The Casual Librarian

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Challenges for a Info Pro!

Last week began my journey to making my time more useful and I can happily say I have accomplished many goals!
I stuck to my planner, analysed my failures, time wasting and regained my focus. There are still a few hurdles that I need to overcome one of them productively using my mornings!
tumblr_m7vtv5Da1E1r13ilso1_500Mornings have always been a challenge for me I am by nature a night owl however that lies in my previous employment it demanded me to be flexible and in some cases only go to bed at 6am!
The struggle also lies in the flexibility to do my work from home so there is no one accountable only myself!
I have researched many ways on how to get out of bed and stay out of bed in the morning… It’s been fun if anything. One article suggested leaving a slice of lemon on your bedside locker and once the alarm goes off eat it and you will definitely wake up! (I’ve not done that)
I have tried to make a routine of going to bed at 11pm and wake around 8am which is a good night sleep but it looks like it is not enough for me!
I am determined to make it work this week, I have also began a fitness routine taking mini walks in the park.
The one activity I have found is very useful is to analyse and evaluate each day just as I turn off the computer and tidy my desk I sit and write and reflect about how the day went I look back over my notes and see where I wasted my time and how I did that, I clean a lot!!
The one aspect that these goals need is motivation which I will say I have and they say a lack of motivation is in poor direction of goals. I have noticed I am one of those people who wants to do everything!
In order to fix this I have limited these goals and set out a monthly main aim and then little ones like this blog post every Monday on my commute.
The best aspect is to have an emotion behind these goals and aims if you care about what you are aiming for remember that feeling of accomplishment!

Women-jumping-out-of-bed-CompressedThe many tweets and feedback I received from my blog post last week was a lovely feeling!
What motivates people? I would love to hear what you do!
Here is to a very productive week! (Fingers crossed)


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Academic and Special Libraries SILS breakfast morning!


Bright and early on a Monday morning the committee members of the Academic and Special Libraries Board, Aine Carey and Laura Rooney Ferris laid out a fab spread for us in SILS, coffee, tea, and pastries.

We got off to a engaging start with Holly Fawcett from Social Talent giving us a very true account of how we deal with our Social Media profile. It is true that employers will look at all of these profile from your Facebook account you have that you might not be so proud off and the professional account of LinkedIn, to the twitter feeds that you have created. (semi professional at times)

It is this vast array of your social profile that employers will be looking at but most importantly is that you want them to find you, if you need to “clean up” your F.B.  account do so, because you need all these all these sites to represent you and your personality where a  C.V. can only do so much.

I did not realise until now how much of a footprint I have online, every suggestion Holly made about creating a profile I had already done or was getting around to it. I do have to clean up my F.B. account, the vast majority of friends that I have I don’t contact and then there are the other half who I really don’t need to posting things about me, the more you tell them not to tag you or upload pictures of you the more they do “for a laugh”. Even though Holly was very honest in saying “keep it real” some of those pics I am not proud of so that’s it I am cleaning it up!

Next up is the best speaker I have ever encountered Jane Burns, (Project: Mary Martin Diary) this is maybe my 4th or 5th time hearing Jane speak and not once has she recovered anything I have heard previous, each time I have learned something new and been given another opportunity to pursue a different angle in my career. Jane today covered how we as Library and Information Professionals can identify the tools which we have and challenge them to different sectors. One way to do this is by acknowledging that you have the skills of a project manager but reformatting this into the language of a project manager!

By volunteering in different projects available this can really help you identify these skills and share your ideas with various people from different sectors not just libraries. Jane show how you stamp the skills you already have with a “Formal name” seek out your skills and give them the title they deserve, if you need to brush up on them do! There are various courses available, one that was recommended is doing a knowledge/project management course, some may be for free, the one Jane took was part of IBEC! I am on it! I love volunteering, and I have accepted the fact it is going to be a while until I find a job so for now I am going to sign up to everything! Jane an inspiration as always!

Lastly we have Giada  from the LAI CDG, here the same thread is apparent through all talks “ENGAGE WITH OTHERS” by doing this you are always building your profile, and by engaging with people online and then attending talks, conferences, you are making these connections ever stronger! Also reiterating Jane’s point of volunteering, if you know of a collection that needs work done, and the company/organisation does not have the funds to hire approach them to see if it possible for you to volunteer and put your skills to the test!

The two amazing points that I took away from this morning and that will build my confidence ever more is:

1) Add to your status/tweets that you are actively looking for a job, make sure to “chase after companies that could potentially  employ you and tell them that they need you! Show them through all your online projects that you are the best person for the job, because no one else is going to do it for you!

2) Seek out these projects that are being left gather dust, in a dark corner of a library basement! Email these people ask them what you can do for them!

So a early Monday morning has provided another avenue for me to consider, first Facebook clean up, some peeps are going to be forgotten!!