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So why “A Rested Librarian”?

Well basically, I was on sabbatical and therefore hopefully “rested” or endeavouring to become “rested”. Before then it seemed that a general state of extreme busyness and preoccupiedness with daily projects, meetings, and tasks meant that, while I might have thought blogging was a good idea, and admired many librarians and others who engage in it, I felt like I never ever had the time to blog.

Also if you’ll allow me this play on words, “arrested” is a term which appealed, and dictionary definitions explain that arrested may mean “to stop, check” or “to catch and hold; attract and fix; engage”. This blog, I hoped, would play a role in teaching me to to stop myself more, to take stock, to reflect, and maybe, the odd time, help others do the same.

And while each librarian’s sabbatical is unique, I hoped that by sharing my experience, other librarians who have upcoming sabbaticals might gain something from my sharing my experiences.

This blog in particular sought to provide:

  • Insights in to life as a “Visiting Professional Scholar” at a library school. I was based at the School of Information and Library Studies (SILS) at University College Dublin from July to December of 2009.
  • Findings and discoveries as I engaged in my own research, while on sabbatical, especially with regard to faculty perceptions, attitudes and experiences of information literacy
  • Snippets of interesting information of general professional interest which I came across during my sabbatical experience.

Blog Context: Sabbatical Projects:  May 1st 2009 – April 30th 2010.

During the period July to December 2009 I was a “Visiting Professional Scholar” at the School of Information and Library Studies (SILS) at University College Dublin. I engaged in research for the school in the area of continuing professional development (CPD). The focus was to provide an overview of trends and developments in the area of CPD for Irish library professionals and to form recommendations on  possible future directions for the school in this area based on interviews and a survey which I conducted with librarians in academic, public and special libraries in Ireland.  An executive summary of the full report, titled Continuing Professional Development and Irish Libraries: Report of Key Survey Findings, is available. I also gave several guest lectures during this time as part of courses taught in the School, in addition to a community guest lecture titled Future Forward: Reflections on New and Emerging Service Directions in Canadian Academic Libraries.

From January to April 2011 I engaged in qualitative research and conducted  semi-structured interviews with York faculty on their attitudes, perceptions and experiences of information literacy in the context of undergraduate education. I presented on  results from this research and a former survey-based study at the LILAC conference in March 2010. This presentation, including the slides and audio, is available in YorkSpace. I also presented on this research, especially findings from the research interviews with faculty,  at the WILU conference in June 2011 and the presentation and audio are also available in YorkSpace.



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