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I recently completed a survey for an MSc dissertation project about academic librarians and their involvement in reasearch. Details of the survey (taken from the website): Whilst academic librarians have as a core responsibility facilitating the research of others, not as many conduct their own. The purpose of this study is to understand more fully the motivations and barriers for UK academic librarians to conduct research and to publish. This study will take place during the autumn and winter of 2008. This study will form the core of a dissertation in support of an MSc Information and Library Management at the University...

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="New Year Celebrations in London (from i is Ashby on Flickr)"][/caption] Firstly, I hope any readers who celebrate have had a wonderful Christmas season and enjoyed the break - I certainly have. It's given me chance to see family, spend time at home relaxing with my boyfriend and our kittens, catch up on sleep, do some cross-stitching (for next year's Christmas cards!) and learn a bit of Photoshop. As it's the last day of the year I thought I'd take the opportunity to reflect back on the year and look forward to 2009. 2008 has been quite a big...

I've spent the last two weeks in Orlando, Florida and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have been across to the States before but it was a few years ago now and I visited Washington DC, Boston, and New York City. Visiting Orlando was very different, everywhere was very flat and things were definitely a lot more tourist oriented. As this was purely a personal holiday, you may think its unlikely that I can relate my experiences at Disney to my work in an academic library. However, something which really stood out to both myself and my partner was the excellent service we...

As mentioned in a previous post, I'm coming towards the end of the taught part of my librarianship course. I am going away (to Orlando!) a week today and my aim was to complete the Diploma before we go. I'm pleased to say I have achieved my aim (although I haven't received confirmation that my assignment has been received yet which is a little worrying, hopefully it will have arrived today). I'm still waiting for results for three of my assignments but as long as I pass them I will have completed the Diploma. I still have my dissertation to do...

Well, the time has finally come - on Monday I had an interview for a professional librarian post and I was successful! I'm also coming very close to completion of my Diploma (I'm going away at the end of this month and my aim is to complete my final assignment before I go) so hopefully soon I'll be able to say with pride that I am a qualified librarian. I'm so excited about starting a professional post, I can't wait to be able to work more closely with academic schools to help support the students and further develop our services. I'm moving...

There are many things I love about my job, but around this time of year each year you can usually find me with a big smile on my face. We’ve just finished Fresher’s Week and despite being physically and mentally shattered, I feel great. This year I was involved in helping with a number of library tours and teaching sessions introducing students to our Learning Centres. We spent a lot of summer preparing for the sessions as they were a group we hadn’t had much contact with in the past. We were trying new techniques (we used Captivate to support the...

Thanks to Jill Hurst-Wahl at Digitization 101, I was made aware that today is Blog Day 2008. For those unfamiliar with Blog Day (and I'll admit I was until Jill made me aware of it!), the idea is that bloggers all around the world find other interesting blogs and share them with their readers by making a post about them. Here are the instructions: Find 5 new Blogs that you find interesting Notify the 5 bloggers that you are recommending them as part of BlogDay 2008 Write a short description of the Blogs and place a link to the recommended Blogs Post the BlogDay Post...

Just a short post to share a great article passed on to me by a web designer friend. William Hicks (no relation to the comedian as far as I know!), a web designer and librarian at the University of North Texas outlines how useful libraries can be, even for those who work almost entirely on the web. He includes some great real-life examples of when a library might be able to help you with your work and why it could benefit you to visit your local academic (or public) library. Obviously, this is aimed at an American audience but I'm sure many...

I upgraded the blog to WordPress 2.6 last night - extra features in the latest WordPress include version history (could be useful for me as I tend to write a few drafts before publishing my longer posts), press this (a bookmarklet you can use to blog about websites etc.), picture captions, theme previews, and Google Gears support. Upgrading is always a scary experience as I'm terrified I'll lose my content (I didn't actually do it myself this time, Chris helped me). Although all seemed fine initially, I soon realised that the front page was working but the individual posts weren't showing...

Another problem/solution based post, this one is something I've been thinking about for ages but haven't been able to do anything about yet. I thought it might be useful to see if anyone out there has a solution to help with the nightmare that is reading lists? It's one of the responsibilities which seems to be shared by almost all academic librarians. During my experience supporting different academic schools, each seems to deal with their reading lists in different ways. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a standardised procedure so that all academic staff, library staff and students knew...