CPD23 Thing 4: Current awareness

Current awareness, and keeping up with all that’s going on, has always been a time consuming, but necessary activity. This week’s activities help with keeping on top of information overload as well as helping to satisfy curious minds!


I’ve had a Twitter account, @katefromuk, since 2008. I’ve used it sporadically since to tweet, usually during conferences and events, to highlight interesting things I’ve learnt or heard. Until the last few months I’ve probably used it more to keep in touch with what’s going on in the info industry, as well as picking up interesting things to read, in effect using Twitter as a newsfeed, much like PA, AP etc provide. Since starting CPD23 I’ve begun to interact more with others on Twitter so now see it very much as a current awareness tool as well as a way for me to highlight things I’m interested in. Not forgetting publicising your latest blog posts! Or using it as a marketing tool for your library (see my Storify entry below).

RSS feeds

Keeping up with what others have said on their blogs is a lot easier using RSS feeds. I’ve set up a Google Reader feed for other information professionals’ blogs and found it useful.


I haven’t used this before, but have seen others using it. So it was good to be able to try it out, my attempt wasn’t very grade, quite basic really. However, it fits with the theme of this post being current awareness, as I pulled together all the tweets from the library I work in, which on 23 May had a day in its life on Twitter.

[View the story “NCB library day on Twitter ” on Storify]