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Well, here it (finally!) is – my blog. What’s taken me so long? Well, believe it or not, it was the problem of a name. Yes, it has taken me nearly a year of agonised thought to come up with ‘Bethan’s information professional blog’. Inspired, isn’t it?

Trust me, I had come up with more elaborate alternatives, only to be thwarted, here, here, here – and elsewhere! And those are titles that don’t include the word ‘librarian’ – trust me, think of an adjective, add librarian to it… someone’s already out there blogging.

But do I even want ‘librarian’ in my blog title? Don’t get me wrong, I love being a librarian, but I love being other things too. I don’t work in a library at the moment, and am currently involved in an archival project. This is within my first year as a professional, and I have no idea where I will go from here. Hopefully, this blog will be with me, and representing me as a professional, for many years, so I need a sustainable title. [Fiona Bradley wrote a nice blog post about this] ‘Information professional’ may not be perfect (and I know that many in the profession profoundly dislike it), but for now it seems to me that it’s the most suitable description of What We Do. I’d be happy to take suggestions for alternatives!

I eventually decided that, nice as it would be to display my wit and erudition in my blog title, it wouldn’t really matter. I don’t think I’ve ever seriously judged a blog by its title – it’s the content that counts! I realised that I was missing out on things that I wanted to talk about, just because of my own pig-headed indecisiveness and trepidation. Well, no more!

So, what am I going to blog about? Anything that takes my interest, pretty much. This is a professional blog, so posts should be vaguely information/library/archives based, but they could come anywhere in that fairly broad spectrum. I’ll probably start in a nice, gentle, non-threatening way with the Library Roots/Routes and Reading Habits memes that have been going around the twitosphere. If there’s anything you particularly want to see me blogging about (though I have no idea why you would!), or any bad, boring blog habits you don’t want me to fall into, let me know and I’ll think about it. Maybe 😉

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