Lucky LILAC: an LIS new professional’s perspective of the 2017 conference

Lucky LILAC: an LIS new professional’s perspective of the 2017 conference

This is a guest post written by Catriona Robertson (@RabCShell), a new professional working in HE/health libraries.

Lucky might not be the term that springs to mind when you hear that it was LILAC’s thirteenth year in April, but that is how I, a LILAC newbie, felt to be attending this year’s conference. LILAC, the Librarian’s Information Literacy Annual Conference, is organised each year by CILIP’s Information Literacy Group and attracts attendees and delegates from the UK and further afield. This year’s conference was held over three days at the beautiful Swansea University Bay Campus. As an added bonus, there was plenty of sun rays, as well as ideas, to soak up.

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On things not going to plan: reflections on studying for the LIS qualification while disabled

On things not going to plan: reflections on studying for the LIS qualification while disabled

This is a guest post from Kirsten Elliott (@BookishKirsten)

When I started studying for my librarianship qualification in September 2013, I had a plan. I was enrolled on the Aberystwyth distance learning course and I had decided I was going to complete the diploma part within a year, making it to the earliest possible study schools, and then complete the dissertation within the next year. It was ambitious, but the first six months or so it seemed to be working out. I managed to fit in time to do my assignments around two part-time jobs, a social life and martial arts training. I even completed my first few modules fast enough to make it to the April study school at Aberystwyth. Things did not, however, keep going to plan.

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Professional LIS posts and making the best use of your LIS course post-qualification

Professional LIS posts and making the best use of your LIS course post-qualification

In writing a post on this particular topic I have to admit I might be searching for inspiration as much as providing it!  But given the fact that I am coming to the end of a PG Diploma in Library and Information Services Management, this is a topic which is never far from my mind.  Whilst I have picked up a wide range of theoretical knowledge and explored the LIS sector in a variety of different contexts, the ultimate goal and reason for undertaking the course was career development.  Some of my peers have voiced their concerns over that small but niggling doubt which questions whether skills gained on their respective LIS course will transfer successfully to a professional post.  After all, “you’re already doing the job, why do you need a qualification?”

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Are libraries just for study?

One of the things that I love about working in a library is that there’s always something new and exciting to do. It’s a profession that is about so much more than shelving books.

My most recent project was more fun than most. Our library has recently expanded, and now there are more social and quiet spaces for students. It has been very well received, and the students love having new places to study and relax (and particularly some of our quirkier furniture).

A purple armschair with a high back and big arms.

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Marketing and other unexpected skills: what today’s LIS professional needs to know

Marketing and other unexpected skills: what today’s LIS professional needs to know

Recently I have found myself involved in my library’s “comms team”, in addition to my usual role. The work of the team involves marketing the library service. Marketing is not something I envisioned myself doing when I used to think about what my career in libraries would look like, but it is increasingly important for today’s LIS professionals to be clued up on marketing, as we increasingly need to promote and demonstrate the value of our services. As an increasingly important part of library work, marketing is something new professionals should consider brushing up on, if we are to develop our careers in this field. Continue reading “Marketing and other unexpected skills: what today’s LIS professional needs to know”

The changing role of librarians in today’s industry – an interview

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The Albert Sloman Library, University of Essex

This is a summary of an interview with Cathy Walsh, Director of Library Services and University Librarian at the University of Essex.

Claudio Svaluto: The general theme of this interview is “the changing role of librarians in today’s industry.”
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