A couple of weeks ago, I attended a tour of two legal libraries organised by CILIP Yorkshire and Humberside and led by Evelyn Webster (Pinsent Masons) and Lisa Hawkyard (Walker Morris). It was a lovely group of librarians (as these gatherings usually are) and there’s always one or two people you know, but only a few law folks.
I knew next to nothing about law libraries before so it was definitely a learning experience. It was interesting to hear that law libraries have some issues in common with other libraries. For example rationalising your physical space and problems with lack of space/storage, evaluating and meeting user needs, issues with transitioning from print to online resources, and the need to demonstrate value and advocate for the service.
We also learned about some of the unique challenges for the sector. There is a need to keep back editions of books (and with this comes…
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I’ve written a guest post on music librarianship for Hack Library School, a US-based blog for and by librarianship students. I followed HLS throughout my own library school experience and they’re a pretty cool bunch! To read my post, please click the link to go to their site.
I have started looking for a new job. I’ve had a year at home with my son and am now keen to get back into work. My goal is to get a role as a professional librarian since I’ve now gained my qualification and have several years experience as a library assistant. I’d like to move up the ladder a bit but it’s really more about utilising my skills and experience to the full. Ideally I’d like to work in a music/arts library but in reality there are very few jobs in this specialism, so I’m looking in the wider information sector.
However job hunting while looking after a one year old full time has been tough! Since I don’t have vast amounts of time to spend on it, I’ve set up some job alerts with a few target employers and job listing websites. This way they come straight to my inbox. I also tried to take a systematic approach with these alerts by using keywords and more generalist terms like “information” to try and capture all the relevant positions. Encouragingly there are quite a few relevant gigs going and I’ve got three applications on the go now. I’ve also set up a spreadsheet to keep track of everything as I am easily distracted these days!
Networking with colleagues has been useful so far as well as…This post on job hunting strategies for your first professional post by Carla Harwood. NLPN (New Library Professional Network) are always a winner and they have lots of useful stuff on their website including their job shadowing list. They also run events (next one’s May 12th).
Anything else I should try? Anywhere else I should look? Do YOU want to hire me?? Leave me a comment!
A wrap-up of the recent music libraries conference in Edinburgh (featuring a presentation by yours truly). Reblogged from MusiCB3, the Cambridge University Music Library blog.
I spent part of the Easter holidays in beautiful Edinburgh attending the annual IAML (pronounced Yam-ull, rhymes with camel) Annual Study Weekend. The UK and Ireland branch of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (Archives and Documentation Centres were added to make the title more inclusive in 1980, hence the earlier abbreviated acronym) has run conferences along with its AGM on an occasional basis as early as 1956, with the ASWs becoming a regular fixture since at least 1972.
So what do music librarians talk about when they get together? Here are a few of the highlights.
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