I’ll admit I’ve been a bit lax in updating, or even looking at, my blog recently, but where on earth did Thing 7 creep up from? When did things 4,5 & 6 scuttle past me? And it’s mid-July, already?! So in this vein of mild-mannered panic, I’m going to be on a bit of a blog-fest for the next few days – hopefully I can catch up!
I signed up to Twitter earlier this year, as a bit of a lark, and I’ve found it really useful to keep abreast of all the latest news and information, – it was also good way to track and follow the librarian flock. Ok, I’m sorry, the very poor bird puns will stop now. But seriously, even though I am more of a lurker than an active tweeter, Twitter has giving me all sorts of information and event-listings that were never accessible to me before. I found out about the LISPN New Professionals conference through Twitter, and although I haven’t able to attend other conferences and meets, I can still follow the events and read up on any key issues that come up. It has also been a good way to make contact with fellow professionals, like those starting the course at UCL with me in September. The lists provided on the CPD23 blog look great, I’ll definitely be exploring those on the first chance I get.
Ah, RSS. I was really surprised to find out that this actually means ‘Really Simple Syndication’. Simple?! I did try to master this slippery little facet thing a while ago, but found it all slightly baffling (even slightly cold-sweat inducing.) But Annie’s instructions make things much easier to understand (thank-you, thank-you, thank-you) – so I gave that ubiquitous orange spoldge another chance. I now know that I can subscribe to feed alerts not only through my google account, also subscribe through my web browser, hell I can even browse through feeds whilst on my phone! I am aware that this is news to very few people – its like an Iron-Age man discovering that stone can be shaped into tools, and then dancing like a loon around the cave-fire (that image popped into my head, and its sheer randominity forced me to share). Nevertheless, I am impressed, and a little annoyed that I deprived myself of this for so long…
I have never before heard of Pushnote, it’s almost painful how technologically un-savvy I have become! I have signed up, but I can’t say that I find it very useful right now. Most of the good websites I find I actually come across when I’m at work (finding out other useful resources for members, or being told about interesting sites by helpful colleagues) – but I cannot download the application onto a work computer. My ‘very advanced method’ for remembering all these gems is to email myself long lists of links, and then bookmark them on my home browser. Also, my online network isn’t very big at the moment, I tend to tell people about these new discoveries in person. However, it could be more useful when I start the MA, so I’ll keep it in mind for the near-future.
All-in-all, Thing 4 was a great summary of these three internet tools/sites that are around to help keep me (and everyone else) informed and connected. And I have finally learnt how to properly use RSS feeds, which is a huge relief! Off for a congratulatory crumpet now.