Writing for the Web

I recently attended a course which discussed the best way to write for the web. We were given examples of real websites that quite clearly lacked these techniques – and the difference in readability was quite evident.

So I present to you; a few tips for writing for the web! (Broken into the 5 sections the course reviewed)Read More »


A new role in the new year

Hello wonderful readers,

With the beginning of 2016, I am pleased to announce that I am now officially a content officer for the International Librarians Network.

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I have been a part of this group since 2014, taking part in their peer mentoring program and generally encouraging fellow librarians to get involved. (It really is a great initiative!)

So now, I am lucky enough to be able to write for their website and become more involved in the discussion topics throughout the year. Do join up and keep an eye out for my posts! You can see ‘The year in my library‘ and ‘Starting work as a graduate when you have limited work experience‘ which are up now, with many more to come.

This does however mean that my writings in this blog may become less frequent, and I thank you for your understanding and for your interest generally.

And so, in the particularly relevant words of Charles Montgomery “Monty” Burns;

In closing, gentle reader, I’d like to thank you. `What’s that?’ you say? Me thanking you? No, it’s not a misprint, for you see, I enjoyed writing this [blog] as much as you enjoyed reading it.

😉 Until next time.

Writing a Performance/Professional Development Plan

Every job I have had after graduation has required that I write a Performance Development Plan (PDP), sometimes called a Professional Development Plan. This outlines what I aim to achieve during the year, how these aims link with the strategic directions of my employer, and it enables that employer to review what I am doing.

There was however, very little guidance on writing one. This can be quite frustrating for a new graduate, with so much to learn already and every one expecting you to know about this strange PDP beast. Luckily, my recent employer sent me on a full day workshop to learn about writing these goals and targets.

So, a few tips 🙂

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The ‘snark’ punctuation

Well how about this – punctuation to denote sarcasm called the snark! What an interesting idea.

[I]t’s one of the coolest, most utilitarian, but least-used punctuation marks around…

The easy-to-write—and type—symbol is simply a period followed by a tilde [.~]. It was created around 2007 by American typographer Choz Cunningham as an end-of-sentence mark that could denote verbal irony in writing. Its intended use is to help readers understand when the meaning of a sentence is actually very different to what the sum of its words seem to mean.

Authors wouldn’t have to write ‘(S)he said sarcastically’ every time, and instead allow for more flow and intuitive recognition of the style of speech. I think we need to spread the use of the snark! Or rather; “this is totally a terrible idea.~” 😛

Read more in the article below 😀


International Librarians Network – Featured Article!

How exciting! I have been featured in a short article on the International Librarians Network (ILN) website. The article talks about LIS studies, and provides my two top tips for students. You can read it here.

I have been a member of the peer mentoring program through the ILN since 2014 and have been thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to learn from professionals all across the globe. My current partner is from the Philippines and we have had some fantastic discussions about Library studies and work. It fascinates me to learn about the differences, and the many similarities, we face in the field in such different parts of the world.

If you have the time to commit to an email pen-pal situation, sign up for the next intake on their website.

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Thanks for reading,

Michelle De Aizpurua