This was a really interesting and enjoyable day - great talks, good discussion and lovely people - what more could you ask of a conference? Hazel Hall was the first speaker, presenting on the topic of "The value of practitioner research, the impact of such research activity (on individual career paths as well as services provision) … Continue reading Themes and Trends in Library and Information Research: CILIP in Kent Conference, 8th November 2017
This talk by David Walker, Head of Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of Sussex, was the first in our series of Learning and Research Support (LRS) Seminars. The premise of David's talk was that the language we use to describe, implement and travel through change does not reflect the (difficult) reality of how it … Continue reading Technology, digital capabilities and the language of change
Yesterday, I attending 'Leadership for Librarians' a training workshop presented by Andy Priestner at the University of Kent, part of CILIP in Kent's programme of events. We started with the easy bit: thinking about absence of leadership (i.e. bad leaders). Sadly, examples of these came to mind quite easily for all of us! Then we … Continue reading Leadership for librarians
Yesterday, I attended the second meeting of Kent Special Collections, Local Area Studies and Archive Forum, which was held at The Historic Dockyard in Chatham. The meeting was preceded by a tour round the new galleries at the dockyard - Command of the Ocean, about the glory days of the British Navy and the ships … Continue reading Notes from the second meeting of the Kent Special Collections, Local Area Studies and Archives Forum
This post is sort of in response to Tina Reynolds' post about professionalism, which was pointed out to me by @ijclark. It is a bit of a delayed response - sorry about that - but I have been gathering information (aka emailing colleagues and looking at Twitter). When thinking about professionalism and what it means … Continue reading Who or what is a “professional librarian”?
As regular readers of this blog may have gathered, my current role involves a lot of cataloguing. In fact, it is the main purpose of my job. I like cataloguing; I think it's important, and I think it's important that it's done properly. By properly, I mean according to cataloguing rules and standards, although I'm not … Continue reading What am I here for?
I blogged about my route into librarianship for Thing 10, so for Thing 20 I had a look at other people's blog posts about their 'library routes and roots' to see how their routes compared with mine. So I've done that, and it seems that quite a lot of people's roots into the library and … Continue reading Things 20: The Library Routes Project