My second attempt at editing Scottish Roundup, a weekly summary of the Scottish blogging scene, came out yesterday: Love, loss and libraries. I choose the dates carefully so that I can include something about libraries – last time it was Book Week Scotland, this time National Libraries Day. It’s quite hard work bashing the submissions into a coherent narrative, but I think I got away with it! It’s something I enjoy doing, and if I can thereby bring a little extra attention to libraries that’s a bonus.
A few months ago, Twitter alerted me to Scottish Roundup. Published every Sunday around 10am, the sort of time when people are likely to be relaxing with a cup of tea and the papers, it’s a summary of Scottish blogging in the previous week – or at least, posts which have been submitted, or have caught the editor’s eye in some other way. I was pleased to see that occasionally they featured books and libraries – and then one Sunday I spotted myself in it (via my children’s literature blog). I was really chuffed and tweeted to thank them. Back came the reply – perhaps I would like to be the editor myself some week? Then I had my brilliant idea – I could volunteer for the Sunday at the end of Book Week Scotland and use it as a really good opportunity to promote books and reading.
It wasn’t actually as easy as I thought. I had expected the blogosphere to be full of bookish writings, but it wasn’t – maybe everyone was so busy attending events that they didn’t have time to write about them. There were plenty of “official” library posts but the Roundup is meant to be “Citizen Media” so I couldn’t include too many of them. There were also a few submitted posts which had nothing to do with books at all, most of which were extremely sad, but I think I managed to fit them in without being too clunky. Anyway, the result was my very first Scottish Roundup: Book Week Scotland and other stories. Now that I’m no longer working, this is the sort of small opportunity I need to look out for. It’s good for me to keep connected, and it’s good to be able to promote the things I believe in – in terms of cpd23 it obviously ties in with Thing 16 on advocacy. I also enjoyed passing on to others the pleased little thrill of surprise that I got when I was unexpectedly mentioned myself. I’ll certainly volunteer to do this again.
PS Another aspect of BWS was the Reader Portraits competition. I was going to submit the picture below, then looked at the opposition and decided against it. Too many cute kids. This is me, glass in hand, reading the free BWS book. A good book and a gin. What more could any self-respecting librarian wish for?