Construction of Identity
The PDF is addressed to “all staff who teach” in higher education.
Exercise 1: What do you understand by the word ‘teach’?
Create a short Blog piece on how you feel as a member of Library Staff about the word ‘teach’, and whether you see yourself as a teacher.
Exercise 2: In your organization, discover what broad descriptors are used for Library Staff (are you Library Staff? Academic Staff? Professional Services Staff? Non-Academic Staff?)
How do the different descriptors impact on you?
How do they impact on your sense of what your work is?
How do they impact on how you are seen?
How do they impact on the value ascribed to your work and the Library’s work?
Do any of the descriptors make you feel more or less confident?
Discuss with peers.
Exercise 3: Imposter Syndrome. Do you ever feel like an Imposter? Do you ever feel like you will be found out? Research and reflect on Imposter Syndrome.
Write a short piece on how you feel this resonates with you.
Exercise 4: Am I the Only One?
Arrange to meet and interview an academic or a researcher or someone in a cross-disciplinary role. Ask them do they ever feel like an Imposter. Find out if the ever feel they are in unchartered territory because they try new things or because their work do not fit into the descriptors above. Ask if they feel like and Academic, Researcher, Non-Academic, Practitioner etc.
Ask them what their perception is of Library Staff/ your role in the Institution.
Ask them if they have CPD opportunities that directly support their role.
Ask them how they keep up with standards and best practices.
Ask them how about how they gather feedback and what they do with it.
*Before you meet them, do some research on “Third-Space Professionals”. Consult the interview below (Celia Whitchurch Interview).
With your interviewee, discuss the concept of Third Space Professionals and if you think you fit into that category, discuss your roles as Third Space Professionals.
Do the notion of Third Space Professionals resonate?
Exercise 5: Write a short reflective piece on Library Staff as Third Space Professionals.
Exercise 6: Watch the interviews here (Identity Exploration interviews).
With a colleague, explore the impact of these interviews and testimonies. Are you noticing any change in your sense of identity? Capture your experience in your reflective diary.