Apologies in advance for the shameless self-promotional nature of this post. I like to use this blog as a personal record (I’m also hoping this will come in handy when I do my Chartership), so I’m just sharing a few things I’ve been up to lately elsewhere in the blogosphere. I spent some time last week writing blog posts for various places, and some of these have now been published and may be of interest. I also want to share a new project which I’m really excited about.

Guest blog post 1

The first is on one of my favorite library blogs (and one I recommend to many librarians), Librarians with Lives. This blog takes a different approach to most, encouraging guest blog posts from other librarians with lives. The main focus of the blog is CPD for the time-stretched and I’ve been wanting to write a guest post for a while but wasn’t sure what to focus on. My recent event amplification blog posts gave me an idea about following events from afar (which I have found incredibly useful), so I wrote a brief introduction and some tips for their blog:

Guest blog post 2

The second post was for CILIP Update blog, and discussed the CILIP West Midlands Election Hustings event I organised recently. I was really pleased with the positive feedback from the event, and will be writing a post for the CILIP West Midlands blog about live streaming which we utilised to extend the reach of the event. The post on the Update blog gives a brief overview of the event (and included another plea to encourage people to vote):

The election closed yesterday and I’m pleased to say my efforts to encourage people to vote may have helped as the election received a higher response than usual. If you are interested in the results, I blogged about them on the CILIP West Midlands blog.

Festive fun

And finally for a bit of fun! I have been wanting to run a 23 Things type programme for a while, and have been discussing some ideas with Damyanti. She came up with a brilliant idea to theme it around an advent calendar, and so Festive 24 Things was born. We’ll be posting a short blog post every day along with relevant web resources we think you might find interesting. We’ve kept the Christmas theme throughout so each post will share links to Christmas related resources or get you to use a tool for a Christmas related task (I’m not saying any more now, you’ll have to wait and see). This also gives me an excuse to try out a new plugin I’ve installed called Blackbird Pie which should enable me to embed a tweet:

[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/festive24things/status/9571385579933696″]

Go on then, what are you waiting for?

I’m really excited about this project and hope you’ll join Damyanti and I throughout December (1st-24th) as we discover new tools and have some Christmas fun. Happy Advent!

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