I applied for research leave 2 weeks after COVID-19 sent my entire university home.
Hi, I’m Emma. I work as the publishing services librarian at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. I was awarded research leave from 20 July to 9 October. This is a record of how it went.
22 April 2022 Taking research leave during the first summer of the pandemic (2020) was the single worst decision of my professional career. Every day was a an identity crisis in which I doubted the time and money I’ve invested in trying to “make it” as an academic librarian. I should have ended my leaveContinue reading “A Very Retrospective”
11 September 2020 I am behind where I wanted to be…according to my original pre-pandemic schedule. I can confidently say that research leave during a pandemic is not easy. Part of this is because I lost almost all of my more mindless “to-do list” type items associated with my job when I went on researchContinue reading “Moving along”
7 August 2020 The research progress continues! I am now officially 1.5 weeks off of my original research calendar, but part of this included wrapping up a few minor projects that followed me into my research leave. Since COVID-19 disrupted every scheduled conference, I have also had the chance to tune into a few virtualContinue reading “3 weeks in”
14 July 2020 I am not from a family of academics. Being awarded a professional development/research leave from my library was going to create confusion among the people in my life who regularly ask me about work without at all understanding what it is I do on a daily basis. But then COVID-19 sent theContinue reading “Preparing”