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.