Whilst I was adding my most recent activities to my CPD diary I realized I have actually done ALL THE THINGS this year. Ok, so maybe not all the things, but I have done a heck of a lot.
Here’s my highlights:
- Got published: Increasing the impact: building on the Library Impact Data Project
- Spoke/held workshop at 3 different events:
- ‘Outreach at the University of Huddersfield‘ Southern Universities Network Training Day at University of Chichester (June)
- ‘Subject Librarians as Service Ambassadors: Creative Outreach Practices at the University of Huddersfield’ Subject Librarians – Time for a fresh look at University of Hertfordshire (July). Delivered in collaboration with Jess Haigh (@BookElfLeeds)
- ‘Wearing users’ shoes: engaging with the academic community’ workshop Relationship Management Conference at University of Stirling (November) Delivered in collaboration with Laura Woods (@Woodsiegirl)
- New qualification – I was lucky enough to go on the ‘Pedagogy for Librarians‘ course at Northern College in the summer which resulted in a Level 3 certificate in education and training. The most valuable part was meeting the other attendees, sharing tips and building a professional network.
- Picked up new/refreshed skills:
- Articulate Storyline
- Adobe Voice
- Lesson planning – this is now embedded into my work practices
- Paws4thought – managed to get dogs on campus for a bit of pet therapy.
- Part of the team that won a silver award from CILIP PPRGroup for our marketing campaign for MyReading
- Attended conferences/events (in addition to those above):
- LILAC 2015
- BLA one day conference
- Increased optional support for staff and students:
- desktop library visits for staff
- more drop-in support sessions for Law students and started drop-ins for MSc Accountancy & Finance
- New departments: my role has changed slightly, we have had a wee reshuffle and I have swapped Computing for Strategy, Marketing & Economics; therefore I know only work with Business School departments (my others are Law and Accountancy and Finance). It has been a lot of extra work but I think I am managing to rejig my approach to work to fit them in.
- New departments = more teaching (like super amounts, I don’t even want to look at the stats). September, October & November were pretty mental for me, but it’ll just take a while for me to get used to the increase. Big thanks to all my colleagues who helped me out by covering sessions I couldn’t do.
- Joined a CILIP Committee – finally beginning to reengage with CILIP activities I am now on the Yorkshire & Humberside ARLG committee.
Looking at all of those things makes me feel quite proud of myself, especially as I have dealt with all that and a bundle of stuff in my personal life. Some of that is chronicled here but most of it is not (I don’t like to air all my laundry in public). I know a lot of my friends and colleagues at other institutions have also had LOADS on this year; changes in roles, promotions, restructuring, redundancies and general life things so I think we all deserve a round of a applause.
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Go on take a bow.