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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.

You can find out more about more about me from the links to the left. Note that the views expressed on this website/blog are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of any other individual or organisation.

Careers event poster and general update

January 21st, 2009

As part of my involvement in the CILIP Career Development Group Yorkshire and Humberside (and in conjunction with the University of Sheffield Library and Information Professionals Social Society), my colleagues and I are arranging a career event with speakers from course alumni and other local professionals.

Putting together the poster was good fun, and you’ll be pleased to hear that the picture is of a real librarian, who blogs as the Librarian by Day. Picture is used courtesy of Creative Commons Licence and the same rights apply to this poster.

I quite like how the poster turned out, and I’m looking forward to the event as well – hopefully there’ll be a good turn out, and proceeds are heading to charity, so it’ll be good all round if it’s a success. I’ll probably update more after the event (on 11th February) to reveal how it went.

Otherwise, the coursework is ongoing (due in the day after tomorrow and should be polished by the deadline) and I’ve got a meeting tomorrow about possible dissertation projects, so everything’s running to schedule. I’ll be glad for a rest next week before lectures commence nonetheless!

Public library promotion

August 26th, 2008

One final thread to tie up from the Essex job before I leave at the end of the week and that’s the public library display we were trying to set up as a part of the National Year of Reading – see this previous post. Our materials finally arrived and we put them up in the foyer of the library. As you can see on the left, it was a fairly basic display, just covering the services that the public libraries in the area offer that we felt didn’t overlap too much with our own: a wider range of fiction, CD / DVD rental, and bookable computers. It was important to us that we neither gave the impression that we wanted our patrons to leave us and use the public libraries instead, nor confused them by describing services that were too similar to ours. In fact a major consideration while making the display was to make sure that our circulation desk weren’t going to be inundated with queries about DVD lending services we didn’t offer. I just hope we made the PUBLIC LIBRARY bit prominent enough, or the staff will be cursing our names for months!

The response to the display among our library staff was really interesting – I’d say the instinctive reaction was to be slightly defensive about promoting a different library. However, when they saw that we’d focused on the things that made us different it reduced the element of competition. Lots of staff seemed interested in finding out more, and we even had a member of staff or two suggest they might check out some of the services! I think it’s a good idea to some kind of dialogue between different library services in this way: there is the potential for traffic to pass between academic and public services, and perhaps even a small gesture of friendship like this between the two might make us a little bit more likely to think of each other as comrades in arms!

National Year of Reading

May 14th, 2008

I was reading the CILIP magazines this month (the twice-monthly Gazette and once-monthly Update) and was inspired by a section on the National Year of Reading, specifically looking at how non-public librarians can get involved. There was the suggestion that academic librarians could add support by promoting their local library to students. Anyway, to cut a long story short, my fellow trainee and I have come up with a plan to try and put together a display in for our library promoting the National Year of Reading and local library service. It might even lure one or two of our students into reading some books over the summer when their exams are over. I’ll keep you updated on our progress!