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Library Day in the Life Round 8
January 30, 2012, 16:21
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I always enjoy reading about what other people have been up to when #libday week comes along, and have participated in a very half-hearted way once or twice myself, so this time I decided that I would join in properly. Continue reading

Digital Public Library of America
January 19, 2012, 12:48
Filed under: CPD, Events, Libraries

On January 17th I attended a lecture given by Professor Robert Darnton, hosted by SCONUL and JISC at the Royal Society, on “The Digital Public Library of America: Current Plans and Future Prospects”. I feel I ought to say at the outset that I’m not an afternoon person, and I did find it difficult to get into the right mode as the session began, particularly as there were three separate introductions before Darnton stepped up to the microphone. I probably ought to have been expecting something like this, given that the event was jointly hosted, and fortunately a video of the event will appear on the JISC website in due course so I can catch up on what I might have missed! I’d also really recommend Simon Barron’s fantastic post about it as Simon’s writing is so much better than mine, and I’m currently admiring and envying this in equal measures! Continue reading

January 12, 2012, 12:03
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Yesterday I attended one of the best training courses I’ve ever experienced – on mentoring – organised by my workplace and facilitated by Peter Renwick. I’m struggling to say exactly why it was so good, as really it was a pretty typical in-house training course – we began with some introductions then worked our way through the syllabus for the day, with a nice balance of theoretical and discussion sessions and practical exercises. The day absolutely flew past – I didn’t look at my watch during the morning session until around 12:30 (following a 9am start), and it was after 5pm before we realised it. In brief, we examined some definitions of mentoring, considered the qualities which lend themselves to being a good mentor, practised asking open questions, discussed what to include in a mentoring contract, and looked at how mentoring works in action. Continue reading

Copyright after the Hargreaves Report
January 10, 2012, 16:43
Filed under: Chartership, CPD | Tags: , ,

It seems to me that event topics can be assigned to one of three categories – things you know about already, things you want to know about, and things you really don’t want to know about but feel that you ought.

On Monday 9th January I attended a talk given by Charles Oppenheim at the Sekforde Arms (organised by CILIP’s London branch), and on the face of it this definitely fell into the third category. I don’t have a great deal to do with copyright, and when I do have to tackle it my brain cells tend to collapse into small whimpering heaps of mush. However, full of new-found chartership enthusiasm, I decided that it would be good for me and duly signed up. Continue reading

Starting as I mean to go on…
January 10, 2012, 16:34
Filed under: Chartership

2012 is going to be my year of Chartership. So far I’ve registered, found myself a mentor (the fabulous Jo, hurrah!), started drafting my PPDP and lined up a number of interesting activities for the next few months, so at the moment I’m feeling pretty good about it all. Continue reading

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