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.