University of Helsinki welcomes administrative staff from Erasmus partner universities to network, benchmark and share their expertise with colleagues around Europe. International Staff Exchange Weeks [ISEW] provide a unique opportunity to update your professional skills and revise your routines.
I applied to the ISEW Library programme and was among 15 people chosen to visit the University of Helsinki from 2-6 June 2014. I had been looking forward to it for months, and it truly was an amazing week.
The 2014 participants were: Lorena (Spain), Renata (Poland), Ursula (Eire), Katarina (Sweden), Maria (Greece), Mantas (Lithuania), Monica (Norway), Sandrine (France), Katrin (Germany), Massimo (Italy), Jordi (Spain), Tine (Belgium), Sigridur (Iceland), me (England), Fiona (Scotland).
Here is a roundup of my highlights from this week:
- Libraries at the University of Helsinki
- Minerva Plaza learning environment
- Collection management and e-resources
- Information literacy
- Public libraries in Helsinki
- Social media
- Staff spaces
- Finnish Parliament Library
- Digital Library Services in Finland
- Research data management
And some fun things:
I looooved that my name has been spelled “Wilkinsson” on the #ISEWLib2014 programme – feeling more Nordic by the minute.
After the sauna on Wednesday evening…
Finnish has a reputation for being difficult to learn but perhaps it’s not so hard after all…