Your Career workshop: Don’t be afraid of social media

Thursday 4th July, 14.10

Room 1.218

Don’t be afraid of social media: how to get the most out of your own professional presence online

Social media can be a scary place, full of fake news, data breaches, trolls and an excess of cat memes…or so the media would have you believe. In this workshop Jo Wood and Mike Jones will paint a different picture, one where social media can be used to your advantage as a library worker. Where you can make professional acquaintances, pick up ideas, ask for help and become an active part of the library community. With data gleamed from an online survey, Jo and Mike will offer tips and advice about how to dip your toes in the social media deep end and start using it to your professional gain.

Mike Jones and Jo Wood


Mike Jones, Assistant Librarian, University of Winchester
Mike  has been working in the library profession for 14 years, nearly all of which have been within further education, only moving from the sector to take a post at University of Winchester last year. He qualified with an MA in Library & Information Management from Northumbria University in 2015. He is Chair of ARLG Southern, a regional branch of CILIP’s Special Interest Group: Academic and Research Libraries. His current professional interests include facilitating networking, the uses of technology in information literacy skills training and the uses of social media by libraries and librarians.
Jo Wood, Library and Information Service Manager, Cafcass

Jo has been working in (largely, special) libraries since 2003 and now manages a remote library and information service for social workers across England. She qualified in 2006 via the distance learning route at Aberystwyth University, Chartered in 2008 and is currently working towards Fellowship. Jo is Chair of the Association of Librarians and Information Professionals in the Social Sciences (ALISS) and is a Chartership mentor. Jo is the founder and producer of the Librarians with Lives podcast and blog.