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The latest issue of CILIP West Midlands journal, Open Access, is a special edition on Web 2.0. It contains articles from librarians throughout the region,and I was pleased to be asked to contribute. The editor, David Viner, asked if I could write about professional networking using Web 2.0 tools and I was happy to oblige - a similar article from the viewpoint of Amelia Luzzi, an information professional currently working outside a library is also presented which gives an interesting comparison. There are also practical guides for using Web 2.0, overviews of Web 2.0 projects within the region, and a look at the Semantic Web and...

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...

On Monday, I gave a presentation on networking and marketing yourself using online tools at the New Professionals Conference in London. It was the first time I'd spoken at a conference and I really enjoyed the day; it was great to discuss my interests (i.e. new technologies) with other new professionals. I'll write a more detailed post about the day itself soon. I chose to talk about online networking and personal marketing as I thought it would be particularly relevant to new professionals,  and I could share my own experiences. My presentation introduced professional networking and then went on to discuss...

iTunesU and Podcasting Laurie Roberts, Liaison Librarian at QMU, explained the use of podcasting at QMU and introduced iTunesU (iTunes University) - watch introductory video for an overview. You can download a copy of Laurie's presentation, which includes relevant links as well as her notes. As part of Laurie's job role, she has the task to investigate use of Web 2.0 technologies and how they can be used to support the library services. Laurie therefore “plays” with web 2.0 technologies, explores potential use for library, and attends courses to discover new tools and share good practice. Currently, QMU are using a library blog,...

Building a customer centred space - using observation to inform library design Rachel Van Riel from Opening the Book gave a thoroughly inspiring talk about observing library users and how to adjust your library to suit your user's needs. This is something that I was particularly interested in from a work point of view as I am responsible for a special collection for our trainee teachers and I'm not sure how it is currently used but feel it could be better utilised if it was laid out differently. Rachel spoke about how libraries can learn a lot from retail and recommended Paco...

As mentioned in an earlier post, CILIP recently held an Open Session to enable conversation about the use of Web 2.0. Many others have blogged about the event, but I thought I'd add my thoughts too. I was particularly pleased that in between enquiries and other work-related tasks, I was still able to follow much of the conversation by using Twitterfall to follow any Tweets tagged with #cilip2. As it was an open session, the tag had been promoted before the event and the use of Twitter/live blogging was encouraged. There were some "official" bloggers including Matthew Mezey who blogged about...