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Last week, I gave a seminar on 'Managing yourself: how to be productive with your time'. I'd been invited by CILIP Career Development Group London and South East branches to deliver a session on this topic which expanded on my presentation from Internet Librarian International 2012 on Productivity for Librarians. The focus of this seminar was much more practical in nature so rather than just talking through some of the tools I use and the way I implement the Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology, we went through each stage of the GTD methodology and considered how it could be implemented...

This evening I'll be delivering a seminar for the CILIP Career Development Group (London and South East division) on Managing yourself: how to be productive with your time. I've given presentations on this topic before, and have blogged about it, but when I was invited to deliver this session I was initially unsure if I could fill 2hrs based in my knowledge. It's also been a while since I delivered a longer session like this - I used to on a regular basis (for students, researchers or academic staff) in my subject librarian role, but most of my recent public speaking has been conference presentation of around 20-30 minutes in length (with some discussion if I can fit it in but largely just 'chalk and talk' style). I thought I would benefit from learning some new skills/techniques so decided to read How to run a great workshop by Nikki Highmore Sims.

It's almost time for #chartership chat again (comes around so quickly!). The results of the poll gave a tie so we'll take the first one in the list for this week and the second for the next chat. So this week's chat on Thursday 29th March at 6.30pm BST will be Writing your evaluative statement. I know there are some people on Twitter currently at, or approaching, this stage and for those of us just beginning it will still be useful to start considering how we're going to turn our evidence into a portfolio with the evaluative statement. Please join us and...

Apologies in advance for what may be a very confused post, I've had lots of thoughts running through my head that I wanted to write down! [caption id="" align="alignright" width="120" caption="I'm not one of these (though I did use this in my presentation at my first library job interview!)"][/caption] Well, you're reading Joeyanne Libraryanne so I'm guessing that after reading the title of the blog post you're thinking, "erm...

Following the success of this week's chartership chat (kindly written up by @Library_Quine in her blog post), which had a theme of recording and collecting chartership evidence, we now need to decide a topic for the next chat on Thursday 29th March. I've put together a quick poll below of some of the ideas suggested, though please feel free to suggest another - we can always add it to a future list even if it's not the most popular for the next chat. Please do vote and pass on the link to any others you think might be interested in joining...

This week's chartership chat we're going to try theming the discussion. We had a great suggestions from one of the attendees, Kelly Quaye: [blackbirdpie url="https://twitter.com/#!/kcquaye/status/175305291225763843"] It's a really common topic people want to discuss so I think it will be a really useful conversation. In preparation for the conversation I thought I'd share the methods I'm using to collect information about my activities and potential evidence, the main one of which is a Google form. There are a number of different tables or matrices for collating information about your evidence and I thought it would be useful to set one up as a Google spreadsheet and populate it using a Google form. The idea is that I can use the form to add information to the spreadsheet from anywhere at any point without having to load a document up first.

[caption id="attachment_1723" align="aligncenter" width="259" caption="My focus group toolkit"]Focus Group toolkit[/caption] One of the things I've learnt to do in my job as a researcher is to facilitate focus groups. I've attended a number of focus groups with colleagues now, so last week it was time to be responsible for facilitating one myself. Encouraged by my chartership mentor, I decided to reflect on this on my blog as I know many librarians are involved in focus groups and it tends to be a key area people are interested in advice on.

  by  mnadi  I didn't actually think I'd be writing a blog post about this yet - chairing meetings was on my list of things I'd be doing later this year (in my role as chair of CILIP West Midlands) but there was confusion over the date of the committee changeover. Seeing as the current chair couldn't attend the committee meeting earlier this week at the last minute, the rest of the committee decided I should chair the meeting (which left the Vice Chair very confused as the current Chair had asked him to stand in). Unfortunately I got lost on my way...

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="350" caption="Studying?! by J.Salmoral"][/caption] When I should have been writing my dissertation in 2009 I wrote a few articles for publication, but in the last 12-18 months my writing has pretty much stalled apart from blogging which I continue to do on a regular basis, and occasional articles for regional newsletters (because I'm on committees and sometimes get asked to write something up for the newsletter). Most of my publications have been in newsletter and magazines - I've only been through the peer-review process once and it was an event report so not as rigorous as a research...