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
Why I Revalidated
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
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?
23 Things …
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 …