Five Things You May Not Know About Me

  1. I once (less than five years ago) had a job that included driving a forklift.
  2. I Have a sister who is a vegetarian and a brother who was a butcher for over 15 years.
  3. I am a fan of Mad Men and Luther.
  4. We have a house FULL of books.
  5. I’m allergic to cat hair.

The Art Of Engagement

1. Ask

2. Listen

3. Respond

>> Why make it more difficult than it needs to be?

A Reality Competition For Librarians?

Reality programmes dominate TV and some of them, such as MasterChef do a really good job of raising the profile of cooking, chefs, restaurants and suppliers. Programmes such as these also belittle the blood, sweat, tears and talents of cooks and chefs who spend years in training with sometimes very little reward.

So, how do you feel about a reality competition for librarians? Would an increased profile of librarianship work in our favour with funders and the general public or would it be too superficial? I imagine this may result in some strong reactions so please add your thoughts to the comments.

Risk Or Opportunity?

Four questions to ask yourself when trying something new.

  1. What is the worst thing that could happen?
  2. What is the best thing that could happen?
  3. Could you live with the results?
  4. What can you do to be able to live with the results?

The Space Between

“Between stimulus and response there is a space.

In that space is our power to choose our response.

In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

(Viktor E. Frankl)

It is our power to choose.

Continuous Evaluation: Part 2

Yesterday I evaluated #blogjune based on my blog statistics. Today I’ll continue my evaluation with my thoughts about whether my main reasons for doing #blogjune have been realised. This year I decided to do #blogjune for the first time for two reasons:

  1. To learn if I could find something to blog about every day.
  2. To test the ‘less is more’ theory with respect to both the blog layout and posts.

Here’s what I think so far:

  • Finding something of value to blog about every day is challenging. Very challenging. I’m glad it’s only a month as I am already feeling weary of the self-imposed daily deadline combined with the ‘less is more’ approach to blogging.
  • I recently read an article that said Grand State University Library, MI cut 70% of a website’s content and no-one noticed. The article goes on to suggest reducing a library website to one page that focuses solely on the needs of your community; to scale back everything else until these fundamental needs are met. So I thought I’d test simplicity here. For this blog I removed all widgets except blog subscriptions and am appreciating the lack of clutter. I haven’t even added tags or categories to my posts and I don’t feel as I have committed some cardinal ‘librarian’ sin. 🙂 How has this affected you, dear reader? Have you noticed?
  • For my actual blog posts I wanted to also try ‘less is more’ with less text, less ranting, and less reflective posts. As a result I’ve ended up with a bit more visual and inquisitive with an occasional foray into inviting participation from others. It’s not exactly how I imagined, but I’m pretty pleased.

So I’m going to forge on until the end of the month and then see where I want to go next with this.

Continuous Evaluation: Part 1

I’m halfway through #blogjune and thought I’d check how things are going, stats-wise.


Top Posts

The most unexpected statistic I learned from this evaluation was that ALL views have come via links, and not one has come via search engines. As #blogjune is a twitter-initiated project, I have tweeted all new posts while linking to only three on my Finding Heroes blog. So in hindsight, I shouldn’t be that surprised that my Twitter personal learning network is sharing the #blogjune love. Thank you!

Tomorrow I’ll continue my evaluation with my thoughts about whether my main reasons for doing #blogjune have been realised.


I Have No Special Talent

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” Albert Einstein


Today I asked Twitter for inspiration for today’s #blogjune post. These are their suggestions made into a word search.

Participation: A Warm Up Exercise

Today I’m thinking about participation, engagement and collaboration.

So let’s see what happens. This diagram or image links to a public Google document and the image will (I hope) be updated each time the page is refreshed.

  1. Click on the image to add words that can be made from the word ‘leadership’.
  2. Plurals and proper nouns are acceptable, in any language.
  3. If you notice spam or words that don’t fit the criteria you can delete them.

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