Okay, so I should have started a blog about three years ago and have cited every possible distraction as an excuse, but cpd 23 things has finally induced me to have a go.
I’m a latecomer to 23 things because my many apprehensions about starting a ‘library’ blog included:
- Do I know enough engaging things about libraries to keep people interested?
- There are so many people doing this already, and they’re good at it.
- Why would anyone want to read my aimless ramblings?
- Do I have enough library experience? – ‘New Professional’ seems to be a very broad term in library-land!
- I’m not sure how easy it will be to sustain a dialogue solely about library-based subjects.
But skipping thing 1 and looking at other people’s blogs first helped a lot. Especially when I realised that most of them are doing this for the first time too, and that other people have similar fears to my own. And so in the end I decided to just go for it – I will just write about things I like and be me and if people want to read it then that would be lovely.
So anyway, I’m Emily and I’m a graduate library trainee at the University of Bradford. I also work at a local public branch library at the weekend. Before this I worked as an Information Officer for local Council, which I loved until I got promoted to a similar job with a sillier title, which involved managing a database and was rather dull. I also worked as a library assistant for Bradford public libraries. This was brilliant experience as I worked on mobile libraries, in the children’s library and in bibliographic services as well as in the central and branch libraries.
The best thing about being a graduate library trainee so far is feeling like a real part of the library community. I never realised before that there was such a huge (and active!) network of people all interested in libraries and librarianship. I feel like I’ve already learnt so much from everyone, and there’s so much more – I can barely keep up! I’m hoping that cpd 23 things will be an extension of this learning curve and help me get to know more library-people.