Thing 7 – Podcasts

Okay, so for the last couple of years friends have been encouraging me to listen to podcasts. I was 100% fully sure that they weren’t my thing. Then yesterday I gave Serial a go and I have to be honest I listened to more episodes in one day than I’m proud to admit to. So Serial is probably one of the most popular podcasts ever and a great starter podcast but not perhaps indicative of what other podcasts will be like so has it encouraged me to listen to more? The short answer is ‘Yes, absolutely!’

It’s funny how we can convince ourselves that something isn’t our cup of tea without really trying it. I guess my stubborn personality has a lot to do with it – so many people told me to listen that I dug my heels in and decided I wanted to be a bit different I guess. Silly I know but obviously I’m only realising this about myself now that I’m forced to reflect – something to work on.

I really enjoyed Serial, the reporter is very engaging and the story itself is fascinating. I’m not sure if I’ll enjoy other podcasts as much but it has finally made me open to the idea of podcasts as a form of entertainment. I enjoyed the fact that I could listen while pottering around my apartment getting bits and pieces done. I can now see myself heading out for a long walk with a podcast for company. I’ll never be one of these people that can listen on the tube in the morning, as with reading I tend to get immersed and hate having to stop at a specific time – what if I get to a really good part? I have no self-control when it comes to these things, clearly given my earlier admission I’m a binger.

I’m looking forward to trying out some of the other podcasts on the Rudai list and I have a friend who is going to send me a list so I’ll be kept busy. I’m interested to see if I’ll enjoy any of the library-related podcasts.

As far as making my own? I don’t think so, at least not yet. However, I work with heritage collections and I can actually see how podcasts would be useful in telling tales from history, or medical history to be precise. We do use a blog but some of the stories are so fascinating and a short blog post can’t do them justice, perhaps a podcast would be the perfect forum.

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Thing 6 – Reflective Practice

I’ve really been enjoying Rudai23 and it has given me the opportunity and motivation to use this blog again which is great. However, I’m a bit behind at the moment and trying to catch up with my Things. Life got in the way for a few weeks but that’s okay isn’t it? It’s nice to see on the Rudai blog roll that we’re all at different stages and this kind-of takes some pressure off. Which is good because life/work gets in the way for all of us at times.

Although I haven’t commented on a lot of blogs I have read quite a number and I guess my big take-home is that I feel that I really fit with all of you lovely library people. Reading about people’s journeys into librarianship and how they feel about the profession is really something special. One thing I really love is that despite difficulties in libraries over the last couple of years I have yet to come across one blog that speaks about librarianship in a negative way. From what I have seen we love our jobs or our studies in librarianship and that says a lot.

Two years ago today I handed in my Capstone project and although it was financially difficult at times (like when I was interning) I haven’t regretted my decision to move into librarianship for a second. It has led me here – to being a very happy member of the library community and to a job I absolutely love. Through my work in the past I have helped people when they really needed it; I’ve helped build search strategies, found genealogical information that people thought was impossible to find and just been a ear to listen when someone needed it. And now in my new role I’m learning even more, this week I spent an entire week looking through and researching elephant folios from the 19th century. I’ve done so many different things and I’m loving it.

As far as the other posts go it is very interesting to hear how people feel about social media. I think for the most part there was a lot of agreement about using different tools for different purposes (i.e.Twitter/LinkedIn professionally and Facebook for personal social networking). I’m interested to see how the level of consensus will change as we move forward to tools that are a little less mainstream.