In Episode 7 of the Librarians with Lives podcast I chat to Katherine Burchell, who is a Library Assistant at Cambridge University Library. Katherine is also doing her library qualification at Sheffield via distance learning.
If anyone is playing Librarians with Lives Podcast Bingo, please mark the following topics on your card:
- Being an advanced reader
- School libraries as a saviour (and ace school librarians)
- Doing a degree in English Literature
- Being advised to become a teacher and refusing to do so
We chat in detail about graduate traineeships (or not), alternative routes into the information profession, applying to library school, combining a full-time job with studying, thoughts on dissertations and advice for fellow distance learning students.
I also attempt to offer advice on work-life balance, being realistic about how much studying you really need to do during your library course, applying for bursaries, and grabbing CPD opportunities. (Not that Katherine needs advice from a mid-career person like me, she’s acing it already.) I also tell Katherine to do Chartership. CILIP – you can thank me later…
I’m having a break next week for half-term so the next episode will be released on Tuesday 31st October (note the change of day – new episodes will be released on Tuesdays from now on) and features Michael Cook.