A few Library-related and MSc-related things that I have come across on the Internet recently…
What do librarians do all day?
Mr Library Dude has looked at LEGO, librarians, and public perceptions of the profession. The result is not just hilarious but also makes an important point about stereotypes.
And since I have a soft spot for LEGO minifigures, here is how I hope to be looking in about December 2017, if things continue to go as well with the MSc as they have been so far (toi toi toi, as we say in German):
Tools to make your life easier
Sometimes I think that one of the most fun things about the MSc is that I get to try out new software. One of the formative assessments for last week was to draw up a graphic display of the concepts of a knowledge domain.
Now, I could have just drawn a a mind map by hand and scanned it as a PDF, but why do that when there are so many free mind mapping tools on the internet? After a quick look around, I decided to go with Coggle. I found it super-easy to use (although I was a bit pressed for time and haven’t yet explored all of the features), with a simple and sleek design and most importantly, the ability to download your mindmap as a PDF (or indeed image). Problem solved.
Do you use mind mapping tools that you can recommend?
Erin has written a compelling post on Constructive Summer about why good metadata is important if you are serious about improving the experience of your library users. In short, if you want people to be able to find information in your catalogue, your metadata needs to be in good shape.