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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...

I thought it would be useful to share my experiences as a speaker at the New Professionals Conference last week. The talks were by new professionals, all of whom were first time speakers, and I was lucky enough to be one of them. I was pleased that my proposal had been accepted (apparently there had been 28 proposals and 10 were chosen to speak), but I was incredibly nervous about talking at the conference. I was even more nervous when I found out the week before the event that there were 90 delegates; I had only expected it to be a...

Last week I attended the University of Wolverhampton's e-learning celebration 2009. I blogged about the previous event in 2007, which I really enjoyed. This year's event had a number of themes around the concept of blended learning including collaborative work, content, ePDP, formative assessment, and e-submission and feedback.. The presentations were primarily from current University projects, many of which are coming to a close. It was interesting to hear about the work going on in the academic schools on e-learning, although it was a little disheartening to learn about some of them as I had no idea they were going on...

Encompass: Workforce Diversity Ayub Khan, Head of Libraries (Strategy) at Warwickshire County Libraries, introduced the Encompass scheme, to encourage BME graduates to libraries. Encompass is a three way partnership between CILIP, PATH (a skills development agency) and employers. Employers are asked to convert existing post or create new one on a 3 year contract basis whereby the trainee would be in the workplace 4 days a week and spend 1 day each week studying. The aim is for the trainee to have completed a CILIP-accredited postgraduate qualification in Librarianship and gain their Chartership by the end of the three years. Benefits for employer ...

Managing in tough economic times Sheila Cannell, Director of Library Services at University of Edinburgh, spoke about the current risks to libraries and how to try to overcome some of them during the recession. The risks she highlighted included: Value proposition Human Resources – large numbers close to retirement age, little to attract newcomers to profession Durable goods – value of books decrease, value of space increase Legacy technology – still using old technology Intellectual property – using Google to find e-books etc. Sheila made suggestions as to how these risks could be addressed, such as changing the perception of the library, investing in staff development, building a...

Copyright law, librarians, information professionals, and the digital revolution - Ten Tips to make you top If I'm being perfectly honest, I think there were a lot of us who were wondering if a session on copyright had been a good choice for the slot first thing in the morning on the second day. However, out doubts were proven to be unfounded when Jason Miles-Campbell from JISC Legal gave an incredibly interesting and upbeat presentation about the legalities of copyright and how to work with them. Jason began with a really simple slide summarising the basics of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR): Are you...