Cara Clarke, Systems Librarian, North Warwickshire and Hinckley College

Cara Clarke, Systems Librarian at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College

Cara Clarke, Systems Librarian at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College

Who am I?
My name is Cara Clarke and I’ll be the curator for @voiceslibrary for the week beginning Monday 24th June.

What do I do?
I work as Systems Librarian at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College. Before I started this job, I didn’t know what ‘Systems Librarian’ entailed, and if you too are unsure I hope my week as curator will help answer any questions you may have. In a nutshell, I work mostly behind-the-scenes rather than front-of-house. I manage any systems the library makes use of, including the LMS, OPAC, computer booking software, online authentication, the library’s social media presence, and I’ll soon be responsible for the online video streaming service. I’m also the main classifier of new book stock and one third of the library’s user-education team. Although I am mostly a technical librarian, I do still do the occasional stint on the circulation desk.

Anything else?
I am the committee secretary for CILIP West Midlands branch, and acting marketing officer too. I am currently revalidating my chartership (hoping to submit by August) and taking NVQ level 5 in leadership and management. The library in which I work is preparing for the CoLRiC Peer Assessment Scheme. Which means, in effect, that I am simultaneously working on 3 portfolios… I fear I may go a teeny bit mad!

What’s my background:
I have a BA in history, MSc in information and library management and chartered in 2010. I have worked in libraries for 10 years (4 in FE colleges and 6 as a school librarian).

What do I think of libraries?
Love ‘em, each and every one! I was 24 when I made the conscious decision to get my life in order and find a career, and deciding on libraries was the best decision I’ve ever made. I haven’t regretted it for a second. I believe in libraries and am proud to call myself a librarian.

What will I tweet about?
A little of this, a little of that – wherever the conversation takes me. As I work in a college, tweets will be based around Further Education. I’ll likely tweet about user education, social media, circulation tasks and the systems that keep everything ticking over.

Want to contact me?
Please feel free to pump me for info during my Twitter takeover (AKA sharing good practice, perhaps bad practice too!). You can find me on Twitter as @caraclarke and I maintain a blog called Behind the Bookshelves ( ) which I use for informal self-reflection (AKA random library musings). I am by no means a font of all knowledge, but I’m interested in anything which shares ideas and sparks discussion.

(A necessary evil nowadays I’m afraid…) Please note that any comments I make are my own views and do not represent that of my employer or any other organisation with which I am involved.