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ASPECTS 1: So you want to be a librarian? [TG1/ASPECTS1_Librarian]


10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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This workshop is part of the cpd25 Aspects programme, aimed at library staff looking to acquire additional skills and knowledge or staff working towards Chartership.

Are you interested in becoming an archivist, information professional or librarian? We will look at the advantage of getting qualified but also explore whether it’s “worth it”. During this two hour online workshop, you will get a chance to ask questions of recently qualified professionals and current LIS students. This event is aimed predominantly at those working in libraries who are interested in gaining formal qualifications.


10.00 -10.05 Welcome and Introductions

10.05-10.20 Library School! – Eleanor Sheppard, Data Governance Manager, King’s College London

10.20-10.35 “You can do a degree in libraries?” – Applying for and studying a postgraduate Librarianship degree – Nikki Beckett, Information Assistant, Nottingham Trent University

10.35-10.50 Covering the Distance: from Assistant to Librarian and Beyond… – Sergei O’Farrell, Collections Engagement Librarian, University of Westminster

10.50-11.05 So, you want to be a Librarian … or perhaps an Archivist – Kaitlene Koranteng, Archivist and Engagement Producer, Iniva

11.05 -11.15 Break

11.15-12.00 Q & A panel discussion

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Eleanor Sheppard:  Eleanor moved to London to attend King’s College London as an undergraduate and studied Ancient History. During this time, Eleanor got a part-time job at KCL libraries as a shelver and loved it, so decided to do a Graduate Traineeship at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Eleanor then did her MLIS course at UCL. During this time, Eleanor was working at the Courtauld in Acquisitions, and at the University of Law, whilst studying full-time. Eleanor was working in academic libraries, and was interested in working in Law Libraries, and undertook a placement at Lincoln’s Inn. However, whilst studying, Eleanor undertook the Information Governance module, which she loved, so decided to do her dissertation on Data Governance law and Learning Analytics. Which led Eleanor to a job in the Data Governance field, and currently the Data Governance Manager for KCL

Nikki Beckett attended the University of Derby in 2014 to study an undergraduate degree in Photography and during this time, worked part-time as a shelver in the university library and loved it. After graduating, Nikki did a 6 month graduate placement in the Student and Graduate Experience team at University of Derby, working on the Library Co-Creation Project to collaborate with students on refurbishing the library spaces. Keen to pursue a career in academic libraries and gain more experience, Nikki studied an MA in Librarianship at the University of Sheffield in 2020 while working part-time as an Information Assistant at Nottingham Trent University. Her dissertation focused on the Dewey Decimal System as used in academic libraries and its impact on the learning experience of neurodivergent individuals and their access to learning resources.

Sergei O’Farrell: With over 15 years of diverse experience in Higher Education, Sergei has held a variety of roles which underpin his knowledge and expertise. His journey began working as a student shelving assistant while studying for an MA in music in 2007. From there he progressed through roles as an Information Assistant, Student and Course Administrator, Weekend Services Manager, Collections Project Manager, and Customer Experience Manager, before arriving at his current role as a Collection Engagement Librarian at the University of Westminster. While navigating these roles, Sergei undertook a distance learning MA in Library and Information studies at Aberystwyth University, where he graduated with distinction in July 2022.

Kaitlene Koranteng: Kaitlene is an archivist and engagement producer, with an interest in exploring hidden and marginalised histories and access to archives. She was the project archivist for Transforming the Collections Project, UAL Decolonising the Art Institute. Since 2022 Koranteng has been working with iniva (Institute of International Visual Art), the arts organisation committed to disseminating radical and emergent contemporary practice from Global Majority African, Asian and Caribbean perspectives. Koranteng is also consulting archivist to Library of African and the African Diaspora, coordinating member of the Young Historians Project and Editorial board member of History Matters Journal, an accessible, free journal, sharing histories of African and Caribbean People.

£10.00 members
£20.00 non-members

Information for joining:

  • This session is virtual and will run via Zoom. Once your booking has been confirmed, joining instructions will be emailed the day before the event.
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Cancellations less than one week before the event will be charged a 50% cancellation fee. In the event of a ‘no-show’ on the day, the full fee will be charged.

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