Mentoring: informal, on the fly

In the run up to NLS8 and prompted by this post by @libsmatter a few weeks ago,here’s my two cents worth about mentoring. I haven’t been on either side of a formal mentoring situation and I’m not sure that setup is for me. It is definitely the informal mentors, the corridor conversations, the chance encounters in…

What is the library work of the future?

As an opening provocation, I wonder if this is the 64 million dollar question in any profession or whether we, as librarians are overthinking this? Regardless, future proofing our workplaces, our industry and our place within that is good business practice. Over on the ILN blog, when we asked a question about the future of…

GLAM Blog Club – What I learned in 2016

Like Sam, I’m a repeat #blogjune offender but rarely manage to get through the whole month of posting without #blogjunefail. Reading about #glamblogclub, I think this once a month thing might be more realistic. So, what did I learn in 2016? Lots and lots. On a professional level there was a lot happening – much…

A Singapore break

  One of the things on my not-bucket list in the year of turning 50, was to visit my brother in Singapore. He’s currently living there on an 18 month-ish break from his usual UK abode – it seemed like an opportunity to catch up with him for much less fuss and cost than a…

Referencing and plagiarism: a rant in place

Every now and then a topic comes along that just makes my blood boil. In a recent edition of Campus Review, I read an article based on some research by bibliographic management software company RefME. You can’t access the article on Campus Review because paywall but you can read a detailed and interesting post on…

In my neighbourhood: Soggy Sunday

There’s an #EastCoastLow affecting cities and towns up and down, well, the east coast of Australia at the moment. We haven’t been too badly affected where I live in south western Sydney, apart from the cabin fever of a 7 month old border collie puppy, who has pretty much been stuck inside for 2 days straight…

A quick Vivid post

I’m putting up two posts today, which feels like cheating, but really the earlier one was ready yesterday, I just forgot to hit ‘publish’ in all the excitement of a busy day spent talking research data management and catching up with colleagues at my former place of work. AND I went to Vivid. For a few…