While I still insist this was kind of cheating as I pretty much knew this was happening, I’ve completed a 30before30 and in July 2014 I graduated with a distinction in Information and Library Studies from Robert Gordon University!
Graduation selfie – pre-ceremony with the parents, boyfriend, and housemate.
The moment itself! Getting a bop on the head from the principal (no, I don’t understand either) and receiving a cardboard scroll.
The university were kind enough not only to pass me with a distinction (you what?!) but they also gave me the Dorothy Williams award for my dissertation and its (apparent) contribution to information literacy/education. My dissertation was an evaluation of RHUL’s new discovery system in contrast to our traditional WebOPAC, using skills and opinions of undergraduates and academic staff in our Media Arts, Drama & Theatre and English Lit departments. It was tough. But it was worth it. I already find myself thinking about what kind of research I might do in the future… uh oh!
You don’t want to know how long it took me to catch that thing.
Like a good librarian, I tweeted the day, and have just Storified it
for your viewing, as the support I got from everyone was totally lovely.
A very rewarding day, a great dinner, my favourite people, and thank gods it’s over! Onto new things 😀
Since graduating, I was asked to write a short newsletter article
on my experience by the lovely chap I sat next to throughout the ceremony – thanks very much, and all the best, Philip. I also volunteered to take part in this great cpd25 event on applying to Library school
, where I gave a short presentation on my time at RGU and sat on a panel with other wonderful graduates and students and talked about our experiences. Many, many thanks to Pete Williams for the opportunity. I’ve also submitted a poster based on my dissertation to the LILAC conference in 2015 – wish me luck!
OK, so I’m ticking off Thing 14 4 months too late 🙂 Another one done.