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 […]

Books and the weather…time to reflect!

  When it’s cold I tend to start to think about issues such as the Food bank debate, the gas bill, Elderly loneliness and winter mortality rates, and what it would be like to work at some remote Research Station in the icey north i.e Arctic. I also suddenly remember that I was going to […]

What is it about that bookshop…?

There’s a certain trilogy of movies that for me are entwined together by a book and a bookshop…Shakespeare and Company in Paris. What is it about that bookshop? A rather unusual, welcoming, bohemian refuge in Paris, Shakespeare and Company Book shop is the site for many literature lovers. ‘For Whitman, an eccentric ex-serviceman who travelled […]

Howards End is on the landing ~ Susan Hill

Looking for inspiration on a Monday, and perusing the shelves of books that I no longer can envisage their place because I moved home, I discovered an unread jewel of a book, about books. Ms Hill begins her journey by seeking a particular book and on her search discovers a hoard of unread purchases and […]

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 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, […]