Open Rights Group

As an information professional, I am both interested in and hugely concerned about digital rights and information rights. That is why for the past few years, I’ve been a member of campaign organisation Open Rights Group (ORG). ORG is a non-profit, campaigning on everything from “e-voting to copyright, open data and privacy”. We live in […]

SLA Europe talk: Engaging with social media for fun and career success

Last week, I did a talk for SLA Europe on “Engaging with social media for fun and career success”, alongside co-panellists Meghan Jones and Neil Infield. It went pretty well, I think – and was filmed, so will be available to the wider world fairly soon! Eep… In the meantime, here is, more or less, […]

Fundraising for Winston’s Wish

I have been trying to keep this blog solely for professional stuff for a while, and keeping the personal stuff for my other blog, so please forgive this brief, off-topic post… Regular readers will know that I lost my sister, Mandi, earlier this year. In her memory, on 15 September I will be taking part […]

LIKE North and ILIG Workshop: Living and Working Overseas – Storify

On Tuesday 31 July, LIKE North and CILIP ILIG ran a free workshop on living and working overseas. Speakers were Lisa Jeskins, Kirsten Gallagher, Susan Mottram and Michelle Bond. I’ve put together a Storify of tweets from the evening – unfortunately I can’t embed it here, but you can view it in full by clicking […]

BIALL/NetIKX Seminar: The Future of Copyright

Back in May I attended a seminar jointly run by BIALL and NetIKX, on “The Future of Copyright”. It was fairly timely for me as I’d just taken over as copyright officer within my team at work, so a refresher seemed like a good idea! There were two speakers: Charles Oppenheim, on changes to copyright […]

Storify: Marketing Yourself, Marketing Your Service

Last week, I went to an SLA Europe event in Leeds on “Marketing Yourself, Marketing Your Service”. I had a great time – Ned and Bethan had lots of interesting, thought-provoking things to say (as always!), and it was good to get out and talk to some people (having been a bit of a hermit […]

Blogging hiatus

Just a quick note to say that I will probably not be updating this blog for some time, due to a family bereavement. I’ve written about this in more detail over on my personal blog. I’ll be taking a break from pretty much all of my CPD activities for the foreseeable future. None of it […]

Looking back: 3 years of blogging

Today it is precisely three years since I started this blog. Since I have completely failed to notice either of my two previous bloggiversaries, only realising after the fact, I thought I’d make a bit of an effort to mark this one. I’m proud of this blog. There, I said it. Sure, we’ve had our […]

Ambition: some thoughts

I read this wonderful post from @Batty_Towers about ambition the other day, and it really struck a chord with me. I may not be a Christian, but I completely agree with everything she writes about how talent and ambition are not incompatible with humility and kindness. This is actually something I’ve been thinking about for […]

Using Twitter to develop sector knowledge

In my current role, I am the team’s sector specialist for Property. Three of my colleagues also have sector specialist roles, to support the firm’s four key market areas. One of our objectives is to develop our in-depth knowledge of our own sectors, in order to provide better insight and intelligence to the firm. Our […]


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