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Well it's summer already (until recently the weather has reflected this too which has been a welcome surprise!), and the time of year when a number of library events happen. This year I have been lucky to be able to fit quite a few into my calendar and was offered sponsorship for one conference which I'm really looking forward to. Over the next few weeks I will be attending: Library Information Show 2009 - Wednesday 10th June CoFHE Conference 2009 - Wednesday 17th-Friday 19th June New Professional's Conference 2009 - Monday 6th July At the LIS Show at NEC on Wednesday, I'll be helping out...

Last week I attended a course at De Montfort University in Leicester titled "Focus on your teaching: revisiting current practice and sharing new ideas. An event for librarians teaching in HE institutions" - catchy title! ;) In keeping with the wordy title, I will warn you that this blog post is a long post, but is separated into the different presentations. I was intending to live blog the event but the room wasn't really set up for that. Teaching is one of the parts of my job as an academic librarian that I most enjoy, and so I was really looking...

Wow, I've been named a 2009 Shover and Maker! :) For those that don't know of Shovers and Makers, here's some information taken from the Shovers and Makers website: Every year, Library Journal names a group of innovative librarians as “Movers and Shakers.” M&S is a popular feature for a good reason: the profiles of M&S librarians are thought-provoking and inspiring. M&S ends up as something of a snapshot of what the library profession finds innovative and worth of notice, and there is no question that the Movers and Shakers are people to watch. But at the Library Society of the World, we...

A few weeks ago there were some major changes with the layout of Facebook (more on the official Facebook blog). The change has been pretty unpopular with quite a lot of people, although I have to say I personally quite like the change of focus. Facebook is now far more focused on following the activities of your friends on your home page, in a similar way to Twitter (Facebook did try to buy Twitter earlier this year so it's probably no coincidence that they are changing in this way). At around the same time of the change, Facebook also changed its...

A couple of weeks ago I attended the online 23 Things Summit organised by WebJunction, MaintainIT, the State Library of Kansas, and the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. It was held in America so the timezone difference worked out well for me as it meant I was at home in the evening. For those not aware of 23 Things, it is also sometimes called Learning 2.0 and is a staff development programme designed for library staff. It uses blogging as the main tool for reflective learning and introduces staff to new web tools (the "things") each week, which they then...

I've been administering the Facebook Page for University of Wolverhampton Learning Centres for just over a year now. It's been a great learning process for me - not only the actual process of creating and developing the Facebook Page but also managing my first project with all the associated paperwork and processes involved. Over the course of the year, many librarians have been in touch asking for advice about whether or not to create a Facebook Page for their library; many have gone on to do so, others are still unsure. My personal recommendation is to give it a go if users...

Just noticed an interesting OPAC survey mentioned in the latest edition of CILIPs Library + Information Gazette which I thought would be worth sharing here. Following on from Dave Pattern's nationwide survey to see what we think of our OPACs in 2007 (see more details of the survey and its results on his Self-plagiarism is style blog), Bowker have launched a new survey to discover what librarians currently think about their OPACs to see whether things have improved at all. Taken from the survey: In October 2007, David Pattern from the University of Huddersfield published the results of his OPAC satisfaction survey and...

[caption id="attachment_375" align="alignnone" width="397" caption="Library 2.0 mashup using tags in delicious.com"][/caption] Following on from a blog post at CILIP's Library and Information Update blog about a resource produced using tags in delicious, the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills have re-purposed their initial digitalgovuk mashup and produced a library2.0 resources mashup. The mashup uses delicious (for the resources), SimplePie (to handle the RSS feed), and Thumbshots (to create the screenshots). The page is automatically updated with anything tagged in delicious with the term library2.0. I like this idea as a way to present similar resources, although apart from a pretty page it doesn't...

I'm always impressed with simple ideas to help users at their point of need, whether that's physical signs when libraries can be confusing, or pointers to help users on the library website. Something which impressed me last year was the idea of adding help to error pages on the library catalogue. Following examples such as David Lee King at Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, many libraries added Meebo widgets to error pages of their OPACs so that when users could not find what they were looking for on the OPAC they could immediately ask for help from a virtual librarian...

I've been a Twitter user (joeyanne) on and off for a few months now, but have only recently started to use it regularly. It seems to have suddenly become more popular; Stephen Fry talked about it on last week's Jonathan Ross show, and there's a video of him talking about twitter on the BBC site which is currently the most viewed video on there. I've personally noticed an increase in use of Twitter recently due to the number of followers I seem to be getting - I don't have loads but most days in the last couple of weeks...