Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Thing 4

In the interest of powering through, I've started on Thing 4 right after posting about Thing 3. I think I might need to take a break before I start on Thing 5 though! This task is all about using online resources to keep up to date with the library world. The tools that have been specifically recommended are Twitter, Pushnote and RSS feeds. I already use Twitter, so it was nice not to have to sign up to anything to benefit from some of the suggestions for this particular tool and I have found some really useful people and organisations through this - for my dissertation as well as personal interest.
I definitely need to make myself use Twitter more in the future, it's just taking me a long time to get used to looking at the screen and not seeing hundreds of hash tags and @ symbols screaming at me.
Having had a look at who I can follow on Twitter I moved swiftly on to RSS Feeds. This is something I haven't really used before. For some reason I've always thought of it as something slightly geeky and outside of my ability. I don't know where on Earth I got that idea from... it's really easy! You just click a link, sign in to Google and hey presto! Absolutely ingenious. I particularly like that I can now see at a glance who has posted their next CPD23 Thing. I will definitely be using this more in the future.
Moving on to Pushnote: This sounds like it could be a fantastic tool, but i hasn't converted me yet. I feel like I would want people to be using it when looking at my blog or when visiting a library website, but personally I don't want to add yet another thing to my bookmarks. Quite apart from that, I already have access to way too many different means of expressing my opinion on the web and whilst I see the appeal, it's just not for me. I think that if it becomes more widespread and people I know are using it then maybe I will eat my words, but right now.. I don't know, do you ever ge the feeling that there is just too much to do on the internet?!

Thoroughly lazy

I have been very very lazy.. supremely lazy in fact. It has been several weeks since I've updated this so I'm going to have to do Things 3, 4 and 5 all in one sitting, although I'll split it into three separate posts. This one will cover Thing 3: Consider your personal brand.

I thought the personal branding post raised some interesting points and it really made me think about the image I'm putting out there. To be honest, I think I've got everything a bit confused. I already had a Twitter account when I set up this blog, and so I use a different name for both. For some reason (and I now regret this) I used my real name on Twitter. It's not that I don't want people to find me, and I think it's important that my real name is available to anyone who wants to find it, but I also like the degree of anonymity you get by having some sort of pseudonym. I think it gives me more confidence to write what I really think. Bearing all that in mind, I really like the [Techno Librarian] name I've given this blog and I think it's quite appropriate to my feelings about being a librarian so I will probably set up another Twitter account and abandon the previous (and admittedly rarely used) personality.

In terms of continuity across all my online profiles/blogs etc, I think that design is something I will need to look into. I like the idea of having a particular theme, image or colour that is signifies that this is my page, but right now, I'm just not sure what that should be. None of the available templates really seem quite right for me and I think I'd like to take a bit more time to have a play around and make something that I'm happy to apply to everything. One thing I do want to change now though is the picture on this page. I originally chose it because I wanted an image of myself to identify that this is my page, but I also wanted it to be slightly obscured... again going back to that idea of being recognisable to those that look but still having a degree of anonymity. Hopefully I can find something within the next few days.

Activity: Searching for my name on Google was pretty much a complete flop! I came up with my Facebook account and adding the terms 'librarian' and 'Oxford' threw up my Twitter account but this blog remains thoroughly buried. I've submitted the URL to Google and Yahoo along with a few appropriate keywords so I'll try this again in a month or so to see if it's made any difference.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Orkney Library

OK, if you use Twitter, follow @OrkneyLibrary. Trust me. They are always entertaining and are a brilliant example of how libraries can use social media effectively. Plus, they come up with some really weird ideas: this week it's the #mrandmrs promotion. Borrow a book written by a celebrity/semi-well-known-z-lister and get their partner's book for free. Inspired.

Thing 2

I think it's safe to say that Thing 2 will probably be one of the most challenging 'Things' for me.  I'm definitely more of a passive web user; I have Twitter and Facebook accounts but I tend to be a bit more of a voyeur than an active participant.  I do think that's something I need to get over - I really think that libraries should be using social media and web 2.0 tools more and I'm even writing my Master's dissertation on this topic, so I'm just going to have to bite the bullet on this one and join in.  (As a side note, it is unbelievable how much I uhmed and ahhed over putting my photo on this blog before eventually deciding that no one else cares)!
After a bit of random link clicking and reading some fairly interesting yet completely irrelevant blogs I did manage to leave some comments.  If anyone's actually reading this, I'd recommend taking a look at Naomi's Noesis which promises to be a good read throughout the programme.

Sunday, 12 June 2011


So I'm completely new to everything it seems.. I've just finished most of my Masters course (just the dissertation to go; fingers crossed) and I've been thrust into the world of job hunting.  I'm not really one for blogging either.  I've dabbled, of course, but I've never stuck at it.  Hopefully this will be the exception!

I've set up this blog as part of CPD23 which sounds like an excellent idea.  Basically, each week I'll try out one or two tools as described in the CPD23 blog and then I'll write about my experience here.  The idea is that I'll learn some new things and improve on what I already know and as a complete newbie to the professional world of librarianship I'm guessing there's going to be a lot to learn!  Since plenty of other people will be trying this too, I hope that I can learn from their experiences as well.

I guess I should explain the name of my blog... I chose it because Techno music is a blend of old and new, combining styles such as funk and electric jazz with 'futuristic' themes.  That is exactly how I personally like libraries to be.  I love the old fashioned walls of books and traditional service, but I'm also fascinated by how the web and new technology can complement this and help make sure libraries remain relevant today and in the future.