How will librarians of the future learn from librarianship in our time? That's assuming they exist in some form (hope so!) and are interested. And what resources are available to help new librarians now get an overview of the whole profession? BLIW is the very thing these researchers need. Yes, Librarian of the future, we … Continue reading Better buy BLIW
Over the past five years, it's been a delight to see the Handbook reaching audiences way beyond the UK. For instance, last year I was invited to speak at a seminar in Stockholm sharing perspectives on rare books librarianship with a group of (mostly) Swedish librarians. The paper I gave has just been published, along … Continue reading Fika and futures
In 1994, librarians were learning how to do gopher searches (younger readers, this was a way to search the internet, just before the World Wide Web came along). Acronym-laden databases on CD-ROM were delighting/scaring our users. I became a Chartered Member of the Library Association (now CILIP). The information world has changed a bit since … Continue reading Why I Revalidated
I've taken on a challenging/fun writing project for 2016: summing up social media in libraries 2010-2015, for the next edition of British Librarianship and Information Work. Crumbs! The deadline is autumn 2016, but I've started work already as the piece will need a great deal of planning, research and reflection. Finding information and evidence so … Continue reading Why do librarians tweet about cake?
There are many amazing web tools out there which make working life easier (lovely Zotero for instance). However, it can be hard to find time to explore them and see whether they are worth using. Which brings me to 23 Things for Professional Development ... back by popular demand on 7 May 2012. 23 Things … Continue reading 23 Things …
The Handbook is of course written from a UK perspective, but I did my best to incorporate material which would help librarians in other English-speaking countries. Many examples and best practice come from the USA in particular, home to so many Special Collections and their librarians. We have much in common, but there are of … Continue reading Conference-going: advice from a US librarian