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Thing 23 – Reflection, what next?
November 2, 2011, 13:01
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Too many blogs, not enough time. ~  Use the right tool when appropriate. ~ Don’t panic! Just have a go. Continue reading

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Thing 22 – Volunteering
November 2, 2011, 12:42
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I volunteered in a charity shop one summer during my undergraduate degree which served to fill up some time in a useful way (I had a paid job too but that was evening bar work, so I had plenty of time to spare and no money to do anything interesting with it!). I enjoyed my time there but I didn’t gain a huge amount of new experience, and it only featured on my CV briefly. As far as I can remember the shop manager was paid but the rest of the staff were all volunteers. Library-wise, although I never did this myself I’m sure that relevant volunteering can be a useful way to get experience at the start of a career, especially if you’re not 100% sure if the job is for you. Continue reading



Thing 21 – Promoting yourself
November 2, 2011, 12:40
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This Thing has really got me thinking. I’ve been in my current job for almost three years now, and things have changed somewhat since I started. I’ve also just finished working on a big project and the time is ripe for some reflection. I completely agree that it’s good practice to keep the CV up to date, and I’ve certainly got some work to do on mine, although I must say I’m not feeling the urge to move on just yet! Continue reading



Thing 20 – Library routes
October 10, 2011, 17:57
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I’ve blogged about this at length elsewhere, so please read that post if you’re interested. I don’t believe there is a ‘typical’ route into librarianship, and my current role resists pigeonholing too, but I’m very happy to answer specific questions about any of my experience so far so please get in touch if there’s anything you’d like to know more about.



Thing 19 – Reflection again
October 10, 2011, 17:54
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Hmm, overall I’ve been a bit of a CPD23 failure so far. I’m still using things which I already used when the course began, and along the way I’ve earmarked a few things I would like to try out when a suitable moment presents itself. As I said right back at the start, I was expecting this to be a really busy few months for me, and in fact it was even more manic than I’d anticipated. It’s calming down a bit now, but I’ve still got heaps to do. This has meant that all sorts of things have had to fall by the wayside, and when I’ve had to cut back on time spent with my husband, family and close friends I refuse to beat myself up for not hanging out on Twitter enough. Continue reading



Thing 18 – screencapture and podcasts
October 10, 2011, 17:51
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Jing

Jing is something which I’d never heard of until this Thing, and it looks like a really useful tool. I do occasionally write how-to guides and this looks like a much better way of doing it that the screengrabs-in-Word-doc approach I usually employ. Next time I need to put something like this together I must remember to try it out. Continue reading



Thing 17 – Prezi and Slideshare
October 10, 2011, 17:50
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Prezi

I would love to learn how to use Prezi. I’ve seen some great examples in action and am massively envious. Continue reading




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