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  by  Karl Hab  I've just finished reading Paco Underhill's book Why we buy: the science of shopping, which was recommended during Rachel Van Riel's talk at the CoFHE conference earlier this year. It's a fascinating book for anyone interested in marketing, retail or human behaviour. The version I read was the 2000 edition so there have obviously been more developments in the way we shop since then (in one chapter he talks about the futuristic way we may scan our own shopping in at the supermarket!), but a lot of the principles discussed I imagine remain. This is of particular importance now...

In my last post, I mentioned that I would be writing a post about how I got into librarianship, following a meme going round. Ned Potter has now set up a Library Routes wiki to record all these posts, in a similar way to the Day in the Life wiki. It's really interesting reading everyone's posts and I also think it could be very useful for anyone considering entering the profession to see how others got there. Here's my story anyway...

We're coming to the end of Fresher's Week and as the title says I am feeling shattered! We've spent a long time preparing for inductions over summer, and this week has been really hectic (with staff illness, last minute sessions, and general running around like a headless chicken!), so I can't wait until I finish work today so that I can rest! I always look forward to the students coming back though, and this year is no exception. The University seems so empty without them, and one of the most rewarding aspects of the job for me is working...

The UK newspaper Guardian occasionally have articles on academic libraries. Normally they're not too favourable, but last week there was a really interesting article about how academic libraries are undergoing a quiet revolution. The article talks about how the information environment is changing and with that the role of the academic librarian must adapt from one of a keeper of information to one of a marketer of services and teacher/trainer to help students (and academics) use the right services with the appropriate tools and techniques to get the best information. The article features insights from academic librarians in the UK and gives...

I've been busy busy busy recently - academic librarians always seem to have so much they hope to achieve in summer and then you blink and suddenly it's almost time for the students to return! Anyway, just a short post to share some exciting news - my first peer reviewed article has been published in Program. :) I mentioned a while ago that I had contributed to a paper for Bridging Worlds 2008 conference, and Program have run a special edition featuring selected papers from the conference. It seems like such a long time ago when I first wrote my...

Interesting day today, lots seemed to happen - some good, some not so good. The day started with a lazy morning, although I did manage to get to work for 9am despite not leaving the house until 7.45am. Result! I hadn't seen my manager for a while (he's been on leave and then I was at Warwick yesterday) so caught up on a few things and spoke to him about the progress of the inductions work. Caught up on emails and planned my priorities for the day - although they changed during the course of the day! I had my appraisal at 11am...

Wordpress iPhone app is clearly not the way to go, just crashed again whilst trying to publish and now I can't get to my post! Anyway, today's activities: Similar morning routine to yesterday with more snoozing of the alarm, a whiney attention-seeking Cookie cat, and minus the winter coat (too much hassle!). I'm off to Warwick today so a slightly later start as I don't need to be there until 10.30am. Got the 7.44am bus to get to the station. There seem to be plenty of trains to Coventry ( nearest station to Warwick Uni). Bought my ticket at the station and managed...

For most people, Wednesday is day three of their working week, but my library job is part-time so Wednesday is the first working day of my library week (I spend Monday and Tuesday at home with my boyfriend working with him in his marketing/web design business, Cookies and Java). Here's an overview of my day today: 6.20am Alarm goes off. I ignore it a few times by snoozing. I'm terrible at getting up in the morning and have two alarms - one on my phone and one Lumi clock which provides light and is supposed to help you get up easily each...

This week I'll be taking part in the Library Day in the Life project, which I followed last year and intended to join in but didn't get round to posting. It's a simple idea - people who work in libraries simply record their daily activities for a week and share these at the end of each day, usually via their blog. They add their name to the list held on the wiki so that others can read their blog posts, and they tag all posts, photos, videos etc. with the librarydayinthelife tag. I found it really interesting reading about what...

At the New Professionals Conference I presented at last week, I spoke to CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) representatives who mentioned the CILIP Network of Expertise and Interests. Seeing as I was talking about online networking, they seemed surprised (and I was fairly embarrassed) that I hadn't heard of it before. I asked others on Twitter last week and was relieved to find that it wasn't just me who wasn't aware of the network. I decided to register, and thought I'd share a brief review of the service. The network is not part of the Communities area of...