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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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Bitesize CPD23 Thing 13: Online collaboration and Filesharing

August 18th, 2011

Groupwork desks in the library

Online and offline collaboration spaces are a little different

This blog is part of 23 Things for Professional Development, a course encouraging information professionals to explore online tools. The current post is in ‘Bitesize’* format.

Online collaboration and filesharing (namely Google Docs, wikis and Dropbox are the tools considered in Thing 13. I’ve used all of these in my time, but don’t really think I’ve used any of them to collaborate to the degree afforded. Google Docs and Dropbox I almost entirely use to share with myself (i.e. for file storage in the cloud) except for my running spreadsheet, which I share with my partner. Wikis, well, I’ve contributed to wikis developed by others, but usually only adding a small element to a well-structured whole.

The main reason for my lack of use of these tools is that I usually only collaborate on documents in the workplace, and there we are expected to use folders on shared drives to store files. I know these services are there, and I’m hoping I’d spot the scenario in which to use them should it arise!

*A truncated post to allow me to briefly consider CPD23 Themes I didn’t have the chance to investigate more deeply.


Bitesize CPD23 Thing 12: ‘Social’ Media

August 18th, 2011

My desk at home

Doesn't look very social.

This blog is part of 23 Things for Professional Development, a course encouraging information professionals to explore online tools. The current post is in ‘Bitesize’* format.

‘Putting the ‘social’ into social media’ is the theme for Thing 12. Social media is all about the social side for me, and I love both meeting new contacts in the library world through online networks, and consolidating relationships with those I’ve met offline. My challenge for this week is to add someone new to a social network, but I’ve already added new contacts on Twitter and Google Plus this week, and do most weeks.

CPD23 hasn’t really expanded my social networks much (perhaps a little during the online chat I participated in for Things 6 and 7) but mostly consolidated relationships with those I already knew. I think that’s i) because I have been pretty active online over time and ii) due to constraints on the number of relationships one can sustain – see Dunbar’s number for a theoretical perspective on this! However, I think social media in general has been crucial for my development as a professional, in particular for helping me to feel part of a wider librarian community than my immediate workplace.

*A truncated post to allow me to briefly consider CPD23 Themes I didn’t have the chance to investigate more deeply.


Bitesize CPD23 Things 10 & 11: Librarianship and Mentoring

August 18th, 2011

The sky through the Winter Gardens ceiling, Sheffield

The blue skies of Librarianship

This blog is part of 23 Things for Professional Development, a course encouraging information professionals to explore online tools. The current post is in ‘Bitesize’* format.

Librarianship, my route in and my hopes and dreams are Thing 10, and mentoring is Thing 11. These things have pretty much gone hand-in-hand for me throughout my working life, even before I entered librarianship. I’ve only had two ‘official’ mentors in my time (in my current workplace and in the Chartership process) but there are countless individuals, both senior to me and among my peer group, who have supported my development and challenged me in similar ways. The majority of these would probably be incredibly embarrassed if I described them as mentors!

For a bit more about my career and progression in librarianship, I’d recommend you check out my library routes posts. I’m currently developing myself in my science librarian role, still awaiting judgement on my Chartership application, and still looking for a full-time librarian post in the East Midlands.

*A truncated post to allow me to briefly consider CPD23 Themes I didn’t have the chance to investigate more deeply.