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…

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…

All the blogging

This post started out life as a comment on Bookgrrl’s latest post and quickly became so long that I decided it would be better to turn it into a post all by itself. I have really struggled to write anything library related on my blog for quite some time. By joining my two previously separate blogs,…

Just send us a bio

Kate’s post from earlier this week really nailed something that troubles me and so many of my colleagues – imposter syndrome. It comes into play when applying for a job, questioning a manager’s decision or sometimes even something as seemingly trivial as choosing a new outfit or hairstyle. As Kate pointed out it’s often, but…