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life on the road, life on the island May 1, 2007

Posted by john wright in Uncategorized.

It’s nice to be back in the office, I’ve been to Doncaster, London, Wrexham and Liverpool in the last few days. That is how life must be for Bob Dylan all the time.

My day in the company of the Theology PhD students at Mattersey Hall was both pleasant and productive. I think they found the session on electronic resources informative, and I got some ideas for future sessions from the feedback received.

In London I attended a seminar called ‘The Library in the Interactive Environment’. There were some good examples of how Web 2.0 technologies such as Blogs, Wikis, Tagging, RSS, Podcasts etc can be used in developing more interactive and dynamic communication channels between the user and the library. From an Information Literacy point of view these technologies could also make learning more stimulating and active.

As if one blog wasn’t enough I’m now writing my brother’s as well! To be fair it was my idea, so no complaints. David was already writing a journal whilst working over on Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli) therefore it seemed a good idea to create a web-based version. As there is no web access (or indeed mains electricity or water!) over there I get each entry by text message and type it up. My brother is an ornithologist so the entries are largely bird-related. Bardsey is the home of the longest surviving ringed bird – a Manx Shearwater that was ringed as an adult in 1957.

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it? Albert Einstein



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