Refreshing and readjusting

2019…it has been a year! Literally everyone I think the above quote captures my, and that of many other people, year last year. I started 2019 knowing that my job, and that of several other members of my team, was going to be restructured. Not drastically but enough to create a whole raft of challenges.Continue reading “Refreshing and readjusting”

Pushing back and branching out

I’ve just finished reading an editorial by Wendi Arant-Kasper and Wyoma vanDuinkerken from Texas A&M University from the Journal of Academic Librarianship called “Other duties as assigned: internal consultants in academic libraries”. (DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2013.10.015) and it got me thinking about something that has been bugging me on and off for the past few months. LibrariansContinue reading “Pushing back and branching out”

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”

Librarians on film (and TV)

Star Wars librarian, Jocasta Nu So, Obi-Wan Kenobi does what all good Jedi should do and goes to his local library to find some information from a hopefully helpful librarian. Unfortunately he meets Jocasta Nu. Seriously Jocasta, that’s your reference interview technique? Can’t you sit ¬†Obi-Wan down in front of your futuristic OPAC or accessContinue reading “Librarians on film (and TV)”

Where’s your librarian bun?

So I’ve been wanting to write about the image of librarians for some time and as today is International Hug a Librarian Day, I thought…heck…why not write that post today? Also, the recent Slate photo essay “controversy” made me want to talk about this topic even more. In case you don’t know what I’m referringContinue reading “Where’s your librarian bun?”

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”