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Thing 2 – investigate other cpd23 blogs

This was an interesting *thing* for me to do, because I had a look at the delicious list and decided that I would look at limiting to HE (higher ed) and Australia, but soon realised that that was extremely limiting. That narrows the list at the moment to me and three other people! I did this program partly to meet more people and network wider 🙂 I am not doing that by being so restrictive.

I have contacted, well commented to the other three Australia, HE on the list…http://maold51.blogspot.com.au/ (but a UK blogspot address?), Jenka in Queensland and Forever Learning 2.0 also in Queensland. Like me, looks like they all might be a little late coming to this program, so off to find more people…

I have also visited (I don’t want this to sound like homework!) :

  • Library Confessions – love the blog name- that got me in!
  • Fredonboard – clearly I am shallow- again I liked the name and the avatar that appeared. How friendly and welcoming!!

I have blogged personally for quite a number of years – and love the freedom it gives me, the opportunity to get stuff down. I know that my blog is one of several billion blogs in the world- but I am OK with that. My brother died last year and blogging my thoughts and feelings during his illness helped me get through in some small way.

I set up this professional blog quite a few years ago also- but never used. The few times I have blogged professionally on my personal blog I have enjoyed (and I know that quite a few of my professional colleagues read my personal blog) but I haven’t felt the need to blog as a librarian (what does that say about me? well I follow a lot of library blogs and love them, just not sure what I can bring to library conversations…??)

As I said I do follow a lot of library blogs- my Google reader is chokkas (=full) with them. I regard them as a significance source of information and also fun!

Thing 1 – blogs & blogging

I have been a librarian since 2001, so that is over ten years! I came late to this career after many years in the public service in Australia – mainly helping people into work, and training staff. I like people and I like information and (dare I say it?) I like reading.

I have been at my present workplace – The Australian Catholic University – for eight years. For the past three years I have been working in a virtual team for six campus libraries, that are spread over many 1000s of kilometres – in three states and one territory in Australia. My supervisor is about 777 kms away, and the other members of my team are about 300 kms away.

My job involves access to electronic resources, maintaining the Library website, and the social media/communication side of what the Library does – so that’s mainly to students, but also to academics and other uni staff.

I have initiated and run four http://blogs.acu.edu.au/23things/ programs.

I have never actually been involved as a participant, and am currently reviewing our program. I saw the CPD23 2012, and just thought – “this is for me!!” – so very happy to be involved. I like the international flavour of this particular program, the chance to try a few new *things?*, and the opportunity to connect, engage with even more library folk 🙂

I am currently posting a photo a day of myself – Flickr set – so if you want to see what I look like, there are a few pics there!