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JessHello! I’m Jess, and I am the trainee at the English Faculty Library. I have just graduated from Liverpool John Moores University, where I studied English.

I chose the Oxford trainee scheme as, as well as providing valuable work experience, I felt it would be particularly helpful to meet and engage with others who were about to enter the field of librarianship. Through the weekly training sessions, we have been able to compare experiences and ultimately gain a more widespread knowledge of the many different aspects of work in the library field. Alongside this, it seems that the trainees roles can differ quite greatly from library to library – and so it is interesting to be introduced not just to the varied work of my colleagues within the English Faculty Library but also to learn about the other libraries through my fellow trainees.

This year, I am particularly looking forward to being involved in the library’s ongoing reclassification project, which is taking place in preparation for the English Faculty’s planned move to a combined humanities building. I am very excited about being part of the English Faculty Library team, and hope that I will both fulfil my duties well and learn a lot along the way!
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Annabel

Hi, I’m Annabel and I’m the trainee in the University Archives.  My previous job was at Bristol University where I worked in the Alumni Relations Office.  Before that, I graduated with a degree in History from Durham University, and went on to do an MA in Medieval and Early Modern History at Bristol University.

Although I had used archives whilst studying, this is my first experience of working within such an environment.  I’m really enjoying it so far.  The work is quite varied – I answer enquiries that come in from professional researchers and members of the public, manage material from the archives that is taken to Duke Humfrey’s Library for readers to consult, as well as sorting new acquisitions and cataloguing.

Although I’m not strictly a library trainee, having the opportunity to attend some of the library training sessions and meet all the library trainees has been great.  It’s interesting to find out how everyone else is getting on and hearing about the different experiences they have had.

I am really enjoying living in Oxford and am looking forward to learning lots this year.

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Me

Hello, I’m Susan and I’m one of the two trainee’s at the Social Science Library this year.

I graduated last year, after studying Creative Writing at Glamorgan University. Since then, I’ve realised librarianship is a career I should investigate as it combines lots of my interests.

This is my first time working in a library so I’m learning everything from scratch. Luckily Alice and I aren’t the only new people here: this summer the Refugee Studies Library moved into the SSL so we’re learning alongside their three members of staff.

So far I’m enjoying both the reader and technical services work I am doing and am pleased that 0th week hasn’t been quite as scary as I thought it would be.

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LucyKHello, I’m Lucy, and I’m one of three trainees at the Bodleian Library this year. I’m spending my first three months in the Radcliffe Science Library, and so far I’ve really been enjoying my placement. The library is currently in a period of change, reorganising its holdings and preparing to become the temporary home of Special Collections, so there’s a lot to do and a lot of variety.

Previously I studied English Literature and Philosophy at Durham University, and since then I’ve spent time working with seedlings and finance and, more recently, studying in Japan. This is my first experience of working in a library and I’m trying to take in as much as I can – this week I’ve been giving tours, and am finally less lost than the students!

I’m really enjoying living in Oxford and am looking forward to this year and the traineeship, especially the chance to explore and work in such a variety of areas within the Bodleian.

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EmilyHi, my name is Emily and I’m the Library and Archives Graduate Trainee at Magdalen College for 2009/10.  Before coming to Oxford I studied Classical Studies at the University of Reading.  I graduated in 2006 and have since been working for Durham University Library.

What attracted me to the position at Magdalen was undoubtedly the fascinating history of the college and its libraries, and the huge variety of work experience available here.  As the trainee I oversee the Denning Law Library, learn about modern collections management and reader services in  the New Library, and invigilate readers using early printed books and manuscripts in the Old Library. 

I also spend half of my week working in the archives.  I was very keen to gain this work experience in addition to learning more about library work before deciding which qualification and career to pursue.  Both careers have interested me in the past and I believe that this year at Magdalen will be highly valuable to whichever path I choose.  It’s certainly going to be a really interesting year!

I am looking forward to learning more about library and archives work and completing my project in the Old Library.   I am really enjoying the training sessions so far and have met a lot of lovely like minded people.  It’s fantastic to socialise and swap stories with the other trainees as we all learn together and in our individual libraries.

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LaurelHi, I’m Laurel and I’m the trainee at Corpus Christi College Library. I came to Corpus straight after completing my degree in English Literature at Cardiff University. Before working at Corpus, I had done a little work experience in the main public library in Cardiff and before my degree I worked voluntarily for a year in a museum library in Dorset.

I am enjoying shelving, particularly with an organ, piano or singing in the background (the library is adjacent to the college chapel). I spend every afternoon on the issue desk helping readers. I also process new books and journals. Corpus is quite a small library which means I have a sense of the whole library and not just one part. There are only three of us in the team (the Librarian, the Assistant Librarian and the trainee) so I feel I have a real role to play in the running of the Library.

I am looking forward to undertaking a project after Christmas, as well as the chance to visit other libraries in Oxford and elsewhere.

I am currently deciding whether to study for an masters in Librarianship next year, and I think the Oxford traineeship is a really good way of gaining the experience with which to make such a decision.

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Library Routes Project

There is a meme going around the biblioblogosphere at the moment in which librarians are writing about their route in to librarianship.

The meme was borne out of a discussion that started on Twitter. Woodsiegirl followed this up with a post on her blog, Organising Chaos, and this got others posting their stories. Seeing that the meme was escalating Ned Potter has set up the Library Routes Project wiki where all the blog posts (including mine!) are being collated.

I thought this might be something a bunch of future librarians, who are considering their options, might be interested in.

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