Research and sordid calculations about promotion

I’m up for promotion this year, and it’s too late to try to get any more research papers published before my file gets reviewed by the promotion committee. So a few days ago I made the very pragmatic/mercenary decision to not start any new research projects right now. Instead, I’ll focus on committee work, which can still plausibly move the needle on my promotion application. Research can wait.

But then I woke up on Sunday morning super depressed about this decision. It feels very un-motivating to not be working on a paper. I find the research to be one of the most rewarding parts of academic librarianship, and I don’t really want to give that up, even if it isn’t really expedient right now.

Which is to say my research hiatus might be over after just a few days. I have some stuff I want to work on.

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