Our monthly discussion topic for May is all about reading and writing, which brings to mind one of my favourite quotes from Alice in Wonderland:
‘Reeling and writing of course, to begin with,’ the Mock Turtle replied, ‘and the different branches of arithmetic-ambition, distraction, uglification and derision.’
What we want to know this month is how do you stay up to date with professional issues? Are you a skim reader, touching lightly on multiple sources of information to find out just a little bit about everything? Or do you delve deeply into particular issues, reading books and articles, following conference presentations? Are there particular journals that you read every issue or particular blogs that you follow? Do you do most of your professional reading on Twitter?
We’d also like to know about your experiences writing material to share with the library community. Does tweeting about professional issues count as professional writing? Have you ever written an article for publication? What about a blog entry – or do you manage your own blog? Have you written a book – and if you haven’t, but might want to, what would you like to write a book about? Do you write alone or do you collaborate with colleagues?
(By the way, if you’d be interested in writing a guest blog post for the ILN website, we’d love to hear from you!)
And finally, does your workplace support you keeping up with your professional reading and writing? Do you think they should, or do you think this is a personal responsibility?
So now it’s your turn, share with us below your suggestions for excellent library-related blogs, journals and books and your experiences in the world of library related reading and writing.
If you’re enrolled in our pilot program try discussing this topic with your partner or join the conversation on Twitter using our #interlibnet hashtag.