As mentioned in a previous post, I’m coming towards the end of the taught part of my librarianship course. I am going away (to Orlando!) a week today and my aim was to complete the Diploma before we go. I’m pleased to say I have achieved my aim (although I haven’t received confirmation that my assignment has been received yet which is a little worrying, hopefully it will have arrived today). I’m still waiting for results for three of my assignments but as long as I pass them I will have completed the Diploma.

I still have my dissertation to do to complete the Masters but I’m thinking of taking a study break to start thinking about what I’d really like to research. I imagine it will be something to do with new technologies in academic libraries, but I’d quite like to spend some time settling into my new job (which I start when I get back from holiday :)) before starting my dissertation and then hopefully I can do something which will be of value to my work.

During this time I’d also like to learn more about Photoshop (I’ve always wanted to learn Photoshop and still not got round to it so have borrowed Photoshop CS3: Classroom in a Book from the library which I’m hoping to work through when I get back from holiday. I’d like to do more work on the web too and am hoping to do a bit more playing around with Dreamweaver and maybe have a look at Drupal and Joomla as well as using WordPress as a content management system. There’s loads of work-related projects which I’d like to do and I’m hoping I’ll be able to get involved in more when I start the new job so I think there’ll be enough to keep me busy!

I just hope I am able to find something to write my dissertation on that I’m really passionate about, is related to my work in some way, has value to the profession, and that someone is willing to supervise! I’m off to Internet Librarian International 2008 tomorrow so maybe I’ll get some inspiration there, I’m particularly looking forward to the sessions on the 23 Things scheme on Track B, I’d love to do a project based on 23 Things at work.

  • Ian

    Congrats on completing the Diploma. Sounds like having a break before doing the dissertation is a good plan! So, you’re not going to do it on cataloguing???!!

    Beware – Photoshop gets quite addictive. I only have PSE6, but I can’t stop fiddling with my photos!! Hours of fun to be had!

  • Thanks Ian, just hope I pass all my modules I’m waiting for results of.

    This might surprise you but it did actually cross my mind to do it on cataloguing!!! Despite the module taking me forever, I did actually get quite into the assignment which I concentrated on user based indexing.

    I’m not very creative so doubt I’ll be able to achieve much in Photoshop but if I can pick up the basics I’ll be happy. 🙂