What?

Wow, what an experience! I thought there might be a few of us interested in the #chartership chat myself and Tina had organised (a Twitter chat to support those working on CILIP Chartership), and had already had positive messages from people who were hoping to join in, but I certainly wasn’t expecting this…

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That’s right – we were the number 4 trending topic on Twitter in UK – imagine that!

Chartership chat trending in UK (thanks Katy)

Chartership chat trending in UK (thanks Tina)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was all a bit frantic so apologies if people were struggling to follow the conversation at times. Great that so many people were able to join in though – thanks to all of you who joined us.

I set up a TAGS archive for #chartership to collect all the tweets and made sure it was all working just before we started the chat this evening. Fortunately it has captured all the tweets so if you want to see the full list you can view all the tweets on the public archive.

Tina and I originally thought an hour would be plenty so we scheduled 6.30-7.30GMT but much of the conversation continued until 8pm. During the time, there were around 90 tweeters participating and a total of around 500 tweets were posted. Ever likely it trended, us librarians are clearly a chatty lot!

We decided not to set an agenda and let people discuss whatever they wanted to, though Tina and I did have some backup questions in case people needed something to respond to. This wasn’t needed though as a number of common topics arose and lots of spin off conversations started to happen. The tweet below warmed the cockles of my heart and there were plenty of others like it:

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The conversation

A number of people have asked for a summary of the conversation. I couldn’t possibly cover everything that was discussed but below are a few of the topics that were raised during the chat and some of the advice that was offered. (EDIT: @ellyob has also shared her own version of the conversation using Storify).

Choosing a mentor

Some people are currently looking for mentors due to starting the process now or because their previous mentor has left. Advice included whether to choose someone within your organisation or outside, within your sector or outside, and how to use the lists on the CILIP website. It was pointed out that these are not always totally up-to-date so even if it says someone is full it doesn’t hurt to contact them as they may no longer be. Also discussed was the location of your mentor – some prefer to be very close so that regular face-to-face meetings can be arranged, some prefer a more virtual relationship with fewer face-to-face meetings.

Finding time (and money) for CPD activities

Some people were concerned that they didn’t have time or money for CPD activities, particularly as budgets tighten and employers can no longer support these activities to the extent they once did. However, there are loads of very low cost ways to develop skills and knowledge (including one everyone was using – Twitter!). Fortunately, there was an excellent blog post on a similar topic earlier this week – see Katy Wrathall’s You can’t continue to develop professionally when unemployed – or can you? which has lots of tips for professional development opportunities without breaking the bank. Time is more of an issue, though I think everyone agreed that it’s more a matter or prioritising activities and doing little bits each week if possible, but that as it is a personal experience it’s fine to go at a pace that suits you.

Reflective practice

I know for many people the reflective focus of the chartership puts them off (for me personally, I like it, but still…). Different options for reflection were discussed including the very private (only things you see like personal learning logs) to the very public (like a public blog). Some mentors mentioned that reflection had been something they weren’t keen on when they started the chartership process themselves but by the end of it they really appreciated it.

Linking your professional development to your day job

Something that I know a lot of people can find tricky is linking the extra professional activities together with the day job (particularly applicable to those working in para-professional roles or for whom the majority of professional development is outside the scope of employment). Advice was given by experienced professionals who recommended trying to get management support, speaking to your manager about how you can work together to align your work activities and professional development, and linking PPDP elements to your work (e.g. in appraisals).

Collecting and organising evidence during the process

A number of different tools were discussed to help organise evidence. Some prefer to use paper copies of documents, whilst others suggested using online tools such as a wiki (see Wiki-ing for chartership for more information), Google Docs, or an e-portfolio tool such as FolioForMe (using Maraha). Different techniques were discussed for organising the information – by area of PPDP, by criteria, or starting to think about the structure of the final portfolio.

Selecting evidence for your portfolio

The consensus here (confirmed by a number of mentors, thank you!) was definitely quality over quantity. There are no strict guidelines over the number or type of evidence to collect as it varies for each individual portfolio. The main thing to bear in mind is to ensure that each piece of evidence shows how you are meeting the criteria for assessment – if they don’t show that then they shouldn’t be in your portfolio.

Common pitfalls

Common pitfalls in submitted portfolios include lack of information on organisational aspects (linking to organisational strategies etc.) – many people commented that they do not currently have these or cannot link their work to them as they are too broad. Advice around this included speaking to your manager about developing strategic aims for your own department/area and possibly working on this together. Another pitfall is a lack of breadth of professional knowledge. It was great to see people starting to set up partnerships to support this element – some of the ways it can be achieved are by visiting other libraries, interviewing librarians to find out about their jobs, or just having conversations with them. Hopefully #chartership chat will help form links to support this aspect.

Support from CILIP

I was delighted to see many CILIP staff involved in the conversation and keen to listen to conversations and hear how they could help support us. Simon Edwards mentioned that CILIP are currently scoping requirements for a VLE which would clearly be of interest to anyone studying for a CILIP professional qualification:

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I’m sure Simon would welcome any further feedback if you have thoughts on this. @CILIPcpd was also joining in with the conversation, and Annie Mauger (CILIP CEO) was keeping an eye on the discussion to see how CILIP might be able to help support chartership candidates (and she is also going through the fellowship process herself at the moment so can relate to what we’re all going through and shared some tips!).

What next?

I think we can definitely say that #chartership chat was a success – I never expected so many people to join in sharing so much useful information. I certainly made some new connections and have lots of ideas to follow up, and I hope others got the same. We’ll definitely be holding another #chartership chat, so the next one will be two weeks from now at 6.30pm GMT on Thursday March 1st (if anyone wants to request a different time, please let me know or feel free to organise something – I’m not precious about it!).  I think we’ll do the same again in keeping it unstructured – that way people can bring their own questions and discussions and the conversation will depend on who is there. If anyone has any feedback/suggestions or thinks there is a better way please let me know, or jump in there and sort it.

Just one final note – a huge thank you to those of you who joined in and made it such a success, and those who helped spread the word to let people know about it.

 

Meeting Table by mnadi, on Flickr
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I didn’t actually think I’d be writing a blog post about this yet – chairing meetings was on my list of things I’d be doing later this year (in my role as chair of CILIP West Midlands) but there was confusion over the date of the committee changeover. Seeing as the current chair couldn’t attend the committee meeting earlier this week at the last minute, the rest of the committee decided I should chair the meeting (which left the Vice Chair very confused as the current Chair had asked him to stand in). Unfortunately I got lost on my way to the meeting room and arrived a couple of minutes late so receiving the news I was chairing the meeting after that made for a flustered start! We also had no agenda so the meeting was a little haphazard to say the least.

I’ve attended numerous meetings so tried to stick to some sort of structure similar to what I knew we usually do although I did miss out some crucial elements like welcoming our new committee members and checking the previous meeting’s minutes for accuracy.

I have also been doing some reading about successful chairing of meetings as I’m keen to change the structure of the agenda (at present I don’t feel it is an effective use of our time) and am interested in different approaches and best practice. This may well be the subject for another blog post if I manage to get something better put in place. I’ve been reading some of Facilitating Meetings and Chairing Discussions and Meetings That Give Results: How to Plan and Chair Productive Meetings.

Here are some things I learnt from my reading and my first experience of chairing a meeting.

Before the meeting (sadly on this occasion I didn’t have the luxury of this, but next time I hope to!)

  • Plan an agenda and circulate it beforehand so everyone knows what will be discussed at the meeting (if appropriate, invite attendees to request items to be added to the agenda by a specified date – probably at least a week before the meeting).
  • Ensure the secretary has all the relevant information including the agenda, previous meeting minutes, and any documentation you need to discuss at the meeting well in advance so that they can pass the relevant documents to attendees or print for distribution at the meeting.
  • Ensure each attendee has any relevant documentation including the agenda in advance of the meeting (preferably by email so that they can choose whether they wish to print or not).
  • Make sure you arrive at the meeting in plenty of time to ensure the room is set up correctly, you have all the materials you need, and you can welcome people as they arrive.

During the meeting

  • Remember to welcome everyone to the meeting and aim to start on time.
  • Facilitate the discussion rather than dominating it – ensure everyone gets their chance to express their views (if appropriate).
  • Keep an eye on time throughout so that you don’t overrun (you may need to ask people to keep their points brief).
  • Ensure the minute taker is following throughout  – check with them at key points, or write down any actions yourself so that you can check afterwards that all were recorded. This is particularly important if the minute taker is new to the group and may not know attendees (and therefore who is responsible for what) or if they are unfamiliar with meeting content.
  • Stick to the agenda as much as possible – sometimes discussion will creep but try to keep it on topic and put discussions on hold until later if they are on the agenda but are mentioned earlier on (unless it makes sense to move them).

After the meeting

  • Thank everyone for attending.
  • Follow up on any actions you have – there’s nothing worse than reviewing the actions at the next meeting and the chair repeatedly having to say, “Oh, yes, I haven’t done that yet”.
  • Assist the minute taker with minutes if needed.
  • Set a date for the next meeting and start the process all over again!

I still have a lot to learn when it comes to chairing meetings. Being thrown in at the deep end was probably a good thing though as it made me realise which areas I really need to improve on. For the next meeting I’m hoping to set an agenda based on current activities rather than the standard set agenda that we have used in the past for everyone to report back (sometimes not everyone has anything to report and others have a lot of items to report back on). I’d also like to set approximate times for each item, even if that’s only for my own time management. I don’t want to be too rigid so that people have chance to discuss each item but I do think it’s important to ensure adequate time to discuss everything that needs to be discussed – in the past we have overrun and not covered elements we wanted to discuss.

Are there any other useful tips for chairing meetings? All advice greatly appreciated!

Studying?! by J.Salmoral

When I should have been writing my dissertation in 2009 I wrote a few articles for publication, but in the last 12-18 months my writing has pretty much stalled apart from blogging which I continue to do on a regular basis, and occasional articles for regional newsletters (because I’m on committees and sometimes get asked to write something up for the newsletter). Most of my publications have been in newsletter and magazines – I’ve only been through the peer-review process once and it was an event report so not as rigorous as a research article.

Writing is one of my focus areas for my Chartership, and something I’d like to improve, particularly with publishing my research in peer-reviewed journals (or professional journals). There have been some interesting discussions on the value of peer-review recently on Twitter and blogs, and it’s something I am still deciding my view on – I see the value in sharing via a blog (mainly for the currency and immediacy factor), but for research articles the longevity and kudos of a peer-reviewed journal make it far more appealing. I’m keen to support Open Access and would rather publish in an open access publication that I could also link to via my blog, Twitter, LinkedIn etc.

In order to try to get back on track with writing, last week I attended the first of a two-part workshop on Writing for Publication. Below are my notes from the day (probably only of use to others who use lists – sorry!):


Getting started

Why do research and write about it?
  • Pass on knowledge to others (within and outside workplace)
  • Self reflection
  • Sharing lessons learned (so others don’t make same mistakes)
  • Share good practice
  • Open up new ideas
  • Boost CV
  • Promote library service
  • Prevent reinventing the wheel
Challenges and solutions:
ChallengeSolution
TimeSet yourself a deadline or tie it in to work targets
Trying to make it perfectGet feedback from someone you trust the opinion of (it's probably better than you think!)
Knowing when to stopSet clear boundaries before starting research
Procrastination/lazinessChivvying mentor
Thinking it's not going to interest anyonePass to someone you know will give honest opinion or ask people before you start to write
Not fun to writeWrite about things you are passionate about if you can or make process more interesting
Writing styles

Good article:
  • Clarity
  • Structure/sections
  • Strong, recognisable words and phrases
  • Attractive layout
  • Clear reason for reading it
  • Clear summary
  • Good conclusions
Bad article:
  • Long words unnecessarily
  • Too many acronyms
  • Title not matching content
  • Silliness
  • Changing statistic styles (not clear)
  • Repackaging same information
Common paper structure
  • Introduction (often written last)
  • Literature review – concluding with clear demonstration of gap in literature and justification for article
  • Aims/objectives (key to the article to help hold it all together) – this might just be the aims and objectives of the article rather than the larger project
  • Methods – need to be good enough to enable someone else to replicate research
  • Results – use chart if relevant but don’t then repeat in article
  • Discussion – look at what you have done and compare to other literature, and suggest limitations of your research or perhaps why you got results you weren’t expecting
  • Conclusion – summary of what you have done and what you found (shouldn’t have anything new that hasn’t already been said)
Submission process
  1. Article goes to editor
  2. Editor removes any identifying details
  3. Editor allocates 2 appropriate peer reviewers
  4. Peer review send back comments within certain timeframe
  5. Editor makes decision based on peer review and own comments
  6. Decision to author (with constructive feedback)
  7. Author completes revisions and sends back to editor (useful to highlight what changes you have made i.e. how you have made them)
  8. Editor verifies revisions and edits article
  9. Check back with author
  10. Send to copyeditor
  11. Check back with author (final chance to make sure you as author are happy with final article)
  12. Final edits
  13. Layout
  14. Final proofread
  15. Publication!
General tips:
  • Find what works best for you
    • Time of day
    • Approach – either starting with structure and fleshing out each section or just getting everything down and editing later
    • Motivators – what will motivate you to write? Rewards? Getting housework done first or leave until after?
  • Useful to have someone checking on your progress and keeping it on track to make sure you stick to your timescale and targets.
  • Start small – newsletters, blogs, in house journal, website
  • Choose who your audience is and which journal to approach (look at some of the other articles) – email before writing to see if it would be appropriate for the journal. Two to consider might be:
    • Library and Information Research
    • Evidence Based Librarianship in Practice
  • Ask other people if they know which journal might be a good fit for your article
  • Read other articles and critically appraise (can use a tool/matrix to help with this)
  • If you find a structure that you like, use it as a template
  • Make sure you read the guidelines for the journal
  • If writing for field outside LIS, consider co-authoring with someone in that field

What next?

I’m attending the second of these workshops on Monday and have been set homework to do before then – an outline structure for an article and finding a potential journal to approach. I have a few ideas of articles I’d like to publish but I am particularly keen to share our experiences from CPD23. I’ve made contact with potential collaborators and am now starting to plan some ideas. I’d also like to consider publishing some of my dissertation more widely, particularly the market orientation aspect. I’d also like to write up some of the work I’ve been doing at Evidence Base – we write so many reports but don’t tend to take time to write up articles. I’m aiming to get at least one peer-reviewed research article published this year, so fingers crossed I can keep my motivation going and get something good enough to be accepted!

Twitter Chat (image from Iconfinder)

A little while ago, Rachel mentioned the idea of having a scheduled chat on Twitter for anyone doing CILIP Chartership. I liked the idea and thought it was something I would probably like to do to help me when I’m chartering. It’s something I mentioned when I first starting thinking about Chartership, and was pleased to see others would like to join in too.

Well, I registered for my Chartership in December, and Tina reminded me recently that we haven’t had a Twitter chat on Chartership. I’ve been using the #chartership tag on Twitter to record thoughts and activities relating to Chartership and have it set as a saved search so I can follow conversations on there, but not many people seem to use it at the moment. Since we initially discussed this idea, #uklibchat has been gaining popularity and now runs every other Thursday evening. We decided to make it easy for people to remember by holding a scheduled Chartership chat on Twitter every other Thursday if there is interest (each week between #uklibchat). So…..

CILIP Chartership candidate or mentor? Please join us on Twitter for a #chartership chat on Thursday 16th February 2012 at 6.30-7.30pm GMT.

Hopefully it will help focus some discussions, be an opportunity to share advice, and act as encouragement/motivation. Please join us – all you need to do is start tweeting using the #chartership tag on Thursday 16th Feb any time between 6.30pm and 7.30pm (GMT). If you know anyone else who might be interested, please pass on the information. Hope to chat to some of you next week! 🙂

This week I’m participating in the Library Day in the Life project which charts the day-to-day activities of library workers at different points of the year. This is the sixth time I’ve participated; you can see my earlier posts from July 2009, January 2010, July 2010, January 2011 and July 2011. I’m currently a full-time Researcher at Evidence Base, Birmingham City University, UK. Although my job title doesn’t include the word librarian and I don’t work in a library, I still consider myself very much a librarian – our research helps support the library and information communities.

Just a short post today as it’s Friday evening and I have a friend coming to visit. I’ll just give a brief overview of today’s tasks:

  • Worked on the Emerging Leaders project (gave feedback on survey and added liaison details into our contacts spreadsheet)
  • Updated the contact list of JUSP libraries in Surveymonkey (new libraries are joining all the time and I add them into the contact list monthly) and scheduled a feedback survey to go out to them next month 
  • Had a catch up call with my manager (we don’t usually have these daily but have a lot of little bits we’re working together on at the moment and this is the easiest way to update progress)
  • Had a Skype call for the m-libraries community support project with the programme manager at JISC – this was really useful and we discussed future activities such as a community event, the community website, and the m-libraries conference in September
  • Produced a document outlining our ideas for the m-library community event 
  • Updated the Twitter guidelines for JUSP based on feedback from the project team
  • Wrote a blog post for the Evidence Base blog reporting on the LIS DREaM event I went to on Monday

Hope you have found this insight into my week interesting. My work varies every single day depending on the projects we’re working on. It’s a nice mix at the moment – two external projects and some internal research for the library. 

This week I’m participating in the Library Day in the Life project which charts the day-to-day activities of library workers at different points of the year. This is the sixth time I’ve participated; you can see my earlier posts from July 2009, January 2010, July 2010, January 2011 and July 2011. I’m currently a full-time Researcher at Evidence Base, Birmingham City University, UK. Although my job title doesn’t include the word librarian and I don’t work in a library, I still consider myself very much a librarian – our research helps support the library and information communities.

Today I was working from home which usually means I can get a lot more done, but today my brain seemed to be on slow mode. I did get things done in the end but I worked into the evening to get everything done, which I’m really trying to get out of the habit of doing. My to-do list also seemed to grow rather than shrink today – I’d get one task done and need to add another two or three! So what did I actually do today?

My day began with some sorting and planning – prepping for a couple of calls, organising my tasks, and keeping project documentation up-to-date. Then I had a call with my manager where we discussed things we’re up to at the moment – project progress for the m-library community support project and JUSP, and some focus groups we’ve been asked to do on e-books for our library (based on the results of a library survey we ran at the end of last year). We started planning these and I suggested using Eventbrite to organise the booking. Last time we did focus groups the administration was a nightmare – we have two part-time support staff but this doesn’t cover the full week so I was also responding to some of the messages. It got very confusing with three of us trying to organise the participants and the sessions they could attend (and especially when we had to cancel one of the sessions), so I’m hoping Eventbrite might make things simpler. 

Lunch next, which I always enjoy at home because I can have something other than a jacket potato (today I had gluten free pasta with tomato and mozzarella sauce) and watch some TV (today I watched a very emotional episode of One Born Every Minute). 

This afternoon started well – one of the senior managers noticed my news in the recent library newsletter about being an ALA Emerging Leader and wants to feature it in the wider University newsletter. Could be useful for the Chartership portfolio!

We’re currently finalising some use cases for the JUSP project to demonstrate how libraries are using the service. We visited a number of libraries last year, and interviewed more over the phone/Skype. After writing up each library’s interview as a case study, we decided that they would best be presented as use cases. They are now written up and we’re getting approval for use of quotes from the libraries involved. I made some amendments based on one library’s feedback today. 

Then it was time to make the edits to the report write up of the m-library support project fact-finding survey. Some grammatical and formatting changes, and some additional quotes added in to demonstrate some of the examples of current m-library initiatives. 

I also tidied up my Chartership evidence submission form. I’m using a Google spreadsheet so that I can add things easily from anywhere with web access (I have a copy of the form starred in my inbox and can also access the form through my browser on iPhone or iPad). I had columns for what area of my PPDP and what marking criteria each piece of evidence supports, but this was a free entry text box. I’ve now added each option as a checkbox so I can just tick the box and easily check what information I have for specific areas. It’s working well for me so far (I’d be happy to share or give more details if anyone is interested). 

Tomorrow I have a couple more calls (are you noticing a theme here?!) and hopefully some work-related blog posts as I’m falling behind (it’s unfortunately something that always slips to the bottom of the to-do list as it’s not as essential as other tasks, but I still need to make time for it).

This week I’m participating in the Library Day in the Life project which charts the day-to-day activities of library workers at different points of the year. This is the sixth time I’ve participated; you can see my earlier posts from July 2009January 2010July 2010January 2011 and July 2011. I’m currently a full-time Researcher at Evidence Base, Birmingham City University, UK. Although my job title doesn’t include the word librarian and I don’t work in a library, I still consider myself very much a librarian – our research helps support the library and information communities.

Day in the office today – which ironically usually means I get much less done (too many interruptions and errands). It took me longer than expected to get in this morning (had forgotten what traffic was like during peak times!) but I travel by public transport and always have my iPad with me so I can work on the way in. I finished drafting comments for the report I’ve been reviewing during the journey, and caught up with news on Twitter.

When I arrived at work I found a lovely surprise parcel of goodies from Lisa Jeskins who is part of the LILAC Conference organising committee. I’d been telling lots of people how much I love the LILAC conference whilst I was at ALA Midwinter last week so had joked that I should be on commission. Lisa clearly thought I should be so sent me these:

I’d also had some new stationery delivered so I had quite an exciting start to the day (I know I’m sad but I love getting new stationery!). After a quick catch up with my colleagues, we decided to bring forward a discussion we were planning for next week (it’s rare that we are all together). We’re getting our communication in order and have devised a new system to help share news from our department with the rest of the library and with those external who are interested in our work (most of our work is external). Internally, we’re using the library newsletter whilst externally we have an Evidence Base blog (and may later set up a MailChimp mailing list once our new website is sorted). My colleagues aren’t very familiar with blogging so I agreed to help them get started and provide some informal training for them. Unfortunately we had many hurdles (it seemed to take ages to get their accounts sorted!) and then we got interrupted by an IT guy so we didn’t get as much done as I’d have liked.

I went out for lunch with Damyanti, but we went slightly later than expected and lost track of time whilst we were there so I returned back to work later than expected. Oops! Time for lots of grovelling to manager and quickly preparing for a project Skype call – I’d done my own preparation but hadn’t had chance to discuss with my manager. The call was for the JISC m-library community support project, and we’re at the point now where we know broadly want people want from an m-library community and we need to make decisions on how we can best deliver that. It was a productive call and I certainly feel a lot clearer about our activities for the short term at least. I’ve been interested in investigating how libraries can utilise mobile technologies for a long time, and I’m really enjoying working on a project I’m so interested in. There’s lots of really innovative work out there and we’re hoping to be able to share this with the wider community to prevent duplication and help drive developments further forward.

After the call (and after adding actions to my to-do list and tidying up project documents), I did a bit of work on the Twitter account for another project, the Journal Usage Statistics Project (JUSP). We’ve had a Twitter account (@JUSPSTATS) for a few months now but we haven’t been using it often, partly as it didn’t really have clear ownership or purpose. I’ve worked with some of my colleagues on the project to discuss our intended use and have developed some guidelines. Today I shared them with the rest of the project team, answered some questions about Twitter use to a colleague who is new to it, and set up some saved searches on Twitter to keep an eye on. The Twitter search interface is a lot better than it used to be and seems to work well – I didn’t know it was so easy to set limits such as language and geography in addition to keyword and phrase searches.

That took me to almost the end of the afternoon – there was just time for a few emails and actions to be added to my to-do list regarding the JUSP project, then I visited the library general office to return the travel insurance card (I took it to Dallas for ALA Midwinter) and headed home. Thursday and Friday I’ll be working at home so hopefully able to get some real work done!

This week I’m participating in the Library Day in the Life project which charts the day-to-day activities of library workers at different points of the year. This is the sixth time I’ve participated; you can see my earlier posts from July 2009January 2010July 2010January 2011 and July 2011. I’m currently a full-time Researcher at Evidence Base, Birmingham City University, UK. Although my job title doesn’t include the word librarian and I don’t work in a library, I still consider myself very much a librarian – our research helps support the library and information communities.

Today was another continuing professional development event for me, again in London. This time it was a joint event organised by CILIP in London and Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) on Writing for Publication (which I will share the notes from later). It was only a 3hr workshop but the style of learning really suited me – there was lots of discussion time and it was fairly informal with questions welcomed throughout. I didn’t necessarily learn anything ground breaking (although knowing the publication process from the journal editor perspective was useful), but it reinforced a lot of things I should know but seem to forget when I have a writing task and a barrier stopping me doing it.

The workshop finished at 1pm, so after lunch at my favourite place in London for gluten free food (Planet Organic), I got a train home. During the afternoon I worked on the train – mainly catching up on and organising emails, thinking about my writing homework (there is a follow up session in a couple of weeks), catching up with my boss, and reviewing the m-library report we need to get finalised soon.

I got home at about 5pm and worked a bit more during the evening. Because I’ve been travelling a lot over the last couple of weeks, I’m not as up-to-date as I like to be with responding to emails, reading RSS feeds (I’m way behind and might have to hit mark all as read even for my favourites folder) and managing my to do list. As a mobile worker, I do sometimes find it difficult to switch off from work. I can’t just leave my office/workplace and stop work for the evening, and I like to leave it in as tidy a state as I can before the next day (no half finished tasks). After yet more emails, I spent some time sorting out my mailing lists and filters so that my inbox doesn’t get overloaded (this is a particular pain at the moment as many I subscribe to are US based so they fill up in the evening due to the time difference).

I also did a bit of work on my ALA Emerging Leaders project – my team and I need to finalise the questions for our survey soon and start sending it out to people. We’re using ALA Connect to share documents and hold discussions (including our virtual meetings). This way our project mentor and our ALA staff contact can also see our progress and help us when we need it. This evening I added a couple of new documents onto the wiki style software so that we can all work together on finalising the survey.

Tomorrow I’m actually going into the office at the university. Looking forward to seeing some colleagues 🙂