Cool, hip and trendy… looking like a

*censored for professional purposes*.  If you don’t mind a bit of fruity language you can find the inimitable Eddie Izzard talking about a fashion cycle here on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTnCtcvr384, just watch the first 3 minutes or so. Now, why have I bought this to your attention?  Well my brain made the comedic connection when reading this … Continue reading

part-time – fully professional

 I love being part-time.  Like so many folks I have the career thing bubbling on the hob with the family thing.  When these ‘things’ are in balance I have found being part-time allows me some useful perspective.  I don’t get as mired in inertia and cynicism as I have occasionally found happens when doing 9-5 … Continue reading

Profersonal – Is that even a word?

Just like my ‘real’ life my ‘online’ life has blurred lines:  Some professional colleagues become friends, some friends become colleagues.  For many of these poor folk, I doggedly connect with them across a multitude of platforms representing all of our shared interests and in doing so the boundaries between professional and personal have become well … Continue reading

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the most reflective practitioner of all?

I hold my hands up.  I could be much more reflective in my professional practice.  I could also strive harder to be evidence-informed.  Oh dear, here comes a limb that I fell the need to totter out onto.  I’m going to suggest that as a profession we could do more to encourage reflective practice and remaining … Continue reading

Don’t Shelve So Close To Me or CPD23 Thing 4

Twitter  I feel terribly late for the Twitter Party and freely admit to being more than a little afraid.   What if no-one else arrives alone?  Will there be anyone that I know there?  What if no-one will speak to me?   As with many social events I found it a little easier once I found … Continue reading

Brand-tastic!

Now that is what I’m talking about.  I dreamt about libraries.  No, don’t stop there.  Yes, I did have the re-occurring dream that I’m working in a 3 storey building that I cannot clear of customers however many times I pace the floors or tackle the tannoy, but it’s not that that I want to … Continue reading

Starting over

Hello there!  I’m so pleased to see you!  Like a fair few folks I have been working away on cpd23 in what feels like a vacuum. However, as the course is alive again, I now have company. Yay! When I look back at what I posted the first time I did Things 1-3, I can see … Continue reading

Thing 12 – Putting the social into social media

*Clears throat* Ah herm.  First confession, I’ve only just this second officially signed up for cpd23, well, better late than never.  And, as it turns out, I might have a few folks along the ride with me in May as the whole programme is about to be re-run.  Yay!  I was feeling a little lonely … Continue reading

Thing 11 – mentoring

Hmm, mentoring, now, I do have some experience in this area.  I did once work in an organisation where there was a formal mentoring scheme.  All new members of staff were matched up with a mentor so when I started I was introduced to a colleague and when I was long enough in the tooth I agreed to become … Continue reading

being a librarian – the story so far

I love being a librarian.  It’s interesting, exciting, challenging, always different.  Stamping books, shushing, shelving,  twin sets, buns, pearls.  The stereotypes are all still there.  I myself am guilty of every single one of them at some time.  Well, maybe not the twin set. So why would you want to be a librarian and why … Continue reading

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