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I recently received a Innergie 3 in 1 Magic Cable Trio to review, and was looking forward to testing it out. Anyone who has seen me at a meeting or event will know I always have a charger with me and am usually found by a socket or frantically looking for one. I tend to have Apple devices with me for short trips, so one charging cable is usually sufficient (though I do sometimes use a Belkin double adapter so I can charge both at the same time if necessary). For longer trips though I have other devices with me...

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="128"] Our Enduring Values (image from Google Books)[/caption] The next Twitter chat for the Library Leadership Reading Group will be on 22nd January 2012 at 8pm (UK time). We'll be discussing Our Enduring Values: Librarianship in the 21st Century by Michael Gorman. If you'd like to join us, please do - just start tweeting using the #llrg hashtag. To follow the conversation you might want to set up a saved search and use your favourite Twitter client, or you can use a tool like Tweetchat. If you're wondering what the Library Leadership Reading Group is all about, please read my...

I'm not one for making rash statements about things I'm going to change in my life starting on January 1st, but I do frequently set myself goals and revisit them so the beginning of the year is a good excuse as any to do so publicly. I also find that sharing them publicly helps me stick to them. With that in mind, let's see how I did on last year's goals: To work on CILIP Chartership (reflecting on achievements and updating wiki on at least a monthly basis) - I did even better than expected here and submitted my portfolio in...

It's that time of year again - time to reflect on the activities of the previous 12 months (see 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 posts). Here are some of my highlights from 2012: [caption id="attachment_2105" align="aligncenter" width="300"] 2012 highlights in pictures[/caption] Top: My Emerging Leaders project group with ALA NMRT President (Janel Kinlaw, far left) and Past President (Linda Crook, far right) Bottom left: CILIP Chartership certificate Bottom centre: CILIP West Midlands Chair medal Bottom right: Productivity and time management article Professionally, one of the main things this year has been CILIP Chartership. I started the process early in the year, submitted my portfolio in August,...

  by  dmachiavello  Whilst I was working towards my chartership, my mentor encouraged me to write an article for CILIP Update based on the workshop I delivered for CDG London and South East on time management and the Getting Things Done (GTD) system. CILIP have also kindly provided an open access version for non-members to read. I really enjoyed writing the article, and it was well received; I had some great feedback both by social media and email. Time management and productivity is clearly a topic of interest to a number of library/information workers, and I'm pleased to say I'm going to be sharing more of...

As I've now successfully completed my CILIP Chartership, I won't be scheduling any more chartership chats as they've served their purpose for me. Since submitting my portfolio, I've had a few people ask me when the next one will be - it can be whenever you want one! I wanted to ensure people knew how to set one up so that going forward, candidates can continue to schedule these chats if they find them useful. [caption id="attachment_2075" align="alignright" width="128"] Twitter icon from Iconfinder[/caption] Why #chartership chat? We all learn in different ways, and seek support from different methods. For me, chartership chat on...

OK, I've not actually become Scottish (though the name does have quite a nice ring to it!). In actual fact the capitalisation should really be MCLIP - I recently received confirmation that I have passed my CILIP Chartership. This now means I'm a bona fide chartered information professional and have therefore achieved the goal I set out to when I declared at my graduate trainee interview in August 2005 that I wanted to study for my MSc in Library and Information Studies and then go on to charter (hmm, maybe I do plan things after all!). I posted earlier some initial...

What? Why the planning? [caption id="" align="alignright" width="214"] Which path to choose? by Mark Smallwood[/caption] I'm going through a period of self-reflection at the moment, and it's something I go through regularly when I finish studying or close a chapter of my life. One day I'm just plodding along as normal, and then suddenly I have extra free time and I start thinking. Thinking is good, but life thinking is HARD. I'm an opportunist type of person, so I never really planned to be a librarian - I just knew teaching wasn't for me at the time I had to make a...