Tomorrow night I’m attending a reception for alumni of Glasgow University’s School of Modern Languages and Cultures (of which I am one; this isn’t a reckless boast about gatecrashing). In addition to – I hope – meeting up with old classmates and tutors, this is about making professional and academic connections as well. Networking is not, as a general rule, one of my favourite activities – once I’ve published this post, I wonder if I should dig out my copy of Networking for people who hate networking by Devora Zack (Berrett-Koehler, 2010)? But it is essential, and I usually find that I meet a lot of very interesting people who are worth my nervousness. (more…)
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Posted in About me, Academia and Research, Languages, Librarianship, tagged Devora Zack, Employment, Etiquette, Glasgow University, Glasgow University School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Networking, Networking for people who hate networking on October 15, 2014| 2 Comments »
Posted in Academia and Research, Hobbies Sports and Games, Librarianship, Travel, tagged Burrell Collection, Canada, Chartership, Employment, Future Learn, Glasgow Library Tweet Ups, Life changes, London, Merril Collection, Moving house, Scotland, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Toronto, Toronto University, Volunteering on July 22, 2014| 4 Comments »
Readers mine, I live in Scotland once again! Life since May began has been decidedly hectic, when I handed in my notice to Sotheby’s Institute of Art, where I have been the Assistant Librarian since January 2008, within a week of returning from France (the two events are not causally related, merely temporally adjacent). Since leaving work at the end of June, I was packing up and saying “Cheerio, not goodbye!” to the six and half years of my London life, and for just over a week now I have since been living in Scotland once again. I didn’t leave the Institute to work elsewhere in London; I left it as part of a larger change in lifestyle. Having been asking myself the question “where do I want my life to be, in the main?”, for a couple of years now, and the obvious follow-up question, “what then must I do to achieve that?”, moving to Scotland was the first part of the answer. It’s about life, not just about work. London was never a permanent move, I always knew that, and I cannot express how strongly I disagree with Samuel Johnson’s famous quote as given below
when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.
There is a significant difference between not wanting to live in London and being tired of it. It’s always accessible, always there, and I’ll never stop visiting it. I’ll never stop missing my friends who live there. But there is so much to do, so much to see, here in Scotland. Besides, I needed to get back before September 18, after which the borders will of course be closed :). I jest, of course, but it’s definitely an interesting year to be in Scotland, and I want to be able to have a say in the future of my country. (more…)
Clyde Valley Tomatoes are hiring! If you are interested in being part of a friendly, hardworking company, revitalising the Clyde Valley tomato industry, I recommend applying. For any students (especially if you’re already in the Glasgow area), this sounds like a good change from a year spent studying!
Posted in Academia and Research, Languages, Medieval studies, tagged Cult of Saints, Employment, Hagiography, Martyrologium Hieronymianum, Oxford University, Saints' lives on December 10, 2013| Leave a Comment »