I'm Hannah, and I'm this year's graduate trainee at the Institute of Classical Studies/Joint Library of the Hellenic and Roman Societies. I'm originally from Edinburgh, but am enjoying living in London very much, especially working just a stone's throw away from the lovely British Museum!
I'm also going to the CPD25 conference later this week and the BIALL/CLSIG graduate open day - it will be very good to have a focused week of information about the field and library school applications, as there's so much to consider, especially in the current climate. And, of course, it will be great to meet other trainees!
Yes I am enjoying living in West Wales! I am living in Borth do you know it? Its very quiet but the beach is lovely especially the submerged forest that pops up when the tide is out. I am finding the people very friendly and have even learnt a bit of Welsh (I have been doing an evening class). Like I said before I think the lack of distractions here has meant I have been quite pro active in my applications!
Have you moved straight from West Wales to London?
I'm glad you like it. I do know Borth- it's very quiet there, even compared to Aberystwyth! I moved from Wales to London for university and have just stayed on for my traineeship. I do miss home a lot though!
I'm really struggling to decide what I should do for my masters. I should probably apply now though, if only to give myself more options...
Hello all! Thought I'd come and introduce myself digitally as it were, after meeting many other lovely trainees and inspirational librarians today at the cpd25 conference! Anyway I'm Hannah, graduate trainee at the Institute of Historical Research having moved down from Edinburgh after university. (I work just next door to Hannah D - see 3 posts above - which hopefully won't be too confusing!) I'll definitely try to make it to the London meet up that's been planned next week to meet some more of you and perhaps see a few familiar faces too!
Hi everyone. I'm Jayne and I'm one of the (many!) trainees in the Bodleian libraries this year. Have been here for a couple of months and really enjoying it so far. I wasn't entirely convinced by library school when I started working here, but having finally found a job that I really love I'm definitely considering making a career out of it! Like most of you, I plan to work part-time while I do my Masters...ideally I would love to continue living in Oxford and commute one day a week...which I guess would mean going to London or Bristol.
Have you any ideas about what sort of library you'd like to work in once you're qualified? Or am I getting a bit far ahead of myself here...
Hi Jayne, Yeah a music library would be well good! I suppose it'll be a case of seeing what jobs are available when we finish our masters degree. I did enjoy my time working in a public library a lot really rewarding and I did enjoy all the free dvds and cds I could borrow! Moving to an academic library now is so much different, its like another world!! I would be happy to do any library job to start with when I finish my degree. I have found I do really enjoy the customer service aspect of my job now. I love to work on the frontline assisting customers, I have been doing the Inter Library Loans for the Aberystwyth also which is interesting contacting Librarians all over the world.
After christmas my job changes and I swap with the other trainee and will be working with collections management half the week and academic librarians the other half. Suppose this year is to see what you like doing and what you don't particularly like to do. I always had the thought I would like to perhaps be a local history Librarian or be a Librarian in an Archives and Record office (probably because I used to work as an archive assistant). However, I am sure things will become clearer after I have finished my year here at Aber and go on to study my Masters.
Hello everyone! I'm Emily - one of the graduate trainees in the Bodleian Law Library this year. It's good to read about other people who are in the same situation re. MA applications. I'm currently attempting to write one for UCL as the deadline is so soon, but finances are a big issue so if no funding appears I am planning on studying distance learning and attempting to get another job in Oxford next year (fingers crossed!). It's great to hear from trainees in different kinds of libraries all over the country, as so far I've mainly only met the rest of the Oxfordians. Glad everyone seems to be liking their jobs so far - I really love it, and am so happy to finally have a job that I enjoy. I'm sorry to have missed the meet-up in London - we should definitely have another one at some point.