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Face-off: online vs offline networks

In this post I am going to write about both thing 6 (online networks) and thing 7 (offline networks) of the 23 Things for Continuing Professional Development programme. This is partly because I’m so far behind, but mostly because I don’t feel I can talk about one without mentioning the other. I am also going to flip things around and write about offline networks first. I am a member of CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals), within that my special interest groups are the CDG (Career Development Group) and CoFHE (Colleges of Further and Higher Education). I started [...]

Strategies for managing an increased workload

As I mentioned in my last post I had my first proper speaking gig last week at the CILIP UC&R West Midlands event Lean and Mean Library Machine. Here are the slides from my presentation and below is (roughly) what I said. Lean and Mean Library Machine View more presentations from Emma Cragg. Following on from Dave Parkes and Stuart Hunt who both presented on applying lean at a service level my intention was to present a more personal perspective and look at what strategies we can implement as individuals to increase our productivity. Before I looked at the strategies [...]

Lean and Mean Library Machine

Last week I presented at the CILIP UC&R West Midlands event Lean and Mean Library Machine. More on that coming soon… for now here are my notes from the rest of the event. First up was Dave Parkes from Staffordshire University. He presented some ideas for how library services as a whole can and will need to adapt in the face of large scale cuts and the changing educational climate. As librarians have always had to deal with change he thinks we are uniquely placed to cope with the cuts ahead. How we do this is by upgrading our skills [...]

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