Well actually…..it’s only a brief stop at thing 8 – I don’t have a desire for Google calendar, not because I think it’s rubbish, but more because, quite simply, it’s wasted on me. I already have Outlook at work, which I can access anywhere through my work’s cloud system and a calendar on my phone. Calendars are all very well for being organised but my problem (and the reason therefore why Google calendar/any calendar if wasted on me) is remembering to enter things on the calendar in the first place! Unfortunately I don’t think google calendar can help me out with this …yet!
Evernote is something I’ve never used before, or any of the variations such as Onenote. I wondered if I would have any use for it, but now I’ve installed it and played around with it a bit I bloody love it!
I guess the main appeal is being able to access your notes/account anywhere. Web clipper is particularly brilliant for me as I often find web pages or articles that are relevant to my work/studies or of general interest that I need to remember to look at later. Previously I copied these into an email which sent to myself. The only problem with this is that they often get drowned out by other emails. I have tried using my delicious account as a solution, but I often forget my password and feel that that account is something I should maybe only use for relevant library/information things.
So I am a full convert and shall frequently be using my Evernote account from now on!
When I first started on thing 7 I thought I was only a member of CILIP but the more I’ve thought about it in making notes for the blog the more I realised I’m involved in a few groups and have actually taking a fair bit from each one. I think cpd23 is really good for making you reflect on actually how much you do in information world outside of work and how much you actually receive in return.
So, as I mentioned, I am a member of CILIP. Even in the past when I wasn’t a member I attended days including applying for a masters and new professionals’ day. I found both of these events well organised and most importantly, very inspiring. I was very new into my career when I attended these and they only encouraged me more that this is the career path I want to take. These kind of events and career development days also serve, as Beth mentioned, as an excellent networking environment. You meet plenty of others in the same position as you and others further down the line. Also, as a formal organization and a paid up member you have the benefit of receiving the CILIP journals and Updates which I find useful to keep up to date on goings on outside of the health sector.
Although I am not currently a member of the CILIP special Health Libraries Group (HLG) I have won a student place at their conference this year (which I am extremely happy about and very much looking forward to) so I think from there I will learn more about this group and maybe look to becoming a member.
Although I’m not an individual member, my organization is a member of CHILL – Independent Health Libraries in London. This is a non-profit making group for all health-related providers in the London area. I attend their meetings on behalf of my work and at the meetings members get opportunities to update other members on what’s happening in their organization, any problems arising and how other members of CHILL may be able to help on this. There are also annual social events and training opportunities. This again is another opportunity to network with others like you. Each meeting is hosted in a different place by a different member of the group which gives an excellent opportunity to have a snoop around other libraries – I particularly enjoyed the meeting I attended at the Wellcome centre – a lovely library! As it’s a relatively small group there is plenty of opportunity to feedback and discuss what you would like from the group and other things the group could be doing.
Finally, LISNPN. I have discussed this in my previous post of Thing 6, but again just to say that I think it is a brilliant network and, if I had more time, would find it even more useful. Sharing experiences is always good for professional development and, of course, the occasional meet up for a drink or two is always good fun 🙂
Online networks are brilliant at both a personal and professional level. From a professional point of view I think we are really lucky to have such networks, I’m sure I’ve met more people (albeit virtually!) and learnt more things so far than I would 30 or so years ago at this point in my career.
I really really need to sign up for this as I have been told so many times how useful it can be and what really confirmed that for me was a career talk we had in Aberystwyth the other month in which our talker believed it was almost vital to be on there (although only to connect with other professional and not friends, which of course makes sense). A previous job I had at a legal firm insisted that staff joined LinkedIn (not me though, I was only a temp!) in order to raise the firms profile and spread word of their services.
I think I’ve mentioned this in a previous post, but I like to keep Facebook as my personal space for friends outside of the library and information world (although of course there is a cross over), whereas twitter is a mix of the two (both library interests and others) and then LinkedIn (when I join!) would be purely professional.
Having said that I use Facebook just for personal not professional, I do ‘like’ groups such as cpd23 and do so just as another way to keep involved and up to date about goings on in the information world.
The only other social network I’m signed up with and I don’t go on it anywhere near as much as I should and would like to. In writing this blog it reminded me that I need to subscribe to the RSS feeds available on LISNPN to solve the problem of me forgetting to visit the site and have now done so (one less the on the ever increasing ‘to do’ list!).
Visiting the site just now has reminded me how great it is. A community specifically for information professionals to share experiences and keep up to date with events. My goal for this year is to be more proactive and get more involved with this website so watch this space!
Although all of these networks really are brilliant there is the problem, for me anyway, of having time to keep up with them all. As I’ve said previously, I really enjoy #uklibchat and LISNPN but rarely have the time to get properly involved, therefore feeling that I might be missing out on something…but perhaps that says more about my lack of organization skills than a genuine hectic life!
After going on holiday to Scotland for a week I appear to have fallen massively behind on 23 Things (how are we on week 8 already?!). Not much time for reflection then….
So far cpd23 things has made me consider my ‘personal brand’ more. Throughout this programme I keep reading about the importance and benefit of an online presence and really want to work on that more.
I am also enjoying reading other people’s blogs, I’ve found I’m reading a lot more blogs than I did before which is good and more often than not I come across something I haven’t heard of before and is therefore expanding my mind to the many variations information services can take on.
Sorry to not be more reflective or insightful, perhaps more will come towards the end of the cpd23 experience!
Right…onto the next post!