Since early May I’ve been helping organise our department staff development day. It’s been a little hectic to say the least but the day was yesterday and it seemed successful (we’ll know more when feedback is analysed but verbal feedback was very positive).

Approx. 160 staff from Learning & Information Services attended; the theme was “Enhancing the student experience”. The Dean of Students gave a talk in the morning and that was followed by lunch (which went down very well!) and workshops in the afternoon. There were workshops on a variety of topics, some to do with the theme of the day, some generally work-related, and others not so work related. I organised for Alternative Display Company to do a workshop which was interesting – we learnt how to make proper bows from ribbons, could be useful one day! We also had exhibitions from the local theatre and police service as well as a display from a colleague showing progress on our Federated Search project.

Despite the stresses, I really enjoyed organising the day, benefited from networking within the department as well as externally and learnt a lot about project management as well as event management.

Highlight of the event for me was this little gem from YouTube:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k8BKX2eQ0Q[/youtube]

  • Hi Jo!
    Didn’t know you were blogging – found you via your comment on Jens Web 2.0 report.
    I’ll add you to my list of links to library bloggers. Are you chartering?
    Hope all is going well.

  • Jo Alcock

    Hi Katharine,

    I haven’t been blogging for long but have been reading a lot about Web 2.0 stuff recently and thought it would be a good idea to record things in a blog (partly as a store for useful information, partly as a sort of online portfolio).

    I’m not chartering yet, I’m hoping to do my Diploma, then Masters, and charter after that. Thought I might as well start recording things now though as it’s useful for work too.

    Thanks for my first comment anyway! 🙂