It’s week 5, term 1, 2012. I’m starting to feel like I may have bitten off more than I can chew. I decided to take two units this term instead of the paltry one per term I did last year. What does this mean? Well it means, I constantly either working on an assignment or thinking about starting the next assignment. That’s okay. I mean for goodness sake, I finished a PhD while working full time at uni and teaching the piano after work. Surely I can do anything?
So, little bit of stress bunniness aside, I am enjoying the units this term for the most part. Unexpectedly, I am finding I am getting more out of Management Issues for Information Professionals than Collection Management so far. If you had asked me at the start of term I would definitely have predicted it would be the other way around. I’ve been wondering why this is and I think it’s that so many of the topics in Mgt Issues connect to what is going on in my real life at the moment. It’s been really useful to read about issues like change management and innovation when these are being experienced at the same time at work.
In other LIS related news, my abstract for RAILS8 was accepted. Exciting times ahead. I have sent away all my forms and registration. Now I will just have to plan to cut my 14000 word minor research project on GLAMs down to a 5000 word, 25 minute presentation. Luckily it’s not until June so I have lots of time. That’s what I keep telling myself anyway.
Onwards and upwards!
I have just submitted my minor research project. Hurrah!
I spent the summer term reading about all things GLAM, cultural policy for collecting institutions and cultural heritage in Australia and just generally finding out more about the NGA, NLA, NAA and NMA. I also discovered a liking for policy documents (who would have thought?!) and am keenly awaiting the release of the commonwealth government’s cultural policy. I read and re-read with great affection Creative Nation. I also racked up a huge fine from my local library because I had Creative Nation out for three months, kept forgetting to renew it. Finally, last week they sent me one of these emails where they tell you the replacement cost of the item in a very stern tone. I don’t know what the rush is for them to get it back. I can see from the inside cover that no-one had borrowed it since 2001. It was date stamped. I’ll take it back tomorrow and ask nicely if they will remove the fine. You would think they would have been thrilled someone actually wanted to borrow it.
Anyway, silly details aside, I am very glad that I did this project over the summer. While there were days in January when I was on holidays from work and just wanted to do nothing that I had to grit my teeth and plug away at it, I knew it would be a relief to have it completed. If I am very good, work hard and stay on track I can be finished my Masters by the middle of 2013. Exciting. In the meantime, I will continue to follow the debates about the GLAM sector with interest and hopefully have the opportunity to develop my skills and knowledge more in this area as I continue through the next 18 months and beyond.
And finally, on the domestic front, I can finally clear away all the bits of paper and readings that have been cluttering my desk and the kitchen bench since November. I will have surfaces once more!
Hello Kate and everyone in INN333. I am very much looking forward to this subject after enjoying Information Retrieval in Term 1. What can I tell you about myself? I am a serial student. After finishing a PhD a few years ago I swore that was it but here I find myself enrolled in this LIS degree. I currently live in Bundaberg where I lecture with CQU’s university preparatory program teaching Academic Essay writing to adults returning to education. In my part time I teach the piano, am involved in community music activities. I also am currently in the middle of a two year research fellowship to continue my writing on television studies. I am a big TV comedy fan. BIG. Favourite programs of all time…don’t get me started but if I had to narrow it to just one (which we all know is impossible) it would have to be Seinfeld. I am a regular twitterer and am starting to use Google+ instead of Facebook. Feel free to look me up on either of those networks.