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Last Friday I finally managed to get hold of a copy of the eagerly awaited book Information Literacy Meets Library 2.0 edited by Peter Godwin and Jo Parker. I started writing a draft blog post about it last Saturday, but I was whizzing through the book so I left it until I finished, which I now have. The book is structured in a very nice, easy to read way - there is an introductory section, a section about the implication of Library 2.0 on teaching information literacy, a case studies section (which is the main bulk of the book), and a...

Following on from UK law librarian blogger Jennie's search to find UK librarian blogs, she decided to create a wiki to keep the list up to date and create one place to find UK librarian bloggers. The wiki has developed into different sections for different types of blog (e.g. individual blogs, institutional blogs) and is growing into a great resource. I've volunteered to help Jennie out in keeping all the information up to date and checking all the blogs to ensure the blurb written about them is accurate, and with the help of others it should continue to grow. If you are...

Despite starting this blog thinking that I would use it to discuss things I have been studying as part of my MSc in Information and Library Studies, I've hardly really mentioned it at all. This may be due to the fact that although I have enjoyed some of the modules, my main passion is for emerging technologies and how they can help academic libraries, and this is the sort of stuff I choose to do in my spare time so I dedicate more of that to the blog. However, I thought it was about time I shared some views on my...

There have recently been some very interesting posts about the difference between librarians who hold a qualification (mainly the American MLS as discussions have been primarily from those across the pond) and those who don't have a qualification. There seems to be ambiguity about the term librarian and when it should be used, something which causes me no end of confusion as a not yet qualified "librarian". It all started with a post by someone who felt that the Library Journals Mover and Shakers should only include qualified librarians: ...

I recently came across a couple of interesting posts about librarian bloggers (or lack of!) in the UK. I also found a similar discussion last year on Brian Kelly's blog and it doesn't seem like much has changed since then. At my last study school I was shocked to discover that I was the only one in my cohort of about 40 that kept a blog of any sort, let alone a library blog. I was very pleased to see my blog mentioned in Jennie's post, it's good to know it's findable at least! Her post is an excellent summary of...

Amazon Kindles are all well and good but it's just not the same as a real book is it? (Plus I can't help but image a Kinder Egg whenever I hear mention of the Kindle - is that just me?!). So many people are against e-books and e-book readers due to the loss of the emotion attached with reading a real book and I can certainly sympathise with that view. So the discovery of the LIVRE (via Engadget) was an exciting moment (well, as exciting as you get with regards to e-book readers!). It's currently a concept produced by a student...

I recently came across Google Calendar almost by accident, I was aware of it before but had never used it as we have Outlook Exchange at work and I have my trusty FiloFax as well as my iPod touch for my own scheduling. I was trying to publicise some drop-in information skills sessions we hold and spent ages constructing a suitable table in HTML, then inputting all the basic details which linked to a booking form for sessions where we have limited places. I then tried to find a way to give more details on the workshops and investigated using JavaScript...

I have two reasons to make this post today: This morning I got the go ahead for my "Using Facebook Pages to reach our users" project at work The LASSIE project is coming to an end and the reports are available online I'm really quite proud that my Facebook project is finally properly underway. Now that the Project Proposal has been OK'd with management I can really start progressing it. I have a meeting with my Project Sponsor on Monday morning when we can hopefully plan the way forward. The page is currently live (please feel free to have a look and let...

In case you haven't yet been made aware, Michael Stephens at Tame The Web has released a copy of his Tech Tips for Every Librarian articles published in Computers In Libraries magazine during 2006-7. There's some really useful articles there including information on IM, wikis, blogs and more for libraries. Great stuff!...

It really doesn't seem very long at all since we were all stressing about the Millennium bug! Thought I'd write a quick post to wish everyone a Happy New Year and think forward to 2008. I'm not really one for specific resolutions but I do like to try to think about my main aims in life and how I'm going to get there. By then end of 2008 I hope to have completed my Diploma in Information and Library Studies and become that all important "qualified information professional" - better get back to the studying really as I've done none over...