An end of an era? More like just the beginning

So we’ve come to an end of the LAPIS and I have to say it has been the module that’s caught my attention most over the last two years…so much so i’ve decided it’d be a good idea to focus on copyright and digitalisation for my dissertation. Ask me if i’m still engaged once that beast has been completed.

The last session introduced us to Alastair Horne and his blog of ‘Ten ways to get ahead in publishing‘ was a perfect way to end LAPIS, summarising for us what we can do professionally going forward. We shouldn’t be reliant on our employer to push us forward but instead make our own way, join CILIP and make use of the opportunities through it, volunteer at your local library (especially if they have zombies!) and keep learning. If there’s one thing i’ve learnt through LAPIS and CityLis in general is that there is so much to learn and information science is forever changing especially as we move further into the digital age. I know i’ve developed a particular passion for copyright (my colleagues think i’m insane!) and that’ll drive me forward in finding a solution for my company’s current digitalisation problems and also be a driver for any future career plans I might have….who knows in a decade I might be reading any future offspring I may have copyright stories instead of bedtime stories. God help them.

What I took away from Alastair is that you get back what you put in. Like with our essays and our dissertations, if we put in 100% then we’ll do well, likewise with our career. If we make our own networks, learn, practice, review and above all say yes to things then we’ll go far in publishing and librarianship. LAPIS has given us the foundation and now we can build on it for the rest of our professional development (or personal development if you’ve got a thing for irritating bits of legislation).

This isn’t the best blog i’ve written in the series and is a bit gushy but I have thoroughly enjoyed LAPIS because it has made me frustrated, excited, indignant, curious and I always left the lecture with a smile on my face. Books are my future, publishing maybe not but copyright compliance certainly is so for me this is not the end of an era but the start of my whole career.

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