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I'm an academic librarian, working in the UK Higher Educational sector, supporting academics and students. Prior to this, I was a researcher, working with social and learning technologies.

My interests include the application of emerging and traditional technologies, research support in libraries, learning spaces, evidence-based practice and the professional development of library and information workers.

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Dissertation, essay news and obligatory health update

June 22nd, 2009

The dissertation is well underway! Spent this week putting together an interview schedule for the interviews I’m hoping to arrange with staff at the university. I’m using an approach called the Theory of Change to look at the creation of the Information Commons, so was pleased to get some valuable feedback from my supervisor on how to structure the interviews to get the right data. Unlike the ethnographic interviews, an approach I used during my PhD, Theory of Change is completely new to me, so it’s the bit I’m most nervous about doing!

I also got some good feedback on one of my essays: one looking at Virtual Research Environments and the role of the library. I don’t know yet what mark I’ve got for it, but my head of department contacted me to say she’d really like what I’d written, to ask if she could pass it on to some potentially interested people, and to discuss the possibility of writing it up for publication. Will have to see what comes of this, but it’s great feedback, and a great opportunity. We’ve got a meeting next week to discuss publication ideas. It’s this kind of attitude I really like at Sheffield, they seem to be very proactive. In addition, this week I’ve got a job interview on Wednesday. Should be interesting stuff, will wait and see what happens.

Final good news: my vision problems have been inspected by an ophthalmologist, and apparently the visual distortions I’ve been having are very likely due to my very dry eyes. I’m awaiting a prescription for some better drops, and in the meantime taking the ones I’ve got whenever I like. I was pleased to hear that the ophthalmologist was related to a librarian so knew all about the importance of text to our profession! My digestive problems are still ongoing: nothing conclusive learnt from my elimination diet so far, watch this space!

Today’s picture comes from Nottingham University campus: I live right nearby and went for a walk to get some library-related shots recently. I always liked the fact there’s a whole road named after the library. It sounds like all the libraries should be along this one road, but in fact it’s only the original Hallward Library.

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