A network for new and aspiring library professionals
A brief introduction to the team behind NLPN events and social networks
I completed the MA in Library and Information Management at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2012. During my MA I became a part-time library assistant at an NHS hospital & a Primary care trust library, shortly follow by moving to the academic sector to be a Senior Library Assistant. In 2013 I gained my first professional post as a Assistant Information Specialist specialising in health research for a Non Departmental Public Body. My interests include literature searching, eLearning and career development opportunities for library and information professionals. In 2016 Helen & I published an article on the use of social media by new library professionals.
I graduated from Newcastle University with a BA in English Literature and then went on to complete an MA in English and American Studies at the University of Manchester. I had the intention of following this up with a PGCE in secondary education, however a couple of work placements convinced me that school teaching wasn’t the right path for me. After some considerable panic, I began to consider a career in librarianship. After securing and thoroughly enjoying a few library work placements, I embarked on a graduate traineeship at MMU before completing the library course. I am now a liaison librarian in an academic library. I have particular interest in developmental opportunities for new professionals, engagement strategies at key H.E. transition points and sector-wide initiatives for outreach and advocacy.
My first degree was in English Language and Literature from the University of Liverpool. After post-graduation travelling, I decided I wanted to be a librarian in order to be involved in helping others to find the resources they needed to achieve their degree results. I applied for quite a few jobs and got one in Acquisitions at the University of Nottingham. After a year there, I was promoted to another Acquisitions role, with a greater focus on access to e-resources. I applied for the MA Library and Information Management and started full-time in September 2011. While working on my dissertation, I decided to move back to Nottingham and found a job as a school librarian. This job was a maternity cover, after which I took the opportunity to go travelling in America (my favourite American library has to be the 42nd Street branch of NYPL). After a spell of temping, I returned to academic libraries and worked for 2 and a half years as a Learning & Teaching Services Assistant at the University of Leicester. I have now returned to acquisitions work as Systems and Acquisitions Librarian in an FE college. My particular interests are user experience, training and development opportunities for new professionals.