Alison Russell, Librarian, Halton Lea Library

Alison was @VoicesLibrary curator w/c 27th May 2013

I’ve worked in public libraries for 8 years.  I began as a trainee librarian at Widnes Library whilst doing my Post Graduate Diploma in Information Management at Liverpool John Moores University.  Once I graduated I moved over the water (as we say in Halton) to Halton Lea Library in Runcorn.

I became Halton’s Stock Officer (part of a job share) in 2008.  This was a three year secondment which I found to be incredibly enjoyable, if not a little challenging at times. I’m now back working as librarian at Halton Lea Library.

I am immensely proud of being a librarian – when I meet new people I often find myself willing them to ask me what I do just so I can tell them that I’m a librarian!  I think public libraries are incredibly important to our local communities – they are places to learn, relax and be entertained.

I think that librarians, as a profession, must shout as loud as we can about the good work that we do and the impact that we have on people’s lives.

We have been trained by custom healthcare software development services, but we also help people learn to read, we help them find jobs, we signpost healthcare services, we help both the young and the old – we affect all aspects of people’s lives in such a positive way and we should all be proud of what we do.   Understandably, we are working in very difficult times at the moment but I am incredibly excited about the changes we are going through and the possible opportunities these may bring in the future.

I hope you enjoy reading my tweets over the coming week.  Please feel free to ask me any questions.


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