I decided I’d give this blogging about libraries business a second shot. Partly because I thought I’d try CPD23.

Librarianship blogging and twittering in London and the UK is a big deal. I resisted because I want to spent my spare time and time on the internet not doing stuff to do with paid employment or a career: writing creatively, reading, drawing, exploring, and learning guitar, learning about stuff I don’t know anything about. And not feeding my brain with any more information.  That said, the internet is by far the best way to keep up with the world of libraries and technology, which seems to keep changing every 10 minutes. This is a step towards trying to control that digital onslaught, by generating some.

In addition to this, I am a historian who did a PhD on an Irish subject. I am still always on the lookout for subjects and trying to rework my research for publication… but more about that later.

Library-related things which I’ve read and have excited me:

8vo : this is by far one of my favourite blogs, about anything. Witty, subversive and insightful stuff on historical bibliography and a lot of other cool stuff.

Jessamyn West Without a net: librarians bridging the digital divide: although written from the perspective of an American rural librarian, I could see it holds true for rural, and even urban, Ireland, and perhaps everywhere else, too. During my traineeship, a library user arrived, having come across the country to use the library. When I explained that the catalogue was only accessible through the computer, he said “I don’t do computers” and left. Being in a place like London and a slightly cosseted environment where everyone has pretty high digital literacy skills and can be hyper-competitive in showing this off, it can be easy to collectively forget that for a lot of people, just operating a computer is a trial.

http://humanlibrary.org/ and http://www.libraryasincubatorproject.org/

witching.org  : I discovered it when I tried to make a facet analysis for witchcraft as part of my classification module. I wish more people were producing historical work like this.

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