The Blog of Jonathan White, a trainee Librarian from Derbyshire. Aimed at people who are just starting out in public libraries or are considering a career in them.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Do you 'Love Libraries'?

You may or may not have seen information about the People's Network being banded about. This is the umbrella term for the access to ICT that public libraries provide. The People's Network website allows members of the public to share good and bad reviews of books, seek answers to questions from public Librarians worldwide and explore different special collections that public libraries house. It's a really useful site, informative and entertaining in different parts.

Another website that is a part of the People's Network is a site called Love Libraries. This site is a pretty good attempt at marketing public libraries and has been followed with a national poster campaign. I think the best bit about it is the Have Your Say area where ordinary members of the public can have their say on public libraries.

You should look at the Make a Difference page if you are considering a career in public libraries. Its fully of reasons why you should do it!

Monday, March 13, 2006

Library Weblogs

Weblogs are being used by public libraries more and more to share information with their users on new services and service changes. I think that this is an excellent way to promote a big event or simply inform users when the next book sale is.

Gateshead Libraries have a weblog as part of their excellent libraries website. It is called et cetera. As new web technologies are taught on library courses it is important that aspiring librarians keep up to date with these sorts of technologies, after all it is likely that you will have to apply it in job. You could be asked to set up and run a weblog for your library service or you may be asked to train the public or local community groups how to blog.