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Volunteers – the el399 guide
December 19, 2014, 12:10
Filed under: Reflections | Tags: , ,

I recently added another strand of volunteering to my current batch of activities, and this prompted me to think again about the whole process of recruiting and managing volunteers.

I should perhaps say at this point that I am not in favour of gutting library services and replacing professional library staff with untrained persons, however well-meaning they may be. However, in the historical/cultural sector appropriately-skilled volunteers are enormously valuable in augmenting the work of paid staff, and I have experienced the benefits of this as both an employee and a volunteer. Continue reading

Webinar: More than Pretty Pictures – Data Visualization for Info Pros
December 3, 2014, 16:29
Filed under: CPD | Tags: ,

This afternoon I finally got around to listening to a webinar that I’ve had bookmarked since September. Part of the SLA LMD Professional Development Webinar Series, the session in question was More than Pretty Pictures – Data Visualization for Info Pros, delivered by Marcy Phelps. A recording of the session is available on vimeo, and the slides and further resources can be found on Marcy’s website. If you are at all interested in a solid basic introduction to data viz I highly recommend it.

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