How to get a job in Special Collections

So how do you get a job in Special Collections?  I recently wrote a blog post for Facet Publishing which reflected on the skills and experience required to get started in this often competitive profession:  How do I make a career in Special Collections? The post was inspired by talks and discussions at CILIP Rare … Continue reading How to get a job in Special Collections

Why I’m applying for HEA Fellowship

This year I am embarking on a journey towards Higher Education Academy Fellowship.  This award is given to academics and other higher education workers who can demonstrate professional commitment to learning and teaching. Why should librarians apply for HEA fellowship? To become better teachers (and learners)!  It's so easy, given the constraints of time-slots and … Continue reading Why I’m applying for HEA Fellowship

How can unique and distinctive collections support University mission?

Delighted to share news of a report which should help anyone trying to make the case for investment in special collections.  Or indeed considering whether they should invest in them ... Unique and distinctive collections: opportunities for research libraries is freely available online from the Research Libraries UK website.  It's based on fieldwork I carried … Continue reading How can unique and distinctive collections support University mission?

The Pukka Pad and the Big Cake: #DCDC14 Conference Part 1

Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities, a joint effort by RLUK and The National Archives, is fast becoming a must-attend conference for archives and special collections folk.  The idea?  We face tough times and huge challenges: let's collaborate and find new ways to survive and thrive.  The second in the series was held last week in the … Continue reading The Pukka Pad and the Big Cake: #DCDC14 Conference Part 1