Posts Tagged ‘CILIP’

Senate House Library, University of London – the latest publication from Senate House Library

I spent this afternoon in Senate House Library, attending the CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Group‘s event Show off your special collections with a treasures volume. The launch of the Library’s latest publication, Senate House Library, University of London, took place on 23 November last year, not even two months ago. Dr Karen Attar, joint editor with Christopher Pressler, Director of Senate House Libraries, very kindly spent a couple of hours talking us through the process of and reasons behind producing the volume. (more…)


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I have a small but growing collection of etiquette books, mostly from eras now gone, and while I read them mostly out of fascination with the rituals, and for the entertainment value, I do also pick up some useful bits of advice. Genevieve Dariaux is a particular favourite, primarily for her wonderful turn of phrase. Over the past year, my etiquette and life manuals library has expanded in a new and unforeseen direction, now including books such as Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking (New York: Viking, 2012) by Susan Cain, The digital diet: the 4-step plan to break your tech addition and regain balance in your life (London: Souvenir Press, 2012), by Daniel Sieberg, and, for a change of pace and tone, The decadent handbook: for the modern libertine (Sawtry, Cambs.: Dedalus, 2006), edited by Rowan Pelling. What I am really looking for, however, is a guide (person or publication) to take me through conferences, seminars, and other such events related to my professional and academic interests. (more…)

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Hear ye, hear ye! Sotheby’s Institute of Art (London) is looking to add a second Assistant Librarian to our ranks. The successful applicant will join three other members of staff – Librarian, Assistant Librarian (me), and Library Assistant. Please read carefully the background information and job description below: (more…)

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The subtitle of the official CPD23 blog entry for Thing Ten is “Graduate traineeships, Masters Degrees, Chartership, Accreditation”. I skipped the graduate traineeship stage to go straight to the Master’s Degree, as discussed in my last CPD23-related post, in which I accidentally pre-empted this post in a fairly thorough discussion of my route into librarianship. I have registered for Chartership, which I was able to take so far before needing to put it on ice for a while; I am now close to picking up the threads thereof. (more…)

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(Disclaimer re: the title of this post, I groaned too, but I enjoy a bad pun too much to have been able to resist using it.)

Before writing this post this morning (my second as part of Blogtoberfest), I began trying to create a computer network to cover my family’s various laptops as well as the main house computer. Because I have used the latter very heavily over the past eleven months or so, I thought that this would be a good way of accessing my files and bookmarks stored therein from my laptop. Yet the instructions from the main computer’s Help and Support Centre are not exactly clear. I’ve also recently noticed that Google are somewhat annoyingly (as I’ve finally got it arranged to my satisfaction) going to discontinue iGoogle from November next year. Might Evernote be the serendipitious solution to these two issues? (Sidenote: Holy Serendipitious Solutions, Batman!) (more…)

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On 8 March 2011, I received an email to confirm that I had been successful in my application for a bursary from the John Campbell Trust. I was rather delighted and giddy; I may even have bounced up and down. Now I would be able to go to Canada! The Trust “was established as an independent charitable trust through the bequest of the late Dr John Campbell, an early member of the Institute of Information Scientists. It is administered by a body of Trustees under the chairmanship of Adrienne Muir. Its purpose is to further the education and development of information professionals through grants, scholarships, research or travel awards, and thereby to enhance the knowledge and experience of the information community as a whole” (The John Campbell Trust website, last accessed 7 August 2012). There are three funding awards available from the Trust:

  • The John Campbell Scholarship
  • The John Campbell Conference and Travel Bursary
  • The John Campbell Dissertation Bursary
  • I would recommend all UK librarians who wish to present a paper at an overseas conference to put in an application for the Conference and Travel Bursary; the remaining two grants are intended to support librarians-in-training. Have you ever wanted to go to the apparently enormous American Libraries Association annual conference? Next year it is in Chicago, although further details are not yet available. Perhaps you don’t like long-haul flights? Have no fear! If you can withstand the rigours of a flight to mainland Europe, why not submit a proposal to MeLa*? In April 2013, their conference takes place in St. Augustine’s Monastery in Erfurt, Germany. The theme is Reflecting Remembrance, Teaching History for a Common Culture of Remembrance?, and the deadline for papers is 1 December 2012. In addition to presenting a paper, the John Campbell Trust asks you to find out more about the library and information profession and to meet colleagues in the country you visit. Look for libraries in your own field, but you might find that this is a good opportunity to visit libraries and related associations that you would not normally encounter in your day to day work.

    Still need persuaded? Here’s my report of the discoveries and events of my week in Canada. I hope that it inspires some of you to apply to the John Campbell Trust; I promise that it is worth it.

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    Get off the computer now and again – good advice from Lizzie Stewart

    There has been a significant delay in my posting any blog entries, even those unrelated to CPD 23. My most important real life network has been taking precedence over everything else, but things are beginning to appear gradually more tranquil in that particular arena. So it’s back to blogging! Have you missed me?

    CPD23 Thing Seven is all about real life networks, following up on Thing Six’s emphasis on virtual networks. I expect that many other CPD23-ers will share my experience of the boundaries between real life and virtual networks being rather blurred; several have fed into one another, from both directions and sometimes it can be difficult to assess which came first – the virtual or the real? (more…)

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