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WARNING: long blog post! I've been promising a number of people a blog post on how I archive tweets. I set archives up for lots of reasons - often for an event I am attending to record tweets to refer to at a later date, or sometimes for projects I am involved in to keep a record of conversations. There are a number of different methods of archiving tweets, some of which are outlined below. NB: This post covers archiving tweets made using a specific hashtag from all users, not archiving personal tweets.
  1. TAGS (Twitter Archiving Google Spreadsheet)
  2. Twubs
  3. Eventifier
  4. Tweet Archivist
  5. TweetDoc
There is also HootSuite (with Pro subscription), but I'm just focusing on the free options in this post. My preferred tool at the moment is TAGS, but in order to try some other options out, I set up archives each of the five services for the CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group conference which took place on 10th-11th September 2012. The conference has an official hashtag of #cig12, though we noticed some people are using #cig2012. Unfortunately, during the CIG conference, another event began which was using #cig2012 as their hashtag so we also collected their tweets! With the exception of TAGS (which was set up on 5th Sept) and TweetDoc (which collects tweets after the event), all the archives were set up on 9th September.

I've recently submitted my CILIP Chartership portfolio and thought it would be worthwhile to share my experiences - what I liked, what I disliked, what I plan to continue, and my advice to others. First a brief overview of my process: October 2011 - initial investigation into Chartership (discussions on Twitter and in person), found a mentor willing to mentor me virtually. November 2011 - attended a one day Chartership course hosted by CILIP Career Development Group West Midlands. December 2011 - registered for Chartership and set up wiki for progress reporting and mentor communication. Created first version of PPDP (Personal Professional Development Plan). January-August...

I've always been interested in knowing more about the governance of professional organisations such as Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and American Library Association (ALA). I like to know how decisions are made and the structure of the organisation so that I can work out where I best fit and how I can help move things forward. I've been involved in the following ways so far to help me begin to get my head around this: Organised and chaired the first CILIP Election Hustings in November 2010 (on behalf of CILIP West Midlands) Attended CILIP AGM 2011 Been involved in committee...

I'm pleased to see so many people interested in the Library Leadership Reading Group (see earlier blog post and Google Document for further information) and from the tweets quite a few people have decided to join in this month's book discussion based on Margaret Wheatley's Leadership and The New Science. The first discussion will take place on Twitter using the #llrg tag on 31st July at 7.30-8.30pm (UK time). If you haven't participated in a Twitter chat yet I'd recommend reading this blog post in preparation. Essentially all you need to do is to have a Twitter account and to...

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="130"] ALA NMRT logo[/caption] I've recently taken on a new committee position in ALA as Chair of the NMRT (New Members Round Table) Online Discussion Forum committee. As the name suggests, this is a committee that operates virtually so is perfect or someone like myself who is based in a different geographic location to most of the organisation. I really appreciate the fact that I can still be involved in ALA committee work even if I am unable to attend the conferences, and hope CILIP will also increase options for getting involved in committees even if you can't...

Next week I'll be participating in a panel discussion at the LIS DREaM (Developing Research Excellence and Methods) closing conference on the topic of the future of LIS research (tweets on #lis_dream5 if you're interested in following). I have my own views on this (some of which are in the interview questions I was asked to respond to), but at the conference I'll be mainly representing the views of the LIS DREaM cadre (i.e. those of us who have attended the LIS DREaM workshops). I'd like to understand other's views too so if you are part of the LIS DREaM...

I wanted to share some of what I think will be the highlights of ALA Annual Conference 2012 for me and why they're going to be so great (Disclaimer: I may be slightly biased about some of these!) Association Options Fair I've been working with the task force (as part of my Emerging Leaders project) to help organise this session to introduce people to how they can get involved in ALA. It's part of ALA President Molly Raphael's "Empowering Diverse Voices" diversity leadership initiative. There's a full press release available online, but to give a brief overview: The Association Options Fair was developed to...

My time as an ALA Emerging Leader is almost coming to end as we're in the countdown to the ALA Annual Conference 2012. It's been such a great experience and I'd like to share some thoughts. What is ALA Emerging Leaders? According to the official website: American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders (EL) program is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It puts participants on the fast track to ALA committee volunteerism as...

Following some discussions at the CILIP in Wales Conference on leadership, there seem to be a number of people interested in reading books/articles on leadership as part of a reading group. I put together a list of any of the works mentioned from the conference and shared it as a Google Document which others have added to (and added their details if they are interested in joining in). A few people have asked about the Library Leadership Reading Group so here are some FAQs on how I see it working. Can I join in? Of course, this is just a group of people...