Four days a week, I’m an academic librarian. One day, I’m a postdoctoral researcher. In August, the emphasis will shift slightly to three and a half days and one and a half, for the duration of my AHRC network funding grant.
A couple of days ago I realised my SCONUL Focus article was now in print, describing how my three roles in librarianship, research and pedagogy serve one another. I find it quite easy writing about process, and I’ve often been asked to write or speak about this kind of thing. In fact, my PGCert project also had a focus on process: I was contemplating the best ways to support distance learners in their information needs and skills development, and although the project gave me insight into how social scientists conduct educational research, and conducting the survey and interviews was an unexpected eye-opener, at the end of the day I was writing not only about my research findings, but about process, ie, the best ways to support learners.
However, it’s more challenging and perhaps more satisfying to write engagingly and accessibly about my musicological research, because it goes deeper into my specialism. I have several pieces of writing submitted and awaiting publication at the moment, but what’s missing is something actually on the drawing-board, being written right now. That’s largely because I was completing the PGCert portfolio. Librarianship happens four days a week, research a fifth, and the PGCert had to fit around family life and my spare time. Which didn’t, to be truthful, leave any spare time for writing!
However, I remembered the other day that I gave a paper earlier this year for which I have not yet sought a published home. Maybe, just maybe I ought to dig it out and see what needs to be done to turn it into a proper paper for submission.
Librarianship, research, pedagogy … and author. Well, after my annual leave, anyway!