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FionaI’m Fiona, and I’ve been the trainee at the Codrington Library at All Souls College since the start of September – it’s a great place to work, and I’m really enjoying myself!  The Codrington is an incredibly beautiful library, built in 1716-20, and has a large collection of rare books, manuscripts, and archives dating back to the founding of the college in 1438, but at the same time it is a strong law and history library.  My work has been really varied so far, including reading the Library Committee minutes from the 1930s to answer a reader’s query, recording a large donation of books on witchcraft, and escorting some priceless Christopher Wren drawings back from an exhibition – I didn’t expect to be working as a security guard this year!

I studied English Literature in Oxford at New College, and stayed there to do an MSt in Early Modern literature.  During my MSt I took a course on bibliography and history of the book, and got to consult seventeenth century books and manuscripts in lots of college libraries, including All Souls.  It was that project which made me want to become a rare books librarian, and the traineeship at All Souls is a great place to start!

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Amy Icke, Bodleian Library

AmyI am Amy, one of three trainees working at the Bodleian Library. It is now week three of my placement and I’m really enjoying the work I have been doing. I am currently in Reader Services so am spending most of my time helping readers and finding out lots about the library myself.

Before starting the Graduate Trainee programme I studied at Oxford for 4 years. I read Theology as an undergraduate and in June I completed an MSt in Jewish Studies. I love Oxford and am really pleased to be able to live and work in the city of dreaming spires for another year!

It has been great to have plenty of opportunities to meet other trainees and I am looking forward to sharing our experiences of library work this year.

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CharlieHi! I’m Charlie and I’m one of two trainees at the Taylor Institute. This term, I’m based in the Modern Languages Library, which mainly caters for undergraduates.

I studied English Language and Literature here in Oxford (Lady Margaret Hall), and graduated in 2006. I used a lot of Oxford libraries during my studies, so it’s fascinating to now be on the other side of the desk and to be involved in things readers know little of!

I heard about the Oxford training scheme while I was in my final year at university, and I’m thrilled to be back in Oxford and to be involved. The library is relatively quiet at the moment, so I’m taking the opportunity to learn as much as I can about how everything works before term starts and things get hectic.

I’m really looking forward to this year. I’m determined to get as much out of it as possible, and meet as many interesting people as possible. The libraries here are unparalleled, and I feel very lucky to be able to work here.

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Sarah

Hello, I’m Sarah and I am the library trainee at the Women’s Health Library, based at the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the John Radcliffe Hospital. The library is an online resource, and part of an NHS wide service called ‘NHS Evidence’ and was created as part of the ‘High Quality Care for All Report’ from Lord Darzi who stated that “All NHS Staff will have access to a new NHS Evidence service where they will be able to get, through a single web-based portal, authoritative clinical and non-clinical evidence and best practices” (NHS Evidence webpage).

With librarians and Clinical Leads/Fellows working on the project, it is designed to provide professionals involved in the care of woman access to the best current knowledge available, and is checked and updated regularly. I look forward to learning more about the ways a digital library works, and doing a project which will benefit the library.

Previously, I was working in the NHS as a health records clerk whilst studying for my LL.M in Commercial Law; and before this, I read English Language at Lancaster University.

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HelenHello. I am one of two trainees at the Bodleian Law Library. I recently graduated from Bath Spa University in a Creative Writing and English Literature degree. My only previous work experience in a library was at my local library in my hometown in Bristol. What attracted me towards this career was providing a service to people, which I loved doing in my previous job. I also like that there are such a variety of libraries to work in, whether it’s public or academic, and that there are many different departments to work in within a library. Whilst my fellow trainee works in Academic Services, I work in Information Resources, which deals with books as they first enter the library to be catalogued. I’m looking forward to working in such a large library and also in Oxford, which is a beautiful place to live.

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LauraHello, I’m one of two trainees working at the Bodleian Law Library. I have just graduated from the University of Warwick with a BA in Theatre and Performance Studies and have never worked in a library before.  My interest in this career path stems from the time spent in various libraries doing research for my degree.  I was able to spend time at specialist theatre libraries and archives, which resulted in an interest in working as a librarian rather than using libraries an academic!

The Bodleian Law Library is used by a wide range of people, not just Oxford students but also law firms and legal researchers, thus the job will offer contact with many different people and a variety of enquiries to help with.  My role within the library mainly centres on the Academic Services team which means lots of interaction with library users, something that I’m particularly looking forward to.

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Emma

Hi, I’m the Graduate Trainee at the History Faculty Library. I’m really enjoying learning so many new skills, learning how the library works and gaining an understanding of the roles of the HFL staff. I look forward to putting my new skills to good use when term begins and to undertaking a project that will benefit the HFL’s readers.

I have previously studied here in Oxford for a Masters degree in History at The Queen’s College and before that I read History at the University of Leicester.

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