We’re delighted to share this blogpost by piirus.ac.uk member Dr Beth Hellen who explains a little about her path from PhD to career librarian and how she got to where she is now. Her career decision-making process provides a useful example for other early career researchers who aren’t so sure any more about seeking a traditional academic post. For 15 … [Read more...] about Guest post: From PhD to career librarian: a bold leap or a natural step?
We’re delighted to bring you an interview with Dr Danny Kingsley published author, open access advocate and Head of Scholarly Communication at the University of Cambridge. Danny tells us about her role and a message that shines through is the importance of making contacts, and of collaborating in her work: with other library staff and other departments, but … [Read more...] about An interview with Dr Danny Kingsley: Open access & scholarly communication takes collaboration
In this interview we hear from Miggie Pickton, Research Support Librarian at the University of Northampton. Miggie tells us about some of the challenges, themes and interactions involved in her work. What does your role involve? My job title is 'Research Support Librarian' and I lead the small (but perfectly formed!) library team responsible for … [Read more...] about Library interactions: An interview with Miggie Pickton
Among my circle of friends I count two doctors, three nurses, one psychologist, two social workers and five teachers. Over the years I’ve watched with interest as they attend professional development activities that are a requirement for maintaining their professional registration. Workshops, training courses and master classes are just a few of the things … [Read more...] about Seven steps to DIY professional development
Neil Fraistat is our latest guest blogger: he writes here about the growth of digital scholarship and an approach to developing digital competencies through the digital humanities centre. As with Sharon McDonough's recent guest blogpost for Piirus, the importance of community comes to the fore. Digital Humanities (DH) centres, of course, have long … [Read more...] about Data first: remodelling the digital humanities centre
The last four weeks of my life have been rather hectic, so I’m giving you a whistle-stop tour of the last four themes from the “How to Survive your PhD” MOOC (#survivephd15 on Twitter), which ran across ten weeks and which I’ve periodically reported on here. The latest themes were: curiosity, confusion, boredom and love. I’ll start with a confession: the … [Read more...] about Four weeks and a deadline: curiosity, confusion, boredom and love in #survivephd15
In my recent Piirus blogpost reporting on this year’s IMC in Kalamazoo, I stressed the importance of digitization projects, especially for scholars working in the Humanities. These are producing and providing digital facsimilies of prominent valuable historical sources, from individual manuscripts to entire collections and libraries. One great advantage of … [Read more...] about Everyone’s digitizing: here is one eminent new example!