Librarians with lives

Information Professionals can be terrifying can’t they? They hunt around the wilds of Web 2.0 writing, advocating, shouting, campaigning and have an opinion on absolutely everything to do with the profession. They are the all-conquering Librarian Crowd.

As much as I love my job and the profession in general I also like having a life beyond it. I have a husband, children, an over-active interest in reality TV, a fondness for wine and cheese, I ‘craft’, play games, sing,  dance and do a lot of washing. I constantly juggle my responsibilities and (mostly) manage to keep everything running (reasonably) smoothly.

This is the blog for The Rest Of Us. I am a Librarian…with a Life!


I didn’t set out to be a Librarian. I fell into it at the age of 23 after completing a degree and a Masters in History, trying out the graduate milkround for size and finding it didn’t fit me.

I started out as the Graduate Trainee at the Oxford Union Society Library (2003-4). I did the distance learning ILS course at Aberystwyth (2004-2006) while working as a Library Assistant, then Senior Library Assistant at the National Maritime Museum (2004-2006) .

My first professional post was at Barnardo’s, where I was a Library and Information Services Officer (2006-2009) and I now work for a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) as a Librarian (2009 – present). I Chartered in 2008 and am now thinking about Revalidation. I’m a Chartership Mentor.

When I’m not working I am the chief monkey tamer in the House of Twins. In my (rare) me-time I cross-stitch, watch terrible television, make cards, follow rugby, cricket and baseball, catch up with my friends, collect handbags, play computer games, lunch,  read books and pootle about online.


  1. December 20, 2010 at 00:48

    I love the ‘librarians with lives’ tag line… I’m an ex-teacher and, when wandering places like the supermarket, the shocked looks of children told me I shouldn’t have a life outside of school!
    I love Aberystwyth, Jo. While I was living in England I had a friend doing his Ph.D there so I would go and stay with him and his girlfriend. He once set me the task of walking the town and trying to get lost…of course I couldn’t!

  2. April 29, 2011 at 18:36

    I’d really, really, really like to write a guest post! I messaged a few weeks ago but heard nothing back, so here I am trying again… I’m nothing if not persistant! I think this is a fab blog and would really like the chance to be involved.

    I am a member of the the Editorial Panel for Cilip’s ‘Update with Gazette’ magazine. The panel consists of normal/regular joe Cilip members who provide feedback on the latest issue. I could write about how this doubles as a CPD exercise without anyone having to go to great expense/time/effort. It fits in perfectly with the original idea of Librarians With Lives.

    So please, take a look at my blog and have a think about whether the Editorial Panel would make an intersting topic for a post. It has the potential!

    Hope to hear from you soon, Cara.

    • May 4, 2011 at 18:55

      Hi Cara,

      Sorry for the delay in getting back to you – we really live up to the Librarians with Lives tag!

      A guest post would be great. Are you on Twitter? My name on there is JWo79 and if you contact me there I’ll send you my e-mail address.


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