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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.

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Plans for 2012

January 6th, 2012

New Year Fireworks

New Year Fireworks

Happy new year! This new year represents a new start for me, or at least, it will soon! In February I am starting a new job at De Montfort University. I’ll still be in a liaison librarian role, but I’ll be looking after various applied social science departments including criminology, social work, housing, health studies, public policy and politics. Readers of this blog may recall that my first professional post was a temporary role at DMU in late 2009 to early 2010; I’m pleased that I’m going back to work with a team that I liked immensely.

My main plans for the year therefore emerge from the transition between the job I’m leaving and the job I’m starting. I’ve got lots of loose ends to wrap up at the University of Leicester. I’ve been increasingly happy with the relationship I’ve built up with the physical science departments at UoL, and I want to make sure I pass-on lots of information about the departments’ ongoing activities and needs so that they get all the support they need once I’m gone. I also intend to take advantage of my last ‘proper’ part-time month in January (in February I am working part-time at UoL and part-time at DMU) to break the back of writing up my dissertation into a paper. Then once February starts there’ll be lots to learn about the changes that have happened at DMU since I was there before, and about the new subjects and departments I’ll be supporting.

In addition, there’s a lot of blogging on my to-do list. I was following the CPD23 programme last year, but stalled on Week 16 ‘Promoting yourself in job applications and at interview’, as it was rather close to the bone for me to reflect on in a public space! Obviously, I did do some of the activities suggested in this exercise as part of applying for my new job, so I plan to return to CPD23 and document some of that process soon. I have several other events and activities I want to blog about from last year, and the next DREaM workshop is at the end of the month, so I’ll need to blog that, and consider how my desired outcomes from the workshop are going to change with my change of job.

It’s been a hectic few months, and will continue to be, with completely different working patterns in December (full-time at UoL), January (part-time at UoL), February (part-time at UoL and DMU) and March (full-time at DMU). However, I’m delighted that I’ve achieved my goal of finding a full-time academic librarian post, and really looking forward to the challenges 2012 will bring.

One Response to “Plans for 2012”

  1. Alison McNab says:

    And we’re looking forward to ypur return!

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