The Story of Your Librarian Journey - In Only 5 Words

Monday, 25 April 2011

Andy Woodworth a librarian in New Jersey (who describes himself in some detail here) has asked his followers on Twitter to describe their "librarian journey" in only five words.

These are my favourites.

Roogly "Museums wouldn't have me"

Joeenglish "Knowledge is Power - No Brainer"

Cransell "I'd love to help you"

DeaneeBoyer "People and books -best combination"

KingConstance "Walk, bus, walk some more"

LibraryWillie "Loves helping people find stuff"

Phil Bradley "I just wanted the power!"

Personally I haven't come up with one I'm totally happy with (looseleafing hasn't been a big part of my "journey" but it's what keeps popping into my head when I try and write one).

When I do have one I'll post it on Twitter. Search on the hashtag #andypoll to find all the contributions so far. Why not add one yourself.

The photograph was taken by Steve Garfield and is used under the Creative Commons agreement.

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Charo QC Interviews Lawbore Editor

Sunday, 17 April 2011

The world of social media loves to evolve jargon. We started off with web logs which became blogs and in the legal world it was legal web logs which became blawgs. Charon QC, (the alter ego of Mike Semple Piggot) a leading UK blawg, interviewed Emily Allbon in a recent entry.

Emily works at City University where she is the editor of Lawbore - its legal portal. Why not have a listen to the interview at his website

The interview discusses the legal research skills a modern law student needs, and the resources available to them. They also get on to the value of legal blogging and social media.

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Do you use WordPress?

Thursday, 14 April 2011

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Want to save precious time...

Monday, 11 April 2011

5 Simple Web Apps For Saving Time At Work

"Much has been made of some excellent mobile apps and tablet apps that let users stay productive on the go. But let's face it—the majority of your work is still done at your desk, and much of it, perhaps, in a Web browser".

~ I particularly liked Zamzar and will make use of CopyPasteCharacter, hope this article is useful to you.

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Make your own Lighting for Home, Art & Craft Groups

Friday, 8 April 2011

Among the usual targetted marketing that regularly comes into the BIALL web inbox, this one really stretched the boundaries - "Make your own lampshade"! If anyone can see the connection with law librarianship, would be glad to hear it...

Make your own Lighting with our easy to use DIY Kits Lampshades, Wall Lights or Table Lights can all be made.
Create your own Lighting to match your Interior Design your own and resell to friends or online Great for Art & Craft Groups and School Projects
For more Information visit our website

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Visiting Newcastle / Gateshead

Monday, 4 April 2011

While your main reason for being in Newcastle / Gateshead will be the fantastic programme of talks and brilliant networking at BIALL 2011 - you will also want to find some time to see the city.

NewcastleGateshead tourist information website has a fairly nifty feature which allows you to build your own itinerary and as an example provides a sample history itinerary and also one suggested by Newcastle United and England legend Peter Beardsly.

The BIALL blog might be tempted to pop into the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art which seems to be Gatehead's answer to Tate Modern and would certainly admire the view from the Castle Keep a grade 1 listed Norman Keep which boasts some outstanding views across the city.

So make sure you are at BIALL 2011 and don't leave your application to the last minute. If you need some help in getting the nod from the powers that be the AALL website has some useful tips for "Getting the Boss to Say yes". It even includes a sample memo for your employer! (The picture of Tyne Bridge was taken by Bob Castle.)

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BIALL Cheese & Wine Evening 2011 Success!

Just over 50 people attended the above event which was held in the Old Hall, Lincoln's Inn on Friday 25 February. £116.50 was raised for the Wallace Breem Memorial Award Fund.

Photographs from the event can be viewed at the BIALL flickr account -

LIS Research Coalition - Have Your Say

Sunday, 3 April 2011

The Library and Information Science Research Coalition have instituted a review to measure the impact of its work. As part of this review they have a questionnaire that they would like you to fill in. It promises to take up no more than fifteen minutes of your time and asks you to comment on your familiarity with the work of the LIS Research Coalition, it's relevance your work and the plans they have for the next 12 months. To have your say just follow this link. The deadline is Friday 8th April.

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