For thing 2 I looked at a handful of blogs from the list of participants on Delicious. How did I choose which blogs from the many to go to? Well, it’s all in the name for me. I did however try not to go to too many UK blogs, as I see the global reach of this programme a great benefit. I also tried not to pick too many academic librarians.
Of the 20 or so blogs I looked at I commented on four and I will be subscribing to their RSS feeds to follow their progress through the programme. They are:
And finally, I will leave you with a picture that sums up exactly how I feel about comments:
Over the next few months I will be participating in the CPD23 programme, 23 Things for Professional Development. Whilst the tasks that I complete as part of this will form the bulk of content on this blog over the summer I will also try to post additional stuff too. I did consider setting up a separate blog but as I use this blog as a reflection tool for my CPD already it seemed foolish to separate the two.
This is the third time I will be taking part in a 23 things programme, but this time there are some key differences…
Firstly, I am in no way involved in running it. Which is great! My two previous experiences of the programme have been as a member of the team delivering the programme so I’m really looking forward to taking part solely as a participant.
Secondly, the content and themes covered in this programme have a different focus. Both Ox23 and UoW23 were about introducing the participants to social media sites, showing their relevance to libraries and how they can be used by librarians. While CPD23 covers some of those topics, blogging and current awareness for example, it goes broader than that. It also looks at creating a personal brand, networking offline (as well as on), opportunities for training, and advocacy.
So that’s me and thing 1 done.
I have 43 subscriptions in my “Information + Libraries” folder in GoogleReader. Over the past few weeks I have been thinking about dropping a few as I am finding that more and more the unread items are building up. I’m sure I can cut it down simply by taking out a few that are no longer being updated but that doesn’t sort out the mountain of unread items. So the actual number of subscriptions doesn’t matter it’s the frequency at which they are updated. Should I then just drop the prolific authors? Surely not if the content they’re posting is relevant and interesting. It’s clear I’m going to have to find some other way of identifying which feeds to keep.
There are two ways I could approach this
- I could create a wonderful algorithm that takes into account the frequency of posts, their relevance, how often I skip over them, link through to them, mark them as favourites or to read later.
- I could get drastic and say if I were forced at gunpoint to choose just ten, which would I keep?
You’ve guessed it, I’m going for the latter. These blogs made the list because they are consistently entertaining, informative and inspiring. Without further ado here they are:
- In the Library with the Lead Pipe – a group blog discussing issues that impact academic, public and school libraries.
- Info-mational – written by Char Booth, E-Learning Librarian at UC Berkeley.
- Information Tyrannosaur – written by Andy Burkhardt, Emerging Technologies Librarian at Champlain College.
- Joeyanne Libraryanne – written by Jo Alcock, Resources Librarian at the University of Wolverhampton and current ILS student.
- Librarian by Day – written by Bobbi Newman, transliteracy guru.
- Librarians on the Loose – written by Emma Illingworth and Sarah Ison, librarians at the University of Brighton.
- Library Bazaar – written by Fiacre O’Duinn, a librarian in Hamilton, Ontario.
- Libreaction – written by Andy Priestner, Head Librarian at Judge Business School.
- Organising Chaos – written by Laura, aka Woodsiegirl, law librarian and current ILS student.
- Swiss Army Librarian – written by Brian Herzog, a reference librarian at Chelmsford Public Library, Chelmsford MA.