire One if I can find one...

Over the summer we have been debating the issues around Academic Library Blogging which I thought I would share. I'm also hoping the post and any comments may help consolidate my ideas also as I keep changing my mind about what should be the purpose and content of our blogs! Currently we have an Electronic Resources blog (which is linked from our website but I think is primarily aimed at library staff), other specific project blogs (mainly hosted on internal software and password protected), communication blogs (again, password protected) and 5 subject blogs. The subject blogs have been set up by...

Just a short post to share a great article passed on to me by a web designer friend. William Hicks (no relation to the comedian as far as I know!), a web designer and librarian at the University of North Texas outlines how useful libraries can be, even for those who work almost entirely on the web. He includes some great real-life examples of when a library might be able to help you with your work and why it could benefit you to visit your local academic (or public) library. Obviously, this is aimed at an American audience but I'm sure many...

A couple of weeks ago I attended a very interesting talk given by Kim Holmberg, a PhD student from Finland who is supervised by one of our lecturers at Wolverhampton. The talk was part of a series by the Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group. Kim's background is in information science and webometrics but he also has an interest in Library 2.0 and what he calls Library 3D (libraries in Second Life and similar). The talk introduced the concept of Library 2.0 which was great to see as I'm sure some of the people present had probably never heard of it. Kim tended to...