Linda Coombs, Librarian, Tresham College, Northamptonshire

Linda Coombs, Tresham College

Linda Coombs, Tresham College

Hi, my name is Linda and I’ll be taking over the Voices for the Library twitter account next week.  I’d like to give you a quick flavour of who I am and what I do…

I am in my first post as a qualified librarian, and I really love it! I finished my MA at Sheffield in 2012 and moved to Kettering to take this job.  Before that I lived in London where I commuted to a school in Guildford for my graduate traineeship, then worked for a charity for a year.  I decided to become a librarian while I was at UCL studying ancient history, I spent all my time in the beautiful main library, and wanted to spend my working life in places like that.

I work at Tresham College in Northamptonshire.  Tresham is a HE and FE college which has three main sites, in Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough, I am the campus librarian for the largest of these in Kettering.  As such my job is really varied, from teaching, managing the twitter account (@TreshamLRC), receiving and cataloguing stock and supporting the four library assistants.   We currently have a few projects which I’m working on; preparations for the Six Book Challenge, shelf marking the whole of the library and conducting our annual LRC learner survey.  I am also working towards Chartership slowly but surely.

Outside of work, I spend my time walking and, playing computer games, and of course reading (The Count of Monte Cristo at the moment).  In the photo I’m jumping up and down on a frozen pool, my hair swung in front of my face (I’m not a bearded lady, honest).  There is also an equally exciting photo of the LRC, which had a revamp last summer.

My personal account is @LVCoombs and I’ll also be at Library Camp this Saturday, so come and say hello if you’re there.

I’m happy to go where the mood takes us in terms of topics for discussion, but some thoughts I had centre on corporate twitter accounts, noise levels, and HE level provision in colleges.