I’m Kathleen O’Neill, school librarian at Lourdes Secondary School and St Paul’s Secondary School in Glasgow. I am on secondment from my usuaI work as a library assistant in Glasgow Libraries, learning the trade on the rather delightful, occasionally tricky, and very interesting coalface. I created the persona of the Victorian Librarian because I was researching the library habits of the Pre-Raphaelites and their circles when I started this blog, in advance of a research trip to Canada.
I am a scholar-librarian, one who writes and researches in addition to attending to the library and information needs of others. These two sides of my career balance one another perfectly. My research interests are many, and happily they can often be studied together. I am first and foremost a medievalist, and have been such since I was in single figures. Thus I try to remain true to these roots while indulging my love of all things Victorian, especially the Pre-Raphaelites. I join too many libraries and borrow too many books. You can contact me at the email address below:
When not at work, I’m a volunteer tour guide at the Burrell Collection in Glasgow. I started guiding to help me overcome my fear of public speaking, and it’s definitely worked. The Burrell Collection has always been my favourite local museum, the one that I visited for birthday treats, because of William Burrell’s love of all things medieval. It’s wonderful to be able to share it with other people.
If you would to know more about my professional history and achievements, please read my CV. I can give further details and provide references upon request.