In Episode 47 of the Librarians with Lives podcast I chat to I chat to Kate Faulkner, Legal Research Librarian at the Squire Law Library, the law faculty library at the University of Cambridge. Kate worked as a freelance indexer for 12 years and is still working on the Inner Temple Bench Papers of Judge Monier-Williams for the archivist at the Honourable Society of Inner Temple. In her spare time Kate visits libraries and blogs about them and also mentions the Carnegie Library blog.
We recorded this episode back in September 2018, over Skype. I subsequently met Kate in person at the Cambridge Librarians Conference a couple of weeks ago and she is absolutely lovely in person, too.
The next episode of the LwL Podcast will be released on Tuesday 12th February and features Holger Aman.
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 36 of the Librarians with Lives podcast I chat to Emily AKA Minnie Birch, prison librarian, former public librarian and folk singer extraordinaire. Emily was recommended to me by Jo Cornish, star of Episode 19 of the podcast. I’m lucky to know people who will recommend interviewees and I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed. I certainly wasn’t in this case as Emily is fab.
Her website is here.
The next episode will be released on 11th September and stars Kate Grigsby.
In Episode 27 of the Librarians with Lives podcast I chat to Tom Roper, Clinical Librarian for Brighton and Sussex NHS Library and Knowledge Service. Tom has worked in a number of sectors – public, special, academic and health libraries to name a few – and is very pleased that his episode is being released on 1st May as the date appeals to both his trade unionist and folk music interests.
Tom blogs here and his Mendeley profile is here
The next episode will be released on Tuesday 15th May and stars Jane Secker.
In Episode 26 of the Librarians with Lives podcast I chat to Kathryn Parry, Development Manager for CILIP Cymru Wales. Kathryn is the organiser of the CILIP Cymru Wales Conference, which is taking place on 9th & 10th May in Aberystwyth. She is also a distance learner at Aberystwyth University. We discuss public libraries, access to information, twins, information literacy, and organising conferences.
[Disclosure: at time of recording I’d submitted a proposal to speak at the conference in Aber, which was subsequently accepted. I’ll be there on 9th May speaking about professional and personal resilience, and Librarians with Lives.]
Kathryn did 23 things a few years ago, which can be found here
The next episode will be released on Tuesday 1st May and stars Tom Roper.
In Episode 24 of the Librarians with Lives podcast I chat to Jenny Foster, who has previously worked in public libraries and further education but has spent the last six years working in various facilities and customer service roles for university libraries. Most recently she has found herself at Edge Hill working to deliver a front line service across not just the library but student services and careers.
Jenny blogs here, not just on libraries. She asked me to add the following statement: After venturing down south for work and getting as far as Southampton I’ve happily returned to my roots in the north where you can get real pies with tops and bottoms 🙂
The next episode will be released on Tuesday 10th April and stars Caitlin McCulloch.
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.
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.
In Episode 5 of the podcast I chat to Andrew Oakes, a law librarian who lives and works in Leeds. We spent a long time discussing children’s books and writing for young people, avoiding becoming teachers, whether doing a humanities or creative arts degree is the best way to become a librarian, computer literacy, the state of public libraries, and not doing Chartership (although I do try and sell Andrew the idea of doing Revalidation…)
Andrew had an academic library job, left it for love and life, got stuck in an admin job and then spent several years trying to get back into library work again. He did his postgraduate qualification part-time whilst working in the admin role (highly unusual) and worked in public libraries before becoming a law librarian.
[Side note: the library course at Leeds Beckett/Leeds Metropolitan University turned out some brilliant information professionals (Andrew and Clare McCluskey Dean, who featured in Episode 3 for example.) It’s a shame it wasn’t around for very long.]
When I’m recording the interviews I often write down a word or phrase that sums up the interviewee’s career path. For Andrew I simply wrote ‘Serendipity’. He spent so long trying to get back into library work again and finally achieved it via both hard work and some serendipitous coincidences.
This interview was recorded one evening at the beginning of September over Skype. We both gave up our chance to watch Bake-Off live – THE HORROR! One of the many things I love about doing this podcast is ‘meeting’ new people and getting to know them. Andrew and I didn’t know each other at all before we recorded this episode and we didn’t discover our mutual love of Eurovision until afterwards which I regard as a great shame (although there is potential for a LwL side-special here.) Andrew is on holiday this week but will be around to answer any questions when he’s back.
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The next episode will be released on Wednesday 11th October and features Juanita Foster-Jones.