Archive for December, 2012

Afghan style

December 22, 2012

We suppose this was inevitable, but it’s great fun nevertheless!

End of the World?

December 21, 2012

We’ve decided to post this ahead of time.  Just in case.

If the end of the world does happen today you won’t be able to read this posting in any case.

If not, here are some links to keep you going:

and from the news:

the Guardian even has video:

Of course, perhaps we’ve been holding the Mayan calendar upside down and the world won’t end until 5105.

Whatever…. as far as TOTD can make out, it’s not so much about the end of the world, but about renewal.  So here’s to you and yours having a good break and finding renewal in whatever form: physical, spiritual, or calendrical!

turkey fat

December 20, 2012

Here’s a slightly more serious and sobering TOTD just before we break for Christmas!

All I want for Christmas – HMS Ocean

December 19, 2012

Here’s a seasonal contribution which made us smile here at TOTD:

Thanks to E for finding this.

Joy of Books

December 12, 2012

We thought we’d covered this before, but evidently not.  It’s certainly a delight not to miss:

ridiculous Christmas

December 11, 2012

After yesterday’s seriousness, we thought this might be a little more lighthearted.  Thirteen photos Time magazine:,29307,1944094,00.html

library marketing

December 10, 2012

New on TOTD’s desk this morning is a book:  ‘The Library Marketing Toolkit’ by Ned Potter (you can find him on Twitter as @therealwikiman ).

We’ve written a review to appear elsewhere, but in short this is a hugely practical and useful book that anyone involved in promoting a library should take a look at.  From strategy to social networking, from branding to advocacy.

And in that latter comes the relevance to us all.  Not only should all Library staff be involved in promoting both their own facilities and libraries in general, but increasingly all of us need to be promoting ourselves.

If you’re in employment are you ensuring your bosses are aware of your worth?  Are those you manage aware of how they fit into the greater scheme of things?  Are you selling yourself adequately to the wider institution or external connections?

If you’re a student, are you ‘promoting’ yourself to academics marking your work (perhaps by good references so they see the depth and breadth of your research) or to future employees by getting involved in professional development opportunities even before you’re formally part of the profession?

And so on…

Social Networking

December 4, 2012

Today we’re hosting librarians from around the country and talking about engaging with students.  TOTD are on stage looking at social networking, so we thought it would be a good moment to rehearse the places you can find us and why you might want to:


The Library’s Facebook page keep you up-to-date, offers links to help, and even answers enquiries.  If you’re on Facebook, try liking us!


Our Google+ stream is a way of keeping up with the Library happenings.    Use it for up-to-the minute news, to catch our mini-competitions, or even to ask enquiries.  Join our circles!


Collections of photos – some to do with the Library, some that are fun from around the web.  See what we’re up or see what we’re interested in!


The Library’s Twitter feed is a great way of keeping up with goings-on via Twitter.  Use it for up-to-the minute news, to catch our mini-competitions, or even to ask enquiries.  Follow us!


Introductory and ‘how to’ videos to give you a taste of the Library.

and of course the one you already know about!

Thing of the Day

This is a blog rounding up bizarre, interesting and sometimes even useful things we find on the internet.  Send in a contribution via


pop-up Lego book

December 3, 2012

If you thought yesterday’s skittle sorting machine was clever, this is a work of pure genius:

(Our thanks to Roo for both these items)

Skittle sorting

December 2, 2012

Just what you’ve always needed: