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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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Further library routes

July 12th, 2010

Since I posted on my library routes / roots as part of the Library Routes Project I’ve moved onto a new job, and after debating what to do about this on Twitter, have decided to add an update post.

Information Librarian Office, Leicester

The Information Librarian Office at Leicester

In my last Library Routes post I was working as an Assistant Librarian at De Montfort University, supporting Business, but as this was a temporary post, I have since moved onto a new job as Information Librarian at the University of Leicester.

The academic subject support aspect of my job which I love has continued, although the context and subject have changed considerably. I’m supporting half of the College of Science and Engineering in my current role: specifically Chemistry, Geography, Geology and Physics and Astronomy.

I’ve never followed a simple academic path in my studies (my A levels were in Chemistry, French and English) which has stopped me from being too stumped by this move from the social sciences. I did my undergraduate degree in Psychology, which is part-science, part-social science and a little bit of an art, so it’s been a great preparation for moving between different subject support areas, although I’ve still got lots to learn about science support.

In moving from one job to another that’s quite a small change in role for me, compared to others in my past. That’s not to say it’s samey, and I’m still doing lots of additional activities: I’ve just finished working on the Defining Our Professional Future Project Board for CILIP and I’ve still got lots of professional (Chartership) and academic (paper writing) activities on the go. It’s nice to be in a permanent post for a change, and I’m looking forward to charting my route within this institution, rather than between different ones for a while!

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