Ten things to bring you back in to the library world ~ a list

I have struggled in earnest to return to Librarianship since leaving it behind in 2011. I have had other distractions and happy days, but never more have I felt the need to re-engage with a career that I am positive and passionate about as now. So here is my to do list which may help […]

My local libraries

If you were in any doubt that in any relative distance, north, south, east or west, from where you are living, that there is a plethora of knowledge, social culture, history and technology, all for free, then look around you! Beautiful buildings, extensive collections, customer service and guidance…. Burnham On Sea Public Library The purpose-built […]

What is it about books that matters?

Why do we keep books, spend money on books, and keep looking after them in libraries? When I think of saving Libraries, I always think about how and why books captivate me. Firstly I want to highlight an article by David Pearson, Guildhall Library, that was written up in the Cilip Rare Books and Collections Group […]

Are we Informationists?

Are all Librarians Informationists? Essentially the term was initially used to describe Medical Librarians who were individuals with extensive clinical expertise, acute familiarity with organizational structures and processes, as well as being information systems technical savvy. There doesn’t seem to be one set educational pathway or formalized set of skills or knowledge for informationists. However, […]

CPD23 Plymouth event 30th September 2011 – how it went

Plymouth Event: CPD23 ‘Real life networking’ meet up on Friday 30th September The Bank, Plymouth City Centre Finally……the reflection! This summer saw information professionals from all over the world take part in ’23 things for professional development’, an online programme hosted by several new professionals outlining 23 ‘Things’ that would be useful personal development for any […]

CILIP Update: GCHQ, how refreshing

This months (October 2011) CILIP Update included a piece about GCHQ: Official site of the UK Government Communications Headquarters which is the centre for Her Majesty’s Government’s Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) activities. These are my thoughts. ‘I don’t recruit a records manager, or legislation experts, or web content managers, I recruit information professionals. Understand that I […]