Covid-19 Experience

I have always said that good leadership is about openness wherever possible and on that note, I want to share my personal journey of dealing with Covid-19 over the past two weeks. On the evening of the 7th of October, I started developing a light cough, and a gentle fever. Henna (my wife) was also not feeling that well since the 5th of October, although her symptoms were primarily tiredness, followed by a bit of change of taste and difficulty breathing. While we were at heightened awareness of Covid-19, we were also taking all reasonable precautionary measures (staying indoors mostly, face coverings outside, hands sanitised/washed, etc) and my immediate feeling was this must be a cold virus. By the evening of the 8th, I started feeling really tired and water started to taste bitter. At this point, both Henna and I agreed to get ourselves tested. We opted for home tests and ordered them on the 8th. Both tests arrived on the 9th morning (fantastic delivery service) and we did the tests on the 9th and posted them back on the same day. Very clear instructions by NHS on how to conduct the test and a really useful guiding video.

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A new chapter

I am starting a new chapter in my professional life. I will be leaving Lancaster University Library after (just over) five wonderful years and would be moving to University of York Library as the Director of Library and Archives. I am really excited, both personally and professionally, and I am looking forward to the new role and working with the wonderful team at University of York Library and Archives. Also, this is a bit of an old news now but it has taken me a while to write this blog post 🙂 This would be the first time I would be working in a converged service environment, called the Information Services Directorate at University of York. My first day would be 13th of August 2018 and at the moment, I am busy finishing things off, ensuring that a good hand over happens for my successor at Lancaster, and trying to get to know the senior leadership team of the Library and Archives at York. This, combined with selling our current house in Lancaster, renting a house in York, and eventually buying a house in York makes it quite a busy but fun time. I have also been away in Australia

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So what's up?

I have been away a bit from blogging, primarily because I have recently become the father of a gorgeous baby boy (now 7 months old) but also because of the intensity of workload recently. I have been a victim of not being able to create enough reflection time in my life and I have to change that to be an effective leader. For this reason, I am beginning by reflecting and developing a digital vision which will make Lancaster University Library a global leader in digital innovation.  More locally, this vision will cut across all key themes of the University’s strategy, including teaching, learning, research, engagement and arts. I will post my thoughts once I have gone through some of the preliminary work.

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