Library “Day in the Life” starts again tomorrow, so I am preparing to record what I do at work this week in the hope that it will be useful and interesting to other people who work in libraries, and help anyone considering librarianship as a career to see how varied the job can be.
My current job involves running a library which serves the following community:
- 400 undergraduate students, across a wide variety of subjects
- 200 postgraduate students, some on taught courses and some on research courses
- over 100 university Fellows, tutors and lecturers who teach the students mentioned above as well as pursuing their own research interests
- a small number of visiting readers who wish to consult a specific book, or use the college archives
- plus anyone else from the college’s non-academic staff
I have two full-time assistant librarians in my team and two part-time shelving assistants. Our library is open 24/7, almost all year except a break at Christmas.
My previous jobs have been:
- Deputy Manager of Staff Development, Bodleian Libraries [blog]
- Electronic Resources Senior Assistant, Bodleian Libraries [blog]
- Assistant Librarian, St Clare’s, Oxford
- Information Assistant, Northumbria University Library
… and before all of that, I was a secondary school science teacher. My skills in teaching have been enormously helpful in all my jobs in libraries.
I enjoy the range of tasks I encounter in my job as a librarian, and the opportunities to help people find information are often found away from the enquiry desk or library office. I look forward to recording what I do at work this week and hope that you will find it as interesting as I do!