Professional skills for my PhD

Since starting my PhD last month, I have been very conscious of myself as a mature PhD student. I know there is nothing unusual in this: I have met many PhD students at Huddersfield pursuing a research degree later in life, and in fact my own grandpa started his PhD aged 60! So at 37, […]

Relevance and perceptions of information literacy

The final theme I want to reflect on from LILAC is the ways in which information literacy (IL) is perceived and understood, not just by librarians but in the wider community. Karen Kaufmann’s talk on factors influencing the relevance of IL to students in higher education was fascinating. Through her doctoral research, Karen has identified […]

Understanding library users to support change

I went to several sessions at LILAC which focused on ways to understand library users. I am very interested in this – my PhD research is going to focus on information behaviour because I really want to better understand the students I work with! So I was keen to see the methods and insights that […]

Social justice: the LILAC keynotes

Social justice was a key theme running throughout the conference. Not least in the three keynotes, which were all excellent! I really enjoyed the way the keynotes were run this year, which was using a flipped model. All delegates were sent videos to watch beforehand, recorded by the keynote speakers, and asked to watch these […]

LILAC 2022: Reflections

*blows dust off blog* Wow, it’s been a while since I last posted here! My last blog was in May 2020, and the last before that was July 2018!  I haven’t blogged regularly for a very long time, for a variety of reasons. I miss it though, and I’d like to start blogging on a […]

Critical Approaches to Libraries Conference, May 2020

Last week, I attended the first ever Critical Approaches to Libraries Conference (CALC). This was meant to have been hosted at Coventry University, however due to lockdown, the event was shifted to be fully online. This was my first ever online conference, and I thought it was brilliant! The organisers (the ever-awesome Michelle Bond and […]

Visit to Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou, China

Last month, I was lucky to be able to visit China as part of a work trip. The University I work for is preparing to run one of our degree courses via a partner institution in China, so I was part of a validation visit aimed at assessing the resources of the partner institution. It […]

Reflections from LILAC 2018

A couple of weeks ago I attended the Librarians Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC) in Liverpool. I usually try and at least start to write up my reflections pretty soon afterwards but as I went to Spain for a week the day after LILAC (impromptu visit to see my partner’s mum), I’ve had to wait […]

CILIP Chartership for procrastinators

CILIP Chartership for procrastinators

Having recently become a Chartered librarian (through the professional registration scheme run by CILIP, the library and information association in the UK), I thought I’d share some of the lessons I learned along the way. When I was working on Chartership, I read lots of great advice from other librarians that had completed the process, […]

Reflections on 2017

Reflections on 2017

So, 2017. That was… a year, wasn’t it? Yes, definitely a year. Global political and social events aside, on a personal and professional level it’s been an interesting one for me. I was just reading back over my review from last year, and I’m really struck by how glum I sound. I was clearly trying […]