I’ve created this blog initially as a means of following the 23 Things for Professional Development (cpd23) course, although I hope to continue blogging beyond the end of the course in October.
I’ve been working in libraries for 11 years, including a stint in a public library, a very enjoyable six years at this venerable Newcastle institution, and my current role in the Technical Services section of the Robinson Library at Newcastle University.
I’ve decided to participate in cpd23 as a way of booting myself up the backside, professional development-wise. Like many people, I expect, I diligently attend training courses, think “Hmm, that was jolly useful”, then shove the notes and handouts into the bottom of a desk drawer and never refer to them again. So partly this blog will be a place for me to record and reflect on my training and other CPD activities.
I am also hoping to learn more about social networking, web 2.0 technologies and related gubbins. I don’t Tweet, although I do Google others’ Twitter feeds from time to time (top 3 faves: @nulibarts, @feministhulk and @Grantholtfacts). I’ve heard of RSS feeds but if asked to explain them I would merely go red and stammer for a bit. And if you asked me to explain what Pushnote is, I would point to a space just behind your shoulder, gasp “Look! What’s that over there!!” and then scarper. So I’m expecting big things and lots of usefulness from Week 3 and Week 5 of the course (no pressure, cpd23 organisers!).
I’ve toyed with starting a similar blog in the past, but the fear of running out of things to say after three weeks has always stopped me; I hope that having four months’ worth of topics provided for me will give me the impetus I need to get started and then keep going. Meanwhile, the hardest part about doing this blog, so far, has been trying to come up with a snappy, non-stupid title for it (I will leave it for the reader to judge whether I’ve succeeded or not...).