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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Libraries and the resident web

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Last month I went to the British Library for a CPD25 event on professional identity and development for librarians. Over the course of the afternoon four speakers from different LIS backgrounds talked and discussed what it means to be a librarian in a period of change, and how to have an active role in shaping the way libraries and librarians are perceived by the public. Continue reading “Libraries and the resident web”

Writing Essays by Pictures – A Workbook: Review

writing-essays-by-pictures-workbookGröppel-Wegener, A. (2016). Writing Essays by Pictures – A Workbook. Huddersfield: Innovative Libraries.

Writing Essays by Pictures – A Workbook, by Alke Gröppel-Wegener, offers a novel approach to the formalities and frameworks of academic writing, from the initial search and retrieval of relevant information sources to the interpretation of that literature through one’s own argumentation. Though primarily written for the neophyte scholar, for whom independent research and essay writing may engender no small amount of trepidation, there is also much benefit to be gleaned by those generally au fait with concepts of information literacy.

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The Perpetual Student: transitioning back from employment to education


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It was not so very long ago that I considered myself well and truly done with higher education. As a student, at least. I’d been down the traditional route of studying for a Bachelor’s degree, then a Master’s, and felt that wider civic responsibilities beckoned – and that I really ought to start paying my way in life.

Well, would you credit it? Here I am a student. Again.

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CILIP London’s New Professionals Social Event – October 2016

CILIP London’s New Professionals Social Event – October 2016

Last Wednesday, I had the privilege of attending the CILIP London Student and New Professionals Social in the Brass Monkey pub on Vauxhall Bridge Road. The organiser of the social, Amy, said it was the first of its kind put together by CILIP London, and the committee were not sure how many people would turn out for it. The number of attendees far exceeded expectations, with around 25 new professionals in attendance. This seems to show just how eager we all are to get to know our peers and to explore this career path more broadly.  Continue reading “CILIP London’s New Professionals Social Event – October 2016”