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”

“You’re doing another degree?!” How to answer those awkward questions: a LIS Student’s View

“You’re doing another degree?!” How to answer those awkward questions: a LIS Student’s View

This blog post may not have all the answers to assuage those incredulous shocked faces and concerned pleas from partners, family members, friends, in-law/out-laws etc., all urging you to quit your “eternal student” status, but it will hopefully be a timely consideration of the many solid justifications for pursuing a professional library qualification which can sometimes get lost in the ether. Although quite irritating to admit, it would be a lie to say that these nagging doubts haven’t occurred to me at one point or another, but particularly at the very beginning of my LIS studies.  In fact, the decision to begin any further qualifications after completing masters and doctoral level studies was strangely daunting.  The substantial financial cost is a major consideration for most applicants, accompanied by the fact that (as in most professions) funding is incredibly limited.  Also, time constraints, work pressures, family commitments and general life obstacles can all feed into the mix and make a persuasive case for avoiding further study altogether.  You’ve got the permanent post now, so why bother?

Well, as anyone who has been bitten by the library bug will know, there is a certain security and an empowerment in information literacy which encourages individuals to constantly reassess and reconsider the best routes to information discovery. No matter how “expert” we might feel, various different experiences in public, academic and special libraries have taught me that there is always something new to learn.  Perhaps therein lies the intrigue with Library and Information Services courses.

 So is it worth it?

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