Thing 4: Current Awareness

I’m going to come back to Thing 3. Fact is, time is limited right now, and most of it goes on staring at my dissertation.

Like a lot of people, I already use RSS feeds more than is healthy; I’m basically never up to date with them. I also use Twitter a lot and recently met a lot of librarians on it through #npc2011 and #uklibchat. The latter is a new fortnightly conversation on twitter which aims to bring people together to talk about library issues. The first one was last Thursday and it was a great way to see who’s out there and discuss things that have been on my mind.

The problem with both Twitter and RSS is time. My ideal day starts at around six AM, between seven and eight I dedicate time to my RSS feed, re-blog anything worthwhile on Twitter or Facebook, then I either put Twitter on and work at home or go do my things. But… I’m currently watching Battlestar Galactica.

And there goes my schedule.

This means that I haven’t been going to bed before midnight. Which in turn throws off my mornings. The lesson here is that finding information isn’t my problem. Finding time is the problem.

Pushnote is a whole other thing. I got it soon after it came out, and I’m “Joseph Norwood” but I kind of gave up on it. I liked the idea of having a comments page on every site but its primary use seemed to be to post up links. As nobody I knew used it most of the links were of no interest to me at all. I’m still having trouble finding people on it. The best way I found to find the other library users was to see who had commented on the 23 Things blog. I kind of hope it takes off. But I’m not sure. I’m a webcomics fan, and having a comments page is great for trawling through extensive comic archives as you can leave messages for the next person to do the same thing. It’s useful as an online comments page but it seems to mostly get used to promote pages. I’m not sure we need yet another way to do this. But, I’ll give it time.



An array of photos

Apologies for the delay in postings but I bring to you the long awaited class dinner photos, and more!

Exhibit A and B  were taken at the Red Snapper restaurant in Brighton. Anexcellent choice by Gordon, with BYOB, and as you can see we brought it!

MAIS students eating dinner together

LIS students.



Audrey and David lurks in the shadowsDavid and Audrey lurks in the shadows…

Exhibit C is the only photo that was taken with my camera in Manchester during the 2011 New Professionals conference. SHOCKING!

But many more were taken by Sarah Ison the librarian, and can be found here.

Last exhibit is from the class lunch after the the last day of class for full time and first year part time students.

The George has vegetarian food delicious enough for a meat lover!


I want to take this opportunity to say that I enjoyed my year of learning  with all these lovely people, and I wish everyone the best for their future!


I would like to say congrats once more to Gordon for getting a free place to attend The International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres  (IAML) conference in Dublin on 24-29 July 2011,

Joseph and I really enjoyed our experience at the NPC conference, and I’m sure Gordon will have a great time at the IAML too!



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Posted by on July 6, 2011 in Events


Thing 2 for #cpd23

I’ve been looking around at the other blogs involved in cpd23, as per our instructions for this week. I can’t say I was particularly looking forward to this, at present I follow 201 blogs. Which is too many. The last thing I need is still more blogs to follow. But then, maybe this is a problem with trying to follow everything, rather than just the good stuff? Things I have noticed while doing this:

  • Unfortunately, most entries for thing #2 are pretty same-ey.
  • I like bullet points.
  • I skip over blogs with long paragraphs.
  • Name is important. Shame this blog is named after a class in-joke. Good move there, Jo.
  • This week is really just the start. I’m looking forward to the more complex exercises where I’ll have more to comment on.
  • This post is now massively late. Hopefully this will get easier as I get into the flow of the dissertation
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Posted by on June 28, 2011 in Please find me a home?


Jo’s Thing One for #cpd2011

I made my first blog in 2001, after a few days of following people on Live Journal. I was fascinated with the idea that people were willing to share so much personal information about themselves on the internet. Back then, blogging was seen as a bit suspect. Why would anyone want to put up so much personal information online?! I think I even saw a few people using their real names on the internet!

I blogged till 2007, and met some amazing people, learnt a lot about how different people live, kept up to date with the news better than I ever have since, and my writing improved significantly. Seriously. I am the only person in the world who looks back on their teenage diaries and thinks “Wow. I wish I could still write like this.”

A decade after my first blog. Ka-Ming and I set up a blog. Blogging had become this professional, focused and normal. And the amount of information people are willing to share is a little scary. But the benefits seem to be the same. I’ve been using blogs to read up on the latest news in the library field and to find out what different people do in their work life. I’m starting to use this site to write reflectively, and hopefully the quality of my writing will improve, too. The big thing I want from cpd23 is interesting conversations with other bloggers involved in the exercise.

This little project will be going on in parallel to me writing my dissertation. Which is terrifying. It means that the last few Things tie really well into what I’ll be doing in my life at that point.

I’m looking forward to contacting the other cpd23-ers out there. But now I should probably get started on that dissertation thing.

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Posted by on June 25, 2011 in Please find me a home?



New Professionals Conference 2011

On Monday 20th June 2011,  Jo and I presented on Student Activism and Engagement at the New Professionals Conference.

There have been many good blog posts on the events such as Alice Halsey‘s blog and Saint Evelin’s blog. I feel rather guilty as I’m getting admired for what other great members of our class have done to help save libraries. But I’m also excited that people got something out of our presentation, and people are interested in doing a #uklibchat.

Jo my partner in library crimes of the good sort, has also posted a supercalifrajilistic hourly comic, which gives a comprehensive overview on what went down at NPC2011, aside from omitting how he got us lost on the way to the hotel on Sunday. [The truth is out now, you will no longer be able to retcon this!].

Thus I will offer only my highly idiosyncratic impression of the conference in pictorial form.


T-shirt slogan idea:  I went to the New Professionals Conference and all I got was an astrolabe.


NPC 2011: Part 2

The second part of the conference.It was a nice time, and lovely to meet everyone.

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Posted by on June 22, 2011 in Please find me a home?


NPC Conference Hourlies Part One

Over the weekend, myself and Ka-Ming were at New Professionals Conference 2011, in Manchester. It was super awesome. Throughout the conference, I was doodling some stuff. I thought the comics might make a good blog post. So here’s the first half of the day.

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Posted by on June 21, 2011 in Please find me a home?