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The second Keynote Speaker at last week’s Edge 2010 conference was Ewan McIntosh.  From the very start Ewan’s energy and passion for social media was infectious.  He spoke enthusiastically about Twitter, Facebook, Bebo and running his own blog.  He discussed the “illiterate professional class“, highlighting a couple of high profile news stories about users of social media being unaware of the reach of the platform that they were using and an inability to understand that when you post something online, it’s never truly private.   There really is no delete button – it will always exist, somewhere, out there! Worth bearing in mind if you’re considering slagging off your boss – which is pretty much what this Facebook user did last year.

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Ewan also talked about the power of the blog in today’s society.  It used to be that once something appeared in print it was rarely ever challenged. I think, to to a certain extent, the system in place for challenging the journalists and national newspapers was too complex and time consuming for many of us to pursue. ..not to mention that the Press Complaints Commission is a self regulating body… Today, however, it’s much easier to correct factual inaccuracies, as Ewan pointed out when he talked about his own experience of being misrepresented in the press. He used his own blog to put into context a quote used in an article published in The Herald about GLOW – “the the world’s first national intranet for education.  In his own blog post Ewan was able to put across his own point of view, thus challenging the journalist’s interpretation of their correspondence.

This is not the first time we’ve seen social media act as a platform to correct factual inaccuracies in the press.  Ben Goldacre regularly takes to his blog to challenge sensationalism and ‘bad science’ in the press.  For example, he was one of the first bloggers to post about the suspicious nature of the bullying allegations against Gordon Brown.

There was so much food for thought in Ewan’s presentation…he also touched upon the pros and cons of the hyperlink; the importance of visual literacy when communicating; open data opportunities for Councils; Mapumental; and net neutrality.  Just sitting there I could tell that Ewan’s presentation had stimulated lots of thoughts and ideas and at the coffee break afterwards I overheard delegates talking about how they really should be upgrading their intranets and exploring social media as a serious tool for communicating with citizens.

I hope that Ewan uploads his presentation soon so that I can post a link to it as there’s lots more that I don’t have space to cover in this blog post.  All in all, an excellent keynote speech! 🙂

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A few months ago Peter Chapman, editor of Refer approached me and Jo Alcock (after fellow blogger Jennie Law recommended us) to co-author an article on librarians and blogging for the Autumn edition of Refer: The Journal of the Information Services Group. Our article is now available online if you want to check it out.

Not only was this a really interesting article to research, but it was also a completely new experience for me in terms of collaboration.  Although I’ve never met Jo I’ve known her for a few years now via social media websites like Facebook and Twitter.  We made full advantage of a range of web 2.0 tools, such as wikis, blogs, microblogs and social bookmarking  to write our article and it was an absolute pleasure to work with Jo on this project. 🙂  Jo has also blogged about the process of co-authoing an article with somebody you’ve never met before!

Hope you enjoy the article! 🙂


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Come along to the Scottish Information Networking – First Steps in Blogging Event and decide for yourself.  

I’ll be speaking about my own blogging experiences alongside Neil Infield from the British Library’s Business and Intellectual Property Centre.   We’ll be sharing tips, advice and insights to help you get the most out of blogging!  

Blogging Montage from Blogging Librarian's Photostream on Flickr

"Blogging Montage"*

So, if you’re interested in starting up your own blog but you’re not sure how…or if you already publish your own blog and simply fancy meeting up with other bloggers, then this is the event for you! 

Details for your diary…

Event:     First steps in Blogging
When:     Tuesday 4th November at 6pm
Where:    Livingstone Tower (Level 5) University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. 

To reserve your space in advance contact John Coll
–  j.collATnls.uk OR 0131 623 3816

First Steps in Blogging event is sponsored by Bureau van Dijk.

*”Blogging Montage” courtesy of Blogging Librarian’s Photostream on Flickr.

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This piece on ReadWriteWeb caught my eye this morning. It discusses the results of research carried out by Universal McCann to investigate the impact of social media.

Looks like more and more of us are putting ourselves out there; blogging, networking, uploading, contributing…

One of the most interesting revelations is that China boasts the biggest blogging market in the world. Bigger even than the US! I know, I was shocked too, but it’s true…there’s 42m bloggers in China compared to only 26m in the USA! And as Asian and emerging markets continue to grow it looks like our global communities will go from strength to strength. Power to the people, indeed!

Check out the full report here.

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A few weeks ago, Jennie, a law librarian from the UK began a journey to create the definitive list of UK based librarian bloggers

Following an initial ‘quick and dirty’ (her words!) search she’s established a wiki featuring everyone she’s found so far.   I’ve volunteered, along with Joeyanne Libraryanne, to help Jennie out with visiting all the blogs listed to make sure we’re providing an accurate and up to date synopsis for each one.  

If you’re a UK based librarian and you have a blog that you’d like listed on the wiki get in touch with one of us and we’ll sort it out for you!

It’s going to be a brilliant resource; and as with all Web 2.0 technology it’ll get even better the more we use it!

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Casually flicking through the most recent edition of Library and Information Update I came across an interesting piece of research carried out by Jennie Law, self proclaimed “Library Monkey”, wondering  “Where are the UK Librarian Blogs?”.   

Curious to locate these blogs myself,  I followed the link to Jennie’s page, thinking that as a new blogger I really should check out what the more established bloggers are chatting about.  Imagine my shock and surprise to see my own blog featured within a list of 7 individual librarian bloggers!!! 

Thanks to Jennie for doing the hard work on this one; I love the idea that not only is my blog findable; I now appear to be part of a community of librarian bloggers based in the UK.  Cool :-)!

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