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The skills I didn’t learn in my library degree

The skills I didn’t learn in my library degree

As I approach my fifth year working in a library, post my librarianship degree, I’ve been reflecting on the skills that I didn’t learn in my degree, but that I learned on the job and by engaging in the profession more broadly. I’d like to acknowledge that unlike most if you, I haven’t done a … Continue reading The skills I didn’t learn in my library degree

How to create connections as an awkward, introverted new librarian

How to create connections as an awkward, introverted new librarian

Creating connections is important in establishing a resilient career. This can, however, present a bit of a challenge if you’re an awkward, anxious and shy introvert like me. However, in my four years in the library and information profession I’ve learned it’s possible to create connections in a way that’s natural and authentic to my … Continue reading How to create connections as an awkward, introverted new librarian

Hospitals, libraries, PTSD and the importance of being trauma-informed

Hospitals, libraries, PTSD and the importance of being trauma-informed

In the last two months, I’ve been in hospital more times than I have in years and during my hospital stays I’ve been thinking a lot about health services, libraries and other services that are trauma-informed; and how important being trauma-informed as a professional and member of society truly is. ‘Trauma’ is defined as an … Continue reading Hospitals, libraries, PTSD and the importance of being trauma-informed

10 accessibility tips

10 accessibility tips

This is the first of a three-part blog series, following my presentation at the 9th New Librarians’ Symposium ‘Deviating with Diversity, innovating with inclusion: a call for radical activism in libraries’. In this first blog post, I’ll share some accessibility tips that I briefly touched on within my speech. Before I dive into these tips, … Continue reading 10 accessibility tips