Tasks in 1 and 2 get done because they’re urgent. Tasks in 4 don’t matter. Tasks in 3 matter, but it’s difficult to find time to do them. The solution? Block off time for the important-but-not-urgent tasks, to keep them moving on.
With this in mind, I’m having a KnowledgeBase+ Day at Sunderland Uni library on 12th December. I’ve dabbled in KB+ before, but know that I need to find some time in which to get to know it better, so I’m devoting a day to this.
I’m going to use the the documentation on the KB+ support pages as an outline curriculum, draw things on whiteboards, and bring in some treat food to make it into a fun event.
I’ve invited E-Resources folks from uni libraries in the north-east to join in and you are welcome too! If you’d like to come along in person, please email me; otherwise, see ya on ze Twittère, #KBPlusDay.
This post is part of 23 Things for Professional Development.
In the last year, I have attended a number of events as a delegate (Umbrella 2011), and as a speaker (Bodleian Libraries’ Personal Development and Career Planning Day); and I have helped to organise a variety of events such as the Oxford & Cambridge College Librarians’ Annual Conference 2011 and Oxford Social Media Day 2011.
- If you can, blog your conference notes rather than just writing them up and leaving them in a drawer or on an intranet. This makes your work available to others and encourages further discussion via the comments.
- Don’t leave volunteering until you feel confident enough to speak at an event – the feeling confident comes after the speaking, not the other way around.
- When preparing a bid for funding to attend an event, set out clearly all the benefits your attendance will bring to you and your organisation – make it easy for the funding panel to approve your proposal.
Here is the Prezi from Laura and Ned‘s presentation which I attended earlier this week:
Escaping the Echo Chamber [sorry I can't embed it - WordPress won't let me :(]
Despite labouring over the 4 pages of notes I took during their talk, I really can’t add anything new to their original message, so please watch the presentation if you haven’t already seen it!
The speakers agreed to being recorded, and the podcast will soon be available on the SLA Europe website.
Some other highlights of the evening:
- Bethan and Jo spoke to the group about Voices for the Library. This new group is working to promote the value of libraries – add your voice to their campaign.
- The ‘M’ word blog – all about marketing libraries
- Ned: There is no such thing as abstaining from library advocacy – you’re either doing it or doing it wrong
- Also from Ned: the curve of engagement
Focus more resources on the ‘currently indifferent’ part of your demographic to make best use of your advocacy energies and resources.
- Networking with Twitter friends – and here, the value of using a profile picture that resembles you is a major bonus, as people come to say hello and ask if I am @laurajwilkinson, so making introductions is suddenly much easier!