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Reflection

As it's the first working day of 2014, I'm taking the opportunity to review how I did against my 2013 resolutions. They were: To write (and hopefully publish) a paper for a peer-reviewed journal Unfortunately this still hasn't happened - it's been on my resolutions for a while now, but the opportunity still hasn't yet materialised. However I do have some plans for this so maybe 2014 will be the year. To embed current awareness into working routine (e.g. keeping up-to-date with RSS feeds) Yes, I'm much better at this now. I've cut down the number of RSS feeds I subscribe to so that's...

Another year has flown past and it's time for my annual review - you can see previous ones for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. 2013 has been a funny old year; nothing particularly terrible has happened, but I haven't felt as positive as I usually do and this has been reflected by a decrease in blogging and use of social media. It's not all bad though, as another reason for this decrease is a continuation of what I mentioned last year as a major lesson - trying to achieve a more sustainable work-life balance. This year I've been doing a...

…here a MOOC, there a MOOC, everywhere a MOOC MOOC! That's what it seems like at the moment anyway - everyone seems to be talking about MOOCs at the moment. I was invited to give a presentation about MOOCs at Internet Librarian International 2013 Conference earlier this month. Since it might not be a familiar term to everyone, let's backtrack a bit and cover some of the basics. What on earth is a MOOC? A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course. The name is fairly explanatory but it's useful to break that down a bit. In order to be classed as a...

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="504"] Productivity by Sean MacEntee on Flickr[/caption] I've been writing my column on productivity for CILIP Update for almost a year now, and I'm really enjoying writing it and getting comments from people - it seems to be encouraging people to try new ways of working, sometimes with real day-to-day benefits for them. I've been getting really good feedback and I'm so pleased. My columns so far (also available on my Publications page) have included: Dealing with calendars and diaries To-do or not to-do, that is the question The art of saying no Helping your future self Getting to inbox zero and...

[caption id="attachment_2500" align="alignright" width="200"] I look just like this when I run - happy, relaxed, no hint of tomato face, flyaway hair or flailing limbs (clearly a lie)[/caption] This weekend I ran 5k. Believe me, no one is more surprised about this than I am. I'm not a runner. At all. Eight weeks ago I struggled to run for 3 minutes, but now I can keep going for more than 30 minutes. One day I decided I wanted to improve my fitness so I thought I'd go out for a jog, and decided to give the Couch to 5K (C25K) programme...

[caption id="attachment_2493" align="alignright" width="199"] Closing the contract[/caption] Yesterday evening I attended a Future Faces event on negotiation skills. We received a brief presentation and then had chance to do a group challenge based on a case study. I found some of the things covered in the presentation really useful so though I would share them. I've got to be honest - I wasn't sure what to expect from this joint event with CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply) - I'm not involved in sales or purchasing, and I'm not in a position to be able to negotiate my salary (two of...