Filed under Librarianship

The CILIP rebrand and me

I quit CILIP some time ago,  mainly due to personal financial reasons. I had gone through chartership and was loath to surrender the qualification, but found annual membership expensive and not delivering on its value as a service to me. I felt I was not benefiting from its offerings in advocacy, sharing of best practice, … Continue reading

Academic libraries in ‘mainstream’ media …

Many librarians have felt pretty bitter towards the mainstream media of late. We’ve had a spate of poorly researched articles focusing on public library closures. These have not exactly done the situation justice and barely focused on librarians themselves. Its refreshing then to see two articles in a mainstream tech blog like Ars Technica, (more … Continue reading

Emerging LIS professional communication models …

I’ve recently submitted an article to a professional journal, my first ever. I’m quietly thrilled about it and hope it gets published. Writing and submitting was a useful experience both in understanding the information needs of academic users and in focusing my ideas. Based on a piece of research I wrote over a year ago, … Continue reading

A million squid you say?

Note: I really tried to make this a fair and balanced piece regarding the true cost of scholarly communication. Instead it verges off into the rant. I’m not anti-publisher or anti-profit, we all have to eat and grow and I like living in a capitalist society. I just don’t like feeling like a mug every-time … Continue reading

Cataloguing to metadata event and slides

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a fantastic ‘Cataloguing to metadata’ event at Oxford. It was hosted by the Bodleian Libraries and organised by their cataloguing team and staff development folk. I started out as a trainee at Oxford, (also thanks again to staff development there for that!) so felt personally happy to be back and catch … Continue reading

Common sense at at last?

Good news everybody! It seems Marc21 is dead (or been told to order its last meal). Last week, the Library of Congress (LOC) working group on the future of bibliographic control has announced that:   the Library community’s data carrier, MARC, is “based on forty-year-old techniques for data management and is out of step with … Continue reading