The social librarian.

Today I saw this infographic on Alyson Tyler’s blog. It was originally from a newsletter on Library Connect by Elsevier.

I really like the way it shows the breadth of social media related roles the librarian can play, whilst I’m sure not every librarian does all of these things in their day to day work I’m also sure that most librarians do at least some of them regularly.

It’s given me something to think about too, particularly as I’m now in the process of applying for librarian / information professional posts. I’ve been a keen adopter of many social media tools over the years and looking at this list makes me realise I have experience of and thoughts about quite a lot of these roles. There are a few I’m less informed about so I can go away now and read up about them in a bid to be the very best I can be when I do start work in a library job.

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October Daily Blog

Today I’ve taken the decision that I’m going to make a concerted effort and get back to blogging properly. The recent death of my grandad has meant that for the last couple of weeks it’s been the last thing on my mind, but I want to get back in the blogging saddle and so for October (at the very least) I’m going to do my absolute best to blog every single day. 31 posts, some will be my Recent Reads round ups, a couple will be product reviews and some will just be whatever I feel like talking about on that day or something from my “blog about this” bookmarks.

I’m starting today by blogging both about this aim, and about some thoughts I’ve been having about online presence, social media, time and creativity. I’ve been thinking about it for a while, since Kaz Mahoney posted this about her plan to have a Twitter free month. When I first read it a lot of it made sense, and over the course of the month I’ve found that my thoughts have regularly returned to it.

Currently I blog and use Feedly to follow a whole heap of blogs, I am on Facebook (though this is mainly to keep up to date with a small handful of people), Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Flickr and Instagram. I also have accounts on various other social networking sites, but the ones I list are the ones that take up most of my time. I love each and every one (well not Facebook but that’s a given yes?) but often found myself caught between feeling overwhelmed at the amount of noise I’m trying to process and the urge to just check things once again in case I’ve missed something. I hate the latter in particular, I want to try really hard to detach myself from the idea that I need to know everything about everything and I need to know it right now.

I’ve thought about it a lot and I’m not brave enough to experiment with giving up Twitter at the moment, though I am going to have another look at who I’m following and whether I really need to (particularly celebrities and corporate accounts), and am definitely going to spend more time away from my screen. I’ll also be going through my Feedly and cutting out some of the blogs I now follow just because I always have rather than because I’m still interested in them. The one I’m definitely going to give up on for October is Tumblr. There are aspects I like about Tumblr, particularly some of the fandom presences, but at times it feels like I’m scrolling through page after page just to spot one thing I love. So October will be Tumblr free, and then I can make the decision either to not go back or to go back in a more limited manner.

I’m not entirely sure what differences I expect this to make. I definitely hope to find I free up some time and some brainspace, who knows what I might achieve as a result.