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[caption id="attachment_2500" align="alignright" width="200"] I look just like this when I run - happy, relaxed, no hint of tomato face, flyaway hair or flailing limbs (clearly a lie)[/caption] This weekend I ran 5k. Believe me, no one is more surprised about this than I am. I'm not a runner. At all. Eight weeks ago I struggled to run for 3 minutes, but now I can keep going for more than 30 minutes. One day I decided I wanted to improve my fitness so I thought I'd go out for a jog, and decided to give the Couch to 5K (C25K) programme...

[caption id="attachment_2493" align="alignright" width="199"] Closing the contract[/caption] Yesterday evening I attended a Future Faces event on negotiation skills. We received a brief presentation and then had chance to do a group challenge based on a case study. I found some of the things covered in the presentation really useful so though I would share them. I've got to be honest - I wasn't sure what to expect from this joint event with CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply) - I'm not involved in sales or purchasing, and I'm not in a position to be able to negotiate my salary (two of...

My three year term on the CILIP West Midlands committee has come to an end (two years as Marketing Officer, one year as Chair), and I only have a few months left chairing the ALA NMRT Online Discussion Forum committee, so I thought it would be a good time to reflect on my experiences and dispel some myths about chairing committees I've come across during my time as chair. [caption id="attachment_2474" align="alignright" width="300"] Only businessmen over 50 can join committees[/caption] Myth 1: You have to have X years of experience within the profession to chair a committee Until I joined a committee I...

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,...