Thursday, 23 June 2011

Exploring blogs

Well, I've been having a look around at a few blogs.  There are so many to choose from the participants list that it is pretty much a "choosing a blog by it's title" scenario.
Adventures of the Red Headed Traveler immediately caught my eye near the top of the list, and while there wasn't anything about 23 Things in her postings I did enjoy having a look at her photos (she's travelled to 15 countries in 5 continents, and is only 20 something) and there was a yummy eggplant recipe.
Using the Delicious tags I was able to see who else in NZ was blogging, and thought that Library Matters  will be worth following.  Joann Ransom has been blogging for a while, and as the subtitle of her blog is "Things Worth Sharing" she has some interesting posts.  I liked a recent one on "10 things you should know about librarianship", where one of the things is "If you're scared of technology, you can't work in libraries".   True, we need to embrace technology, so thank goodness for courses like this one, which will hopefully ease the passage along that path.
I'll explore others as time permits, but if anyone has recommendations - leave a comment.  Thanks

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Let's give this a go

I was quite excited when I saw the publicity for cpd23 come through on a Listserv, as I had heard good things about 23 Things, but hadn't got any further than doing a few searches to see what it was all about.  By being presented with the opportunity to experiment with all the things 23 Things offers, in a structured format, and to have it targeted in such a way that it promotes professional development - well, I thought this is worth a look. 
I am the type of person who needs to see a reason for trying out new things i.e. there was no way I was going to experiment with setting up a blog just for the sake of setting up a blog.  But I have been a librarian for just on 30 years now, and I know I need to try and keep abreast of developments so as to stay relevant.  So I am always on the lookout for opportunities to expand my knowledge.  And I must say, I'm impressed at just how easy this first step has been.  Let the journey begin...