||[Jun. 20th, 2007|10:30 pm]
librarians in training in the UK
I thought it might be good to hear people's opinions/experiences with Graduate Traineeship.
I'll start: I haven't done one.
The only place near to me that used to do them (Sheffield) stopped doing them last year. Great. So I just stuck with my job as a library assistant, and used this experience to get onto the course of my choice. All good. Well, I'm not sure.
In my job I do all the usual issuing/shelving/processing/answering easy questions that assistants tend to do. I am also occasionally given a project, such as the BIALL exchange, writing documents for the intranet, organising stats etc. But as for the nitty-gritty stuff- budget, cataloguing, and tricky reference queries? My boss does those. Which worries me a little. I can't help but think that someone in a Graduate Traineeship would have at least had a go at the more complex stuff in a library and thus be better prepared for an MA.
What do you think? How did your Graduate Traineeship (or lack of) affect you?