Continue to question everything – Bodleian Libraries Staff Conference part 2 – Critical Theory in Librarianship

Critical Theory in Librarianship (notes here) I know Lauren through RLC, and I have to say, when it comes to critical theory and how it can be applied to Librarianship, she is good at explaining it in a way that doesn’t make it sound terrifying and complicated. For many people at the conference, this was their first introduction to applying critical theory to the profession. … Continue reading Continue to question everything – Bodleian Libraries Staff Conference part 2 – Critical Theory in Librarianship

Question Google, Question Everything: My Morning at the Bodleian Libraries Staff Conference 2015 – part 1

Last month the Bodleian Libraries held a staff conference. It was a one day event, but due to staffing levels and me being an all round top employee, I offered to attend only in the morning and look after the library I work in in the afternoon so that the rest of the team could either stay all day or go for the afternoon keynotes. … Continue reading Question Google, Question Everything: My Morning at the Bodleian Libraries Staff Conference 2015 – part 1

My thoughts on #radlib15 part 6 – Inequality in education and THE END.

The final session I attended was proposed by a school librarian who had experience of working in both an affluent grammar school and a struggling academy school. The main driving force behind my interest in this career is feeling strongly about the role librarians can (and should) play in widening access to education and promoting better levels of equality in our education system. As such … Continue reading My thoughts on #radlib15 part 6 – Inequality in education and THE END.

My thoughts on #radlib15 part 5 – Facilitating a session and gender issues in librarianship

Following lunch, the next session I attended was my own…of course. Ian Clark and I pitched a session together about setting up local networks. The reasoning behind this is firstly because we have both been heavily involved with the formation and organisation of a local RLC network (Oxford for me, and London and SE for Ian), and secondly because when we were chatting about it, … Continue reading My thoughts on #radlib15 part 5 – Facilitating a session and gender issues in librarianship

My thoughts on #radlib15 part 4 – Team working and the ‘professional divide’

This session really got me thinking a lot about my own experinces in the field. The session aimed to examine how we define and nurture best practice when working as a team, which was especially interesting in the non-hierarchical context of RLC. It also considered the ‘professional divide’ between those working at a professional level and those at a paraprofessional level. The discussion about teams … Continue reading My thoughts on #radlib15 part 4 – Team working and the ‘professional divide’

My thoughts on #radlib15 – part 3: radical research

This was the second session I attended and it focused on how we can encourage and support both LIS academics and independent LIS researchers in doing research of a more radical nature. This was partially inspired by the fact that some of us associated with RLC have been part of a project to investigate the use of website filtering and blocking in UK Libraries. The … Continue reading My thoughts on #radlib15 – part 3: radical research