I created this blog as a way to share my experience of librarianship with other librarians and those who may be interested in becoming a librarian. Reading other librarians’ blogs is hugely informative and interesting and I am keen to offer the same to others. I thought I would use my first post to introduce myself and my experience of working in libraries.
I am currently the English-language cataloguer at the Bodleian Law Library. I am fully trained in AACR2, MARC21 and LCSH but this will all change soon as I will be trained in the new cataloguing rules, Resource Description and Access (RDA), at the beginning of March.
The majority of the material I catalogue arrives via Legal Deposit with an average of about fifty books a week. Books are also purchased and donated, although there are fewer of these. Cataloguing takes up a lot of my time but I also help the Official Papers team with their cataloguing and carry out enquiry desk duties throughout the week.
My previous posts have included:
- Senior Collections Assistant, Bodleian Library
- Library Assistant, Rhodes House Library
- Senior Library Assistant, Bodleian Education Library
- Reading Room Invigilator, Radcliffe Camera
- Library Graduate Trainee, Bodleian Law Library
Before that I completed a BA (Hons) in Creative Writing and English Literature. I’m not sure my writing skills have been hugely helpful in my various posts as a librarian, besides communicating in writing and applying for jobs. The research I carried out for my degree has been more than helpful, however.