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I recently completed a survey for an MSc dissertation project about academic librarians and their involvement in reasearch. Details of the survey (taken from the website): Whilst academic librarians have as a core responsibility facilitating the research of others, not as many conduct their own. The purpose of this study is to understand more fully the motivations and barriers for UK academic librarians to conduct research and to publish. This study will take place during the autumn and winter of 2008. This study will form the core of a dissertation in support of an MSc Information and Library Management at the University...

I've recently come to realise just how important aesthetics and usability are in all websites, including electronic databases. Having a web designer boyfriend means I recognise the importance of design and usability in the corporate world, but it's become apparent that it's also important in the academic world. I'm interested in web design and particularly usability of web interfaces and had been reading a Visual Design for the Modern Web (well recommended for those interested in the basic principles of designing an effective website). The book has some particularly interesting sections on user interfaces and navigation. Not long after reading the book, I...

Yesterday I attended the Mashed Libraries Unconference held in London. There were around 25 participants in the event - mainly from the UK, although one had even come all the way from Germany (an ExLibris representative). Most people were library techy people, many from systems departments in academic libraries. There were also quite a few not so techy people like myself there though, and although some of the programming went way over my head, there was a lot to be learned and some interesting things that were not so difficult to achieve. We started the day with some short presentations about mashups...

This post follows on from an earlier post about the use of Facebook Pages for Libraries. There have been a number of further developments since then both internally and externally. Internally, our Facebook page has gradually increased interest in terms of the number of fans it has. We currently have over 200 fans - not a massive amount but not bad without any formal marketing yet. I've had verbal feedback from some students who feel it is a good way to be kept up-to-date with Learning Centre services and resources as they use Facebook regularly. I'll be writing a progress report...

I've already passed this on to some who I know are using Facebook within their libraries but I thought I'd mention it here as well. Jane Secker of the LASSIE project is talking to some non-librarians at the end of this month about how libraries are currently using Facebook (if at all). Please complete her short survey if you have time to help with the research....

There are many things I love about my job, but around this time of year each year you can usually find me with a big smile on my face. We’ve just finished Fresher’s Week and despite being physically and mentally shattered, I feel great. This year I was involved in helping with a number of library tours and teaching sessions introducing students to our Learning Centres. We spent a lot of summer preparing for the sessions as they were a group we hadn’t had much contact with in the past. We were trying new techniques (we used Captivate to support the...

Just a short post to share a great article passed on to me by a web designer friend. William Hicks (no relation to the comedian as far as I know!), a web designer and librarian at the University of North Texas outlines how useful libraries can be, even for those who work almost entirely on the web. He includes some great real-life examples of when a library might be able to help you with your work and why it could benefit you to visit your local academic (or public) library. Obviously, this is aimed at an American audience but I'm sure many...

Visit mashed library There have been a number of library related unconference recently, in the USA, Canada and Australia to my knowledge. For anyone unfamiliar with the term, an unconference is basically an informal conference with a broad theme which is driven by the delegates. I've always thought these events seemed like a great idea so I was very excited when Owen Stephens suggested on his blog that maybe we should have an unconference event for mashed libraries in the UK. As you can see from the number of responses he got in the comments, it seems there are quite...

Another problem/solution based post, this one is something I've been thinking about for ages but haven't been able to do anything about yet. I thought it might be useful to see if anyone out there has a solution to help with the nightmare that is reading lists? It's one of the responsibilities which seems to be shared by almost all academic librarians. During my experience supporting different academic schools, each seems to deal with their reading lists in different ways. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a standardised procedure so that all academic staff, library staff and students knew...

I've been playing with the new Google Sites offering on and off for a couple of months now. I joined under my work e-mail address and created a sort of mini portal for our team at work which could either be the answer to my prayers or a complete nightmare - I'm still undecided. It took me a while to sort out a separate Google Apps account under my work e-mail but I got there eventually, although it does tend to get a little confusing having two Google accounts (one personal, one work). Once I'd registered it took me to our...