Book Crossing

March 20, 2013 by

We can’t believe we’ve not mentioned it before, but as a book crossing book was captured over the weekend, it seems like a good moment to mention it:

Get out there and get sharing!


Insane Drumming

March 12, 2013 by

We’ve posted drum things here before, but this we’ve not seen and caught our attention:

Insane moments indeed!

2012 in review

January 2, 2013 by

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 7,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 12 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Afghan style

December 22, 2012 by

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

End of the World?

December 21, 2012 by

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 by

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 by

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

Thanks to E for finding this.

Joy of Books

December 12, 2012 by

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

ridiculous Christmas

December 11, 2012 by

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 by

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…