Am I ready for the researcher of the future?

Well…am I? To answer this question I went along to an all-day seminar run by ALPSP whose name kept on being mentioned as if they were also a well known mountain range which was very confusing. I normally don’t like the whole ‘future’ emphasis/descriptors that many training events use. I get that we need toContinue reading “Am I ready for the researcher of the future?”

So what does a UX Librarian do anyway?

I’ve been in my new job as UX Librarian at Cambridge Judge Business School Information and Library Services for just over two months now so I thought it was high time I wrote about what I actually do. The TL;DR version: lots! I first heard about the UX job when Andy Priestner blogged about it,Continue reading “So what does a UX Librarian do anyway?”

Innovating, inspiring, creating and disrupting: a report on the i2c2

On 5th March 2014, I headed up to Manchester with my lovely boss Andy to attend i2c2, a conference themed around Innovation, Inspiration and Creativity (‘conference’ is the second C) with the aim to use positive disruption to improve libraries. I am very fortunate to work where I do because I have been in librariesContinue reading “Innovating, inspiring, creating and disrupting: a report on the i2c2”

Librarian as Educator: doing outreach, access and education with schools

This is a blog version of a Librarians in Training session that I co-presented with Ryan Cronin. We decided to write this up for people who attended as something to refer back to, as well as for those who were unable to attend due to meetings/family commitments/geographical location etc. Please note that this was presentedContinue reading “Librarian as Educator: doing outreach, access and education with schools”

Librarian as researcher: doing research in your day job by Emma Coonan and Jane Secker (workshop write-up)

Disclaimer: as this training session was offered to University of Cambridge librarians, it may be very Cambridge-centric. However, I think there is a lot you can get from what was discussed anyway! Yesterday I attended an excellent Librarians in Training session called Librarian as research: doing research in your day job. It was presented byContinue reading “Librarian as researcher: doing research in your day job by Emma Coonan and Jane Secker (workshop write-up)”

Women and Leadership talk

So, today I attended a talk in Cambridge called New Perspectives: Women and Leadership – Taking the Leap, which was run by the Equality and Diversity, and Women’s Staff Network folk at the University of Cambridge, where I work. I’ll be honest. I wasn’t too sure. I have become a bit tired of late with allContinue reading “Women and Leadership talk”

#cilipnpd13 Workshop B: Developing professional skills

Workshop B: Developing professional skills Mandy Powell, Policy Officer, CILIP Wales Intro So, while I have blogged about each workshop from the New Professional Day in detail, Mandy’s session was quite different as it involved breaking up into groups and discussing stuff while writing even more stuff down on sticky notes and then presenting ourContinue reading “#cilipnpd13 Workshop B: Developing professional skills”

#cilipnpd2013 Workshop B: Heaven or Hell: my life inside – a career in prison libraries

Workshop B: Heaven or Hell: my life inside – a career in prison libraries Chris Billing, Librarian, HMP Haverigg Intro Chris started by explaining that she has worked in prison libraries for 25 years. In prison terms, this would be equal to a life sentence without parole! Chris is currently the Vice Chair of theContinue reading “#cilipnpd2013 Workshop B: Heaven or Hell: my life inside – a career in prison libraries”

#cilipnpd13 Workshop A: Digital libraries: modern skills mix for modern library services

Workshop A: Digital libraries: modern skills mix for modern library services Nick Stopforth, Head of Libraries and Information, Doncaster Council Intro Nick started by explaining that he is also a member of the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) and is the lead representative for their digital offer project. Nick started working in libraries in 2001Continue reading “#cilipnpd13 Workshop A: Digital libraries: modern skills mix for modern library services”

#cilipnpd13 Workshop A: That media librarianship gameshow

Workshop A: That media librarianship gameshow Laura Williams, Media Logistics Coordinator, ITV Laura started the session by asking us what we thought her job entailed. No-one really knew so she gave us three key points: fast, under pressure, stay-in-the-game. Something that I certainly did not know was that librarians have a key role in makingContinue reading “#cilipnpd13 Workshop A: That media librarianship gameshow”