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The Grand Tour (or A Subject Librarian’s travels around the North West!) by Zoe Collyer

The Grand Tour  (or A Subject Librarian’s travels around the North West!) by Zoe Collyer

Over the last month or so I have spent a lot of time on trains as a result of the attending some great training opportunities. When I say 'Grand Tour', I have to admit to mainly travelling to Liverpool and Manchester, but I seem to have visited both cities more in the last couple of weeks than I have in the last 2 years!

Image by Schaeffler from Pixabay
First up, Manchester, for the JISC Connect More event at Manchester United football ground. (JISC provides digital solutions for UK education and research). Myself and a colleague set out in the largest car that our University could provide and bravely set off up the M56.  I drive a Peugeot 108, so being presented with an SUV is always an interesting prospect. It feels a bit like being given the keys to a tank! Taking the wrong junction onto the M60, then having to battle across Manchester through hoards of cricket fans, we make it to the …

Bursary now available - Northern Collaboration Conference in Hull, Friday 6th September 2019

New Bursary Opportunity Northern Collaboration Conference Hull Friday 6th September 

More details about the conference programme can be found here 

CILIP Conference 2019 by Julie Burrell CILIP NW bursary winner

CILIP Conference 2019  by Julie Burrell CILIP NW bursary winner 

Recently, I was lucky enough to attend this year’s CILIP conference, thanks to a bursary from the CILIP NW Member Network. 

As a recently qualified library professional, who’d never attended a conference before, the CILIP conference seemed the perfect place to start, especially as it was being held just down the road at Manchester University. So I submitted a short bursary application form, kept my fingers crossed and was delighted to receive an email a few days later telling me I’d been awarded a place at the conference! I was so excited and couldn’t wait to get stuck in. Fast forward to the morning of 3rd July…

The excitement was now mixed with a healthy dose of apprehension. What if I didn’t know anyone else there? Was I wearing the right clothes? The questions went round and round in my head but luckily, all of my fears were allayed as soon as I stepped inside University Place. I instantly spotted a couple of work coll…

Introducing the CILIP NW Committee – Gil Young, Mentor Support Officer

Introducing the CILIP NW CommitteeName: Gil Young

Role on the CILIP NW Committee: Mentor Support Officer

Work: NHS Library and Knowledge Services Development Manager 

Which other CILIP member networks do you belong to? 
In addition to being a CILIP mentor I am a member of the Health Libraries Group, the Library & Information Research Group and the Public & Mobile Libraries Group. My current role does have some overlap with HR so I am also an associate member of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development)

How has your career developed up to now? 
Randomly in many ways as I have moved across sectors and made a number of sideways moves when something has interested me or circumstances have changed. I was a graduate trainee at MMU and my first professional post was at the Christie Medical Library. I then had posts at MMU, at Stockport Public Libraries, CALIM (Consortium of Academic Libraries in Manchester) and NoWAL (North West Academic Libraries). I was made redundant f…

An Introduction to the work of National Trust Libraries by Christine Tate

An Introduction to the work of National Trust Libraries  by Christine Tate
Background  Towards the end of 2018 I asked our student representatives if there were any libraries in the North West that they wanted to visit. The students said that they would like to learn more about special collections and suggested that we might visit a National Trust library. I contacted the National Trust and they kindly facilitated a visit to the library at Lyme Park in Disley. 

We were escorted into the house and led up the staircase to the library. We were invited to make ourselves comfortable and we were pleasantly surprised to find out that we were allowed to sit on the sofas! Tim Pye, the National Trust’s Libraries Curator, and Nicola Thwaite, Assistant Libraries Curator, provided us with a detailed and informative overview of the work of National Trust libraries and their special collections.
National Trust Book Collections  Book collections are the most important collection held by the National…
CILIP North West Celebration Day 20th March 2019by Marg Charlesworth 

CILIP North West's Celebration Day event, designed to celebrate all things libraries, was held in the newly opened Altrincham public library. Altrincham Library 

Sarah Curran, Head of Customer Service in Trafford Council, started the day with an interesting presentation about the successes and challenges she has experienced over the past five years as part of her role managing the Trafford public library service. 

Sarah described how the service has evolved since 2014 when she was faced with the need to cut a substantial part of the libraries budget.

One key development Sarah has made has been to work with developers and other organisations and co-locating new libraries alongside other services. For example, Old Trafford library is now situated in a Trafford Housing Trust building on the site of the former library and community centre. The library runs throughout the whole of the ground floor with no ‘distinct’ space…