Category Archives: Libraries and librarians

Elegy for a building

The building is still there, holding its head high, but it’s fatally wounded. It is plain to see that it won’t be with us for much longer. NIMR, Mill Hill – with its iconic copper green roof visible across north … Continue reading

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Librarygeddon

The Library, the collection When it’s done right it is a wonderful thing. The collection dedicated to meeting a specific need: carefully selected, sensibly arranged, appropriately indexed, comprehensive in its coverage and range of formats. It is precisely calibrated to meet a … Continue reading

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Changing horizons

Much years. So change. Sniff.  I have left the place where I worked for the past (almost) 27 years and I have started in a new place of work. It’s the same employer that I had before, but I’m in … Continue reading

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Library Day in the Life – July 2016

The Library day in the life project was a great way to let people know what librarians do. It was an excuse for us to document a day or week in our working life in excruciating detail and, in my case, to inflict … Continue reading

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The Linnaean Society Library

Visiting other libraries can be a great source of inspiration to a librarian, giving you ideas to copy and making you jealous of the lovely things that other libraries have. Over the past twelve months I have hosted visits to … Continue reading

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Being special

Classification is something that librarians are supposed to be good at, but when it comes to classifying types of libraries there is a bit of a #FAIL. At library school I was taught that there are three main kinds of … Continue reading

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Library Day in the Life 2013 – Friday

My last daily report (for Friday 26 July, but written on the following Monday). See previous reports for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I didn’t have time to do my daily blog report on Thursday night so I came in early and posted it … Continue reading

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Library Day in the Life 2013 – Thursday (Wikipedia edit-a-thon)

My latest daily report. See previous reports for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Today’s the day it’s all happening. Fingers crossed. I am hosting a Wikipedia edit-a-thon in the Library and there also be a talk/discussion about women in science (not in the … Continue reading

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Library Day in the Life 2013 – Wednesday

Here is my third Day in the Life post this week (see Tuesday’s post, and Monday’s post for some background). I came in first thing to find a few emails from my boss in my inbox.  One was a reply to my request for … Continue reading

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Library Day in the Life 2013 – Tuesday

Here goes with my second Day in the Life post this week (see Monday’s post for some background). I had planned to get in super-early this morning, but a disturbed night thanks to the thunderstorms put paid to that. I arrived … Continue reading

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