Libraries, the universe and everything


LIS MBA?
October 19, 2010, 15:17
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Last Thursday (October 14th) I attended the Libraries in a Digital Age conference organised by the Association of Independent Libraries. It was held at the Royal Astronomical Society’s premises (which are well worth a visit in their own right), and I was expecting to come away all fired up with digital action points. As it happened, my subsequent thoughts have gone in a rather different direction, but one which I think is interesting and valuable nevertheless. Continue reading



My library top 10 for 2010
October 10, 2010, 10:10
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When I read (via @CILIPinfo – thanks!) that the Australian Library and Information Association were collecting top 10 library lists for 10/10/10, my first response was “great!”. I love reading top 10-type lists, and I also find dates like this oddly pleasing – but what to write about?

After running through some of the options (top 10 librarians on twitter, top 10 library blogs, top 10 insert-category-here libraries) I decided to make it a bit more personal, and to write about what I think are the 10 most important things I’ve learnt about my profession so far. That’s not to say that I’m not interested in the top 10s I’ve decided not to cover, but I know there are librarians out there who are far better qualified to write about them than I am – and I hope they do! Continue reading



Small steps to success
October 8, 2010, 09:00
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Reading Chris Batt’s wonderful memoir of Bob McKee in Aslib’s recent ‘Managing Information’ (Vol.17 I.5, p.5), I was struck by the concept of the “McKee Triangle”. In Chris’ words:

“Bob invariably had three points that were the apexes and he would then explore the relationships between them. It was a metaphor that, across the next fifteen years, remained as convincing to me as the first time I heard him use it. Three good points should be enough to justify any argument. The ace communicator strikes again.” Continue reading



A book-addict’s dream
October 5, 2010, 21:18
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I didn’t start blogging entirely because of the Library Routes Project, but since I found out about it earlier this year it’s been a source of continual interest, occasional inspiration, and a nagging “I want to be part of this” feeling at the back of my mind. Chatting to various people about my career path to date at the recent LISnpn meet-up provided the ultimate catalyst, and so here we are. Continue reading



Notes from NPID2010
October 5, 2010, 09:15
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The following is a precis of some of the points I noted from each of the NPID 2010 sessions I attended, with some of my own impressions, thoughts and take-home points as well. It’s mostly for my own benefit, and I wasn’t really sure whether to release it as a live post, but here it is anyway. Continue reading



Technology and the ego
October 4, 2010, 12:20
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Last Friday (1st October) I attended the New Professionals Information Day at CILIP HQ, followed by the inaugural London LISnpn meet-up – what a day! Continue reading




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