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Upcoming talks and workshops...

Been a bit busy of late due to start of term and a journal article I’m currently working on (more on that when I can). But a couple of speaking gigs have cropped up that I thought I ought to post here in case anyone is interested: 5th November 2015 – A social media workshop […]

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Subject librarian - the difficult second year

Unbelievably, I’m already approaching my second year as a subject librarian in HE. It seems hard to believe that I am about to do my second round of inductions but lo! It’s true. It being my second year of running inductions and literature searching sessions, I’m now more comfortable in knowing what needs to be […]

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Keywords - crowd sourcing search terms

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m starting to look at adapting my literature searching workshops for the coming year so they are a little different and more…”me”. One of the things I have been most conscious of is the need to be more interactive in my sessions. Previously they were very much “chalk […]

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Event planning and workshop preparation...

The summer should, in theory, be a quiet time for a subject librarian. Of course, it’s not at all as there are plenty of things to prepare before the next academic year. At present I am currently looking at ways I can adapt and improve my induction sessions. Last year I decided to pretty much […]

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Pitching ideas to peers and confident communication

Today we had a staff development day at the Boleyn Ground (West Ham’s football stadium if you aren’t into that sort of thing). The day featured a number of talks and sessions about a variety of aspects of the service. Perhaps the key element for me was a section whereby staff pitched ideas to their […]

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Stegosaurus at the Natural History Museum

Yesterday we took the kids to the Natural History Museum in London. It’s been a long time since I last visited the museum and, of course, the dinosaur exhibit was high on the agenda. The above photo is of a Stegosaurus, situated near the step-free entrance to the museum (you can view the original by […]

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Whitstable

The above photo was taken on a trip to Whitstable today. I’m never really too sure about photos where one colour is picked out, but it was such a dull day I felt like the red would really benefit from being brought out a bit more. There’s also a black and white version here and […]

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Talking radical librarianship at fig-2

A couple of week ago, I was approached by Ruth Beale to speak at an exhibition she was creating at the Institute of Creative Arts as part of the fig-2 project (more about fig-2 here). Ruth was sent in my direction by Alice Corble to talk about radical librarianship as part of an investigation into […]

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Talking libraries and radical librarians

As the whole radical librarianship thing starts to shift into the mainstream media (see this article in The Nation featuring my good friend Alison Macrina), I’ll be talking to a few people about radical librarianship at an exhibition curated by Ruth Beale at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. Ruth’s exhibition featuresĀ a “temporary library composed of […]

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Lilac 2015, Newcastle University

It’s taken me a little while to write-up my experience of Lilac in Newcastle, partly because there was quite a lot to process, partly because there has been so much going on since I’ve barely had time to sit and properly gather my thoughts. Even this will be a rather piecemeal attempt to put together […]

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