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This week I’m participating in the Library Day in the Life project which charts the day-to-day activities of library workers at different points of the year. This is the sixth time I’ve participated; you can see my earlier posts from July 2009, January 2010, July 2010, January 2011 and July 2011. I’m currently a full-time Researcher at Evidence Base, Birmingham City University, UK. Although my job title doesn't include the word librarian and I don't work in a library, I still consider myself very much a librarian - our research helps support the library and information communities.Just a brief post - today I attended the LIS DREaM ...

As I'm currently working on my CILIP Chartership, I'm getting into the habit of reflecting on any professional activities. I also think it's good practice after a conference to reflect on what you learnt (in terms of the conference content and also the logistics and organisational aspects), and had an interesting conversation last night at dinner about how useful it was to record the lessons learned after each conference (we also discussed how at a conference it was common to have more showers than meals!*). So here are a few points I have been mulling over after ALA Midwinter 2012...

Tomorrow morning (at the obscene time of 3am) I'll be getting up and getting ready to fly to Dallas for ALA Midwinter 2012. I've packed my shoulder pads, I know who shot JR, and I've been humming "da daaa, da daaa, da da da da da da". (I'm afraid that's all I know about the Dallas TV show and though it was tempting to purchase a series to watch on the flight, I opted for The Big C instead). Here's highlights of what I'll be up to during the conference (my full conference schedule is available here though it doesn't include all...

Last week I gave my first ever webinar as part of the American Library Association (ALA) Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) Mobile Computing Interest Group (MCIG) virtual meeting.* It took place instead of a physical meeting at ALA Midwinter to enable more people to attend and present. There were five presentations in 90 minutes so we each had 10 minutes to present and 5 minutes of Q&A. If you're interested in the topic, you can watch a recording of the webinar - see the blog post I wrote for our m-library community support project blog. I thought it would be useful to reflect on my experiences of presenting a webinar - I'm noticing more and more webinars set up to enable more people to attend virtually across different time zones and without the expense of travelling, so I imagine presenting at webinars is something we'll be seeing a lot more of in future.This is my setup - home office with laptop for webinar software, headset for listening/speaking, iPhone for timing, and iPad and notepad for presentation prompts (and all important glass of Ribena!): [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Webinar setup"]Webinar setup[/caption]

I get asked this question a lot, and I often struggle to answer it. My job is pretty unique so there's not really much to easily compare it to. I'm part of an academic library but rarely set foot into the library. I have an office on a University campus but don't visit it very often as I regularly work from home or on the go (the train is a favourite of mine!). My job title is Evidence Based Researcher; if you asked me I would probably tell you I'm an academic researcher/librarian, but my partner would probably say he wasn't really sure how to describe it but I'm a sort of information consultant. So what do I actually do? The Special Libraries Association (SLA) have organised an Alternative Careers webinar to help introduce some of the more alternative jobs out there in the information profession. Bethan Ruddock, who is the webinar host, asked me if I'd be able to answer some questions about my job to help her research for the webinar (Bethan also has a pretty unique job but wants to get some other examples to share). I was happy to oblige and am reproducing what I sent her. So if you're not sure what I actually do, this might give you more of an idea...

My MSc Econ dissertation titled 'Strategic marketing in academic libraries: an examination of current practice' is now available on Aberystwyth University's open access repository. I know a number of people said they were interested in viewing it so I've included the details below. I have also added it to my publications page. Strategic marketing in academic libraries: an investigation of current practice Purpose The purpose of the research is to investigate strategic marketing in academic libraries, incorporating elements of organisational orientation, strategic planning, and processes and procedures to support these. Aims and objectives The aim of the research is to build on existing literature, extending the knowledge of...

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What? As I mentioned at the beginning of summer, I've been participating in and helping organise the 23 Things for Professional Development (CPD23) programme. The programme was slightly different to other 23 Things in that it focused on both tools and also techniques and strategies for professional development (rather than just web tools as in many previous 23 Things courses). I authored two of the 'things' - Thing 3 on Consider your personal brand, and Thing 19 on Integrating the Things. I've also helped encourage conversation on Twitter and have contributed some of the @cpd23 account tweets as well as looking out for queries on the #cpd23 hashtag. As a participant I blogged at Joeyanne's 23 Things for Professional Development and have recently completed all 23 things.

[caption id="attachment_1508" align="aligncenter" width="320" caption="ILI 2011 (apologies for poor photo!)"]ILI 2011[/caption] Last week I attended my first full Internet Librarian International conference. It's an event I've often followed virtually and this year was really pleased to be able to attend and present on using web tools to improve productivity for librarians (see previous blog post for more information). I attended really interesting sessions, met great people and had engaging discussions.

Last week at Internet Librarian International 2011 I gave a presentation on productivity for librarians. I'm a fan of the GTD (Getting Things Done) methodology and like to utilise online software to help organise my work and increase my productivity. I thought I'd give a brief overview of some of the tips I've picked up along the way as well as sharing some of my favourite productivity tools.