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Shona Thoma: Negotiation Skills

Shona Thoma is an IReL Officer at the Irish Research eLibrary, Dublin. The following post was originally published as “Negotiation – not as alien as you might think” on Shona’s … Continue reading

May 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Survey: New Professionals and Social Media

New professionals we need you! If we could issue a ‘bee’ call in the sky right now, we would.   Helen and Amy have created a survey that looks at … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Partnership development

The purpose of this blog post is to share my experiences of developing partnerships and working collaboratively. I am currently pursuing Chartership and have chosen partnership development as an area … Continue reading

January 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

A great week for advocacy for the profession :D

If you haven’t seen them there have been two pieces in the media this week advocating for our profession. This is both exciting and refreshing to see positive pieces gaining media attention which … Continue reading

July 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Interview presentations

I was invited to 4 interviews in the course of my job-hunting, 3 of those interviews included a practical element. 2 were for school libraries (I wasn’t able to attend … Continue reading

April 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Should a post-graduate qualification be an essential pre-requisite for a professional library post? The argument in favour.

I have started this post several times. In fact, this post should have been available to read a while ago, but I have been stalling. Why? I find the current … Continue reading

November 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Should a postgraduate library qualification be an essential pre-requisite for a professional library post? The argument against.

The current system of mandating a postgraduate qualification for all entrants into the profession is failing in a number of respects. I feel I have to preface this argument slightly … Continue reading

November 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

“Only Connect…” A review

The team were lucky enough to be asked to review our first ‘un-book’  Only Connect … Discovery pathways, library explorations, and the information adventure a collection edited by Andrew Walsh (@andywalsh999) … Continue reading

October 7, 2013 · 2 Comments


At Library Camp Sheffield, I proposed a session based on Sue Lawson’s question at our Autumn Event: ‘Are librarians self-obsessed?’ I hope my write-up of the session doesn’t put words … Continue reading

February 13, 2013 · 2 Comments


I am not going to discuss the issue of volunteers in libraries in the Tory sense. Instead, I am just going to talk about the positives of volunteering in libraries … Continue reading

January 6, 2013 · 3 Comments

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