CPD23 – Thing 19: Catch up week on integrating ‘things’

Whew, thank goodness for a catch up “week” for those of us racing to catch the 30th November deadline!

Of all the tools in CPD23, the one which has really become part of my working life (apart from blogging itself) is definitely Twitter.  I use it a lot as a solo librarian to stay in touch with other cataloguers and special collections people and to keep up with what’s happening and ask them difficult questions!  Particularly since I have got a Smartphone, I find it so easy to stay in touch with it.

I need to set up more effective RSS feeds so that I keep up with all the many and wonderful blogs I have discovered.  I was using the functionality in Outlook on my work email but as I currently have almost 400 unread messages, I have to say that I don’t think that’s really working for me.  Some other feeds I have sent direct to my Yahoo (personal) email which is more successful.  I tend to read those in with my ordinary email and then delete or file as appropriate but if I had many more coming in, it would overwhelm the emails and urgent personal messages might get lost.  I did try Google Reader before I moved to a Smartphone and that didn’t work for me either.  Will try again now I can use that to read on the bus.  Saying that, I’m not sure anyone ever manages to keep up with all the blogs that they would like to, so perhaps I am being over-optimistic there.  There are only so many hours in the day!



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