Sunday, 27 May 2012

Thing 4

Current awareness - Twitter, RSS and Storify

This is perhaps a good time to 'revive' my twitter account which I set up in 2010. The world of twitter is still pretty alien to me, especially it goes against my principle of  an 'uncluttered mind'. So, I have not been putting any effort into twitter at all. However, I will give it a go again this time and try to follow a few library twitters recommended by the 23 Things for Professional Development online course which I am currently doing. 

I also started to use Google Reader for all my RSS feeds and tried to spend a few minutes each day reading some of the blogs and websites I follow. It is a little bit like reading emails but there is no pressure of replying to any of them!

Storify is completely new to me and I am excited about exploring this new on-line software. Last Wednesday, I attended a webinar on 'storytelling using technology'; Storify was mentioned there too!It looks like a really cool tool for gathering texts, photos, videos and everything else from the web and you can weave them into stories. I am keen to give it a go myself but don't feel I have a good story to tell yet. In the meantime, the weather has been so fantastic so I have been having a great time taking photos in the garden and playing the violin...

It is always fun to play some Irish tunes.
 John is already busying in the garden.
One of the two ponds in the garden
 Beautiful salad in the green house
 River Teifi
Our house is called Ty yfory meaning the house of Tomorrow.
Blue dragonflies
Bird feeder (not for squirrels!)
Back to the conservatory...

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Thing 3

It was an interesting exercise to Google my own name and see what came up.
4 out of 10 entries at the front page were mine. My Facebook page came first, then two entries from my blog and my personal page as a research student at UCL. There were also other entries at the front page which were not mine. There are at least three different people have the same name as me! This prompted me to Google the domain name for and Nobody has taken these two domain names yet. Maybe, I should buy them quickly!!!
This week, I also decided to join Linkedin after reading some people’s blogs on the course. I now have 2 associates on Linkedin and am slowly finding out what else I can do there! I have also given some thought about personal branding which is the theme of this week. There are two things which I do intensively at the moment – working as a full-time librarian and studying as a part-time PhD student researching on the history of Chinese medicine. Therefore, I am ‘a librarian and a researcher of Chinese medicine’. Wow, sounds pretty good to me! :-)

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Thing 2

It has been a fun and busy week for me driving between Lampeter and Cardiff , between my 3 day first-aid course and attending concerts at the Vale of Glamorgan festival. The last concert at the BBC Hoddinott Hall, Wales Millennium Centre was truly amazing with beautiful Chinese traditional instrumentalists and a Beijing opera singer performing a wonderful piece by a French based Chinese composer Qigang Chen.  At the interval, my friend Sue said to me,' who would want to be anywhere else but here?' She did come all the way from New York to this incredible music festival in Wales which celebrates music of living composers in the world. I was also very fortunate to be able to spend some time with the Chinese musicians who are incredibly accomplished with their instruments. Chang Jing 常靜  - the Cheng player, Li Jia 李佳 - the Pipa player  and Wang Nan 王楠- the Erhu player are all top professional musicians in China and having spent a few days with them makes me feel as though I have known them all my life. My heart was moved and inspired by the sound of the ancient Chinese instruments which was familiar to me from my childhood as I was growing up in Taiwan. The composer, Qigang has worked with these Chinese musicians for many years and was very fond of them. He said to them, '我這輩子就為了你們了‘ (My life is only for you.) It was from the very bottom of his heart when he said this. I do hope Qigang will be able to write more music for these outstanding musicians. 親愛的朋友,希望此生能再相遇。。。

Thing 2: This is part of the 23 Things for Professional Development which I just signed up a week or so ago. It has already given me a great incentive to write on my blog, learn more about blogging as well as library related matters. I enjoyed reading blogs from Jen Gallagher, Penny Dreadful, Jemma Bennett, Dewey Decibelle and left some comments to them too! It was fun and I hope to interact more with other bloggers on the course. Another thing I will need to do soon is to work on my PPDP for the CILIP Chartership. Hopefully, I will be able to include this course in my Chartership portfolio.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

23 Things for Professional Development

I have just signed up for the 23 Things for Professional Development on-line course. This is a very different way of learning from what I have used to. I learn best in a small group or one-to-one situation. However, I am going to give it a go and see what happens. The course will coincide with my CILIP chartership which I recently registered as a candidate. I hope to follow this on-line course as part of my training programme for the chartership. I am also keen to explore Web 2.0 and how technology can change and support the way we learn and study. It is probably the most exciting time to be a librarian in a digital age!