Faversham 10k 2009

Two weeks ago I ran the Faversham 10k this felt like a comeback run as my last race was the Cliffe Woods 10k which took place in July - that seems a long time ago!

This race wasn't described a "flat" but I wasn't expecting it to be as undulating as it was. Anyway the race took in the very lovely kent villages of Brogdale, Whitehill, Painters Forstal and Ospring, not that I noticed as I struggled up one of the many steep hills on the course.

Despite all of that I managed a fairly decent time of 46:10 as I came 97th out of 422 runners. My next race is the Maidstone 1/2 Marathon on the 18th of October.

Libraries and Librarians Using Web 2.0 to Connect, Create, and Collaborate

I love this presentation from Buffy Hamilton which Connie Crosby discovered. Buffy's presentation is both attractive and the points come across very well.

Knowledge Management - More than the sum of its parts

I've just finished reading the ILTA White paper - Knowledge Management - More than the sume of its parts this was published in June of this year but is well worth reading. The following articles were of most interest to me:

  • The ABCs of KM - this looks at the importance of KM and provides a Knowledge Management checklist.
  • Web 2.0 features in a KM World - this article looks at how Web 2.0 features can be incorporate to enhance knowledge management. It includes an interesting discussion on tagging content.
  • Doing more KM for less with Microsoft Sharepoint
  • Creative adoption techniques for Knowledge Management initiatives there are some really interesting suggestions in this article on how to introduce a Knowledge Management initiative.
  • Knowledge Management: An Australian perspective
  • The Top Ten KM Projects of the year

This is a white paper from ILTA that is packed full of really useful content and which I would recommend to anyone interested in this subject.

Web 2.0 - the truth behind the hype

Last night I attended a CLSIG seminar called Web 2.0 - the truth behind they hype. This sounded like it was going to be quite interesting a battle between good and evil...well maybe not quite like that more like someone who isn't a fan of Web 2.0, Phil Duffy from Hammonds vs someone who is Karen Blakeman.

Phil took to the podium first with the argument against Web 2.0. I have to say if I wasn't using Web 2.0 then his arguments would haven't dissuaded me from using the tools that are now available, but perhaps that's because I'm a Web 2.0 evangalist of some description.

One of Phil's major arguments was that the time and effort required to produce content has decreased whilst the amount of content has gone up - as a direct result of the introduction of tools like blogs and wikis. This isn't a new argument it has been raging since these tools became widely available. I would argue that yes these tools do make publishers out of everyone, this can be good and of course it can be really bad, but they're are some really excellent sources of information out there which we all would have missed if these tools hadn't been available.

Phil also talked a lot about collaboration and how if we all collaborated all the time we'd get nothing done. He gave the example of a camel which he described as being designed by a committtee. Now collaboration is massive in Law Firms at the moment and will only become more important rather then less important as people see the benefit of using tools like wikis to replace exising hard copy resources and add value by allowing indviduals to comment and review changes.

Phil also expressed his concerns about the current generation of Information Professionals, his concern was that the current generation are more concerned about blogging and social media then they are about "shelving books" or "answering queries" Why cant the two go hand in hand though? I blog, rave about social media, work on social media projects but I can still shelve a book and answer legal queries. I don't believe there is anything wrong with the current generation of information professionals knowing about and using these tools, isn't it almost expected as the trainees who join our firms in the next 3, 4 or 5 years will all have been using these tools and will expect to be able to use an equivalent in their firm?

Following Phil, Karen Blakeman presented on why we should all be using Web 2.0 tools. She like Phil thought the term Web 2.0 was mis-used and instead asked people to think about what Web 2.0 actually meant, which for audience meant things like semantic tagging, user general content and my web. This wasn't what I'd expected to hear at all and neither had Karen who said that most people say Blogs, Wikis and RSS. I think this is an important to remember when you're talking about these tools it's important not to get hung up on what they're called but how you or your organisation can use them.

Karen's slides are of course available on Slideshare and I recommend everyone have a look at these as they contain some useful information and web 2.0 resources. There is also a very good review of the seminar on the Organising Chaos blog.

100 Best Blogs for Librarians of the Future

Are you studying to become a Librarian or thinking about moving into a new role. Yes - then you'd better start reading the blogs listed on this site "100 Best Blogs for Librarians of the Future"

The list divides the blogs into eight subject areas; Technology & Education, School & Academic Librarians, Library Issue and Advocacy, Research and Reference, Innovation and Information, Reading and Literature Blogs, Media & Communication and Professional Blogs.

This is an interesting list (albeit with a US focus) for anyone who is interested in subscribing to more Library blogs, not just Library students.

Web 2.0 and the productivity paradox

The Knowledge Board blog has an interesting post on the conflict between using Web 2.0 and being productive. The post called the "Web 2.0 and the productivity paradox" From the introduction to the post:

"The loudly trumpeted Web 2.0 business revolution has been frustrated by a powerful paradox. Advocates claim that Web 2.0 platforms, such as wikis, boost staff productivity by harnessing collective intelligence and fostering innovation. The hard reality, however, is that many corporate managers fear that these same tools will actually undermine productivity at the office. So how can the productivity paradox be reconciled?"

So how can the "productivity paradox" be reconciled. Well the post doesn't offer the solutions but it does take an interesting look at the concerns that are raised by IT departments as well as some of the benefits associated with using these tools.

Concerns range from"...security risks, legal liabilities, and privacy invasion. The most often cited problem with Facebook at the workplace, however, is time-wasting. There is a strong belief in many companies that, if you’re logged onto Facebook, you’re not working"

The post then looks at the many benefits of using Web 2.0 in an organisation. One of the benefits that stood out for me was the following;

"Web 2.0 software knocks down corporate silos, moats and walls by encouraging open communication and information sharing. Expertise and solutions to problems no longer remain “hidden”, they are actively sought out and exploited. Since Web 2.0 tools foster transparent communication visible to all, the collaborative input of any employee, even far down the formal hierarchy, will be known, recognised and perhaps rewarded. Status and prestige incentives are thus built into the collaborative process. When collaboration is a win-win for everybody, buy-in is universal."

This is a really interesting article, which highlights some of the concerns and benefits of using Web 2.0 tools in an organisation.