23 Librarians takes over the world!

23LibrariansWell, not quite, although there is evidence that it has been read and discussed as far away as Japan, South Korea and Australia, as well, of course, as in other parts of the UK. It’s been so well received there that librarians in England (Virginia Power), Wales (Kristine Chapman) and Northern Ireland (Elaine Mulholland) are launching their own blogs alongside the second Scottish series in the autumn. You can find their contact details on this blog’s About page along with information about how and why the 23 Librarians concept started.

So, to quote Virginia: “Do you work in an Information Specialist role – public, academic, school, FE or HE library or in a museum or archive as an information manager?  Perhaps you work in a commercial environment as an Information/Records Manager? As part of a project highlighting the diverse range of working environments that librarians and information specialists now work in across the United Kingdom…….we will be looking for a cross-section of entries and are keen to have input from anyone who originally trained as a librarian or information manager and has seen their role evolve and develop.” If you fit any of those descriptions (or any others we haven’t thought of), one of us would love to hear from you.

If you decide to take part, Kristine suggests that to help you to structure your post you could consider covering some of the following questions:

  • How did you first get into the library and information profession?
  • What does your job involve, and can you describe a ‘typical’ day?
  • What do you particularly enjoy about your job?
  • Are you involved in any professional activities? (i.e. committees, special interest groups)
  • Are you currently pursuing a professional qualification? (i.e. distance learning, certification, chartership)
  • What advice do you have for people considering a career in your sector of the profession?

You don’t necessarily have to include all of that, it’s just some ideas to think about. Please get in touch with one of us if you would like to know more.


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