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Graduate Traineeship. [Jun. 20th, 2007|10:30 pm]
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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?
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Fun Links [Jun. 12th, 2007|01:49 pm]
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Yes my idea of fun can be ridiculously geeky. But maybe, just maybe, yours is too...

Questionable Content

Rex Libris

We're Not What You Think

Why be a Librarian in the 21st Century?

Revolting Librarians

Songs about Libraries and Librarians

Film Librarian

Library Cats Map

Future Librarian/Reading is Sexy T shirts
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Links [Jun. 12th, 2007|11:48 am]
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Here are some links that may prove handy:

British Library

V & A National Art Library

The Poetry Library

British Film Institute National Library

Oxford Libraries

Cambridge Library

John Rylands Library

Museum, Libraries and Archives Council


School Library Association


Librarian's Internet Index

Library School Index

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