April 09, 2009

Blog Moves!

Writing about web page http://kwiddows.blogspot.com/

I have decided to continue blogging, but as it is no longer appropriate to blog for my own Chartership now I have submitted my portfolio, I am starting a new blog, under the same name, so it is easy to find, over at Blogger.

As a member of CILIP CDG this is one way in which I can contribute to supporting other Chartership candidates. I will also remain active on LIS-CILIP-REG.

Many thanks to everyone who has read, commented on, quoted, referenced and linked to this blog. It has been very much worth while because of your support.

Feel free to join me over at http://kwiddows.blogspot.com/ where I will start posting soon.

April 06, 2009

Get a load of this!!!

Writing about web page http://www.culture.gov.uk/reference_library/media_releases/6035.aspx

It is worth reinstating my blog if only to bring some good news to the masses!

See the link attached for news with the heading:

"Culture Secretary Andy Burnham orders local Inquiry into public library service in the Wirral"

Check it out!!!

February 20, 2009

Its in!!!!!

Well, I'm sitting in Ridgmount street Information Centre right now, having handed in, in triplicate, my finished portfolio!

Its a strange combination of relief and terror.

I'd like to say a MASSIVE thank you to Chris Bradford, my ever helpful and enthusiastic Mentor, and I'd like to wish the best of luck to anyone else submitting.

I'm not sure whether I will continue with this blog or not - but it will certainly sit here for the time being, at least until I know if I've passed!


February 19, 2009

The plot thickens

Follow-up to Facebook Terms and Conditions from When I grow up I want to be a Librarian!

I have just been sent this by our electronic resources librarian - any comments?

Do you trust facebook?

Should Libraries (or any organisations for that matter) be concerned about what facebook might use their content for at a later date - even after they have deleted their pages?


February 18, 2009

Facebook Terms and Conditions

Writing about web page http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=54746167130

Very interesting - it seems that facebook is rewriting its terms and conditions in light of users concerns about information sharing.

I have to admit I havent read it all yet - but I will, and may post more comments here.

Any views?

February 17, 2009

Google book – copyright – access – whats going on??

Writing about web page http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/feb/14/google-books-robert-darnton

See Guardian article linked above.

Brilliant quote from it:

"One of my colleagues is a quiet, diminutive lady, who might call up the notion of Marion the Librarian. When she meets people at parties and identifies herself, they sometimes say condescendingly, "A librarian, how nice. Tell me, what is it like to be a librarian?" She replies, "Essentially, it is all about money and power." "

Any comments?

February 08, 2009

How many pieces of "extraordinary" evidence?

HI All,

I am on the Extraordinary Route to Chartership, which means I have done 2 years of evidence collection instead of 1.

I am now finalising my portfolio and wondering if I need to include twice the evidence of a person not on the "extraordinary" route.

As it stands my portfolio contains 38 pieces of evidence - and I think I can safely justify them all against my PPDP.

Does this sound like a reasonable number considering I have done two years of work?

Any ideas?
Any extraordinary candidates out there who have already passed?


February 06, 2009

Photo Competition

Writing about web page http://www.flickr.com/groups/cilipwmlibphotocomp/

CILIP West Midlands are running a photo competition and want you to get involved.

You can submit any photo you have taken of any kind of library as long as it is located in the West Midlands.

The winning shot will be published in CILIP Update, the journal of the Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals.

For further information and to join the Flikr group where the photos are being posted, go to: http://www.flickr.com/groups/cilipwmlibphotocomp/

January 30, 2009

Support our public libraries!

Writing about web page http://www.parliament.uk/about/how/members/mps_contact.cfm

In Update Jan/Feb issue, which came through my door yesterday there is a brief piece on page 6 talking about CILIP Councillor Bruce Royan's support for Early Day Motion 248 which states, amongst other things, that the house:

"therefore welcomes the launch of UNISON's report Taking Stock: The Future of our UK Library Service; supports the report's five point plan for a revitalised public library service maintained and improved by adequate resourcing and public funding, including empowered staff-shaping services in partnership with their local community, partnership working between libraries and councils across the UK, responsiveness to library users from all backgrounds and the provision of staff training and professional development".

Bruce Royan is urging us to contact our MPs and request that they sign the motion.

You can find out who your MP is and how to contact them at:

I will be doing this later today, I hope others will too.

January 24, 2009

Excellent – we need more of this. . .

Writing about web page http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2009/jan/24/study-post-graduate-librarianship

Check out the recent Guardian piece on studying for Librarianship.

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