The value of social networking

I have blogged about the value of my personal learning network before and my use of social media to build this network, but I rarely think about what I consider social networking to be. Social networking is the process of using social media tools to build a network of friends, colleagues, professionals, or business contacts,…

Defining research?

Earlier this year, I attended a one day ‘Research for LIS practitioners‘ seminar put on by ALIA in Sydney. Last year, I completed a FOLIOz course in Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP), also offered by ALIA. This is a little story about the blurring of the lines between the two. One of the…

Me? You want to ask me?

Last month I had a strange experience. Strange for me anyhow. If you follow me on twitter you’ll know I am @newgradlib – that is, a newly graduated librarian.  I don’t really know anything. I’m new. I’m learning. I offer words of encouragement and lots of nods & smiles but no real advice (except on…

Taking charge of my career

Last night I attended an interesting PD event put on by the newly rejuvenated ALIA Sydney group.  Billed as ‘How to be library senior management in 12 easy steps‘, it quickly became obvious from the impressive panel of library senior managers assembled that there are in fact no easy steps.  While some of it appears…

Transferable skills

As always, Unshelved made me laugh. However, it does raise the question for me of what exactly IS an information professional? Are we people who ‘look stuff up in books’? Do we actually have any real life, useful skill that is valued anywhere outside the library profession? I suspect the answer is yes and no.…

2020 Academic Library Symposium

As I mentioned last week, I was able to participate yesterday in the 2020 Academic Library Symposium put on by UTS, to look at some of the possible incarnations of the academic library of the not-too-distant-future. The reason I attended (as I’m certainly not a bigwig librarian such as most of those invited to take…

Library day in the life #6

I thought I’d missed ‘the day’ for Round 6 of this blog/posting challenge (see here for more information) but discovered on reading a twitter contact’s post that I actually have the whole week to participate – so here I am, describing my library day in the life for Tuesday 24th January. I work in an…

A new year – a new mojo?

Towards the end of 2010 I lost my librarian mojo – I could really sympathise with this post from A work in progress about being dazed & confused.  I’m in a not-so-different situation to Fiona, OK, I have a job in libraryland but it’s a first job and I need to start thinking about the…

Career mojo

Over the weekend I read a post from Fiona at A work in progress that has got me thinking about my career mojo. The blogosphere has been full of posts about what it means to be a librarian, what LIS students need to know, (here and here) and whether our university courses prepare librarians adequately…

Ideas worth sharing

The virtual ‘water cooler’ chat that is twitter is still running hot on the subject of  the TEDx Canberra event held last weekend.  For a pretty good look at what TED is, try the wikipedia entry here, or check out some of the many TED talk videos available free of charge here.  The little ‘x’…