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Information Assistant (Academic Services) in the Library at City, University of London.

The Road Less Travelled – Looking Beyond Traditional Library Qualification

Last month (December 12th) I attended an interesting afternoon of talks organised by cpd25 called The Road Less Travelled – Looking Beyond Traditional Library Qualification at which five speakers talked about different ways to gain further qualifications and experience following postgraduate study.   Elizabeth Charles, Assistant Director of Library Service at Birkbeck, talked about becoming … Continue reading The Road Less Travelled – Looking Beyond Traditional Library Qualification

CSGUK Visit to Royal Holloway

Introductions Thanks to the Customer Service Group UK, this summer I, along with other lucky Information Assistants, was able to visit the library of another University and learn about their experiences. I was quite keen on a visit to Royal Holloway (I have wanted to go ever since first seeing a photo of the Founders’ … Continue reading CSGUK Visit to Royal Holloway

Measuring Value Conference at Birmingham City University, 4th May 2016

On May the Fourth, a day when the Force was with me at times, I ventured up to Birmingham for an Information Literacy conference at Birmingham City University.  The day didn’t start too well as I got lost trying to get out of Birmingham New Street station.  Back when I was a student in Birmingham, … Continue reading Measuring Value Conference at Birmingham City University, 4th May 2016

Overview of the Library Science Course at City University

In September 2013, I returned from my honeymoon ready to start Married Life.  I was also preparing to imminently start a Masters course at City University London in Library Science: the induction was about a week after our return. A few weeks ago I finished the course by handing in my dissertation, the idea for which … Continue reading Overview of the Library Science Course at City University

What About the Recent Past? Presenting at #citymash; and What About the Future? continued: Further Visions of Tomorrow… Today!

This a blog about a talk which was about a talk that I did at a Library Unconference. How it Started Sometime early this year, April, I think, an event called CityMash, a Libraries and Technology Unconference, was announced for 13th June.  As part of this announcement there was a call for speakers.  I began … Continue reading What About the Recent Past? Presenting at #citymash; and What About the Future? continued: Further Visions of Tomorrow… Today!

The Staff Development Group Event, 11th September 2014

On a pleasant September afternoon we made our way to Russell Square to find our quiz-slash-task masters, Derek and Samantha, ready and waiting to set our away day challenges.  We were assigned three separate tasks and a map to help us with those tasks – an information scavenger hunt, a book bench quiz and a … Continue reading The Staff Development Group Event, 11th September 2014