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I've been playing with the new Google Sites offering on and off for a couple of months now. I joined under my work e-mail address and created a sort of mini portal for our team at work which could either be the answer to my prayers or a complete nightmare - I'm still undecided. It took me a while to sort out a separate Google Apps account under my work e-mail but I got there eventually, although it does tend to get a little confusing having two Google accounts (one personal, one work). Once I'd registered it took me to our...

If there's one blogging feature I am absolutely loving at the moment, it's the ability to schedule posts. There are times when I have loads of ideas for new blog posts but I don't necessarily want to publish them all at once. With the scheduling feature in Wordpress 2.5, I can write when I feel like it, and choose to publish at a later date. It's very useful for posts that you know you want to publish soon but you want to add a couple more links to or a little bit more content before publishing, as well as meaning that...

Last Friday I finally managed to get hold of a copy of the eagerly awaited book Information Literacy Meets Library 2.0 edited by Peter Godwin and Jo Parker. I started writing a draft blog post about it last Saturday, but I was whizzing through the book so I left it until I finished, which I now have. The book is structured in a very nice, easy to read way - there is an introductory section, a section about the implication of Library 2.0 on teaching information literacy, a case studies section (which is the main bulk of the book), and a...

For those of you who (like me) check Facebook on a daily basis, you probably noticed the new addition of the chat bar on the bottom of the screen yesterday. I'd previously read blog posts about the Facebook chat feature and was looking forward to seeing what it would be like. Luckily I was able to have a play as a fellow Facebooker and librarian, Katharine Widdows was also online and wanting to give it a go. I have to say, I'm very pleasantly surprised. The instructions when you first log on are very clear, concise and easy to understand. By...

Following on from UK law librarian blogger Jennie's search to find UK librarian blogs, she decided to create a wiki to keep the list up to date and create one place to find UK librarian bloggers. The wiki has developed into different sections for different types of blog (e.g. individual blogs, institutional blogs) and is growing into a great resource. I've volunteered to help Jennie out in keeping all the information up to date and checking all the blogs to ensure the blurb written about them is accurate, and with the help of others it should continue to grow. If you are...

Despite starting this blog thinking that I would use it to discuss things I have been studying as part of my MSc in Information and Library Studies, I've hardly really mentioned it at all. This may be due to the fact that although I have enjoyed some of the modules, my main passion is for emerging technologies and how they can help academic libraries, and this is the sort of stuff I choose to do in my spare time so I dedicate more of that to the blog. However, I thought it was about time I shared some views on my...

There have recently been some very interesting posts about the difference between librarians who hold a qualification (mainly the American MLS as discussions have been primarily from those across the pond) and those who don't have a qualification. There seems to be ambiguity about the term librarian and when it should be used, something which causes me no end of confusion as a not yet qualified "librarian". It all started with a post by someone who felt that the Library Journals Mover and Shakers should only include qualified librarians: ...

I guess the title of the post is pretty self-explanatory really; Joeyanne.co.uk has recently had a redesign. A few days before Easter I trawled the web for inspiration and came up with a very random mix of ideas that I wanted to incorporate into my new design and came up with a very rough brief. I wanted round corners, clearer options for subscribing, a cleaner page with less columns and a greater concentration on the main content, lots of icons and a better font, as well as a huge long list of other requests. Working with the designer was very...

A common concern with regards to Facebook (certainly in my experience anyway) is the lack of privacy and the amount of information which is potentially available about you to anyone who wants it. I've always worked on the philosophy that if I volunteer to put information about myself on the web then I must accept that anyone may view this information, but I know there are a lot of people who want to share their information with some people but want to be able to control who can see such information. I was very pleased to see this on my Facebook homepage...

I recently came across a couple of interesting posts about librarian bloggers (or lack of!) in the UK. I also found a similar discussion last year on Brian Kelly's blog and it doesn't seem like much has changed since then. At my last study school I was shocked to discover that I was the only one in my cohort of about 40 that kept a blog of any sort, let alone a library blog. I was very pleased to see my blog mentioned in Jennie's post, it's good to know it's findable at least! Her post is an excellent summary of...