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Claire Stewart, Reader Development Coordinator for Scottish Book Trust

Hello there,

My name is Claire and I’m a bookaholic. Well at least I’m admitting I have a problem.

I work as Reader Development Coordinator for Scottish Book Trust, we’re a national charity who work to spread a love of reading for all ages. Scottish Book Trust’s HQ is based on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh’s literature-soaked old town. I’m also part of a collective called Electric Bookshop along with Peggy Hughes and Padmini Ray Murray, together we’ve been exploring the future of books and reading in the digital age through debates, workshops, discussions, with New Media Scotland.

Edinburgh is the world’s first UNESCO designated City of Literature because of it’s rich literary tradition. Near the Scottish Book Trust offices, up a little windy stone staircase is a dwelling where Daniel Defoe stayed, round the corner is the National Library of Scotland and Edinburgh’s enormous Central Library. We’re cheek by jowl with the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Scottish Poetry Library, the Writer’s Museum, and Canongate Publishing, who this week celebrate their 40th birthday with a literary cabaret. Between my workplace and home is a street called West Port, packed to the gills with bookshops – a street so alive with literature that it hosts its own book festival.

Around my community are creative hubs of activity that have nurtured unprecedented and brilliant literary creativity. The Forest Café which birthed The Golden Hour, Inky Fingers and Forest Publications, a grass-roots creative publisher, Summerhall which hosts Neu Reekie!, and The Counting House, home to Rally and Broad. Not to mention the aforementioned West Port Book Festival, a little further down the road, The Traverse Theatre, dedicated to nurturing Scotland’s latent playwriting talent, and a wee bit further still Charlotte Square which in August hosts the world’s biggest book festival. Edinburgh International Book Festival is thriving in its 30th year and shows no signs of slowing down.

Occasionally I wonder how it is that I’ve become so involved with literature over other interests, but then I remember where I am and it isn’t so surprising.

In other words, bookaholism was inevitable.

My connection with libraries is in one very specific area of work, reader development. I work on projects that reach out to readers and a lot of my work is doing this in partnership with public libraries. Encouraging readership through a number of projects and events all year round, such as Book Week Scotland, national writing projects, podcasts and book lists, national book give-aways and supporting creative people in library residencies.

I love what libraries I work with are doing to contribute to a reading culture, their enthusiastic participation last year in the first ever Book Week Scotland was proof, if ever that were needed, of passionate teams with creativity and can-do attitudes.

In recent years libraries in Scotland have hosted events as diverse as a Teddy Bears’ Sleepover, (with the Teddies’ antics snapped and shared on twitter), an event about poetry and perfume (featuring a celebrated perfume expert and hosted in a botanic garden), literary cabarets, literary death matches and poetry slams. Authors and poets, storytellers and illustrators, historians and journalists visiting to read their work, discuss their stories and ideas, give advice to writers and inspire new readers.

I’m going to be tweeting from the Voices for the Library account about some of the brilliant things that I’m seeing happening in libraries here and around the world, and I hope to instigate some interesting conversations about what libraries are today.

Helen Hart, Knowledge Management Lawyer, LexisNexis UK

Helen Hart, Knowledge Management Lawyer

Helen Hart, Knowledge Management Lawyer

Hi everyone, my name is Helen and I currently work as a knowledge management lawyer for LexisNexis UK in our new offices near Fleet St in London (although I am mainly home-based).  My main role is distilling all the legal information that comes in each week (from case law, judgments, consultations, new legislation) to produce a weekly current awareness e-mail to go out to subscribers about commercial law, as well as writing materials about commercial law for subscribers, such as checklists and template contracts, especially on topics such as advertising, consumer and contract law.

I joined Lexis in January 2013, after working for a short time as a library assistant at Yateley Library in Hampshire.  The library is a public library but because it is on a school site it has a particular character and there are two school librarians as well as the public library staff.  While there, I completed the Opening the Book Frontline reader development course and the Welcome Host Gold course.  Working at Yateley really opened my eyes to the importance of libraries to their local communities and how enthusiastic their users are.  For me, we pay enough taxes, and if we can’t afford to provide the comprehensive library service that is required by law, there is something very wrong.

A civilised country, should, among other things, prioritise learning and education.

Before I worked at Yateley I spent ten years as a practising lawyer and four years working for Practical Law Company (now part of Thomson Reuters).  However, I had a Saturday job at Torquay Library in Devon for about 18 months when I was doing my A levels. Until I worked at Yateley I didn’t really realise that what I had been doing at Practical Law was knowledge management but I joined CILIP and it opened my eyes to new opportunities.

I am hoping to gain certification through CILIP and the main challenge is combining my different experiences in libraries and legal information provision to create a coherent portfolio.  I have nearly finished but would still like a mentor if anyone is interested!

I am looking forward to being a part of the Voices for the Library project so that I can engage with others about the evolving opportunities for information professionals. I intend to tweet about the work I am doing at Lexis Nexis as well as my experiences of, and views on, public libraries.

Helen usually tweets as @helenmaryh

James Beaton, Librarian at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow

James Beaton, Librarian at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow

James Beaton, Librarian at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow

Hello Everyone

About Me

My name is James Beaton, and I am Librarian at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow. The Centre exists to promote the study of the music and history of the Highland bagpipe. The Highland bagpipe is probably the most familiar one to most people, and is associated with Scotland. It is however, merely one of about 130 different kinds of bagpipes from around the world.

The Centre teaches students at all levels, from absolute beginner to those who play at the very highest/virtuoso level. Also, the Centre partners with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to deliver tuition plus courses in history and repertoire of the bagpipe to students of the Conservatoire taking the instrument as their first study on the BA Scottish Music degree.

Students on their year abroad from overseas universities, mainly in the United States, but also mainland Europe, Australasia and South America, come to us for a semester long course called The Bagpipes: History and Repertoire.

What I do

I run the Centre’s Library, which is a small specialist library focusing on printed collections of music for the Highland bagpipe, but also on works relating to the history and culture of the instrument. We also have strong sound collections going back to the 1920s (all digitised and awaiting editing before going on to our elearning portal) and some archival collections of manuscripts and photographs. We provide support to teaching staff and students of the Centre, in terms of scores, as well as background material.

I also teach. I teach the history part of the semester course, and I occasionally teach basic piping (I play) to semester students, and I also step in to help with teaching on the BA Scottish Music course at the Conservatoire when needed, and this has involved me in teaching Gaelic to 1st and 2nd years, as well as doing an overview of the bagpipes music and history to 1st years.

Background

I have a degree in Celtic Studies from Edinburgh University, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Librarianship and Information Studies from Robert Gordon’s Institute of Technology (yes, it was that long ago!) and an MSc(Econ) from the University of Wales at Aberystwyth. I am a fluent Gaelic speaker (although not native), and I am also a piper. I previously worked in health libraries, having developed an interest in health information. I have been at the Centre since 2010, and during my time there, as well as running the Library, I have overseen an oral history project called “Noting the Tradition”, which interviewed people involved in the piping world. The website is here http://www.thepipingcentre.co.uk/museum-heritage/noting-the-tradition/interviews/

Why Tweet?

I tweet under my own account @jjb362 and for me, tweeting is a way of using language to communicate succinctly, and I find the challenges of that fascinating. I also see it as a means of forming e-communities, not only for social purposes, but for personal and professional development. My only personal account, I use socially, but also use it for being part of wider communities of fellow professionals, both bibliothecal and academic, and fellow Gaels on both sides of the Irish Sea. Tweeting pipers are more of a rarity!

What I will be tweeting about

I will be tweeting about what’s going on in the Library, and will also try to give you some idea of the variety of the job. We are a small operation, so if things need to be picked up, then they need to be picked up. I will also be going to Inverness on Thursday of this coming week, to put up a Noting the Tradition display at one of the major piping competitions, as well as interview a retired professional player for Noting the Tradition. I also compete as a Grade 1 amateur player, and will be doing that this week as well, when in Inverness, so there may well be a nervous tweet or two!

Want to Contact Me?

This is best done through my personal Twitter account @jjb362 – I look forward to hearing from you.

Aurélie Gandour, Paris University Institute for Teachers Training, France

Aurélie Gandour, Paris University Institute for Teachers Training

Aurélie Gandour, Paris University Institute for Teachers Training

Hello, everyone!

I’m Aurélie, a French librarian with dreams of Great-Britain, and I’ll be tweeting on @VoicesLibrary beginning on Monday 26th August.

What do I do?

I’m a librarian for Paris University Institute for Teachers Training, thus more on the Higher Education side of libraries (but with textbooks and picture books on the inside!). I guess you could say that I’m a subject librarian or a liaison librarian since I’m responsible for various domain areas, from computing and PE to youth literature. I also co-manage our university’s libraries blog, give training sessions to new students and do a lot of other little tasks. And I’m loving it.

What’s my background?

I’ve got a Bsc in paleontology and an Msc in hydrogeology so I’m quite a defector actually! After working as a student help at my university’s library, I went for a technical degree in librarianship (which is still the most common way to become a librarian in France) and passed a competitive test to become a Higher Education librarian. I now have been a librarian for four years.

Why do I tweet?

I’ve been tweeting and blogging in French for a few years now. There’s a tightly knitted Twitter community of French HE librarians and it’s a pleasure to exchange online. And there’s always someone to answer your cataloguing questions!

I’ve begun tweeting and blogging in English a few months ago -after deciding that I wanted to try and emigrate in Great-Britain- to get a better grip on what it meant to be a British librarian. I’ve been amazed at the warm community that has also sprung up on your side of the Channel and I’m following the discussions avidly.

What will I tweet about?

I’m going to live-tweet our “back-to-school” week, with probably some live-cataloguing inside (you should see the piles of books on my desk… There will definitely be some cataloguing!). I’ll also try to give you some understanding of how libraries work in France (that’s a complex issue, because you basically have to become a civil servant if you want to become a librarian, and the administrative side of it doesn’t make it easy) as well as our Higher Education system.

If you have any questions, send them my way!

Want to contact me? 

In English, I’m tweeting as @Aurelie_Sol and blog on And books will fly… If you’re speaking a bit of French you can also follow me @aurelie_solenne and read my blog Quand les livres auront desdents. If I can help you in any way to get back into your French skills, just ask me, I’m here to help! :) 

Rachel Smith, Communications and Marketing Officer, Durham University Library and Heritage Collections

Rachel Smith, Marketing and Communications Officer, Durham University Library and Heritage Collections

Rachel Smith, Marketing and Communications Officer, Durham University Library and Heritage Collections

Hello, I’m Rachel and this week I’ll be looking after the @voiceslibrary Twitter account!

As Communications and Marketing Officer for Durham University’s Library and Heritage Collections I’m responsible for marketing five Library sites, our Archives and Special Collections, the Palace Green Library galleries (currently hosting the Lindisfarne Gospels Durham exhibition!), the Oriental Museum and Museum of Archaeology. And breathe.

In case you’re wondering (as I often do!) how I managed to get into my job: after graduating with a BA (Hons) in Combined Honours in Arts in 2009, I spent two years working as a Library Assistant in the academic liaison team at Durham. I was promoted to my current role in December 2011. I recently achieved CILIP Chartership and I’m part of the CILIP Career Development Group North Eastern Division committee.

What I’m tweeting about:

As well as telling you about what I’m doing at work, I’m planning some regular twitter features during my takeover which I’ll be marking with hashtags. I’ll be interested to see if any of them take off…

#librarycomms – I’ll be using this hashtag to tell you my library communications tips (I’ll be thinking about a different theme each day)… or if you have any questions about library communications and marketing include #librarycomms I’ll try to answer!

#librarycrafts – like many librarians, I love crafting, so I’m looking forward to sharing some of my favourite library themed crafts and tutorials from around the web this week.

#libraryloves – I’m maybe ever so slightly stealing City University London’s hashtag to tell you the little things I love about my library and libraries in general. And I might throw in a couple of #libraryloathes for good measure!

#mylibrarylookslike – Each day, I’ll be tweeting a picture I’ve taken of my library to show you how I see the library I work in.

I normally tweet as @missrachelsmith, or institutionally as @dulib and I’d love to continue the conversations I start this week!

Dana Hamlin, Collections Associate at the Institute Archives and Special Collections (IASC) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Dana Hamlin, Collections Associate at the Institute Archives and Special Collections (IASC) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Dana Hamlin, Collections Associate at the Institute Archives and Special Collections (IASC) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Hello!

My name is Dana Hamlin, and I’ll be taking over @VoicesLibrary this week (11-17 August). I’m a bit of an outlier from the rest of the curators so far because I’m American and work in the US. I’ve been really enjoying getting to peek behind the scenes of UK libraries through @VoicesLibrary, and hopefully my tweets this week will be just as interesting as everyone else’s have been!

What do I do?
I’m a Collections Associate at the Institute Archives and Special Collections (IASC) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). To quote our website (http://libraries.mit.edu/archives), the IASC serves as the memory of MIT, so we collect and preserve records that document the history of MIT and the people who have been a part of that history. The three biggest pieces of my role in that mission include contacting offices and donors about transferring records; appraising, inventorying, packing and/or re-housing, and updating databases to keep track of records that we receive; and working at the reference desk and answering queries about our collections.

What’s my background?
I got my BA in English (with a minor in history) in 2006, and my MLS in 2011. My library career started with some stints as a public library volunteer during high school, and took off in earnest with an internship at another public library during my final year as an undergrad. That internship turned into a job as a library assistant, and then I took a position as a circulation assistant at the management and social sciences library at MIT. I bounced back and forth between circ and technical processing for a few years due to a major reorganization of the MIT Libraries system, and then finally landed in the Institute Archives just over three years ago.

Why am I tweeting?
I stumbled upon the @VoicesLibrary Twitter Takeover for National Libraries Day back in February, and was fascinated by the different stories presented there. When @kosjanka asked if I’d be interested in doing a takeover, I jumped at the chance to take part in such a cool project. I’m an ardent supporter of libraries, having been a patron of public libraries for as long as I can remember, and am excited to be a part of a project that illustrates the value of all different types of libraries and library staff/supporters!

What will I tweet about?
I’m going to attempt to provide a glimpse into a week in the life of an archives assistant at MIT, along with some commentary on the archives profession, academic libraries, and anything else library-related that springs to mind during the week. I’ll try not to be too rambly! Please feel free to ask me questions or send me comments during the week and I’ll tweet my responses to those as well.

Want to contact me?
My personal twitter account is @dgobs23, but I should warn you – library-related posts tend to be a bit few and far between, as I spend quite a bit of time tweeting about soccer/football. While being a Spurs fan in the US is getting easier all the time, twitter is really my only way of following my other club, FC Halifax Town. If the mad ramblings of a sports fan don’t put you off, please feel free to follow me!

Owen Stephens, self-employed consultant

Owen Stephens, self-employed library consultant

Owen Stephens, self-employed library consultant

I’m an self-employed consultant on libraries and library services. Specifically I’m interested in the effective use of IT in and by libraries.

I’m a qualified librarian and I’ve spent a lot of time working in academic libraries and university computing services managing, writing, procuring library systems, online learning systems and other web based systems. For a full run down of how I got into librarianship and my career so far you can read my Library Routes’ blogpost.

After talking about it for several years, in 2010 I decided to take the plunge and set up my own consultancy business, working with libraries to exploit computers and technology to deliver excellent services.

I see libraries as services that help people discover, access, and use information. Professionally I’m fascinated by the role of technology in helping people find and exploit information. This interest has driven my career choices and led me to set up the ‘Mashed Library’ events (http://mashedlibrary.org) “bringing together interested people and doing interesting stuff with libraries and technology”

View of Leamington Spa Library

View of Leamington Spa Library

I can’t remember not being an active member of my local public library, and I’m writing this post sitting in the library in Leamington Spa.

With two young children (2 and 5) our family makes extensive use of the Warwickshire Library service (recently subject to significant cuts and library closures). In 2011 I set up a blog with my wife (@damyantipatel) to try to capture the value we got from the local public library service – you can see the results at http://www.meanboyfriend.com/overdue_books/about.

You will find Owen on Twitter as @ostephens

Karen McAulay, Music and Academic Services Librarian, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

Karen McAulay, Music and Academic Services Librarian at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Karen McAulay, Music and Academic Services Librarian at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

I’m Karen McAulay, and I’m Music and Academic Services Librarian at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, in Glasgow.  I’ve worked there since the present main building was built and opened in 1988, when we were the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.  A couple of years ago, we had a name-change to reflect the fact that we teach far more than music and drama – there’s also ballet, film and TV, theatre production and technical arts, not to mention jazz and Scottish music.  Those last  two are within my remit as subject librarian for music, and as it happens their course leaders are two of the best and most enthusiastic advocates for the library.

How did I get here?  Do you want the long or the short version?!  I’m dual-qualified in music and librarianship.  After doing a BA in Music at Durham then an MA at Exeter (not completing a PhD), and spending a year in Exeter Uni Library as a graduate trainee, I went to Aberystwyth to do a postgraduate librarianship diploma. From there I went to the University of East Anglia as a senior library assistant in cataloguing, and then to South Shields to be borough music librarian for three years.  Acquiring a spouse on the way, we came to Glasgow for my present job, so I effectively went from academic to public and back to academic librarianship.  Perhaps not the most usual pattern, but it has worked for me.  Since then, I’ve always worked full-time, whilst also raising three sons and completing my second attempt at a PhD in music.  Scottish music, to be precise.

I’m currently on a postdoc research secondment two days a week, with a new   professional covering my library duties while I’m researching – an arrangement which is working very well indeed.

I’ve always been a keen public library user, as well as visiting any academic library I could gain access to.  My father took me to the library in Thorpe St Andrew well before I was five, and once I could read, I’d visit the local branch library at least twice a week – sometimes twice a day.  Norwich Central Library was my customary after-school haunt when I became a sixth-former.  When we first came to Glasgow, I discovered Springburn Library, which at the time also contained a local history museum.  (I found a black and white postcard showing our first tenement flat halfway up Balgrayhill – it’s now the only building surviving from that era, but I made a fabric collage of the scene, using a blown-up photocopy of that postcard.)  My husband was keen to introduce me to the Mitchell Library, which he had known since his schoolboy holiday visits to his grandparents, and there we started our family tree research.  It won’t surprise you to learn that our sons subsequently got their library cards to Elder Park Library at an early age!  And now, in her retirement, my mother is deriving great enjoyment from attending her local library book-club, reading about local history, and just having more time to borrow and read a wider range of books than she’d ever buy.  Is it any wonder that I’m totally committed to keeping public libraries open and professionally run?

What makes me tick as a librarian?  For me, the job satisfaction is in uniting readers with the information or reading-matter that they require, whatever the format.  That means getting the cataloguing accurate so that they can find things – bear in mind that our clientele gets through a lot of sheet music and recordings, too – and also teaching our users how to find what they need.  That also extends to information literacy (not all information is equally good!), research skills, or teaching a student how to format a bibliography at the end of an essay or dissertation.  After my own doctoral studies, I also have a particular affection for sharing my love of historic Scottish music collections, too – I’ll give talks to undergrads, postgrads or indeed visitors at the first whiff of an invitation!

I’ve always been a member of CILIP (the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals), and I got my CILIP Fellowship – FCLIP – a few years ago.  I’m also a member of IAML (the International Association of Music Libraries), and I am Convenor of the Scottish Academic Libraries Training Group.  Now, in what I have to admit are the mature years of my career, I’ve recently become a CILIP mentor for young professionals just embarking on their librarianship careers.  I see it as a way of giving something back to the profession, and also ensuring that knowledge I’ve gained is passed on.   I’m enthusiastic about social media because it allows us to share insights, continue professional discussion, and network in a more informal way.  As you’ll find out in due course, I’m also a compulsive writer and blogger, and Whittaker Live* – our performing arts blog at the Whittaker Library – has now been running for well over a decade.  I run that blog on behalf of the Library, so I try to ensure that every posting will have relevance to some part of the Conservatoire community.  Having said that, my own interests do – unashamedly – come through.  It’s useful to have a place where I can write about old Scottish music books, little-known names who were instrumental in establishing the Scottish music repertoire, or intriguing details of our history that wouldn’t otherwise be known to anyone but the odd researcher.

* http://whittakerlive.blogspot.com

During my week blogging and tweeting for Voices for the Library, I shall be on vacation for the first three days and then back at my library desk for the last two.  This’ll give me a bit more time to make my contribution here, after which you’ll witness me opening my work Inbox after two and a half weeks away.  (I’m quaking already – it’s going to be huge!)

I’ll try to give you a glimpse into what it’s like being a music librarian in a conservatoire, but I’ll also be tweeting about any more general professional issues that arise during the week.

Phoebe Harkins, Communications Co-ordinator, Wellcome Library

Phoebe Harkins, Communications Co-ordinator, Wellcome Library

Phoebe Harkins, Communications Co-ordinator, Wellcome Library

Hello!

I’m Phoebe Harkins and I’m the Communications Co-ordinator at the Wellcome Library in London. Part of Wellcome Collection, we’re the free library for the incurably curious.  The first thing I’m going to say is that the Wellcome Library is an amazing place: come in and see us if you can. We’re one of the world’s major resources for the study of medical history, and we also offer a growing collection of material relating to contemporary medicine and biomedical science in society. We’re open to everyone with an interest our in collections. If you can’t visit in person, have a look at our website and blog.  There you go, shameless plug over.

How did I get here?

My first library job was at the University of Glasgow where I tried valiantly to learn everything I possibly could about libraries. It gave me a brilliant grounding in how this library stuff all fits together. Then I moved to the British Medical Association in London, Imperial College and then here to the Wellcome Library. My first degree is in history (a big chunk of it very handily medical history) and I did my PG at UCL Dept of Information Studies.

What do I do?

Last year I took on a new role and the ‘librarian’ bit fell off my job title, but my job is still all about the Library, its collections and our users. I plan and promote Library public events, including  ‘Medicine & Literature’ author talks  and  academic lectures. I work closely with our comms and marketing,  design and media teams, and I also work on audience engagement and social media. I still do a stint on the enquiry desk. It’s one of the most important and enjoyable bits of my job: I need to know our users, both online and in person and it’s also one of the best ways to discover more about our vast collections. You never know what the next reader is going to ask and given the breadth of our collections is could be absolutely anything.

Why am I tweeting?

Well I’m a huge fan of the concept of public libraries. I grew up in a house where we had to borrow books from the public library: there just wasn’t room to keep hold of very many given its size. But that never seemed a problem: I just nipped in and out of the local library maxing out my borrowing allocation. It seemed like a win-win situation: I got to read, listen to and watch an endless supply of brilliant things and the only problem was constantly underestimating how heavy my bag would be on the way home. This is still an issue. I couldn’t have got through school, uni and life in general without them. They’ve been a constant presence in my life since I was able to get a card for Glasgow’s libraries, and I visit my local library as often as I possibly can. In fact I’ll be going there after work this evening to pay the fine on my overdue books. Well, nobody’s perfect.

This week I’ll try to give you an idea of what my working life here at the Wellcome Library is like this week. We’re undergoing major development works over the next year or so , and it’s all rather hectic, but  hugely exciting.  I’ll also share some hopefully interesting things from the outside library world that I think you might be interested in.

Marie Lancaster, Information Advisor – Document Delivery, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Who am I?

I’m Marie Lancaster and I will be the curator for @voiceslibrary for this week. Apologies if this is a bit rushed but I only found out on Friday that I was doing this so bear with me!

What do I do?

I work at Cardiff Metropolitan University and I’m based in Library Central Services Unit, where we deal with: Acquisitions, cataloguing, E-Services & Document Delivery. I’ve been in this 2004, and have seen many changes in Document Delivery.

My role is to develop and enhance the Document Delivery Service at Cardiff Met. I’m chair of a working group which meets to help plan and develop the service so that our staff and students are getting the best service possible.

Anything else?

Alongside this; I’m also Chair of the Forum for Interlending, and I’ve been on the Executive Committee since 2009. FIL is an organisation for interlending and document supply staff and was set up for staff working in this area to exchange ideas and views and raise the profile of this area of work nationally and internationally. We organise an annual conference ‘Interlend’ which took place in Cardiff last month. We also, have events throughout the year with the British Library and any other interested parties that approach us.

My Background:

Since graduating in 1999, from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA (Hons) Information & Library Management I’ve always felt engaged with the profession. I chartered back in 2006, however since returning from maternity leave I feel that somehow I’ve lost my way a little, I’m hoping that this week being ‘Voices’ on twitter will give me the push that I need to do something more.

I’ve worked in a variety of sectors before settling in HE. I did some cataloguing project work at BBC Manchester, Media Librarian at the Western Mail & Echo, and Learning Resource Officer at MANCAT (now Manchester College).

I always wanted to be a librarian, at age 16 I did my work experience in a public library and thoroughly enjoyed the work that I was given. The teachers at my school did a good job in talking me out of it and I nearly ended up being a secondary school teacher. However fate intervened and a Librarian was made!

There is more to me than just work though! I’m Mum to a gorgeous nearly 3 year old, I’m a novice knitter, I love going camping with my family, reading a good book (when time allows) and watching a good movie!

And finally a disclaimer: All views expressed here are my own and not those of my employer, or any organisation that I am affiliated with.

Marie usually tweets as @gingergalwales