Monthly Archives: June 2011

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?


Advocacy in Action

Joseph and I will be presenting at the New Professionals Conference on the 20th June, the details of which can be found here at the CILIP website.

Our joint presentation is called:

Can we play? Building Opportunities for Student Activism and Why it Matters

We will talk a lot about why it’s beneficial for students to engage more with the wider professional network.  It is also something that I’ve been trying to do as well through things like joining Jiscmail.

Here is something that I felt is important that came up during one of the recent conversations in Lis-pub-libs Mailing list.

“My local council is under pressure when it was discovered the police force spent £35,000 on drinking water last year. This is North Yorkshire where the tap water is pure and libraries were up for closure to save £35,000 per branch!” (Ian Stringer).

This is a case of people interested in libraries actively thinking about how councils could save the money needed to keep library branches open. Immediately after this mail others on the list mentioned using FOI requests to see how much their council was spending on bottled water. This issue is worth examining, but in order to discuss this, we need to get the message out. The  Voices for the Libraries blog was mentioned as a potential place for where the ball can start rolling.

I am only marginally involved, but I wonder if by posting about it here (and then tweeting about it), I will be able to connect up the different communication networks that information professionals are using.

Please feel free to leave a comment if you’re interested and want to let people know that you’re interested.