My friend CW is putting together a paper on librarian bloggers, so has sent out some questions.
Here's my answers:
Where do you work? Inner suburbs public library
What's your job title? Coordinator Library Services
What are your main responsibilities? I supervise the library assistants, and most things relating to the lending services area. I also coordinate a young writers competition and a young artists competition. These are open to school age children in the metropolitan area. Since last November when I started, I've gradually been taking on more of the events management for writers nights and book launches as well. On the downside, I look after the, rosters.
How long have you been blogging? Not very long - since June last year and I haven't been very diligent, but I hope to keep it up, however intermittent my contributions are.
How did you begin blogging? Well, CW you're to blame for this - your enthusiasm and encouragement made me aware of blogging and its possibilities.
What do you blog about? I started out trying to have library oriented posts, but a lot of what I've posted seems sort of personal...what's going on in my job kind of stuff, what I had for Xmas dinner - I think I'm still in hte experiment stage - but so do a few of us - I'm sure I'll eventually get some kind of style and theme going.
Why do you continue to blog? I'm still getting to grips with the process - I like the idea of a community of library bloggers. I also use bloglines a lot and really enjoy reading other people's blogs - especially yours, of course. I think that I should be contributing something as continually lurking doesn't feel like I'm in the "spirit of blogging".....and of course "putting it out there" is the main thing - I'm so delighted when I get comments that it also encourages me...
Would you agree that blogging has improved your professional practice? Yes - though my change to the public libraian life has had an effect on the nature of this. While at the Big Academic Library, I tended to tap into more technologically oriented postings & blogs, and there was a wealth of information out there to tap into. Now that I'm a public librarian, I find there are less bloggers in the field I'd love to see some other Australian Public Librarians blogging out there. The only one I see regularly REAL PUBLIC LIBRARIAN which is pretty good, but like me she posts intermittently.