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CILIP CEO news, potential CILIP President news, and Blog Birthday Cake

14 Jul

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  1. Phil Bradley is running for CILIP Vice-Presidency! See Phil’s blog for the announcement. How amazingly ace is that? If he is elected he will of course serve as President the following year – someone of his vision and technological know-how could position CILIP as a leader of the community, if he is able to wield as much power as I hope he is. Phil is an enormously popular and influential figure in the library community online and in the flesh, and in my own experience an absolutely lovely bloke. I think his bid should have real momentum behind it, as many of us were very disappointed that he wasn’t interviewed for the CEO position (although understanding of why that was). It’s also a great demonstration of putting money where mouth is, and stepping up, rather than just criticising from a comfortable arm-chair. So, when the time comes, if you believe in what Phil has to say about CILIP’s future, make sure you vote Bradley…
  2. CILIP have announced their new Chief Exec! Annie Mauger has been appointed; here’s the CILIP press release to announce it. I’m excited about this appointment for a few reasons – she’s got lots of library history and lots of advocacy stuff on her CV that isn’t directly library-related, so she should hopefully provide a fresh perspective on that side of things. She’s also on twitter already, and responded to an absolute deluge of new followers wishing her well on the day of her appointment with admirable courtesy and taking-it-in-her-strideness (is that a real phrase?) – must be quite overwhelming to suddenly have to engage with hundreds of members of the organisation you’re taking over, on the day of the announcement rather than when you actually start (November 1st).. Despite not being a huge twitter user previously, Annie seemed to take the time to respond to everyone’s good wishes individually, and she asked for guidance on twitter usage – I’m hoping this signifies a new era in which CILIP may be more amenable to admitting vulnerability…
  3. Have you read @ijclark (aka Thoughts of a Wannabe Librarian)’s piece in the Guardian about the value of libraries? It’s absolutely ace – you can read it here. Gives examples, sets out a convincing case, avoids sounding up-tight or hectoring- and it’s in the freaking Guardian! Escaping the Echo Chamber proper, there – Ian just emailed the Comment is Free website, proposed a piece, they said yes, he wrote it, bang. Getting published on a non-library-specific platform and being read by thousands of people is that easy! Obviously you need to have something to say and a decent knack for saying it, and Ian already has a very well written blog from which to extrapolate and formalise ideas, but the point is to just try stuff and see if it comes off, and don’t assume that national media won’t be interested in what you have to say. W00t.
  4. Still a couple of places left on ‘Developing Our Professional Skills’. There are still a couple of days left to book the remaining places on the Career Development Group’s Yorkshire & Humberside AGM – you can see the official blurb here, or read my own version with a little bit more about the echolib presentation Woodsiegirl and I will be giving – Marketing the Information Profession: Escaping the Echo Chamber. We’ve successfully lobbied for it to be opened up to non Yorkshire & Humberside members, which is mint.
  5. Finally: this blog is one year old today! The first anniversary of the inaugural blog post is actually Saturday – and what an uninteresting blog post it was. It feels a lot longer than a year – I feel plugged in and connected to my profession in a way I wasn’t before I started, from the basic stuff like literally hearing about events I’d like to attend that I wouldn’t otherwise know about, to the more exciting stuff like have a network of peers I can ask to work with me on stuff like LISNPN and the Library Routes Project. (The next blog post WILL be about LISNPN!) Another thing blogging has allowed me to do is take blog posts and turn them into articles for publication, a bit like Ian did above: my piece on escaping the Echo Chamber will be made available here as soon as Library & Information Update’s 3 month embargo has expired. I’ve just passed a subscription milestone and am really chuffed about that – so thank you to everyone who reads this stuff, and comments, and makes the time put into this blog worthwhile.  :)I’ve always been interested in stats and stuff, and certainly blogging provides plenty. Here’s a top-10 of the most read posts in the year of this blog’s existence: self indulgent I know, but it is a birthday and I know I’d be interested in going back over other people’s blogs and seeing if there were any popular posts I’d missed…
  1. Hot topic! CILIP and the Media 66 comment(s) | 1401 view(s)
  2. yesterday’s librarians, tomorrow’s information professionals – 8 differences 23 comment(s) | 376 view(s)
  3. everything you’ve ever wanted to know about library blogs and blogging! 9 comment(s) | 306 view(s)
  4. the future of libraries: a video 5 comment(s) | 302 view(s)
  5. Newsnight: Lessons for Libraries 18 comment(s) | 287 view(s)
  6. Fail or Prevail: Top Tips For First Time Speakers 15 comment(s) | 240 view(s)
  7. the ‘Libraries. It’s what we do.’ idea 18 comment(s) | 215 view(s)
  8. Libraries in 2020 9 comment(s) | 205 view(s)
  9. NPC2010: That was the day that was 34 comment(s) | 193 view(s)
  10. new professionals conference, 2010 13 comment(s) | 181 view(s)
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  • Ned Potter July 14, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    [New Blog Post] this blog is 1 year old! Plus, 4 other quick things – http://bit.ly/assvNT

  • woodsiegirl July 14, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    Glad it’s been such a good year in blogging for you! My 1 year blog anniversary was a couple of months ago – really meant to write a sort of “what I’ve learned” post about it, plus highlighting my most popular posts as you’ve done… Sadly, I ran out of time to write it, and I’d feel a bit silly posting something over 2 months late!

    Did your CILIP and the Media post really get 1401 views?? Blimey… Just checked and my most viewed post ever has only had 618 views!

    Anyway, nice one on writing so many interesting, useful and entertaining blog posts over the last year :)

  • thewikiman July 14, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Cheers Laura! The 1401 figure is old news, it’s 1402 now… :) That was one big copy and paste, I promise I wasn’t making it up! But as you can see, that was very much a one-off…

    Does it feel like a lot longer than a year (well, 14 months) for you too?

  • woodsiegirl July 14, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    Yes, definitely feels like it’s been longer! Have definitely learned loads from blogging, really glad I started my blog.

    Didn’t mean to imply you were making your stats up by the way! Just gobsmacked at such a huge level of response to your CILIP and the Media post – shouldn’t have been surprised really, it’s a topic everyone is interested in and it was a very good blog post :)

    Meant to add – kudos for adding a link to your first blog post. It’s held up very well, actually – unlike my first few blog posts, which just make me cringe to read now!

  • Phil Bradley July 14, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    Congratulations on the anniversary. It’s a real achievement, since most blogs don’t actually get to a year – I suspect the majority don’t get beyond a couple of months. You’re also very kind – really all that I do is say stuff. Sometimes I say it quite loudly, but any influence that I have has been offered to me to wield on behalf of others. I hope that (if elected) I can make a positive difference, but if I’m not, or I can’t – at least I can say that I/we tried.

    Here’s to the next year!

  • Ned Potter July 15, 2010 at 5:32 AM

    Excitingly I have changed the name of this post: http://bit.ly/assvNT CILIP CEO news, potential CILIP President news and Blog Birthday Cake

  • kate smyth July 15, 2010 at 5:40 AM

    Good round up of recent Library news from @theREALwikiman http://bit.ly/assvNT CILIP CEO, potential CILIP President news & Blog Birthday

  • thewikiman July 15, 2010 at 7:13 AM

    @Laura oh well now THERE’s an invitation to go back and read your first ever posts! I will seek them out.. weren’t they about the SLA conference? I think I read those, wouldn’t have even realised they were first blog posts; they were great.

    With the CILIP / Media thing, I did bascially implore people to read it and re-tweet the link! Not something I’ve done before and wouldn’t do again unless I felt it was really important, but it seems that if you ask people to help publicise a blog post, they will do, which is brilliant and something I really appreciated. I think 25-30 people tweeted links to it.

    Just checked those top-10 posts and all the links seem to have /blog missing from the, which is wierd – did the link tpo the first ever post actually work for you?

  • thewikiman July 15, 2010 at 7:18 AM

    Phil, I think modesty prohibits you from recognising what an inspiration you are – and a thought-leader, as the American would say. And I absolutely agree that you have to try and make a difference – although obviously the world of libraries is fraught with issues right now, I’m glad I’ve found a profession I care enough about to actually want to try and make a difference… So I will, as you know, be supporting your bid all the way as you speak for an awful lot of us.

  • thewikiman July 15, 2010 at 7:43 AM

    Laura – actually, ignore me, am being thick, 1st ever post wasn’t in the copy and paste top-10 so was linked differently, is sorted now anyway. :)

  • CILIP July 15, 2010 at 7:46 AM

    Tidy little round up of some recent CILIP goings on + more library news from @theREALwikiman http://ow.ly/2bJZR

  • anniemauger July 15, 2010 at 8:04 AM

    @theREALwikiman always happy to be in a headline including cake ;)

  • Richard Hawkins July 15, 2010 at 8:55 AM

    Hello there,

    Nice little round up of recent events there Ned. I think it’s important people do this as things can move so quickly that sometimes there isn’t time to reflect.

    Anyway, sorry to do this but can you make a correction to your post.

    Annie Mauger starts here job in November not October. Incidentally her name is pronounced Annie ‘Major’ in case anyone was wondering about that too.

    Apart from that though, another good blog post – keep it up and perhaps you’ll make it to a 2nd birthday?

    (oh and I haven’t forgotten about my library routes contribution i’m working on my 5th draft at the moment though, should see it soon).

  • FieldVole July 15, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    Happy birthday Wikiman!

    I noticed somewhere on here before, you wrote that you used to want to be a journalist. Well, it’s journalism’s loss, but I’m very happy you didn’t go down that route. That natural journalistic ability is obvious in your posts which are always fresh. You have a really recognisable writing voice which makes this blog a pleasure to read and I also think you have an enviable ability to catch topics when they’re about to catch.

    And I actually think it was here that I first read about NPC – so thanks, Ned.

  • thewikiman July 15, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    Cheers Richard, consider the correction about-to-be-done!

    I can’t imagine not continuing this, certainly. 99.9% of the interesting things that have happened to me professionally have come in the year since I started the blog: FACT.

  • thewikiman July 15, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    Ms Vole, you are very kind! I am also very happy I didn’t go down the journalistic route, I would have sucked at it and been very miserable too, probably…

    I am very much looking forward to watching the with-words version of your NPC2010 presentation – is that going up on your blog? I’m particularly excited to know what ground-hopping is, particularly as with your (as previously discussed, really very lovely) accent it sounds like it might actually be the phrase ‘grind-hopping’ which sounds even more exciting!

    (Although I’ve seen your slides, and it isn’t – sad times. Incidentally, you might see a little spike in traffic to the blog post with your slides in as I’ve crowbarred the URL into a little comment / quote thing I’ve given for the next Update, so if you do create another blog post with the full audio added, edit the old one to add a link to the new one…)

  • FieldVole July 15, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    Aha, yes i will put the with-words version up on my blog – if I ever finish this wrangling with slidecast… i don’t find it at all intuitive. This flaming synchronisation tool.

    It WAS grindhopping you heard, not groundhopping! Not my word sadly, but this here lady’s: http://amzn.to/a1SKwE

    (Woo-hoo, a spike in traffic, exciting – will make sure I update it, thank you very much!)

  • thewikiman July 15, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    Oh it IS? I misremembered reading it – that is awesome, then. Grind-hopping literally for the win. :)

  • FieldVole July 15, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    Incidentally, do you know when the next Update is out?

  • thewikiman July 15, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    It’ll be around the start of the month – the 3rd or summat like that. And it’s paper this time around so people will definitely be reading it!

  • FieldVole July 15, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    Oh cool, thank you – I should hopefully have got to grips with slidecast by then ;)

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