Posts tagged ‘cpd23’

November 20, 2013

Thing 14: Zotero / Mendeley / CiteULike

Zotero and Mendeley

From the video this has a great selling point. It seems to make managing and citing records seem effortless.

In a time where information is so readily available it of course means that a tool that helps with making it easier to manage is essential.

This is something I would use in a personal sense and professional.

For researchers I can see how useful this tool must be. However I know from the library I currently in that it would not be possible to access this resource. Although I can see that the way round that would be for researchers to email the results and add later.

This seems like an effective tool. Will need to give it try.

December 9, 2012

CPD Thing 13: Google Docs, Wikis and Dropbox

Google Docs

I like the ease of using Google Drive and I can see it being useful. However this is of course only good because I have Google account and therefore if I were collaborating with someone who doesn’t than I see this being a barrier because I wouldn’t want to pressure anyone to sign up especially.


I like the idea of being able to use this with people who do not have an account. However I would be interested to know how secure the ‘public’ folder is.


Having only seen a few uses of Wikis this is something I would like to explore more. I would like to find out about uses of Wikis as information resources and the potential they have.

I like the plainness of wikis and the fluidity and look forward to an opportunity to using one.


I can definitely see the advantage of using the cloud when working on projects particularly as I jump around using various devices. I also see how it makes sense when working with people and it is difficult to meet with them in person to work on a project.

The disadvantages would be the issue of security and reliability. Also accessibility as in my workplace there are blocks on certain sites so it could not be used as a way of working on external projects without convincing these blocks to be lifted.

These have made be think twice about using emails to work on a document.

December 4, 2012

CPD Thing 12: Putting the social into social media

Resuming 23 Things after a break it seems appropriate to pick with “Putting the social into social media” as this something I clearly need to work on. I social activity online is minimal with regards to engaging but I am sure not why this is. This is something I would like to work on.

July 27, 2012

CPD 23 Thing 11 Mentoring

I am a great believer in experienced professionals sharing knowledge and providing guidance to new professionals. Although I have not yet had an official mentor, I have thought about all the informal mentors I have had.

I like to ask questions. Sometime lots of questions. Sometimes standard ones. Sometimes challenging ones. For me this is one of the ways I learn. My questioning can lead onto my understanding. My professional questioning has often been directed to experience colleagues who have helped to shape my understanding about the librarianship. I thank them for their patience.

My hope is to be able to find an official mentor. Uncertain of how to go about such matters I have found the following articles very helpful, particularly Priscilla Shontz point about not waiting for others to teach you things:

Sophie R. Brookover “Mentors:  What Are They Good For?”, on

Priscilla Shontz “Be a Proactive Protege’”
(an excerpt from Jump Start Your Career in Library & Information Science) on

I shall continue to ask questions.

July 16, 2012

CPD Thing 10: Qualifications

Graduate Traineeship

I was able to do a traineeship straight after completing my first degree. It was at a law library. The role was a library assistant and I worked in a small team. This proved to be ideal as I had a very diverse role and was able to learn about the operations and functions of a library. The traineeship involved working on the front desk, dealing with enquiries, processing stock, housekeeping and other ad hoc duties. We were also able to go on visits to other libraries and training on legal research. I was able to determine very early on that I liked working in a library and was keen to join the profession and so I applied to do my Masters following the traineeship.


My degree was in Library and Information studies and provided a wide scope about the profession and gave me a solid foundation. I was able to establish areas of interest and have explored these since completing the degree. I have also drawn upon many aspects of the degree as part of my first professional post.

July 16, 2012

CPD Thing 9: Evernote

The benefits of using this tool seem to come through when working on a collaborative project that involves conducting research online. I can also see how in some cases it would be better to use this in place of bookmarking as such if a site is regularly updated and the bookmark does not return you the content you wish to view. I have also witness how this prove a good tool when you are travelling and need to carry documents and other vital information.

July 16, 2012

CPD Thing 8: Google calendar

This seems like a useful tool and I can see how it would be great for libraries that have a lot of public engagement. At present I have no need to use this for work purposes as the calendar tools provided by my employee has proved sufficient. I read the articles on how other libraries are using Google calendar and thought the email alerts were an interesting way for setting up reminders. I also still like to use a hard copy of a personal organiser.

June 27, 2012

CPD 23 Thing 7: real-life networks

My experiences of professional organisations have been akin to dipping my toe in water to jumping in the deep end. I’ve been a member of CILIP for a few years and found it has been a useful of finding out about the profession. I’ve attended a range of workshops and conferences and more recently embarked on the CDG International Study Tour.

When I joined the profession my knowledge of librarianship was limited with my main encounters being with public and academic libraries. Being a member of CILIP has enabled me to meet a variety of people and discover the scope of the profession and the roles that exist. It has also helped me develop my professional interests.

June 18, 2012

23 Things – Thing 6 Online Networks – privacy concerns

This Thing is one that I’ve had to really have a good think about. Although I recognise the potential of using online tools to engage with networks, at present I’ve had to decide not to participate. The major concern I have is the matter of privacy. I realise that you have the choice with how much information you can input about yourself on these tools however it seems to me that there is a need to put up a fair amount of personal details and there is niggling feeling in the back of mind that does not feel comfortable with this. Everytime I think to try it out I’ll read something like this: and the feeling returns. I shall need to give this some consideration.

June 6, 2012

CPD 23 Thing 5 – Reflection: Our relationship with information

Since starting this CPD 23 Things course I have become more relaxed about using social media tools. My main concern was being overwhelmed. I am glad to find that many of the concerns I hold are shared by other participants.

In turn it has made me think of points of interests I’ve had for sometime namely our relationship with information. In particular I am intrigued by the concept of information overload and the part the social media tools play.

To me it is about information overconsumption rather than overload. These tools and use of them are a reflection of our relationship with information, how it is produced and consumed.

A book I have on my reading list is Clay Johnson’s “The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption” having read a fascinating review on the following blog: Clay Johnson draws attention to the idea of information being like food and that we should consider the consumption of it in the same way. He raises the point about it being a health issue. I brought this topic up at the LibCamp@Brunel and wondered at the role of information professional in supporting an information diet. I’ve recently read the post and discussion “If Information is Food, What Does It Mean to Say, ‘You Are What You Eat’?” on Agnostic, Maybe: It was good see that this idea of information as food brings about an interesting debate. I’m still undecided about the role of information professional however I feel it depends on the ‘consumer’. Clearly a researcher will have different needs to someone with leisure interests, therefore in the former cases it is essential that the informational professional acts more like a nutritionist.  

It also reminded me of an article I read David Bawden and Lyn Robinson “The dark side of information: overload, anxiety and other paradoxes and pathologies” Journal of Information Science Volume 35 Issue 2, April 2009. Bawden and Robinson point out that information overload is a more a perceived problem than an actual problem. Also the notion of information overload is not new and there similar accounts taking place during the period of increased publication in 19th century. The problem may be more associated with information behaviour.

Finally I rather like Margaret Atwood’s take on Twitter: “Let’s just say it’s communication, and communication is something human beings like to do.” To me this sums up most of the social media tools available and I look forward to exploring.