2018: a (very) short review

It’s New Years Eve, and the perfect time to think about the year that has passed. Well, first of all I have to say that I have not been able to be a good blogger this year. I love blogging, and it is not that 2018 has been devoid of interesting library things to write about. It is just something that never gets on top of the to-do list, I guess.

It has been a very busy year. We hired a new librarian to replace our retiree, but our newly hired librarian passed away in a postpartum tragedy, and we hired her replacement. I still think of her almost every day, and the sadness has not yet faded.

I got a new article out in February, and as I wrote in an earlier post, it felt like a real achievement because it was so hard to write. I rewrote and rewrote, and felt like giving up on the whole thing when it finally got through.

I attended LILAC in Liverpool in April, and it was a great conference – as always. LILAC really is a wonderful conference, and I always leave with many ideas, both exhilarated and exhausted.

Later in the spring I got an idea for an online course of systematic literature searching, and I started to build a course structure and content. The main content was in place before the summer vacation, and then I kept building and tinkering during the first few months of the autumn semester. Finally, I sent it out on an open peer-review round and I got very detailed feedback. I am in the process of revisions now, but I think it will be released some time in January or February 2019.

Two colleagues and I finished a web resource that we have been working on for a while. The end report was handed in to the steering group in November, and it felt great to get it off our hands. More on that later.

I have been writing on an article that is currently undergoing review, and I handed in an article much earlier in the year that I am waiting to hear back on. I really hope that I will be able to get more research done in 2019. There are so many things waiting to be explored!

Well – there are many more things to say, but I think I will stop now, and save some more news for 2019.

Happy New Year!