Well. A lot of exciting things have been happening in my life. My friends from Chicago left (long story, ends kind of badly…) and another pal, Alana, from Montreal, arrived. I fell in love. I am now falling out of love, but all love affairs are doomed anyway, aren’t they?
But on an even more exciting note – I have decided to apply for the PhD program in Information Management at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. I have discussed this with my potential supervisor, and he has agreed that it is a great idea. I may even be able to get a full scholarship!
I will be researching Information Literacy in Developing Countries… of course that topic will have to be narrowed down, but this is the area I want to focus on.
I have also been invited to present my paper “Developing strategies to encourage information literacy and implement dynamic library services: Suggestions for Lao PDR” at the Congress of South East Asian Librarians in Hanoi from April 20th – 23rd. Immediately following that conference, I have been invited to teach a 3-day workshop at Vietnam University in Can Tho (Southern Vietnam) on Information Literacy for LIS students. The only problem is that I didn’t get the invitation until today – and the deadline to submit my paper is February 16th… and I haven’t actually written the paper yet! I also have to prepare the syllabus and course outline for the workshop in Can Tho, as well as preparation for my regular teaching gigs here in Vientiane, and a UCL staff training tomorrow and Friday!!!
So, these are busy, exciting, somewhat stressful times, but it’s all exciting and amazing.
Also, I just got back from another trip to Vang Vieng, where yes, I was “in the tubing” again! and lost my sunglasses, again! I took a bunch of great pictures, and ate SNAKE! These photos will all be posted shortly, just as soon as things calm down a little.