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Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Who are the ILLUMINATI?

People, buildings and innovation

I am back again with more interesting stuff to discuss, where I work, I seems to get the general consensus about this other library that it has splendid architecture, shame about the work culture, or it’s really big to navigate around, they have too many staff not enough work to pass around, it lack PC desk space, there are too many managers and supervisors breathing down your back, one false move and its over! From what I have been hearing from a very good source of first-hand information, its spacious, airy, and absolute maze to get around, very restrictive work practices with too many rules, very clique just because it is grade 2 listed building by English Heritage it inherited some grand history. From I heard about this place, people working there find it very difficult to be innovative as watchful eyes follow you everywhere. How bizarre this picture is being painted into something more intriguing every day. My attempt to name this library in a reputed located may not do me further justice, however, too its keep anonymity, we shall call it ‘The M Library’, I am not doing it to hide, but maintain its mystic. My question is do historic buildings restrict workers ability to be innovative? Can people working in such environment get too caught up in the history of a place rather focus on the now? What I want to know is do our physical settings control our innovation, behaviour and attitude.

The Coming Singularity

It is predicted that not too far in the future, a singularity will occur between computers and humans. Every year, computing power doubles, this is Moore's law. Eventually, computers will have the same computing power as humans. There is a definite trend to support this, what will this mean for us? For some people, trans humanists, may see this as an opportunity to merge with machines in a peaceful way; others may enter virtual reality, like the Matrix. Some people may see it in a dystopian way but others could see it as a technological utopia. The six epochs show just how close we are to a singularity. There is evidence of this change occurring in today world with robots become more and more complicated. But there is no guessing how tomorrows computers could look like, and emotion would be very hard, even possibly impossible to copy, either way, a singularity is unavoidable. The predicted date for it to occur, is 2049 will you embrace it?

How does this singularity impact on information and knowledge profession as a whole?

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Why We As Info Professionals Are Forced To Keep Up?

The question being asked "why we as information professionals forced to keep up with technology?" My reasons for asking this important question is that we are being constantly swamped by different types of media on a daily onslaught when just the important stuff that filters through my inbox only matters, especially to libraries and information services alike. Though the question, being asked is quite broad, it can be quite pointless listing every new development, but what we should be prepared for is what might or will happen in the future which may impact on the global society in decades to come within this century. In the chaotic world we now call the information age, as a library and information professional, my  realization that it is much better to watch and learn what is happening in the world of the user behaviour when it comes to exploiting technology. So here it is the 20 developments to watch out for:

  1. Mobile
  2. GPS/GIS
  3. Smartphones with Android technology
  4. Tagging
  5. Scrapbooking
  6. Software as a Service
  7. Microblogging
  8. Social content
  9. Social networking
  10. Social networking integration
  11. E-Books
  12. E-Book devices
  13. Personal homepages
  14. Cloud software computers
  15. RSS groups and readers
  16. Podcast and music search engines
  17. Streaming media
  18. Custom search and micro-federation
  19. Open ID (replacement for multiple usernames and passwords use)
  20. E-Learning


What is Web 2.0? Ever since I have come across this term "Web 2.0" it has both fascinated and intrigued me at the same time. This phrase or term crops up in every library and information professional story, and what I mean the "story" is that, dialogue, work talk, networking evening with dinner, drink and professional gossip about who is who in the industry, the next latest shift in the information revolution, which organization or company is using what. It is only gradually, I have begun to be familiar with this Web 2.0 which is FaceBook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, Blogging, wikis, RSS Feeds etc. This list could go on forever, because there is quite social networking collection of them, you may find yourself getting lost in a universe of web 2.0 terminologies. However, the sceptic in me asks this important question how effective is we as humans using these tools? Have we gained any useful knowledge that will progress the human any further in wisdom? What I am trying to establish here, have we become wiser or more stupid in their use? Or is there another part not being considered?

Friday, 30 September 2011

LIKE Event: Connecting Information with Innovation

Connecting Information with Innovation @ The Crown Tavern Clerkenwell Green
Thursday evening presentation discussed how everyone working in the library information knowledge worlds can be described as knowledge workers, even proconusers (producers, consumers and users of information and knowledge) are now belong this ever increasing, ever expanding tribe of sub tribes all trying to define what they do to their audiences, when one member of the audience mentioned it is not that important, just find a way to add value to the organisation, otherwise be doomed to the dusty shelves of oblivion. The same person, even went onto say, we are not our job titles, I remember at this years' Umbrella 2011 conference at University of Hertfordshire - we are not our buildings such thinking belongs in the past. However, the key point is we are generators of both information and knowledg, so now we should be describing ourselves as innovators taking that idea and turning it into something very practical for our audiences to use.

Commercial, Legal & Scientific Information Group (CLSIG) Seminar

Commercial, Legal & Scientific Information Group (CLSIG) Seminar @ Charles Russell LLP – Law Firm on

Getting Organised presented by Susie Kay

Well it’s that time of month, when we must all make an effort to attend these fascinating networking seminars! Just the other day, when I clicked on my inbox, to find an email from CILIP about host interesting activities to attend, and believe you me it was quite a significant number to get your head round.  Nevertheless, looking through it all, anything that can get out of the house, pack my CPD gets my vote!

This evening’s presentation was well delivered by professionalism expert Susie Kay, for me the main key points had sprung to mind:

1.       A chaotic disorganised desk where access to information becomes almost difficult presents to others you not reliable, trustworthy, poor attitude, lack professionalism and disorganised. Yes, I can identify with point number one – the chaotic messy cannot find what I am looking for on the desk scenario, been there done that! I can certainly identify and even worked under one such extraordinary colourful character who shall I say will remain nameless. It was so messy and disorganised am surprised I wasn’t contaminated with some infection.

2.       Using different list methods and mind-mapping tools to structure organisational flow. Yep! This one is essential, you got to play with different list methods and mind-mapping tools, find out which one works for you best, because, when you juggling with 3 or 4 projects with demanding requests on one hand and deadlines on the other you are going to need your list and mind map tool at hand.

3.       Using diaries and organising your tasks along planning, setting targets, prioritising etc.

4.       You are your diary and not the organisation you work for.

5.       Review all policies, procedures and processes that you are unfamiliar with rather than following someone’s else because it may not work for you long term

6.       Policies – why do you do it?

7.       Processes – what’s needs to be done and which roles are involved

8.       Procedures – a way in which we work to accomplish a task

9.       Risk management issue from assumptions raised in Nos. 6, 7 and 8 – what is it, how can I do it and does it need to change to improve efficiency

10.   People critically impose on your day, so it is important to be efficient and effective by building a contingency into your planning; getting organised both physically and mentally; managing your time by creating a to do list and realising it is your diary

11.   Learning to say no (!) – I have had one of those scenarios where saying no to heavy, heavy demands can be very difficult, especially if it involves very long juicy search on something that keeps you very busy for two weeks! but not welcoming when you pushed against the workload wall of deadlines, not very funny – that’s why the word no! is very important.

12.   Maintaining a work-life balance, not beating yourself up when mistakes are made, move on and reward yourself.

Also found talking to other legal information professionals that employers now can cherry pick their candidates who possess hybrid or triple qualifications combining medical/law qualifications thus becomes difficult to enter the legal profession. Another inferred, if you go to the right schools and universities and mix in the right circles you stand a better chance of getting in. However, social cultural attainment, I found from my experience can be acquired in many different ways if you are prepared to make the effort. The latter sounds like an expensive way of going about it. The process can start by joining either an alumni or special interest group, inquire which professional circles deliver what type of networking events, seek out key personnel with influence then take it from there.

Also I was advised to try and see if I work in academic law and government libraries as another way of entering the profession. Obtain a book on ‘legal research’ either from Waterston’s bookstore or an alternative.

Well that was an amazing evening, I am so glad I here tonight, you never know who are going to bump into at these networking seminars, it’s true what they say about our profession it is very incestuous and very small, ok sometimes you meet fresh faces, and I mean fresh in the broad sense, and on other occasions it can be the same face, time after time after time.