Sunday, 26 June 2011

#cpd23, Thing 2: meeting people

There sure a lot of neighbours in this cpd23 business - very nearly 600 at the last count. So in picking people to investigate I've stayed quite close to home in a certain way - I've checked out the rarebooks/specialcollections, archives and (because I have interests in the 'heritage' sector more widely) museumlibrary tags in Delicious. One of my cpd23 goals is to meet more online librarian types with similar professional interests to me.  While there's nothing wrong with the people I've met online over the last year, not many of them actually work in similar jobs to me!

by Joe Shlabotnik on Flickr
So, the people I've found are:

Most of these had already had quite a few comments - I think because there aren't many tagged like that and they're fields perceived as interesting and exciting.  I feel a a bit like I ought to branch out in case there are other blogs not getting so much attention...

Aside from those above, I'm also keeping an eye on #cpd23 tweets and following links to a few blogs that way (aside from people I already know, this has led me to Information Overload and Life in the Fair-Middling Lane).  And, as one of the Delicious updaters for the cpd23 team, I've happened across a couple of blogs that I'm going to follow: Shannon Robalino because she knits, Gemma because her first post sounded nervous and I want to be supportive, and Sarah's cpd because she was concerned that she's not 'eligible' to take part (she is).  Hopefully in the next few days I'll have a chance to check out some of the overseas blogs, too.


  1. I feel so blessed that you're following me because I knit haha! I keep a separate knitting blog and I won't combine them any time soon, but I may spill some of that over just so people see I do things outside of work though maybe the knitting thing would only perpetuate the stereotype!

    PS I've had trouble posting this comment. It didn't seem to want to recognise my Wordpress account so I've had to do the manual mode of inserting name/URL.

  2. Hullo! I have mentioned your blog in my CPD23 Thing 2. Hope you don't mind!

  3. Shannon,

    I wonder about knitting perpetuating the stereotype, too. I hope I'm managing to subvert the stereotype in other ways!

    Sorry about your logging-in troubles - I fear that that's a Blogger problem that I can do nothing about.


    I don't mind at all! Thank you. I'll be over to read your posts later, I hope.


  4. I'm doing Thing #2 myself right now, and you post was helpful because I too am looking for people who are in the special collections field and several of the links you posted look really interesting.

  5. Cate,

    Happy to help! There's been a further sign-up in this field since I wrote the post: 'Jen the Librarian' does outreach with local history collections in a public library.

    Do you work in special collections at the moment? (If yes I can tag your blog with that on Delicious) Or are you looking to move into the field?


  6. Here to replay the compliment and analyse your brand, though I find it difficult to separate that from the design.
    I like it, for it is both professional and subtly humorous, e.g. 'Just another sensibly-shod musician librarian knitter'. It gives a very clear idea of your interests. The Girl in the Moon elsewhere section is great, and a model of how to take people to your presence in other social media without overloading them, which all the widgety things in my sidebar do.
    I'm fascinated by the Hoyle papers, by the way. At school, Anthony Hewish came to talk to us, just after pulsars were discovered....his son was in the year below me, which may have had something to do with it. I can't say I understood a lot of it, partly because I was c. 13 years old, and partly because I wasn't that good at physics.
    I do remember the Hoyle-Ryle-Hewish disagreements at that time and later. More or less everyone in Cambridge took sides.

  7. Thanks Tom! The crossover between brand and design is an interesting point - something I may comment on when I finally write the Thing 3 post.

    Hoyle was a very interesting chap to work on! To a certain extent, the divisions in astronomical circles in Cambridge that didn't start with, but did come to prominence with, the Hoyle/Ryle arguments continue today. Not necessarily through direct personal animosities, but certainly through there being generations of researchers on either side who carry on 'family' animosities, as it were. The divisions are helped by there being two separate departments (one in Astronomy, one in Physics), physically divided by a road. Although there is now a new, shared building, which may alter matters. But with buildings and rooms named for Hoyle and Ryle, there are constant reminders of past conflicts.

    It's all a bit like ethnic politics in miniature, really.

  8. Hi Katie!

    Thanks for mentioning my blog in yours! I feel kind of bad that in my Thing 2 I didn't note any specific blogs I had looked at or commented on. I will amend this when I have the time, definitely.

    I really like the look of your blog, it's nice and neat! Looking forward to reading more of your posts.

    Sally :)