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Last week I attended the CILIP West Midlands Member Network Members' Day (yes indeed; quite a title!). I haven't managed to make the last couple of years of these events due to clashes so was pleased to be able to attend this year (and even better to attend when you're not speaking or organising!). https://twitter.com/ayubkhan786/status/830048039125544961 The focus for this year's event was on learning technologies, and we had a series of presentations as well as some discussions on the topic. A few things I discovered or was reminded of during the day: I am rubbish at finding venues I haven't been to before It...

I've been self-employed for six months now. In some respects it seems like only yesterday that I was writing my blog post about my first day as a freelancer, and in some respects it seems like a lifetime ago. So what have I been up to in the last six months? Here are some of the things I've been working on: leadership development programmes facilitating action learning sets providing coaching developing and delivering workshops (including the one on statistics; blog post about that to come with some Very Important research findings) analysing usage data evaluating training researching user needs planning...

2016 has received a lot of flak for being a generally crappy year. On paper though, my 2016 has been a pretty good year. We sold our house after a stressful and drawn out process - hoorah! We settled into a new area in a house we love closer to family and friends. I've had some great days and evenings exploring places, discovering new restaurants, and doing fun activities. I came to the realisation that I wanted to freelance so I left my job and I've had a successful first few months as a freelancer. I've strengthened existing friendships and...

I recently read a book about portfolio careers (I’m coming to the realisation that this seems to be what suits me and what I’d like to do with my freelancing). One of the things the book talks about is the importance of knowing our ‘motivated skills’ which the authors explain as things we're good at, enjoy and are proud of. I’ve done the StrengthsFinder before, but I liked the idea of the exercise in the book to help identify our motivated skills so I’ve been working on this as part of my freelance planning. One of the things I found incredibly...

I love a challenge. I've always loved puzzles and games and I'm motivated by goals. I like to stretch myself. I'm competitive; mostly against myself but also sometimes against others (fortunately I'm not a bad loser at all though so although I will always try hard I don't mind at all if I lose). When it's something where I'm trying to beat myself though, I'm not usually so happy when I fail as I always want to improve. Last year I participated in the Goodreads Reading Challenge and set myself the challenge of reading 20 books. I exceeded this (and rekindled my...

Given all the personal changes that have been happening in the last few months (selling our home, finding one to rent, relocating, handing in my notice, starting work as a freelancer) it's fair to say my CILIP Fellowship progress has stalled. I had a statement drafted, but obviously this was on the basis of me working in my previous role so much of it is now out-of-date. I'm still keen to work towards Fellowship though, and have arranged to meet with my mentor tomorrow. Being the deadline driven person that I am, I therefore spent today reviewing where I'm at. I...

It's August 1st 2016 and it's a very exciting day. Today marks my first day of self-employment. It's been almost 6 years since I've been in a traditional librarian post, but I've been employed by at least one library every day since August 2005 so today is a big change for me. I blogged last time I changed jobs how strange it was to not have a library. Today I have no library, no employer, no manager, no colleagues, no office (though I do have my home office which is what I've been using for months anyway!). I have no organisation employing...

I was recently fortunate enough to attend the UX Libs II Conference in sunny Manchester (well, it was sunny one of the days!). For anyone not aware, the UX Libs events are for people interested in user experience (UX) research. The first UX Libs Conference was held in Cambridge last year, which sadly I wasn't able to attend but I followed the tweets from afar. The first conference focused predominantly on sharing different methods you can use to support UX research and was very practical in focus (attendees were assigned teams to work on a research project in one of Cambridge's...

Nine years ago today, I created Joeyanne Libraryanne, a corner of the web for me to reflect on all the things I learn and share things I'm passionate about. Over that time I've changed job roles, changed organisations, been fortunate to have had a whole load of incredible experiences, learned many new skills, and developed new passions. As I reflect on those things, it seems pertinent to use this opportunity and this space to share my next challenge.  At the end of July, I'm going to be leaving my current role to become a freelancer. This isn't something I've had in...