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April 15, 2009

Blogging… at last

Writing about web page http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/researchexchange/

My first entry on the RIU blog to outline some of my current projects:

1) An exploration of Reading List Management Systems.
2) Organising the operational procedures for a library provided printed Course Pack pilot for September 2009.
3) The setting up of an online researcher database as part of the research exchange online resources.
4) The running of the Wolfson Research Exchange.

Please check out http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/researchexchange/ as a new and related blog.


December 13, 2005

Bloggy good feedback

Follow-up to ASLIB Exploiting blogs event in Birmingham from Innovating Research!

Just received the feedback on the talk I gave on behalf of ASLIB West Midlands a couple of weeks back, and since one or two bloggers out there helped out with a bit of input whilst I was preparing it I thought I'd report back.

Feedback was universally good – not a single word of negative criticism either. Quotes include:

  • "Far exceeded expectations"
  • "Thought-provoking and inspirational"
  • "Very interesting – a lot to take back to my colleagues."

Actually I can't lay claim to all this high praise, the other speaker & event host (Phil Bradley) probably deserves the bulk of it. But all the same it does the University no harm to have engendered such a groundswell of good will with a broad cross-section of LIS professionals – most of whom were from outside the academic sector!


November 25, 2005

ASLIB Exploiting blogs event in Birmingham

And I'm back from the ASLIB event in Birmingham. I think presentation went down fairly well (I'll wait until I see the feedback before I make any final decisions). Ended up giving it twice in the end to half the attendees at a time. When I get a moment I'll pop a copy of the presentation onto the RIU web site in case anyone wants to have a gander. It was a very good day and if ASLIB or anyone else runs the course again somewhere it would be well worth attending – even if I'm not speaking at it…

I think I conveyed how well blogs are being used here at Warwick in a more professional sense, though as a lot of the people there were attending from corporate or public library services there was a lot of concern over the need to censor/control what was published. Not so free and easy as we have it here in academia.

I also learned a fair bit from the other speaker on such topics as RSS, blog-directories and will be using the terms cat-blog and boss-blog far more (though I maintain my personal blog elsewhere remains a goose blog!).

Anyway fun aside it's time to turn to some 'proper' work for a while – I've a sickening feeling that means more analysis of reading list data and less thinking about blogs for a bit. At least until Wednesday when I'm on a panel discussion at a conference on Exploiting new social media applications talking about such things again with some fairly heavy weight speakers.

(And for those people who asked yesterday how long these things take – this entry has taken me 8 minutes from start to finish – including the editing, spell checking and the time spent in discussion with my colleagues just how artic our offices have remained all week)


November 11, 2005

Blogging about talking about blogging

What a clumsy title. Anyway, I've been putting off starting this for a while. I've been booked to speak at two conference towards the end of the months on librarians and blogging. One's a more formal presentation on their pros, cons, uses etc in a LIS workplace setting, whilst the other is a discussion panel with me, the Guardian and Nokia all setting out our vision for exploiting such social media collaborative tools for a lot of men in suits.

While for the latter there's a handy conference wiki(1) for me to collect my thoughts, but for the other one I guess it's going to be the old ppt slide and entertaining talk. Thankfully having spoken with folks in eLab, the comms office and our very own Learning Grid I've got some ideas where my talk might go – but how do I tell a bunch of librarians "Don't write dull blogs" in a polite manner?

I'm part of a Google group of librarian bloggers and I have to say I've not been that impressed (or indeed stimulated) by the stylistic approach that a lot of them take. Librarians do seem to have a problem with making themselves interesting when they write (I'm only a librarian by trade rather than calling, so hopefully I've got a slightly punchier style).

sigh So if anyone has any stunning suggestions that I can expound to them with a maniacal, but professional, glint in my eye, let me know.

(1) I'm sorry, but every time I hear/type the word "wiki" all I hear in my head is Will Smith and "Wiki wiki Wild Wild West". I've been trying to shake that for months…


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