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[picappgallerysingle id="4505285"]A little while ago, I was involved in a very interesting discussion about utilising newer mobile technologies within libraries which began on Twitter (with @ijclark, @aarontay, @ostephens, and @chriskeene) and sparked experimentation and further discussion in the office. 1. Using your mobile phone as a library card The first idea was prompted by this blog post from Aaron Tay. It introduces the Cardstar app, which allows users to enter their loyalty/membership card details into their iPhone (they are also developing an Android and Blackberry version) and use the barcode on their phone instead of their cards. I'd seen this in the...

This is one of a series of posts documenting my daily activities as a Resources Librarian at University of Wolverhampton, UK, as part of the Library Day in the Life project. Today I'll take the more traditional approach and record my activities, and the time I did them. 6.20 Second alarm went off, I finally decide it's time to get up. 6.45 Leave home. 6.55 Get first bus. 7.25 Get University shuttle bus. 7.50 Arrive at work, such a quicker journey when I get the earlier buses. 8.00 Opened up (with help from colleague) - turned on OPACs, changed date to show Friday opening hours (we close...

This is one of a series of posts documenting my daily activities as a Resources Librarian at University of Wolverhampton, UK, as part of the Library Day in the Life project. [caption id="attachment_364" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="My desk at 11am - too much clutter and paperwork!"][/caption] I was planning to get the earlier buses today which get me to work at 8ish so I could get some work done before we opened, but cuddles in bed with Cookie cat were too tempting to miss out on! I left home at 7.30 instead, and got the public bus and University shuttle. Bit of an...

This is one of a series of posts documenting my daily activities as a Resources Librarian at University of Wolverhampton, UK, as part of the Library Day in the Life project. I decided not to blog yesterday, as most of my day was taken up with family activities (Monday and Tuesday are non-library days for me anyway). I did do a couple of library profession related activities though: completed and submitted my application for a student place at a conference, and emailed my newly appointed dissertation supervisor (more on this in a future post, exciting!). Today was a late night librarian shift...

Introduction to Library Day in the Life project (25th-29th Jan is Round 4), and Monday's (short!) post about my library related activities for the day. Monday isn't strictly a working day for me in my library, although I tend to spend time on professional activities so thought it would be worthwhile including these in Library Day in the Life....

[picappgallerysingle id="3470167"] With a number of people having (or looking for) new mobile phones for Christmas or in the January sales, and people reflecting on the technological advances of the last decade (ignoring the debate about whether or not we're actually in a new decade!), I've read a few blog posts recently about the great features of mobile devices and how useful they are. All this talk about mobile devices reminded me of a blog post I've been intending to write for a while so here it is. Regular readers of the blog will know that I splashed out on an iPod...

Due to the nature of my career history so far (numerous temporary contracts and moving campuses), I have changed jobs a lot in the last few years. In just over four years at my current place of work I've had five interviews, five different jobs (four in the same job role but different locations and contracts), and worked at three different campuses. I'm now in my first professional post which I started just over a year ago. I've become pretty accustomed to moving around and having different jobs, so having a permanent librarian job is a bit of a novelty. However,...

[picappgallerysingle id="275923"]There are many things I enjoy about being a librarian. As I've mentioned before, I find it particularly rewarding helping people utilise our resources to find the information they need. But a lot of the work we do as librarians isn't really seen. Much of a librarian's time is spent in an office sat in front of a computer screen - producing training material, managing web pages, communicating online with users, liaising with staff, reading list checking, finding out about new publications, researching and writing reports for projects, keeping up-to-date with developments in the profession.. etc. etc. So sometimes...

Last week I did something a bit different - I was asked a few weeks ago if I could be interviewed for a podcast about social media, and was pleased to accept. It was actually for a social media module at University of Aberystwyth, so I was especially pleased to be involved as I had provided feedback from my course that it had been a shame this had not been covered during my Diploma. Nicole Schultz (who also has an interest in social media) is responsible for developing the module and she came up with the great idea that it would...