...admittedly I don't actually know the outcome yet but I'm really pleased just to have persevered with it - particularly with some turbulent times affecting both my mentor and myself along the way. It has also been another year of turmoil for UK libraries in general, truth be told...though now is not the time to dwell on this and frankly right now I'd much rather focus on some of the good stuff that's happened instead!
First and foremost - Cycling for Libraries! - which I took part in for the 2nd time. This year we started in Montpellier and meandered our way along the Rhône en route to Lyon. It was another amazing adventure and brilliant to meet up with the gang again!
There was some fantastic coverage of our advocacy efforts in the French media and there's also a YouTube video of the tour (embedded below) from one of the participants which has a satisfyingly Gaelic feel to it...
Other stuff I've been up to this year includes:
- A thing I wrote on BuzzFeed all about the most spectacular libraries never built!
- Organising and hosting events for CILIP's International Library & Information Group, including an excellent library marketing workshop from Ned Potter.
- Completion of a really engaging Web Science MOOC which has helped me to improve my understanding of the World Wide Web and its evolution.
- Touring libraries around the Øresund Strait between Denmark and Sweden.
My colleagues and I also achieved a Customer Services Excellence Award which (as well as being an achievement in itself, of course) will hopefully lay the foundations for continuous improvement.
I'm looking forward to more travelling in 2015, with the opportunity to go and visit some more incredible libraries, like this one in Prague:
...and this in Warsaw:
In 2015 I also plan to take part in not one but two Cycling for Libraries tours - the first a localised tour taking place between Basel and Strasbourg from 6-10 June. This is something of a warm-up to the main tour which departs from Oslo on 1 September and arrives in Aarhus, via Gothenberg, on 10 September in time for the opening of DOKK1 and the Next Library festival.
When possible I'll post further updates on here. In the meantime, have a happy 2015 everyone!
Alex.ch. (2007) Inside Warsaw University Library. Available at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alex-photos/2116880246 [Accessed 27.12.2014]
Balazh, A. (2014) Little house in the woods on New Year's night. Available at: http://www.thinkstockphotos.co.uk/image/stock-photo-little-house-in-the-woods-on-new-year-s-night/137379665/ [Accessed 28.12.2014]
Bauwens Video (2014) CYCLING FOR LIBRARIES 2014 Montpellier-Lyon = CYCLO-BIBLIO 2014. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzw5j8z0dMk#t=406 [Accessed 28.12.2014]
Memegenerator.net (2014) "Hoorah!". Available at: http://cdn.meme.li/i/on0lh.jpg
Moulds, N. (2014) Strahov Monastery Library, Prague. Available at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/thegrimfandango/14505754385 [Accessed 27.12.2014]