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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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Graduation and LILAC Conference Report

August 2nd, 2009

Katie in graduation robes and floppy hatJust a couple of pieces of news to share. The first is rather self-evident, given the photograph accompanying this entry: I graduated from my PhD! It was a lovely day. I have decided I like the floppy PhD graduation hats much better than mortarboards, they are so much easier to keep on your head. My parents visited and took me for a fancy meal to celebrate. It’s rather strange to be officially receiving my doctorate as I write up my dissertation for the MA, and I’m sure I’ve confused lots of people “You’re graduating from a PhD? I thought you were doing an MA?!”. Still, I think this slight career path adjustment been the right choice for me.

The other news is that the conference report myself and the other sponsored students at LILAC put together has been published in the Journal of Information Literacy. The report centres around the key themes of the conference, and you can see my handiwork under the ‘Supporting Research’ theme, one of my favourite topics. The report also features a photo of me in party frock. I’m obviously having a photogenic month!


December 18th, 2008

Just found out I’ve passed my PhD! Time to celebrate after I finish my essay on metadata, though, it’s due tomorrow. Hooray!

Beginning the MA

September 27th, 2008

This week I started my MA Librarianship at Sheffield. I’m one step closer to becoming a ‘real’ librarian! I’m still very much working out the practicalities: it’s my first step into the commute from Nottingham, I’ve just registered and received my student card, and I’ve already got a place for a conference to apply for, and a trial essay to write! It was nice to meet my coursemates and everyone seems nice, so I’m fairly happy with how things look so far. I’ll doubtless update more with first impressions of the course proper when it starts.

Never content with doing one thing at a time, this has also been my last week for finishing my PhD… or at least I really hope it is! I’ve corrected and reprinted, and I’m not in Sheffield again until Monday afternoon, so the plan is to get it all bound and submitted on Monday morning, and then concentrate on the MA. I’m nervous about it, and really hoping it’s what the external was looking for when she asked for the corrections. Fingers crossed!