I’m not really very good at current awareness in general, but I have found Twitter very useful in this respect. I think I’ve found out more about what’s going on in the library world via Twitter than anything else. I’ve even found Twitter useful for finding out what’s going on in other departments within my own library in the past, which probably tells you all you need to know about communication in my curent workplace!
I first joined Twitter when I was doing my chartership, but I didn’t follow many people and wasn’t entirely sure what the point of it was. I didn’t use it much at all for a while after that, but then got back into it, started following more people and found a whole load of enthusiastic library-types whose tweets give me a peek into the libray world outside my own small shiny learning centre-shaped bubble. It’s via Twitter that I learned about the 23 Things for CPD, Library Day in the Life and various other helpful and/or interesting things.
I probably still don’t use Twitter to its full potential. I don’t Tweet much, apart from advertising my blog posts (shameless self-promotion, but never mind), mainly because I still don’t feel I have anything much to say. I’m not really involved in anything library-related outside of my day-to-day work, and although I take an interest in such things I don’t have a lot to say about them. Words are not my strong suit, generally.
Un-library-related, I’ve found Twitter really useful for keeping track of trains (‘scuse the pun) by following @NRE_Southeastrn and having the tweets sent to my mobile, especially during the snow.
I read a lot of RSS feeds, mainly blogs, via iGoogle. I read some blogs not related to libraries, and a few library blogs, including those listed in my blogroll. I’ve just added the feed of all the 23 Things participants’ blogs. (Thanks Annie). I also get RSS feeds from job sites like LISJobnet.
I’ve never used Pushnote, and I don’t really want to sign up to it as I don’t think it’s something I would use. I know that’s a bit unadventurous of me, but I think I’m signed up to enough things already!