In Episode 46 of the Librarians with Lives podcast I chat to Ellie Downes, academic liaison librarian about Aberystwyth, ephemera, empathy, Library Twitter, Giles from Buffy (obvs), learning Welsh, doing Chartership and plotting heists.
Ellie and I met in person at the CILIP Cymru Wales conference, which was held in Aberystwyth in May 2018 which, as I’ve previously stated, was one of the highlights of my year. Ellie and I…found each other after chatting on Twitter a bit beforehand and we had a great time at the evening event, which was held at the National Library of Wales and afterwards at the pub where we drank Welsh gin. Despite all of our plotting, we didn’t manage to steal a CILIP presidential medal. When you attend CPD events you find your people, and Ellie is definitely in that category.
We recorded this episode back in September, over Skype. I’ve just listened back and I hope we don’t come across as being flippant or privileged when Ellie answers the final question. Ellie now has a Chartership mentor.
The next episode of the LwL Podcast will be released on Tuesday 29th January and features Kate Faulkner.
In Episode 44 of the Librarians with Lives podcast I chat to Paul Jeorrett, until very recently Chair of CILIP Cymru Wales. Paul retired from his role at Wrexham Glyndwr University at the end of 2017.
I met Paul at the CILIP Cymru Wales conference, which was held at Aberystwyth University in May 2018. I delivered a plenary presentation at the conference, which was probably one of my highlights of my entire professional career. I’ve done some great stuff since, but Aber will always be special.
Just before my presentation Paul popped over for a chat with me and apologised in advance because he was master of ceremonies at the evening reception, so thought he might need to dash off part-way through to prepare. When I finished speaking Paul was one of the first people to come over and congratulate me on my presentation. We had a “You stayed!” “I couldn’t leave!” conversation and he asked if I’d ever done any live radio. Why yes, I used to co-present a (terrible, but I wasn’t telling him that) student radio show in Reading. Paul asked if I’d consider being a guest on his radio show. He’s an extremely nice man. I suspect he asks a lot of people and normally they politely turn him down but not me. No way. You’ll hear the results of that in the next episode, which is a music-free version of the radio show I guested on in October 2018.
Paul worked at ZSL London Zoo Library early in his career, and after hearing their episode he got in contact with them and actually visited his old workplace in the summer. That was a ‘I did that!’ lovely moment for me.
The next episode will be the radio show recording, and then I’m having an extended break over Christmas because why the heck not? LwL proper will be back on Tuesday 8th January and will feature Ellie Downes.
In Episode 41 of the Librarians with Lives podcast I chat to Lynsey Sampson, Information Services Assistant at the University of Strathclyde.
Lynsey previously worked in public libraries and a mental health service. We discuss CPD, getting bursaries, attending conferences, and visiting libraries abroad. Lynsey’s answer for the dream library job question is excellent and entirely unexpected… #GetOuttaMyPub
I met Lynsey in person at the CILIP Conference in July and she kindly provided one of the soundbites for the conference special. Lynsey blogged about her conference experience here.
I need to apologise for the sound quality in this episode, which was recorded via Skype audio in September. I’ve cleaned it up as much as I can and we both sound significantly less like we did the recording in a public toilet now. You think *this* is a FUBAR? Well, have I got a story for YOU early next year…
The next episode will be released on 27th November and is an extremely sparkly, jazz hands side-special featuring Clare McCluskey Dean, star of Episode 3 of LwL.
In Episode 38 of the Librarians with Lives podcast I chat to Leah Rosenblum Emary, who has worked in various types of libraries in California, Brussels, and Berlin but has found a happy niche in UK academic libraries for the past 5 years. She currently works as liaison librarian for the School of Media and Communications at the University of Sunderland.
Next week’s episode features Angus MacDonald from CILIP.
In Episode 37 of the Librarians with Lives podcast I chat to Kate Grigsby, former FE and prison librarian, now working at the University of Sheffield. Kate is part of the Information Literacy Group (ILG)
The next episode will be released on 18th September and stars Ed Wilkinson.
In Episode 30 of the Librarians with Lives podcast I chat to Cassandra Gilbert-Ward, Assistant Librarian at the National Art Library, housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Cassandra has had a varied career so far and has previous worked in prison, publishing house and academic libraries. We also discuss mental health, and work-life balance. As well as her full-time role, Cassandra is an ILS distance learning student at Sheffield and a keen rower. Cassandra blogs here
The next episode will be released on Tuesday 12th June and stars Louise Burkett.
In Episode 29 of the Librarians with Lives podcast I chat to David Clover, Head of User Engagement – Library and Learning Services at the University of East London. He has written a couple of posts about his career journey that complement this episode, which can be found on his blog: Part 1 & Part 2.
This episode was recorded in-person at the UEL in February.
The next episode will be released on Tuesday 5th June and stars Cassandra Gilbert-Ward.