As announced a short while ago, LISNPN is now under new(ish) management! A big thank you to Ned for getting LISNPN started and making it what it is today. We are Rachel Bickley†and Lex Rigby, and we wanted to write a post introducing ourselves. Please donít hesitate to get in touch with us, either through the site, or via Twitter; weíd love to hear what you want from LISNPN.
To start with RachelÖIím an academic librarian working in Bristol. I finished my MA at Sheffield in 2010 and this is my first role since. Iíve been involved in supporting fellow LIS new professionals for a while, through being a LISNPN admin and a New Professional Support Officer (NPSO) for the CILIP Career Development Group (CDG).† I think that LISNPN is such a valuable resource for new professionals, and thatís because of the contributions from its members. Please keep writing guest blogs and keep sharing ideas, experiences and questions in the forum Ė and of course, experienced professionals are welcome to share their wisdom too.
Now that another academic year and dissertation deadline has passed, Iíd like to make another request for anonymous reviews of your library course; they are so helpful for people trying to decide where to invest their time, energy and money. You can look at the current examples in the Resources section for the kind of thing weíre looking for. I would also love to forge some links between LISNPN and the NPSOs dotted around the UK (as well as any international equivalents!), so if thatís you, Iíll be hunting you down soon if I havenít already!
If youíve got any questions , suggestions, or anything else I can help with, feel free to get in touch. You can follow me on Twitter @rachel_s_bĖ I must warn you however that my Twitter account is also an outlet for my non-LIS interests, such as my obsession with volcanoes!
Iím Lex, also an academic librarian. Iíve worked at the University of Sheffield for the last three years as a Liaison Librarian for the Science and Engineering faculties. I graduated from Librarianship in 2007, so although Iím not actually that new to it anymore Iím still learning so much and figuring out what I want to do next and where I want to be.
LISNPN is a truly inspiring project to be involved with... I see it as one of those Ďfor the people, by the peopleí things. Itís us, as a network, making it a great place to share, support and develop ideas. Iím keen to hear more from those under represented. I cheer for the underdogs letís say. I want to read more about niche librarianship e.g. a day in the life of a military librarian, what an archivist gets up to day to day. That kind of thing. If thatís you, get in touch! We have the power to give you the power to get your story out there.
Iím on Twitter too (@lexrigby)... but if youíre not, donít worry Iím around the Internet a lot, youíll find me.