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Orphaned posts that have not been house in a category yet. However just like Annie, they believe that the sun will come out tomorrow!

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.



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?



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?



At the risk of being random, and lowering the overall quality of posts on here, I came across some rather interesting stats about internet use/access the other day, which seemed relevant after our recent class discussions about the changing sources of information in the world today.

National Geographic has produced a series of statistics based on dividing the world up by average per capita income level.  They produced four groups: low-income level ($995 USD or less a year), lower middle (up to $3,945), upper middle (up to $12,195), and high (more than $12,196).  There is then a range of statistics about these four sections of the world, but the ones I found particularly interesting were the number of internet users per 100 people: 2.3, 13.7, 29.9, and 68.3 respectively, and the number of personal computers per 100 people: 1.2, 4.3, 11.9, and 60.4.

We’ve been hearing a lot in class about how the internet and electronic resources are the way of the future, perhaps at the expense of traditional materials, and while the world may certainly be moving in that direction, it seems to me these statistics prove we’re not nearly there yet.  Sure, there may be some countries in Europe that are striving for 100% access to broadband internet, but when you mix them in with all the other ‘high income’ countries in the world, it sill only brings per person access to internet of any kind up to 68.3 and computer use up to 60.4?  That’s just not widespread enough for me to think it is justifiable for information professionals such as ourselves to lose sight of the importance of traditional sources of information.  After all, literacy rates world-wide are much higher than internet and computer usage rates (66%, 80%, 93% and 98%) which indicates to me that for a significant part of the population literacy skills are important not for technological applications but rather for access the same traditional materials that have been available for years.  In saying this, however, I must admit that the study also pointed out that “Most of the world accesses the Internet through computers shared in libraries, offices, or Internet cafes.” (my emphasis), so providing access to technology isn’t something information professionals can ignore either.  I suppose the question, as always, is how to get the balance right.  At least for me, a study like this one suggests that it might be more on the side of traditional materials than our western-centered, future-focused classes may suggest.  Or is it possible that I too am guilty of choosing to pay most attention to the statistics that support my opinions?



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


Greetings fellow inforgs!

As the person with the idea for starting this blog, I figured it was probably high time to pop on and make my presence known.

First off, I’m pleased to see that we already have posts from class members! I will be posting things too though.  They are most likely to be short and lightweight things, such as a pointing you towards the Read or Die Wikipedia entry that gives you information on a Japanese animated series about a librarian who is an agent in  “the British Library special operations division, a group tasked to locating and protecting rare books worldwide.”

Because somebody has go to do it!

Secondly, the blog entries, don’t seem be showing who posts what, so it is probably a good idea to include your name within the post.

Lastly,  I hope that we can make good use of this blog! I would like this to be a place where we can feel at ease in sharing whatever we want about the course the professional field and fictional librarians who save the world.







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Posted by on March 6, 2011 in Please find me a home?