Monthly Archives: July 2011

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