When I’m not working in my day job I am a marker for a university that teaches library and information studies qualifications. It eats into my time and, for the amount of work that one has to do, doesn’t pay very well.
However, some pay is better than nothing. It’s also a fascinating process. This is the third year I’ve done this and familiarity with the assignments makes the process much easier. Watching how other people tackle assignments (often in ways I’d never have thought) is great for seeing how other people tackle problems.
It also helps me keep up with what’s going on in the industry. I don’t get the time to keep up with the discussions online that I used to and feel that I’ve been eddying in the profession’s backwaters. This has been an excellent antidote.
And now, back to the grindstone.