Research Support Librarian begins new career

Welcome to my Research Support Librarian blog. I aim to track my new career direction with regular posts about the work I am doing in my consulting training business. As I write this, I have 3 more weeks to go in my old career-life as a librarian at a university. From the middle of May I will be on my own, using my own resourcefulness to make an income. Having devised a new one-day workshop program for librarians supporting researchers – which has became a tad popular – I now have enough work scheduled over the next few months to feel confident in moving out of the safe, secureĀ (but a little crazy) institutional environment and into the wild unknown of working for myself.

I am not new to consulting training… I’ve been moonlighting since 2006 running EndNote training workshops through various organisations (CAVAL, ALIA and now Crandon Services). This work has taken me to cities around Australia, and in addition to the ‘open’ workshops, I have had the pleasure of working with a variety of research and government organisations delivering EndNote training directly to their employees. I am also building up a repertoire of other skills… building websites being one of them (ie this website, and also Whole Foods Plant Based Health) and I am becoming more knowledgeable in the area of plant based nutrition. Who knows where that one will take me, particularly once I have completed a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition at Cornell University (I will start this once I finish at VU).

I have a bit of catching up to do… I delivered my first one-day Reskilling for Research workshop last week, and yesterday delivered my first customised in-house workshop based on the same material. Time to write up my reflections on those workshops…


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