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Useful Resources

We’ve compiled a list of resources we have found useful over the last couple of years. We hope to add to it, so please send us any suggestions we may have omitted.


23 Librarians

BAME workers in the Library (Padlet with links to readings)



CILIPS Students & New Professionals Community

DILON (Diversity in Libraries of the North)

FLIP Network (Future Librarians and Information Professionals)

Hack Library School

International Librarians Network

LAI CDG (Career Development Group of the Library Association of Ireland)

LIHNN Clinical Librarians (Libraries and Information Health Network North West)

Librarians Aloud 

Librarians with Lives (we even feature on one of the podcasts!)

Library Camp

LISDIS (Library and Information Science Dissertations Conference)

LIS New Professional Network

Newlibsuk (chat covering topics for new professionals, students and library graduate trainees)

New Professionals Day Ireland

NLPN (Yes, that’s us!)

Public Libraries News

Radical Librarians Collective

Rudaí 23

#schlibchat (School Librarians chat)

SLIP Ireland (Student Librarians and Information Professionals)

Turbitt & Duck


Ukmedlibs (UK Medical Librarians chat)

Voices for the Library

W3school (coding website)


Amy Ward’s blog

Carla Harwood’s blog

Heartfelt Library Moments’ blog

Ian Clark’s Infoism blog

Jen Bayjoo’s blog

Jess Haigh’s chartership journey blog

Jo Alcock’s blog


Lisa Jeskins’ blog

LSE Impact

Ned Potter’s blog

Sheila Webber’s blog

Ruth Jenkins’ blog

Most of the above are also active on Twitter!

Job Sites

BBC – The BBC advertise for Librarians and researchers

BIALL – Focusing on roles within the legal sector

CB Resourcing – Recruitment in information, knowledge management and research

Glen Recruitment – A recruitment agency specialising in Information roles within London

Indeed – A generic job site

Institutes – Don’t forget to check the job pages of individual institute/organisations/schools etc. that you are interested in

LIS Job Net – Focuses on Library & Information Roles – Focuses on academic librarian roles

NHS Jobs – Jobs in the National Health Service

My Job Scotland – Jobs within the Scottish Public sector

Our list of useful Twitter accounts

Sue Hill Recruitment – This is a recruitment agency

TFPL Recruitment – This is a recruitment agency

Journals and databases:

The Emerald database contains a significant number of Library & Information Science journals and book series. Note: You may need a username and password to gain full access to resources.

CILIP currently provides, for its members, access to several library journals.

Information Science and Technology Abstracts (LISTA) – EBSCO currently provides all libraries with access to this resource.

Journal of Information Literacy – an open access international, peer-reviewed journal of the CILIP Information Literacy Group.

Journal of Radical Librarianship – an open access journal about critical library and information theory and practice.

Institutional repositories

Your institution should have a repository, you can use this to view previous dissertations.  Most institutions have made their repositories Open Access.

Here are a few examples: Manchester Metropolitan University

Sheffield Hallam

British Library – Electronic Thesis Online Service (EThOS)

The Atlas of New Librarianship Online (this is a free e-book)

The Directory of Open Access Repositories (DOAR) – Use this database to find national and international repositories. Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR) – Use this database to find national and international repositories.

Sheffield University have created a small & useful list of digital repositories/ digital repository databases.

Sheffield University also have a Masters dissertations database.

Professional bodies/organisations:

CILIP – Currently offering free membership to students. There are also a range of Special Interest Groups & local branches.

IFLA – The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession. Offers a cheaper rate for student membership.

SLA Europe – Special Libraries Association. They offer several awards that enable new professional librarians & students to attend the SLA international conference. Also offers a cheaper rate for student membership.

BIALL – The British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) is an independent and self-supporting body that was created to represent the interests of legal information professionals in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Also offers a cheaper rate for student membership.

UKSG – United Kingdom Serials Group. Their mission is to connect the knowledge community through publications and events, supporting discussion and progression of the issues facing UKSG members. They offer several awards that enable new professional librarians & students to attend their conference.

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