That thing called Marginalia

marginalia [ˌmɑːdʒɪˈneɪlɪə] pl n (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) notes in the margin of a book, manuscript, or letter [New Latin, noun (neuter plural) from marginālis marginal] I, along with plenty of book lovers, have a concealed fascination for marginalia. The scribbles and notes of former readers are not meant to be ‘spoilers’, but instead […]

A history of saving Libraries

Why is it that we always seem to be fighting to save our Libraries when they’re importance and place in the community has been evident since the days of the bibliothekai of the Library of Alexandria set up by the Ptolemaic kings at the end of the third century BC? It’s time to address the […]

What does ‘Embedded Librarian’ mean?

Over on LinkedIn there is a discussion about what the term ’embedded librarian’ means, if anything at all! The consensus seems to be that it means a library or information professional working within a team (usually clinical?) outside of the library walls. I think there’s slightly more to it than that. I came across this […]

CPD23: Things 10 and 11, Qualifications and Mentoring

Routes into ‘librarianship’ (information management), qualifications and mentoring. Huge, huge, great big subject! And anyway, on a personal level it should probably be ‘routes in and back out of librarianship’! Firstly here is how the land lies: I started volunteering in the local Community college LRC about 10 years ago and decided that it was THE […]

Twitter book club #catbkchat

Just a quick reminder that we’re going to be discussing section 3 (of 4) of Conversations with Catalogers in the 21st Century on Friday 1st April.  So far #catbkchat is going very well, and we’re able to capture any discussions using this hashtag. Our intention is to harvest the tweets and any other comments made on the […]