What I Want to Learn in 2017…

This is my first blog post for the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums) Blog Club! I am so excited to be a member of this initiative. Once a month I will be writing an entry that relates to a specific theme or selected topic. For January the themes are:

“What I learned in 2016” OR “What I want to learn in 2017”

I selected the latter because I think I have already spoken at length about what I learned in 2016. Above all else, I learned the importance of being proactive and actively seeking opportunities.

There is so much I want to learn in 2017.

The following is my wishlist:

1. Learn more about archival practices

Whilst I have been working and volunteering in archives for the past six months, I hope that 2017 will be a year of refining my skills and learning new practices. As part of this, I have finally made the decision to study a Graduate Diploma in Records Management and Archives through Curtin University. I cannot wait to combine my practical experience with some theory. Yes, this does mean another year of non-stop assignments, but, I am looking forward to delving deeper into the world of archives.

curtin-university

2. Learn more from short courses and workshops

One thing that I really want to do this year is be involved in more workshops and short courses. For example, I would love to take a basic textile preservation course offered by Preservation Australia:

http://www.preservationaustralia.com.au/

These seem like a great way to keep up-to-date with current standards and reinforce what is best practice. I am most interested in learning some basic conservation principles. Especially those related to textiles and paper.

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3. Learn how to write an impressive grant proposal

I have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to writing grants. Whilst I have an understanding of how to write a grant proposal, I am hoping to learn some tips and tricks to improve the quality of my proposals. Here’s hoping by the end of the year I am more confident in my writing abilities!

It will be very interesting to review these three goals at the end of the year and compare what I learnt to what I was hoping to learn. I am sure as the year continues there will be many more goals to add to the list. It does, however, feel good to write something down and have this post to reflect on as the year unfolds.

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