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Using images and video on social media

As I’ve noted in previous posts, we’ve been working quite hard on our Instagram and YouTube presence over the past few weeks, to the extent that the former has now become one of our most important communications tools (more so than Facebook). To that end, I thought I’d write a quick post listing some of […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Creating engaging images for social media

At our most recent social media group meeting, we talked about how we can better utilise images on all of our social media channels. Last year it was arranged for a photographer to come to the library and take a range of professional shots of the library, the people using it and the staff. Since […]

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Social media meeting and meeting management

Following the departure of a colleague, I took on the role of chairing our library service’s social media group (I volunteered, no-one else did!). I fulfilled a similar role in my previous place of employment where we went on to launch a Twitter account and looked at other social media. As a result of being […]

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