Sarah Mallen, Information Manager, The University of Manchester, Careers & Employability Division

Image of a row of books from The Sunday Times series of books on self development at work.

Image from Careers Library, University of Machester

I’m a chartered librarian working in a Higher Education Careers Service; there are more of us out there than you might think!

It’s an information specialism that few people know about as a career option and if you are researching options for your own career then the resources we use in our daily work could be useful for you.

I work with 2 professional bodies to do my bit promoting the skills of information professionals

I’m on the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) North West Academic & Research Libraries Group committee – A great opportunity to talk to Information professionals in Higher Education & Further Education in a wider context. It’s great to hear about innovations and changes going on in other parts of the sector and strangely comforting to know that the same issues are affecting us all.

I also work with my other professional body AGCAS (Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services) on training, networking, events and conferences for information staff, via CISG the Careers Information Specialists Group.

Information staff are often at the front line of Information Advice and Guidance provision at Careers Services, however it is often overlooked as a profession.  Voices for the Library is a great opportunity to tell people about our world.

I’ll tell you a bit about me and my team here at Manchester, talk about the national picture and trends in Information Advice and Guidance.  You can also ask me any questions about careers resources, recommendations for your users or yourself!

Sarah is an Information Manager at The University of Manchester Careers and Employability Division and blogs about Careers Information resources and issues at  Information Spaces http://informationspaces.wordpress.com/

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