Librarianship

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These slides are from a careers talk about Librarianship and Information Management given as part of the 2008 series of Careers After Biological Sciences seminar series at the University of Leicester, UK

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Librarianship

  1. 1. Careers in Librarianship and Information Management Selina Lock Information Librarian University of Leicester
  2. 2. What am I going to do today <ul><li>Personal skills needed for librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Study routes for librarianship </li></ul><ul><li>Careers in librarianship </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
  3. 3. Personal Skills for Librarianship <ul><li>Is this a typical librarian – No! </li></ul><ul><li>Have to be outgoing and able to sell selves and services. </li></ul><ul><li>Computer literate – cutting edge technologies. </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent Web skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Good management - Able to cope with money, people management and politics. </li></ul><ul><li>Want to help people and be able to adjust to their level – toddler to Nobel prize winner </li></ul><ul><li>E teaching skills and teaching skills in general. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Do not apply <ul><li>If you are mouselike! </li></ul><ul><li>Librarianship does not allow you to avoid: </li></ul><ul><li>People </li></ul><ul><li>Stress </li></ul><ul><li>Change </li></ul><ul><li>Librarian’s today have to be multiskilled – not enough to just like books. </li></ul>
  5. 5. From BSc Molecular Biology to Librarian – How & Why? <ul><li>Couldn’t work in lab – allergic to chemicals. </li></ul><ul><li>Didn’t want to work in sales or management. </li></ul><ul><li>Like to help people. </li></ul><ul><li>Library assistant @ Loughborough Uni for 2 years. </li></ul><ul><li>MSc Information Science (FT) </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical Librarian @ Huntleigh Healthcare for 8 months. </li></ul><ul><li>Information Librarian here since 2000. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Only one year to become a qualified librarian! <ul><li>Post grad qualification in librarianship. </li></ul><ul><li>FT/PT or DL. </li></ul><ul><li>Finance a problem – same as any other PG. </li></ul><ul><li>It is much easier to find a place on a postgraduate course than to find finance for it. </li></ul><ul><li>Government funding for postgraduate study is limited – Competition for funded places is fierce. </li></ul><ul><li>Science degree can give you an advantage. </li></ul><ul><li>You can also gain a qualification in post by producing a portfolio – must work two years in librarianship to go via this route. </li></ul><ul><li>See CILIP website for more info on qualifications: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.cilip.org.uk/qualificationschartership/ </li></ul>
  7. 7. Careers in Librarianship – Vampire Slaying – optional sideline <ul><li>Three main areas of work: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specialist Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Related careers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Archives & Conservation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Copyright </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Public Libraries <ul><li>Involved in National Schemes to encourage literacy. </li></ul><ul><li>Specialise e.g. Children’s Librarian. </li></ul><ul><li>Need to deal with a huge range of enquiries. </li></ul><ul><li>Need to deal with members of the public. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Specialist Libraries <ul><li>Clinical – NHS or Pharmaceutical/Industrial </li></ul><ul><li>Law Firms </li></ul><ul><li>Business </li></ul><ul><li>Prisons </li></ul><ul><li>Might be: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ One Man Band” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Part of a Research Team. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In a Large Company. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Academic Libraries <ul><li>Schools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tend to be on own and in charge of all aspects of library. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Further Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tend to be part of a small team. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Higher Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specialise: Subject Librarian, Public Services, Cataloguing & Classifying, Systems, Special Collections and Projects. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. CSI Librarian <ul><li>Kerry Johannes, the Librarian at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine in Melbourne, – her literature searches go with papers to the Coroner to help decide on cause of death in difficult case </li></ul>
  12. 12. Not a great career for gaining wealth.. <ul><li>Pay for Library work is low </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians not usually money driven – so pay stays low! </li></ul><ul><li>Most salaries between £15k - £28k. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Every major organization has a librarian, researcher, information scientist, knowledge gatekeeper, web manager…. <ul><li>Most organizations have someone or several people who do information management jobs </li></ul><ul><li>May have a different name as Librarian not cool enough – ditto library </li></ul><ul><li>In addition you can branch out… once you get into an organisation and show your abilities, opportunities arise – if you will take them! </li></ul>
  14. 14. Questions?

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