The newest instalment in being my mother’s graphic design “servant,” I illustrated a series of posters that organise sections of the library according to the dewey decimal system.
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The design was originally based off a Dewey set made by Susanna Ryan but needing different colour co-ordination and some illustration changes, we got permission to remake it. The original:
Although I am not a stranger to blogging, having kept a personal blog for a little while now, library blogs however are still quite new to me. Seeing how social media has played such a significant role in the library and information sector over the last few years, it is perhaps no surprise that there are so many library blogs in operation, alongside a dynamic and inclusive network of information professionals on twitter and other networking sites . Whilst my blog is largely a very visual homage to libraries (and books/reading more generally), as well as a tool for CPD, I found a variety of other blogs that are incredibly informative and offer a variety of links to resources that can be used vocationally. I don’t feel quite ready to begin networking and commenting on blogs, but just scrolling through them has given me a renewed motivation to pursue a library career. The library routes project for example, is one resource that has inspired me on a personal level and has helped to convince me that working as a Library Assistant is an entirely valid route into librarianship (through the recognition that many librarians have started their careers as LAs). Finding these blogs and networking sites has therefore been a very worthwhile experience. I have added a number to my blogroll as well as my RSS reader and will commit to reading them as regularly as possible.
Some of my favourites include:
Librarians on the Loose – a blog from two academic librarians at the University of Brighton.
The Wikiman - a good general site with ‘hot library topics’ and plenty of honest advice for new professionals.
Arlis Students and Trainees Blog – not a personal blog but very relevant to my own discipline and area of professional interest. Useful CPD links for art and design trainees and librarians.
I hope to add more to this list as I discover them….Any suggestions welcome!
Blogs and Blogging
I have decided to take part in this CPD exercise as I am about to embark on a MSc in Library and Information Studies and feel I need to get to grips with a wide range of information resources. Some I am already familiar with, but there are those which this exercise will introduce me to that will come in very handy, both at Library school and at work. I am currently employed full-time as a Senior Library Assistant in an academic Art and Design library, where I am predominantly in charge of circulation. This is quite a varied role however and I am lucky enough to also have the opportunity to do some cataloguing and collections work, website editing, staff training and subject enquiry work. I hope that my undertaking 23 Things I will get a chance to enhance my current knowledge and skills and explore other aspects of information work that I have not had the opportunity to engage in during my paid work. So I have set up this Tumblr for this purpose, although I intend to also use it as a site to record library related finds and any images that float my boat.
So here goes!