Libraries, the universe and everything


My name is Emma, and I’m a bookaholic
February 14, 2011, 17:44
Filed under: Uncategorized

I have to say I’m getting a little bit fed up with people who criticise those who want to be librarians because they like books. I got into library work pretty much entirely because I liked books. I’m sorry, but if (like me back in the day) you’ve just left university, you’ve got a humanities background and you don’t want to be a teacher, libraries are quite a tempting option. The problem is not that someone has the temerity to want to work in a bookish environment because they like books, but if they are incapable of learning that the profession to which they aspire to belong goes way way beyond that. Continue reading

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Letter to the PM
February 11, 2011, 16:14
Filed under: Advocacy | Tags: ,

Dear Prime Minister,

I felt compelled to write to you following your recent comments about public libraries, as it is a matter of grave concern that you seem to have little idea of what services these institutions actually provide.

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In thought, or word, or deed?
February 9, 2011, 14:35
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It’s really easy to sit back and say “something should be done”, and much less easy to do something about it, let alone convince others that they should do something about it too. And even when an excellent campaign is put together, there’s still no guarantee that the recipients will do anything about it. Continue reading



Cultural heritage and the semantic web
February 7, 2011, 15:09
Filed under: CPD, Events | Tags: , , , ,

On 13th January I attended a study day at the British Museum “Cultural heritage and the semantic web “. This was a fascinating and challenging day, with some excellent speakers and lots of opportunity for open discussions. I must admit I spent most of the day trying not to do a goldfish impression – there was so much to think about, and although I’ve heard expressions like ‘semantic web’ and ‘linked data’ I must admit I had a pretty vague idea of what it all actually meant. Continue reading




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