Taking a break and volunteering somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse*

Around this time of year, I would normally expect to be restarting my studies. This year, however, I have decided to take a break from the course. This is for a number of reasons, but most of all it’s because I feel that I would benefit at this point from some more practical experience in order to put the skills which I have learned to use in real situations. My studies have involved a lot of work on sample classifications, reports on imaginary scenarios and a lot of thinking about the theoretical side of knowledge organisation, but applying these is a very different skill. Luckily there is an archive reasonably close to where I live, and back in July they just happened to be asking for volunteers to help catalogue some of their small collection.

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A ‘professional’ visit to CILIP

The CILIP New Professionals Day 2015 was held on the 9th October at the CILIP headquarters in London. Whilst I wouldn’t really consider myself to be quite an information professional just yet, I thought it would be a good experience to go along. The conference was actually aimed at people just like me who are new to library or information careers, or who are studying towards a qualification in the field. As such, I imagined it would be a very supportive and friendly atmosphere, and I’m glad to say that I was not disappointed. Plus, there were also free sandwiches, tea and coffee all day so, really, what’s not to like about that?!

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Remembrance of libraries past (and present)

In my last post I talked about visiting a library to get ‘real’ books for my course. I was lucky enough to be able to take advantage of the SCONUL access scheme which enables distance learning students at participating universities to use library services at their local university. It’s an excellent service and very easy to register for, and all the better if the university teaches a similar course to yours and has a plentiful supply of books or resources. So, having received my authorising email and double-checked with the library, off I went to my local university, armed only with a bus ticket and a list of books.

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