A potted guide to RSS

Phil Bradley has posted a really useful guide to RSS on his blog, which I think is useful for anyone who is trying to understand what RSS is. Called a "Quick potted guide to RSS" The guide is actually a PowerPoint presentation, which I've embedded below, enjoy!

What Library adminstrators should know about technology

Roy Tennant has published a useful list on his blog called "The Top Ten things Library administrators should know about technology" The list is available in full on his blog, but these are the headlines:

  • Technology isn't as hard as you think it is
  • Technology gets easier all the time
  • Technology gets cheaper all the time
  • Maximize the effectiveness of your most costly technology investment -- your people
  • Iterate, don't perfect
  • Be prepared to fail
  • Be prepared to succeed
  • Never underestimate the power of a prototype
  • A major part of good technology implementation is good project management
  • The single biggest threat to any technology project is political in nature

Roy makes some useful points, which I'm sure I'll be referring to from time to time.

Did you know...4.0

I love this video about the changing media landscape which was developed for the Media Convergence Forum in partnership with The Economist.

[Hat Tip - The iLibrarian]

What is Google Wave?

Everybody is talking about, the next big thing from one of the many development teams at Google is Google Wave. But what on earth is it?

Well, you could watch the extremely loooooong video on the Google Wave website, but if you'd prefer to watch something a bit shorter then you cant go wrong with the following overview from the Google Wave development team.

Then if you manage to bag yourself an invite to Google Wave, you'll want to have a read of the "Google Wave 101" on Lifehacker

If however you want my opinion on what Google Wave is then I'd say this "Google Wave is an application that provides hosted conversations, so you have one copy of a conversation, which everyone can contribute to. Rather then 4,8,10,12 email conversations. Google Wave also uses robots and other tools to add value and more content to "conversations" with other people. It really does look very good!

Using Technology to manage costs

Mary Abraham of the Above and Beyond KM blog has written an interesting post which lists some of the tools law firms could use to "manage costs". The tools I'm obviously interested in are those listed under the heading collaboration so tools like, Blogs, Wikis, RSS.

But there is much more to this post then just these tools. Mary lists a whole slew of tools, which had been identified by a panel at a recent conference in the US, which if you're involved with managing costs within a law firm are well worth reviewing.
The big question is of course, once you've identified a tool, what then?

A great career choice?

I've promised to do this and I've finally sat down and done it, following a meme started by Woodsie Girl ,then Jennie Law and finally Maria Robertson I'm going to describe how and why I ended up as a Librarian.

It sounds weird to say this but I knew from a fairly early age that I was going to work in Libraries. My mum was a Librarian when she was young, although she worked in public libraries ins some very interesting places in London. She raved about how she enjoyed the work and the people she worked with. I was fascinated by some of the stories she would roll out. So as soon as I started my A-Levels I knew what my choice of degree was going to be Information and Library Management at either the University of Birmingham or Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU)

Unfortunately the grades I achieved meant I couldn't go to Birmingham University but I did get into LJMU where I spent three fantastic years learning everything I need to know about Librarianship including some very interesting tutorials on cataloguing, which I don't think I've ever put into practice since! After graduating I moved back home where I immediately found a job at my local further education college. This wasn't a traditional library role but it developed over the three years I was there to the extent that I could complete my chartership. From there I moved to another further education, this time in Hounslow near Heathrow. This was a completely different experience from my first role. After 18 months I saw a position which was described as a "Serials Librarian". Unfortunately I didn't get this role but the agency who advertised the role registered my details and soon I was being interviewed by current employers.

From there I haven't really looked back and now find myself moving to another role in a different law firm which I'm really excited about. This role is very different from my existing one and will build on all the skills I've been developing over the last few years. As to what the future holds...who knows only good things I hope.