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January 12, 2006

Are librarians the most stressed out profession?

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4605476.stm

Hmn, not sure if I'd agree with the precepts of this report – being a librarian is anything BUT monotonous. In fact a bit of monotony every now and again might make a nice change from the constant, erm, change.

Still, this report has at least one of the Social Science librarians here in the office fuming over its contents – so perhaps there's some truth in it after all…


November 11, 2005

Communications and the library

Just had a very interesting meeting with Gabriel Siles-Brugge from PAIS' SSLC. He was interested in the various projects the RIU has been involved with, how they relate to what actually happens within the depts. Gabe was one of our earliest willing participants in the World Politics project interviews, so it was kind of a change to have the tables turned and be the one interviewed.

Probably the highlight of the day – I miss chatting to students informally, but as a non-subject librarian here you don't get that opportunity quite so often.


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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