Author: Nikki Andersen

Diversity and inclusion in librarianship

Diversity and inclusion in librarianship

Diversity and inclusion is a huge passion of mine, and I believe it is critical to our work as librarians. We are advocates of social justice. Our work is crucial to democracy and the wellbeing of the communities we serve. The media constantly reminds us we are in political polarisation – racial inequality, gender inequality, … Continue reading Diversity and inclusion in librarianship

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Last night I was hugged by a stranger

Last night I was hugged by a stranger

Last night I was hugged by a stranger. I was walking back to my car, through the CBD, after eating Italian with a few of my girlfriends – and this woman stops me in my tracks, literally grabs me by the arm. She doesn’t say anything. Instead she makes rapid gestures with her hands, smiling … Continue reading Last night I was hugged by a stranger

Openness & equity

Openness & equity

Education is often the floorboard in which we build our lives. However, limited job prospects and educational opportunities are a reality for many people, and these realities are often unrelated to the choices a person has made. For example, think of the job market – the crazy, increasingly competitive job market. People with multiple degrees … Continue reading Openness & equity

Meaningful workplace relationships matter

Meaningful workplace relationships matter

Why do we set apart our “professional” lives and our “personal” lives? When a colleague ask “how are you?” do you internally compartmentalise your answer – “Things are great professionally…but personally I’m struggling,” – or vice versa? Why do some people have two social media accounts or blogs – one for their work self and one for … Continue reading Meaningful workplace relationships matter

Professional development: how do we seek, sense & share?

Professional development: how do we seek, sense & share?

I love learning and I love professional development (PD) opportunities. PD is an important part of any career path, but more importantly, it catalyses lifelong learning. Recently, I've been thinking a lot about how I seek, make sense and share my PD. Personal knowledge management (PKM) is a critical part of learning and PD, so … Continue reading Professional development: how do we seek, sense & share?

Tips for studying online

Tips for studying online

You’ve just enrolled in your first online university class. What do you need to know? Do? Understand? What are the best strategies for online learning? In this blog post, I’ll share my top tips for studying online. Make a study plan A study plan is crucial to online learning. Every semester, I make a plan, … Continue reading Tips for studying online

The paradox of being an INFJ

The paradox of being an INFJ

INFJs are unusual. Not only are they the rarest personality type (making up 1-2% of the world’s population) but the elements of their personality are contradictory. I’m an INFJ and sometimes I feel like I’m two different people. Here’s why: I’m an extroverted introvert Here’s the dialogue of my life: “I love everyone! I want … Continue reading The paradox of being an INFJ