Follow the Dog!

One of my many hobbies is cycling, as you will no doubt be aware. Here I am, on Cannock Chase, looking mightily confident on the ‘Follow the Dog’ route. I might look confident but I certainly didnt feel it!

I’ve used this photo as my Gravatar too, as it kind of indicates what sort of stuff I will be blogging about, other than libraries. Hope you like it!

How I work

This has been circulating recently, so I thought I would share this here:

Location: High Peak, Derbyshire (Home); Manchester (Work)
Current gig: Serials Librarian and Subject Support
Current mobile device: LG Optimus Black
Current computer: It’s a PC, no idea what!
One word that best describes how you work: Organised
What apps/software/tools can’t you live without? Facebook; I live my life there…I also use a variety of online tools/apps for work, as I deal with serials suppliers. I am not a fan of death-by-powerpoint but I have to use it for teaching. Tried Prezi for a change and it made the class feel sick…so back to powerpoint!
What’s your workspace like? Very organised. Very neat.
What’s your best time-saving trick? Being organised, saves a lot of hassle. I flag emails for attention and I put the kettle on a timer before I go to bed at night, so it’s ready for a hot drink in the morning.
What’s your favorite to-do list manager? Email flags. My job would be hell without them.
Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without? Notebook. I sit at the kitchen table using it, while my partner is either on the main PC or in the shed. I can take it anywhere and work too.
What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else? Drinking wine, although I don’t think I am very good at it as I fall over a lot! 
Seriously, I am proof-reader extraordinaire!
What are you currently reading? Re-reading Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series. (Note: as of 14.1.14 I am reading ‘The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters’ by G.W. Dalquist. Very good!)
What do you listen to while you work? Don’t listen to music at work, as I am in an open plan office, but I mostly listen to Rock or Heavy Metal. If I am on a roll to get things done, the heavier the better.
Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert? Anyone who knows me would be surprised to find I am a bit introverted, but I am quite shy with people I don’t know very well and I try not to put my foot in it too often so can come across a bit snooty (as my Mum would say).
What’s your sleep routine like? Bad…never sleep for more than a couple of hours before waking. Unfortunately, my partner has elevated sleeping to an Olympic level, so we are a bit polarised. I just get up and read a book/play on the notepad.
Fill in the blank: I’d love to see ______ answer these same questions. Mark Chadwick (Levellers)
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? No-one’s going to die…
Is there anything else you’d like to add? I sometimes think I may be slightly OCD as I like things organised and hate it when things aren’t where they should be. Perhaps that’s why I am a Librarian?

‘Libraries are in decline’ states Terry Deary

Oh, my, how to raise the hackles on me. Terry Deary has uttered some very controversial, and not very well-informed, comments about reading, literacy and libraries, which seem to have gotten up the noses of all of the librarians and information professionals I know. Read his interview with the Telegraph here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/10450529/Terry-Deary-Give-poor-people-free-e-readers.html

I, for one, disagree. Libraries are places of empowerment, opening up opportunities for his so-called ‘impoverished’ (how terribly condescending) that a Kindle (or other e-reader, lets not be parochial) cannot. Community space, meeting people, socialising, all of these are part of the ‘library experience’. And he’s also missing the point that lots of libraries now also offer e-book loans (after much fighting with publishers about access rights). No, all this article is about is making him money. Well, I for one wont be buying anything of his in the future! Not that I have in the past anyway…