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Another year has flown past and it's time for my annual review - you can see previous ones for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. 2013 has been a funny old year; nothing particularly terrible has happened, but I haven't felt as positive as I usually do and this has been reflected by a decrease in blogging and use of social media. It's not all bad though, as another reason for this decrease is a continuation of what I mentioned last year as a major lesson - trying to achieve a more sustainable work-life balance. This year I've been doing a...

…here a MOOC, there a MOOC, everywhere a MOOC MOOC! That's what it seems like at the moment anyway - everyone seems to be talking about MOOCs at the moment. I was invited to give a presentation about MOOCs at Internet Librarian International 2013 Conference earlier this month. Since it might not be a familiar term to everyone, let's backtrack a bit and cover some of the basics. What on earth is a MOOC? A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course. The name is fairly explanatory but it's useful to break that down a bit. In order to be classed as a...

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="504"] Productivity by Sean MacEntee on Flickr[/caption] I've been writing my column on productivity for CILIP Update for almost a year now, and I'm really enjoying writing it and getting comments from people - it seems to be encouraging people to try new ways of working, sometimes with real day-to-day benefits for them. I've been getting really good feedback and I'm so pleased. My columns so far (also available on my Publications page) have included: Dealing with calendars and diaries To-do or not to-do, that is the question The art of saying no Helping your future self Getting to inbox zero and...

I travel quite a bit and need to be able to work on the go. Fortunately I have a tablet and a smartphone so between the two devices I pretty much always have access to my email, social media, documents, and note taking apps. I take notes digitally at meetings, use mobile devices to work out where I am and how I get to where I need to be (by foot or by public transport), create presentations on my tablet, present from my smartphone, contact people in various different ways via them (email, social media, Skype, and even occasionally SMS...

I've been working for CILIP in my part-time secondment role for the Future Skills project for a couple of months now and we're making good progress. I've had a number of people ask questions about where things are at and what will be happening when, as well as people wanting to provide feedback to help shape the support for the new Professional Registration. I thought it would therefore be worthwhile to share where we're up to at this point, what else will be done, and where you can help. Julie and myself first worked on the assessment criteria, and have refined...

I've recently started a part-time secondment to CILIP to work on their Future Skills Project. You may already be aware of the project, which has been working on the recommendations from the Defining our Professional Future report to review the CPD offering: The Future Skills Project is reviewing CILIP’s qualifications to ensure every member gets the recognition they deserve from their employers and society for a unique suite of highly valuable, relevant and endurable skills. This review has created the Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB), the revised model for delivering Accreditation of academic and vocational qualifications and the suite of CILIP...