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I'm an academic librarian, working in the UK Higher Educational sector, supporting academics and students. Prior to this, I was a researcher, working with social and learning technologies.

My interests include the application of emerging and traditional technologies, research support in libraries, learning spaces, evidence-based practice and the professional development of library and information workers.

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Bitesize CPD23 Things 10 & 11: Librarianship and Mentoring

August 18th, 2011

The sky through the Winter Gardens ceiling, Sheffield

The blue skies of Librarianship

This blog is part of 23 Things for Professional Development, a course encouraging information professionals to explore online tools. The current post is in ‘Bitesize’* format.

Librarianship, my route in and my hopes and dreams are Thing 10, and mentoring is Thing 11. These things have pretty much gone hand-in-hand for me throughout my working life, even before I entered librarianship. I’ve only had two ‘official’ mentors in my time (in my current workplace and in the Chartership process) but there are countless individuals, both senior to me and among my peer group, who have supported my development and challenged me in similar ways. The majority of these would probably be incredibly embarrassed if I described them as mentors!

For a bit more about my career and progression in librarianship, I’d recommend you check out my library routes posts. I’m currently developing myself in my science librarian role, still awaiting judgement on my Chartership application, and still looking for a full-time librarian post in the East Midlands.

*A truncated post to allow me to briefly consider CPD23 Themes I didn’t have the chance to investigate more deeply.

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