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At Online Information 2011, I presented in one of the European Librarians Theatre panel discussions. The discussions are hosted by EBSCO and SLA Europe and bring together librarians from different parts of Europe to discuss a topic and the experiences within their country. My session, 'Everyone is talking but is anyone listening?' focused on social media. It was chaired by Sara Batts (see tweet below), and my fellow panelists were Katrin Weller and Dennie Haye.   I think the panel discussion flowed well - there was largely agreement across the board on a number of different factors, suggesting that libraries across Europe are at a similar stage with social media (the panel had representatives from UK, Germany and The Netherlands). There were some really interesting examples from my fellow panelists - one example of Yammer being used for internal communication (in an international organisation with staff dispersed geographically), and one example of Facebook being used by a University before students arrived to help answers queries and help them begin to make friends. The main messages I took from the session were that libraries and librarians should experiment with social media to see what works, and should aim to understand more about their users as no two libraries will use social media in the same way. You can see the tweets from the session at the #elt2011 hashtag (thanks to @WoodsieGirl and @EBSCOUK for such comprehensive tweeting!) and there is a write up of the session on the SLA Europe website. As mentioned before, I decided to get  information for my section of the discussion via a brief survey - many thanks to those who gave feedback. The main themes emerging from the results of this are shown below.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="136" caption="ALA Emerging Leaders"][/caption] Just a brief blog post to share some exciting news - I've been offered a place on the 2012 class of ALA (American Library Association) Emerging Leaders program. For those who don't know what it is, here's a bit of information about ALA Emerging Leaders: The 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...

Wow, what a day! I really enjoyed Library Camp UK 2011 yesterday, and wanted to jot down some quick thoughts from a personal perspective whilst it's fresh in my mind. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="One of my sessions - really enjoyed the conversation at this one"]Sarah points out the next session[/caption]

Tomorrow I'm joining 174 other people interested in libraries at the first Library Camp UK. I'm hoping it's going to be a little more civilised than the photo above - at least it should be drier as it's indoors. It's being held in Birmingham so I don't even have to travel far (although getting up early on a Saturday will be a bit of a shock!).

I attended a really interesting session at the Handheld Librarian online conference on managing organisational Twitter accounts. The session, Doing more with less: What to do with your 140 characters, was presented by Donna Ekart from Kansas State University library (@kstatelibraries). As I've been using Twitter since 2007 I wasn't expecting to learn a lot from this session, but I picked up some really useful tips so I'm glad I attended.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="553" caption="Handheld Librarian Online Conference V (click on image to go to website)"]Handheld Librarian V[/caption] A couple of weeks ago I attended my first full virtual conference - Handheld Librarian Online Conference V - yes, they have held five of them already! I've attended webinars before and tracked numerous events online that I have been unable to attend in person, but this was my first fully fledged online conference. It was really good value for money ($45), and although it meant working through the evening (due to time zone differences the conferences was 4 - 11.30pm in UK time!) it was definitely something I would do again. The software (Adobe Connect) worked really well, there were very few sound problems (ironically, the only ones I experiences was when the keynote speaker from Mashable was presenting), and the fact that is was all online meant that you could join in all aspects of the conference, including a virtual exhibition.

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Professor Charles Oppenheim with keynote speakers"]LIS DREaM Launch Conference[/caption] I recently attended the LIS DREaM launch conference about developing research excellence and methods in library and information science. I wrote a blog post about my experience, but now I've had chance to reflect on the day I'm going to share my reflections using the basic method I learnt during 23 Things for Professional Development - what? so what? now what?

This week I’m participating in the Library Day in the Life project which charts the day-to-day activities of library workers at different points of the year. This is the fifth time I’ve participated; you can see my earlier posts from July 2009, January 2010, July 2010 and January 2011. I’m currently a full-time Researcher at Evidence Base, Birmingham City University, UK. Although my job title doesn't include the word librarian and I don't work in a library, I still consider myself very much a librarian - our research helps support the library and information communities. I decided to do Library Day in the Life a little different this time round; partly because I've been busy, and partly as I'm not sure verbatim accounts are the most interesting thing to write or read. So instead I'll be writing a summary of what I've been up to this week (using Nirvana, my to do list, to help me as I can check my logbook to see what tasks I've finished). My work life and professional interests often cross over so this list includes some pure work tasks, and other professional related tasks such as committee work and studying.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Greeting after 1 mile (yes, 1 mile!) of convention centre"]Greeting after 1 mile of convention centre[/caption] Well, it's been almost a month now since my visit to the ALA Annual 2011 Conference in New Orleans and study visit to Louisiana State University. I know some people were following my tweets (although I expect some people followed my advice to mute them!), and my Tumblr that I used before, during and after the conference. If I'm honest though, the 8am starts and midnight-ish finishes meant I was exhausted so didn't get to blog as much as I had planned to during the conference. Having said that, I really wanted to take in as much of the sights and experiences of the conference that I possibly could, and I definitely did that.