On the joys of being a librarian

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Here in the Jerwood Library we’re not at all surprised that so many people in a recent survey said they wanted to be librarians. Modern librarianship is incredibly varied and brings together people with a huge array of skills in areas including teaching, customer service, IT, management, social media, and research, along with more traditional skills you would expect from your librarian.

These are some of the reasons we love working in libraries:

  • It’s a friendly profession. Librarians work well in teams, sharing skills and knowledge. We also enjoy sharing ideas across the sector – all so that we can create the best possible library service for our users.
  •  It’s challenging! You never know what’s going to happen when you go to work. As with all customer service jobs, library users keep us on our toes with their queries.
  • We get to use our subject knowledge. Working in a specialist library is great because there is real value attached to knowing the subject. Whether it’s deciding what music to buy, answering enquiries, or researching exhibitions, we have to know our stuff.
  •  Libraries are constantly developing. Changes in technology mean that we’re always learning new skills and adopting new ways of enhancing access to collections. Many librarians are also at the forefront of technological change, in areas such as digital content management.

After Easter we will be launching a series of behind-the-scenes blog posts with members of the library team – which will give more of an insight into what’s actually involved in running a library service. For updates, follow us on our blog or on Twitter.

For more information about the wider profession check out the websites of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals or the International Association of Music Libraries (UK & Ireland branch).

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