Now

Inspired by Derek Sivers‘s /now project, this page gives an overview of what’s going on with me recently. This page was last updated in June 2019.

๐Ÿ–ผ The Big Picture

I’m mother to a toddler son who will be 3 in October. It impacts everything I do. It is the most important thing I’ve ever done. It’s really hard. It’s really rewarding. It’s all the cliches, and then some. I’m married to his dad, who is droll af, delightful, and kind of a big deal, if you’re into scholarly communication/copyright stuff. We all live together in Durham, NC and have ambitions of one day adding some cats to our family. We’re low-key looking for a new house to better suit our lifestyle, but the real estate market is bananas.

I’m a doctoral student in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I just finished my fourth year in the program, and yes, I’mย still working on my comprehensive literature review. I plan to take my oral examination and defend my dissertation proposal in the fall. It is tentatively titled Information Literacy in a Hybrid Affinity Spaceย and will focus on the information literacy practices of cosplayers. You can learn more on my Research page.

I’m working as a consulting metadata analyst for the National Humanities Center.

I have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and polycystic ovary syndrome. My thyroid is doing well. My blood sugar and Hemoglobin A1C levels show that I’m prediabetic, but they’re moving in the right direction. In spite of that good news, I have a wide variety of symptoms. I actually stopped logging them because I got overwhelmed by tracking them all. I’m working with my doctor to figure out the cause. I suspect it’s mostly that my hormones are constantly fluctuating as I’ve recently weaned my son.

๐Ÿ“… Currently

๐ŸŽง Listening: The Double Shift
๐ŸŽฎ Playing: Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
๐Ÿ“• Reading: Managing Your Professional Identity Online by Katie Linder
๐Ÿ“บ Watching: Nothing in particular
๐ŸŽจ Making: Nothing in particular

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  • Kimberly Hirsh Mother. PhD student @ UNC SILS studying information literacy & connected learning. I do a bunch of other stuff, too. (She/her/hers.)