The Final Week! Reflective Log: Monday 23rd September 2013

Somehow it is my penultimate day here in the library, and I have no idea how this happened. I know it’s cliché, but time really has flown. I’ve been here for almost 11 months, which is the longest I’ve stayed in any one location in 6 years, so I’d say I’ve done well to stick with this, and I’ve really enjoyed my time here.

So, what did I get up to last week? I gave my presentation a couple more times and it went very well in each of them. I’ve had nothing but positive feedback from them all, so this is extremely reassuring for when I take on similar tasks in the future. I helped out in a bunch of different induction sessions for a range of different librarians, which included finally giving my first tours for students around the library! On Tuesday the School of Health were trying out having an induction day for their new students, complete with stalls and sessions from across the university, and I spent the day manning the library stall. We had a bunch of promotional goodies from the Learner Development Unit on our table too, and free stuff really does bring students across!  I also helped out with some more Health Studies sessions for 2nd year students, which involved helping them to search databases for articles and use Endnote – the usual stuff really, but it was nice to get back into it after having had none of these sessions over the summer. I hadn’t used Endnote yet myself either, so I was totally blagging it when students asked for help, but all went well!

The other main thing I did last week was actually finish my project!! Having learnt how to use Endnote whilst showing students how to use it, I decided it’d be a good idea to utlilise it myself too, although Loughborough use RefWorks so I’ll most likely be shifting again anyway soon. It was very straightforward for most of the references I needed, but things like laws and various other sources I’d used needed some work, but I actually found it fun… guess this is a sign that I might be following the right career…?? Once referencing was sorted, I spent a while formatting the document (who knew that Word can create a contents page for you?! The things they didn’t teach me in school IT lessons…), so now it looks all pretty and shiny. Da daaaaa. Finishing it was a very satisfying moment.

And that sums up last week. This week I am only in work today and tomorrow, and then that’s it. I’m emptying my flat and going back down to Essex on Thursday, and moving up to Loughborough on Saturday. Things are getting real. It only really hit me yesterday that I’m going to be leaving behind a life that I’ve created totally from scratch over the last 11 months, and the excitement of moving is finally being brought back down a notch by the sadness of saying goodbye to people I love.

I will write up a summary of the year here at some point in the next week or two (Sarah – kick me if I don’t!), but right now I have to rush off for my exit meeting with my boss’ boss’ boss! See you soon 🙂

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