Friday, 14 October 2011

Thing 20, 21, 22, 23 : getting started

Although these are great tips and useful bits of information, it is geared towards the novice or some one looking at a librarian career or just getting started. I've been doing it for some time and have been in management roles, so kinda know how to write my CV/resume and can reasonably bungle my way through an interview.

What would be useful is a Wiki or something where we can state the skills and abilities of librarians either generally or for specific role types. This page wouldn't just be for people like me who can't think up a good phrase themselves, but more for general public knowing what it means to be a librarian and why we are important (hey, advocacy, look at that). Especially in a Google age, where everyone thinks they can do it themselves (and often can), there needs to be a way of us letting people know why we are here, how we can be used, and why we are worth our time. Let me know if there's such a resource out there. I'd love to have a look through it.

Things 15, 16, 17 and 18 : getting out there

The unfortunate reality is I just cannot attend conferences as I could pre-children. Husband works unthinkable hours, no family close by. Hard to find childcare for evening, and day conferences usually conflict with school hours. What I would like to find are lists of web-conferences or rebroadcasts or something. That's where podcasts really come into their own with me. As for organising or speaking, well, when you don't have time to attend, can't really consider organising or speaking.

As I try to move closer to becoming a school librarian, many of these tools look like they might be of use, especially Prezi. Again, I'll note it and come back when I need it specifically.

Things 13 and 14 : Tools

I'm now in a rush to just get through these 23 Things before the end of the year. Such is my life. So a quick reflection on version controllers (Google Docs, etc.) and citation editors (citeulike, etc.)

I think Google Docs is great and not only for version control. It's also got me out of a couple sticky situations of wrong extensions or not having compatible software. Especially between Macs and PCs. Just upload into Google Docs, maybe edit slightly (add a space to the end of the doc), resave and download. Viola, can now open the un-openable document. The one thing I would wish for, is that is was accepted as a work platform at my job. The workplace was very restrictive on what general programs could be used as they are possible security threats. <sigh>. Meanwhile, 10 people with 5 different versions on their personal disk space and no one is quite sure which is the final draft.

As for citeulike, I will mark that as something to remember, but I don't particularly need it right now. So, thanks for that useful tidbit.