Wednesday, 3 August 2011

A Time for Reflection...

Ah, the Reflective Practice section of CPD23!

It seems very important now to reflect on everything you do, especially at work. This can seem very useful, as I guess even if some things don't turn out how you planned, you can at least learn from that and move forward. When I attended an open day about CILIP Certification, a huge part of it seemed to be based on becoming a reflective practitioner, which as it is a work-based qualification, certainly made sense.

Everything I've done so far as part of CPD23 seems to make me think more about new technology, websites, and I'm sure this can only be a good thing. Signing up to Twitter was an 'Eeek'! moment for me, but you never know, as part of my reflective practice I might even (a) learn something, and (b) enjoy it.

Twitter, Pushnote et al

Have just taken what feels a major leap and set up a Twitter account! Have always had vaguely anti-Twitter feeling, but looks a little more interesting than I at first thought. Can see that if you sign up to a lot of other tweets you could suffer from information overload though!

Subscribed to CPD23 RSS feed, so will be interesting to see how everyone else is getting on with things. Feel as if I've got a little behind with being off work for a week, so madly trying to catch up now (in between boxing stuff up for the imminent library move).

Pushnote to me perhaps looks the least interesting option of the three, but am sure I shall have a closer look at some point.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011


Am a little bit behind with my CDP 23 activities, am just looking at activity 3 (branding). Finding it a little odd to get my head around, although looking at other blogs I can see that some people have branded themselves brilliantly! In terms of Googling myself, was a little surprised how much personal detail was available, but little of what other activities I'd been up to. Made me more aware that branding could have a positive impact on what people find out about myself online. Will certainly have to upload a photo of myself, and perhaps look at ways I can personalise the look of my blog to reflect my own personal brand.

Friday, 24 June 2011

To e-read or not to e-read?

Just started wondering whether most bloggers are big readers or not? I've found that most library staff I've worked with are big readers, although not all. Also, are many bloggers more likely to use e-readers (like the Kindle) or do they still like to read 'hard copies'? I must admit to loving both, and seeing a time when perahps libraries do explore the e-book option more readily (apparently Leicester City Libraries offer a service where users can download free e-books, although strangely for nearly all e-readers except the Kindle!)

Would be nice to see what other people think, I do still on balance like physical copies of books, but have sadly almost run out of bookshelving at home, so an e-reader is a great compromise! Plus, the cost of e-books is another bonus.

Other Blogs

Have been looking at other people's blogs as part of the next bit of cpd23 training: wow, is inspirational to see how much blogs can be developed, and also it's nice to see a mixture of the professional and the personal (is great to 'meet' the people who work in other libraries espcially).

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

New CPD23 Member

I have joined CPD23 in order to learn more about the wonderful world of blogging. I've worked as a Senior Learning Resources Assistant at various libraries for around 10 years, have never blogged before, but have been a 'lurker' and viewed quite a few. Hopefully everyone who joins CPD23 will learn loads about different areas of library looks like quite an exciting journey to set out on!