LwL Episode 23: Harry Wright

In Episode 23 of the Librarians with Lives podcast I chat to Harry Wright, who was a Library Assistant at a public library in Oxford, but will shortly be moving to an equivalent role at Friends Meeting House in London.

We discuss graduate traineeships, cross-sector working and outreach work.


The next episode will be released on Tuesday 27th March and stars Jenny Foster.
Happy listening!


LwL Episode 22: Jennifer Bayjoo

In Episode 22 of the Librarians with Lives podcast I chat to Jen Bayjoo, Research Services Advisor in the Research Services Team at Leeds Beckett University.

We discuss working in a university library but not as a liaison librarian, the infuriating inherent whiteness of the information profession, and deciding against Chartership.

The ‘Cringey’ ( her word not mine) article that Jen wrote about her graduate trainee experiences is here.



The next episode will be released on Tuesday 20th March and stars Harry Wright.
Happy listening!

LwL Episode 20: Graduate Trainees’ Special

In Episode 20 of the Librarians with Lives podcast I chat to Elle Codling, Rhiannon Williams and Hannah Smith, who are all current library trainees about graduate traineeships, pathways into the information profession, how they’re enjoying their first library experiences, and their future plans. They also offer advice to people applying for traineeships.

The Cambridge Trainees’ blog
The Oxford Trainees’ website
Elle’s blog

This is the first episode to include the new #LwL jingle, an original composition by Tom Peach called ‘Spandex Ballet’. Huge thanks to him for taking the time to record it.

The next episode will be released on Tuesday 6th March and stars Lucas Maxwell, a secondary school librarian.
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LwL Episode 19: Jo Cornish

In Episode 19 of the Librarians with Lives podcast I chat to Jo Cornish, Development Officer (Employers) at CILIP.

We chat about her previous life in public libraries, managing staff, qualifications, fellowship and baseball.


The next episode will be released on Tuesday 20th February is a graduate trainee special, featuring Elle Codling, Rhiannon Williams and Hannah Smith.
Happy listening!

LwL Episode 18: Michael Jones

In Episode 18 of the Librarians with Lives podcast I chat to Michael Jones, Assistant Library Manager at a 6th form college. If you recognise his voice, Michael took part in the Christmas Special and was incredibly knowledgeable about films (the reasons for this will become apparent when you listen to the episode.)

Michael’s blog post and subsequent Twitter discussion about networking at conferences became a talking point during my chat with Nick Poole and has led to people advocating the inclusion of hot chocolate and board games to facilitate face-to-face interaction in a professional context. We spent quite a bit of time discussing mechanisms for informal networking at conferences during the episode and its great to see that this is being taken more seriously by conference organisers.

We could have chatted about films for ages (sound the Wittertainment klaxon) but we were very well-behaved and managed to focus on Michael’s journey to becoming a qualified information professional. The article that was published as a result of his dissertation on using social media to market libraries in an educational context can be found here. I knew a little bit anecdotally about working in a 6th form college library, but Michael’s insights into the high points and challenges are fascinating. We also chatted about his role as Chair of ARLG Southern.

The next episode will be released on Tuesday 6th February and stars Jo Cornish, Development Officer (Employers) at CILIP.
Happy listening!

LwL Episode 17: Alisa Howlett

In Episode 17 of the Librarians with Lives podcast I chat to Alisa Howlett, an award-winning information professional, currently working as the Coordinator for Evidence-Based Practice at the University of Southern Queensland. Alisa and I recorded this episode in mid-November in the evening in the UK and early in the morning in Australia.

We chatted about weekly library lessons at school, being a recovering perfectionist, having an affinity for library work from a reasonably young age but not actually making a career decision until later, working in aviation library settings, deviations into archives and policy work before finding a home in academic libraries, evidence-based practice and data analysis and interpretation, taking a sabbatical, similarities and differences between CILIP in the UK and ALIA in Australia, speaking at conferences, taking a travelling sabbatical, and emotional and work-related burnout.

You can find out more about Alisa on her website.   We talked about the ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee and the 2017 New Librarians Symposium and the ALIA Students & New Graduates Group

The next episode will be released on Tuesday 23rd January and stars Michael Jones – he works in an FE college library and is the originator of the discussion about networking at conferences.
Happy listening!