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#GLTU12 – Travelling Librarians

17 Mar
Michael Charlton and Kirsten McCormick

Michael Charlton and Kirsten McCormick

22 librarians gathered in the Saltire Centre, Glasgow Caledonian University, last Wednesday for Travelling Librarians, an event hosted jointly by GLTU and the newly reformed CILIPS West Branch. Heather Marshall (@macmarsha), CILIPS West Secretary, organised excellent hospitality and Robert Ruthven (@Bgbop), both CILIPS President and CILIPS West Chair, extended a warm welcome. We had two great speakers in Kirsten McCormick and Michael Charlton, and afterwards 16 of us repaired to Masala Twist on Hope Street for a warming curry and a chat.

Kirsten McCormick – Australia

Kirsten is Librarian, General Services, at Glasgow’s Mitchell Library. As the recipient of the CILIP / ESU Travelling Librarian Award for 2013, she spent a month travelling around Australian libraries researching ways in which they record major sporting events and their legacies for the social record. This experience, which has had an immediate beneficial impact on her professional development and on the work that she does at the Mitchell, particularly with relation to the forthcoming Commonwealth Games, was described in the first part of her talk. In the second part, Kirsten gave tips on applying for this year’s award (closing date 28th April). She’s very happy to help anyone who wants to apply – her contact details are in her slides.

Michael Charlton – Peru

Michael is Head of Research at Mildwaters Consulting LLP. In 2012, he spent 5 months in Zapallal, Peru, where he created a library and learning centre for the 40 children, aged 5-18, who live in the Project Peru children’s refuge. The children at the refuge come from communities of extreme poverty and where there is no culture of reading for pleasure and studying for educational and vocational purposes. Michael told us about his experience working with the children and the community of Zapallal, and showed how the library developed from an idea into a real place of learning and fun. He also made an impassioned plea for help with Project Peru by donating or volunteering – as Michael points out, a room full of books needs a librarian to become a library. Michael’s talk can be viewed on Prezi.

The curry

A curry has become almost obligatory as part of a Glasgow tweetup. This was a good one! Here’s a room full of librarians anticipating their dinner:

And here is some of what we got!

Thanks to everyone who came and made this such an enjoyable event.

Library Camp and #GLTU12 News

24 Feb

1. Library Camp. Library Camp Glasgow will return to the Mitchell Library this autumn – the date is Saturday, 8th November. In the meantime, there is School Library Camp Scotland on 14th June for those of you interested.

2. #GLTU12 / CILIPS West event. Travelling Librarians is on Wednesday, 12th March at Glasgow Caledonian. As the recipient of the CILIP / ESU Travelling Librarian Award for 2013, Glasgow Libraries’ Kirsten McCormick spent a month travelling around Australian libraries researching ways in which they record major sporting events and their legacies for the social record. In 2012 Michael Charlton spent 5 months in Zapallal, Peru, where he created a library and learning centre for the 40 children, aged 5-18, who live in the Project Peru children’s refuge. Come and hear Kirsten and Michael talk about their experiences, and find out from Kirsten how to apply for this year’s Award. Refreshments and Registration will be available from 15.30 with the event starting at 16.00. If there is sufficient interest, a traditional Glasgow Library Tweetup Curry will be organised after 18.00 – you are welcome to sign up for the curry alone if you are unable to make the event. There is no need to be on Twitter to join in, but if you are this is #GLTU12. Follow the link for further information and to book for both event and curry.

3. 23 Librarians. You might have read about this new project in the recent CILIPS newsletter. 23 Librarians is a blog to record snapshots of Scotland’s library and information world. 23 different bloggers will describe what attracted them into the profession and give an insight into a typical day in their current post. I hope that this will be useful to people considering a career in libraries, Library School students wondering what sector to look for work in, Chartership candidates looking for wider professional knowledge, people considering a move between sectors – and basically anyone with an interest in finding out what librarians and information professionals do. I have received enough submissions to start at the beginning of March – to follow the blog, if you don’t use WordPress or an RSS reader yourself, click on the “Follow by Email” button at the right hand side. Contributions are still needed to get to 23 (and beyond if the interest is there) so please get in touch if you’d like to know more about sharing your own experience. You can comment on either blog, tweet me at @AnabelMarsh or complete the form on the “About” page of 23 Librarians.

4. Glasgow Library CPD Passport. At its early stages in planning, and unlikely to go much further till 23 Librarians is off the ground, but watch this space! With Clare Hemsworth, Jessie Linardi Nicol and Sharon Lawler I have been discussing an idea to draw up a set of routes of libraries in Glasgow that could comfortably be visited in a day (something like the Shoogle we did for NLD a couple of years ago, but going beyond the Subway). We’d provide information such as opening hours, who to contact and so on, to take some of the work away from chartership candidates or anyone else wishing to set up visits. It might even be a proper passport you can download and get stamped in each library – we’re unfeasibly excited by that idea!

5. National Libraries Day. Talking of NLD, if you haven’t seen them, there are links to Storifies Parts 1 and 2 and a gallery of photographs on the CILIPS webpage.

More news on all these projects soon.

 

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