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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...

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...

[picappgallerysingle id="246905"]I thought I'd continue the tradition I started last year and end 2009 by posting a reflective blog post about the year. It's been a year full of ups and downs, mainly ups thankfully - although at times it's been difficult to focus on the positives, I've learnt a lot this year about myself. This time last year I had recently started my first professional librarian job, and one year in I'm really enjoying it - it was definitely worth all the hard work completing my Diploma. I've had the opportunity to work on projects such as improving the way we...

Just a brief post to highlight a new(ish) feature on Wordpress.com blogs which you can use to link your blog posts to your Twitter account. I talked about the importance of linking your online accounts at my talks at the New Professional's Conference and the CILIP Open Graduate Day earlier this year, and at the time recommended using Twitterfeed to help you link your blog posts into Twitter. This is still a great service and works well with all RSS feeds, but if you just want to link your Wordpress.com blog(s) to your Twitter account(s), you can now do it directly...

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...

I've recently co-authored an article with Christine Rooney-Browne for Refer, the journal of the Information Services group of CILIP, which has now been published in the Autumn 2009 issue. Refer offer some of the material from their journal online at REFERplus, and our article is available in pdf format, please feel free to read and let myself or Christine know what you think. The article, "Blogging: an opportunity to communicate, participate and collaborate on a global scale", is written primarily for reference librarians, although the majority of the material is general in nature. It was an interesting article to write; much...

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...

There've been a couple of blog memes going round the UK biblioblogosphere ( library bloggers!), so I thought I'd join in. The first is a post about how you got into librarianship, which I'll write later this week, and today's is Reading Habits (so far completed by WoodsieGirl, Jaffne, stupidgirl_no1, iOverlord and infobunny). I'm writing this one first as Infobunny asked us all to write it and I must obey Bunny - as should you, so please feel free to carry the meme on with your own reading habits. Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack? Not usually, no....