Innovating, inspiring, creating and disrupting: a report on the i2c2

On 5th March 2014, I headed up to Manchester with my lovely boss Andy to attend i2c2, a conference themed around Innovation, Inspiration and Creativity (‘conference’ is the second C) with the aim to use positive disruption to improve libraries. I am very fortunate to work where I do because I have been in librariesContinue reading “Innovating, inspiring, creating and disrupting: a report on the i2c2”

Librarians on film (and TV)

Star Wars librarian, Jocasta Nu So, Obi-Wan Kenobi does what all good Jedi should do and goes to his local library to find some information from a hopefully helpful librarian. Unfortunately he meets Jocasta Nu. Seriously Jocasta, that’s your reference interview technique? Can’t you sit ¬†Obi-Wan down in front of your futuristic OPAC or accessContinue reading “Librarians on film (and TV)”

Where’s your librarian bun?

So I’ve been wanting to write about the image of librarians for some time and as today is International Hug a Librarian Day, I thought…heck…why not write that post today? Also, the recent Slate photo essay “controversy” made me want to talk about this topic even more. In case you don’t know what I’m referringContinue reading “Where’s your librarian bun?”

Librarian as Educator: doing outreach, access and education with schools

This is a blog version of a Librarians in Training session that I co-presented with Ryan Cronin. We decided to write this up for people who attended as something to refer back to, as well as for those who were unable to attend due to meetings/family commitments/geographical location etc. Please note that this was presentedContinue reading “Librarian as Educator: doing outreach, access and education with schools”

Mini update

Apologies for my blog being a bit dormant since November 2013. The main reason for this is that I have a new job! Since early January, I have been the User Experience Librarian at the Cambridge Judge Business School which is all exciting and new. I will blog about my role and what sort ofContinue reading “Mini update”

CILIP membership – update

I feel I should be honest with you as my readers. Since my shockingly popular post on the CILIP 2014 hustings and the topic of membership fees, I have actually joined CILIP as an associate member. My reason? I was asked by a colleague if I would be interested in being the Research Sector RepresentativeContinue reading “CILIP membership – update”

Librarian as researcher: doing research in your day job by Emma Coonan and Jane Secker (workshop write-up)

Disclaimer: as this training session was offered to University of Cambridge librarians, it may be very Cambridge-centric. However, I think there is a lot you can get from what was discussed anyway! Yesterday I attended an excellent Librarians in Training session called Librarian as research: doing research in your day job. It was presented byContinue reading “Librarian as researcher: doing research in your day job by Emma Coonan and Jane Secker (workshop write-up)”

Women and Leadership talk

So, today I attended a talk in Cambridge called¬†New Perspectives: Women and Leadership – Taking the Leap, which was run by the Equality and Diversity, and Women’s Staff Network folk at the University of Cambridge, where I work. I’ll be honest. I wasn’t too sure. I have become a bit tired of late with allContinue reading “Women and Leadership talk”

CILIP 2014 Hustings: membership fees #cilip2014

I thought I would do a quick blog post about last night’s CILIP 2014 Election Hustings rather than try to pick it apart on Twitter as 140 characters can only provide so much. I had a question answered that I had posted on Twitter about the current fees tiers and if they were linked toContinue reading “CILIP 2014 Hustings: membership fees #cilip2014”