Over the last month, I have been very busy whizzing around the South East visiting a number of libraries. Each library was quite unique, but there were a few interesting commonalities; in particular, all of them contained at least one member of staff who was studying (or had studied) for a long-distance MA in Information and Library studies at Aberystwyth! I have therefore had the chance to grill several people on the specifics of the course I will be starting in September, which has been very useful. Other than this, every trip has given me plenty to think about:
Applications for a new Graduate Trainee here at the Albert Sloman Library are about to open, and so now would seem like the perfect time for me to give a bit of a rundown of how I got here, what I have been doing, and where I will (hopefully!) be going next year. If you are planning to apply for the Graduate Trainee post and have any questions, feel free to check out the “Contact Us” section of this blog. We will do our best to help!
I am ever so slightly embarrassed to admit that, until last Wednesday, I had absolutely no idea that the UK Data Archive was based at the University of Essex. Continue reading
As a graduate trainee at the library I interact with students (and occasionally applicants) in a range of different ways. Helpdesk shifts come alongside tasks such as leading information literacy sessions and providing library tours. Furthermore, it was not so very long ago that I was a student myself, and I remember only too clearly the worries and challenges I faced when beginning my university journey.
Christmas is less than a week away, the students have all headed home, and I am officially one third of the way through my year as a Graduate Trainee. What to say!
Last Thursday (15 November) saw the launch of the first event in the AHRC Being Human Festival series, ‘Seeing Red: Periods and Protest in Post-war Britain’. For those who braved the night-time chill and fog to attend the event, hosted in the Business School, the evening was as educational as it was invaluable.
Halloween. A time for scary movies, ghosts, sugary sweets, and CV workshops.