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Building and designing a sustainable library service The keynote was delivered by Fraser Muir, Director of Information Services and Learning Resource Centre at Queen Margaret University (QMU), who opened the conference with a presentation about the campus and its sustainable strategy. He began the talk by asking us some questions to respond to using TurningPoint voting systems. Interestingly, 45% of the attendees were currently involved in a new building project, and 63% of participants were actively discussing sustainability at their institutions. I was amazed at how many of us are involved in new builds, especially when you take into account the...

Having returned from the CoFHE 2009 conference in Edinburgh on Friday evening, I've almost managed to catch up on sleep since and gather my thoughts on the event. I'll write separate posts for the sessions I attended (otherwise this would be a mammoth post!), but thought it would be useful to give an overview and highlights of the conference first. After an eventful journey (involving three trains when it should have been one!), I was pleased to meet others on their way to the conference for the last bit of the journey. We made our way to the registration desk where...

I can't believe it's almost a week since I went to the Library Show 2009 (which I kept referring to as the LIS Show but apparently it has changed its name). I spent the morning looking around the stalls at the show, and chatted to quite a few of the exhibitors who took my details with the fancy zappers. I seemed to be a magnet to all brochures and fliers (I do tend to have a habit of collecting material at every conference I attend!), and struggled to carry everything by lunchtime! The free seminar programme was good so I decided to...

Well it's summer already (until recently the weather has reflected this too which has been a welcome surprise!), and the time of year when a number of library events happen. This year I have been lucky to be able to fit quite a few into my calendar and was offered sponsorship for one conference which I'm really looking forward to. Over the next few weeks I will be attending: Library Information Show 2009 - Wednesday 10th June CoFHE Conference 2009 - Wednesday 17th-Friday 19th June New Professional's Conference 2009 - Monday 6th July At the LIS Show at NEC on Wednesday, I'll be helping out...

Last week I attended a course at De Montfort University in Leicester titled "Focus on your teaching: revisiting current practice and sharing new ideas. An event for librarians teaching in HE institutions" - catchy title! ;) In keeping with the wordy title, I will warn you that this blog post is a long post, but is separated into the different presentations. I was intending to live blog the event but the room wasn't really set up for that. Teaching is one of the parts of my job as an academic librarian that I most enjoy, and so I was really looking...

Wow, I've been named a 2009 Shover and Maker! :) For those that don't know of Shovers and Makers, here's some information taken from the Shovers and Makers website: Every year, Library Journal names a group of innovative librarians as “Movers and Shakers.” M&S is a popular feature for a good reason: the profiles of M&S librarians are thought-provoking and inspiring. M&S ends up as something of a snapshot of what the library profession finds innovative and worth of notice, and there is no question that the Movers and Shakers are people to watch. But at the Library Society of the World, we...

A couple of weeks ago I attended the online 23 Things Summit organised by WebJunction, MaintainIT, the State Library of Kansas, and the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. It was held in America so the timezone difference worked out well for me as it meant I was at home in the evening. For those not aware of 23 Things, it is also sometimes called Learning 2.0 and is a staff development programme designed for library staff. It uses blogging as the main tool for reflective learning and introduces staff to new web tools (the "things") each week, which they then...

This is the third of a series of posts about the iPhone/iPod Touch. As Twitter has received so much publicity recently, I thought it may be useful to write about Twitter applications you can use on your iPhone/iPod Touch. For anyone who isn't sure what Twitter is, you may find my earlier posts on Twitter - what is it and how can it be used? and Finding people to follow on Twitter useful as an introduction. Please feel free to follow me, I am joeyanne on Twitter. iPhone/iPod Touch applications for Twitter Twitter applications are probably of most use to iPhone users as...

I still have a few drafts planned for the series of posts about the iPhone/iPod Touch, but thought it was worth a brief mention that today I have implemented the WPtouch plugin (thanks to Josh at Goblin Cartoons) to optimise this blog for iPhone/iPod Touch users. It was an ideal opportunity to also test the new functionality in Wordpress 2.7 which allows you to install plugins from the admin dashboard (instead of downloading, unzipping, and uploading to your plugin directory). This seems to work very well and is a lot less hassle. Anyway, here's what the blog now looks like from an...

Just noticed an interesting OPAC survey mentioned in the latest edition of CILIPs Library + Information Gazette which I thought would be worth sharing here. Following on from Dave Pattern's nationwide survey to see what we think of our OPACs in 2007 (see more details of the survey and its results on his Self-plagiarism is style blog), Bowker have launched a new survey to discover what librarians currently think about their OPACs to see whether things have improved at all. Taken from the survey: In October 2007, David Pattern from the University of Huddersfield published the results of his OPAC satisfaction survey and...