A network for new and aspiring library professionals
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.
DILON (Diversity in Libraries of the North)
FLIP Network (Future Librarians and Information Professionals)
LAI CDG (Career Development Group of the Library Association of Ireland)
LIHNN Clinical Librarians (Libraries and Information Health Network North West)
LISDIS (Library and Information Science Dissertations Conference)
Newlibsuk (chat covering topics for new professionals, students and library graduate trainees)
NLPN (Yes, that’s us!)
#schlibchat (School Librarians chat)
SLIP Ireland (Student Librarians and Information Professionals)
Ukmedlibs (UK Medical Librarians chat)
W3school (coding website)
Most of the above are also active on Twitter!
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
Jobs.ac.uk – Focuses on academic librarian roles
NHS Jobs – Jobs in the National Health Service
My Job Scotland – Jobs within the Scottish Public sector
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 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
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
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.