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Creating video to promote library services

As I noted in a previous post, one of the things that we’ve really focused on over the summer in preparation for the coming year is putting together some fresh video content that we can use on a variety of social media platforms. As yet we haven’t really used much video content, and our existing […]

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LISDIS: Community libraries and the digital divide

All being well, right about now I should be delivering a presentation at the first LISDIS conference about my dissertation on volunteer run libraries and the digital divide (turns out I posted this after my presentation). I was really pleased to have been accepted to present at this conference, not only because it is the […]

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Visitors and residents - a social media workshop

A little while ago I was approached by the Kent branch of CILIP to deliver a tour of my library and run a workshop similar to that which I ran at the NAG conference last year. I was a little bit nervous about the session (there’s something about being invited to do something that puts […]

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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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Libraries and research - a CPD25 event

On Monday our CPD25 task group hosted two events on research and institutional repositories. The first, Engaging & Supporting Researchers, covered how to reach out to the researcher community and how to develop good relationships with researchers. The second, Facilitating access to research: managing the institutional repository, looked at the process of managing an institutional repository, as […]

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Chairing meetings and other things...

For some time now, I’ve been chairing meetings of various descriptions in a variety of settings. Back in my retail days I chaired meetings with my teams and with other managers. In public libraries I chaired the weekly staff briefings, in academic libraries I’ve chaired various social media group meetings and I’ve chaired a number […]

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NAG social media workshop

The following is a write-up of the social media workshop I ran at the NAG conference last year. The article was published in the Winter 2014/2015 edition of NAG’s Taking Stock journal. The slides I used in the workshop are also available online. In the current climate, how we communicate with our users within both […]

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Jisc technology student research

A couple of weeks ago, Jisc announced some interesting findings regarding a survey into how students use technology. I was particularly interested in the top line stuff because I’m currently chair of our library service’s social media group and the university has also distributed tablets to all undergrads with their bursary. Unfortunately, the raw data […]

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