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Apologies in advance for the shameless self-promotional nature of this post. I like to use this blog as a personal record (I'm also hoping this will come in handy when I do my Chartership), so I'm just sharing a few things I've been up to lately elsewhere in the blogosphere. I spent some time last week writing blog posts for various places, and some of these have now been published and may be of interest. I also want to share a new project which I'm really excited about.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Amazon Kindle - from dvdmerwe on Flickr"] Amazon Kindle - Black Leather Cover and Book Titles[/caption] One of the things that has stood out for me so far in my new job is the vast amount of reading I now have. I've always used the commute to and from work to read (study modules for my diploma, journal articles, reports, work related reading etc.), and tended to prefer to read these on paper than on screen. But in this job the volume of reading is a lot higher, and I was conscious of the amount of paper I was using (and also having to carry around between home and work), so I wondered if an e-reader might be a better way of doing things. I do read a fair bit on my iPhone but I'd never tried a dedicated e-reader. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to borrow a Kindle for a couple of days thanks to BCU eLibrary team. I had a couple of days of travelling so knew I'd be spending a lot of time on the train, so I decided to use the opportunity to see if the Kindle suited my needs. As some of you may be aware (particularly those of you who follow my tweets), I had a mixed experience with it. I thought I'd share the main pros and cons from my experience as I know there are others wondering about getting a Kindle at the moment.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Emma Illingworth and myself at NPC2010 (from sarahjison on Flickr)"][/caption] Having gained a lot from the use of Twitter as a communication tool and conference backchannel at recent conferences, I was keen to encourage this at this year's New Professionals Conference. Thankfully, the organising committee agreed and I was appointed the grand title of “Twitter Officer” (despite what some people thought, this was only my title for the conference and not for my paid job!). The Twitter hashtag A hashtag of #npc2010 was agreed early on in the conference planning, and a TwapperKeeper archive was set up by Ned...

Today marks the three year anniversary of Joeyanne Libraryanne! I first set up the blog back in June 2007 when it looked a little like below (I couldn't find any old screenshots so this is the current blog with the original theme applied): [caption id="attachment_930" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Original Joeyanne Libraryanne blog theme"]Original Joeyanne Libraryanne blog theme[/caption] With a little help from Cookies and Java (my boyfriend's marketing and web design company) it has since developed into the brand you see now (pictured below for those using a feed reader!): [caption id="attachment_931" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Joeyanne Libraryanne current theme"]Joeyanne Libraryanne current theme[/caption]

A little while ago, I read an article about oMbiel's mobile app for universities, CampusM. I'd hear about it on Twitter, and the University of Sheffield's recent implementation, but the article in Talis' Panlibus magazine gave more context into just how much information was available in the app. I thought I'd find out more, and was able to get a copy of the app from the App Store on my iPhone. Of course, I'm not a member of the University of Sheffield so many of the features I cannot use, but a brief overview of the features are shown on the...

[picappgallerysingle id="258453"]So, as I may have mentioned (I think it's taking over my life at the moment!), I'm currently writing my dissertation for my MSc Information and Library Studies course. I'll be doing my research over summer, but in the meantime I'm actually writing it in the correct order rather than leaving the literature review until the end, which I may have been guilty of when writing my undergraduate dissertation (on gender stereotyping in sport, bit of a change of subject!). I've noticed during this process though, that it's incredibly easy to get out of the habit of writing in...

Just a quick post in case you didn't see the announcement on Jennie's blog - the UK Library Blogs wiki is now open for any registered user to edit. Time has flown by, but it's been two whole years now since Jennie initially starting looking for UK library blogs. What initially began as an individual (Jennie!) searching out for other UK bloggers, was turned into a directory of both individual blogs written by librarians and library blogs written for users, and supplier or other information professional's blogs. With a little bit of assistance from Phil Bradley, Christine Rooney-Browne, and myself, it...

I recently wrote a short article about OCLC QuestionPoint's new mobile widget for Fumsi, and thought I'd also post it here for anyone interested. As an avid iPhone user, I'm always keen to test out new mobile technologies - especially those relating to libraries. I was really pleased when I heard that OCLC were planning to release a mobile version of their QuestionPoint chat widget to enable users to access the service from their phone. It's currently available for iPhone, Android and Palm phones and I tested it on my iPhone recently. The Qwidget looks exactly the same when you access...

UK Library Blog wiki For a while now, I've been helping Jennie (and Phil and Christine) administer the UK Library Blogs wiki with up-to-date details of blogs from the UK biblioblogosphere (i.e. library related blogs). It includes institutional blogs as well as personal blogs from all sectors in the information profession. The number of blogging (and microblogging) librarians in the UK seems to keep increasing, although there are some blogs that are now defunct, and a number that have chosen to change blogging platforms or converge multiple blogs into one. The wiki is a really useful resource (so please spread the...

[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...