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I'm an academic librarian, working in the UK Higher Educational sector, supporting academics and students. Prior to this, I was a researcher, working with social and learning technologies.

My interests include the application of emerging and traditional technologies, research support in libraries, learning spaces, evidence-based practice and the professional development of library and information workers.

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Library day in the life – Day 1 – 30/1/12

January 30th, 2012

Devices on the train

My portable device workstation set up on the train to London

Today I was down at the British Library in London for the second Library and Information Science Developing Research Excellence and Methods workshop (see The workshops are funded by the UK;s Arts and Humanities Research Council and aim to create a network of researchers (in both academia and practice) to spread knowledge of research methods throughout the library and information community.

It makes quite a nice activity to record for Library Day in the Life: it’s quite different from what people seem to think I do, but using evidence to develop practice and developing services is pretty everyday in my role. However, elements were also quite different to what I normally do: the workshop crosses different library sectors (public, academic, health libraries etc.) and there’s some blue skies thinking that’s beyond my usual ‘how can we do this better?’ remit.

However, the question I get asked most by non-librarians is how (and even if!) library services are responding to changes in society and technology, and this workshop a good way to illustrate that development is something that gets a lot of attention.

You can find out more about the LIS DREaM Workshop contents on my dedicated post at

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