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#SLA2014 closing session
July 26, 2014, 11:08
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Following the business meeting, which rather to my surprise I found informative and interesting, the conference closing session rounded off the whole event in style. Four speakers gave short, dynamic, TED-talk-style presentations, and I felt that their enthusiasm and eclectic subject matter was the perfect conclusion. Continue reading

Developing and leading a knowledge sharing culture at #SLA2014
July 26, 2014, 11:05
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During this session I really felt for the presenter, Jim Stewart, as he was up against some significant challenges – the room was much bigger than the audience, it was mid-afternoon on the final day of the conference, and no one seemed terribly keen on participating in any of the interactive aspects. I wasn’t really sure what I thought of it, both whilst it was going on and in retrospect, but looking back over my notes I’ve written down some interesting and coherent thoughts. Continue reading

Social media for everyone and every library at #SLA2014
July 26, 2014, 11:03
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Cheryl Yanek gave a lively and engaging presentation which ranged across a wide variety of social media platforms, looking at their demographics and giving a few pointers about how to make the best use of each of them. I’m not going to go into too much detail about it all – her slides are available at – but rather just record a few of the over-arching points which she made at the outset. Continue reading

Digital Humanities panel at #SLA2014
July 26, 2014, 11:00
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My main takeaway from this panel was that I REALLY want to work in digital humanities! In actual fact I already have an amount of experience on the edges of this area, and I’ve subsequently come up with a plan for gaining more, but if you have any advice for me (or know of any DH projects that could use another volunteer) please let me know in the comments! Continue reading

Big data and job opportunities panel discussion at #SLA2014
July 26, 2014, 10:57
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Big data was one of my target areas for this conference, as it’s a topic about  I should (and want) to know more. This panel seemed like one of the more entry-level sessions about it, and featured some interesting speakers too. What follows is a condensed version of my notes, but the short version is that I found it accessible, engaging and thought-provoking. Speaking were Amy Affelt, Daniel Lee, Kim Silk, and moderator Jane Dysart. Continue reading

Quick take – technology for instruction
July 15, 2014, 11:51
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A short-and-sweet overview of some ways in which tech tools can facilitate or enhance educational/instructional sessions, with an emphasis on online, free and user-friendly. Continue reading

Quick take – networking naturally
July 15, 2014, 11:49
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This was the first Quick Take session I attended, and I must say I thought it was a brilliant concept. A condensed bundle of top tips on a specific topic, with no time for waffle – perfect! This was day 2 of the conference so I had already been putting my best networking skills into practice, and I was pleased to note that I was doing many of the things which Tom Rink recommended, but of course there’s always room for improvement.

Aims of networking:
building and maintaining relationships
getting to know people
building strong foundation for your career
enhance your reputation & credibility
facilitating resource/knowledge sharing
NOT about selling yourself

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