Category Archives: Careers

The library career and qualifications path

Library staff in Wales have opportunities to improve their skills and qualifications through the bursaries and training available under the Libraries Inspire strategic programme for 2015-16. Full information can be found in the document ‘Library workforce development grant information’ on … Continue reading

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The daily lives of librarians

The daily life of a librarian can be very varied. (And for ‘librarian’ I mean all staff who work in libraries, not just those who have library qualifications.) And not only that, but librarians working in different types of libraries can … Continue reading

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Fancy being a student again?

Are you working in a Welsh library service and looking to improve your qualifications? You may be eligible for a workforce development bursary to help you improve your skills. Bursaries are available for vocational qualifications (Level 2, the old ‘NVQ’) … Continue reading

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A workforce plan for Wales

Following on from my previous post on workforce issues, this post highlights CyMAL’s newly published sector workforce development plan for 2013-14. It covers museums, archives and libraries, and outlines nine priority areas and what actions are being taken to deliver … Continue reading

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Building the foundations

Here in Wales we have the only two library and information studies foundation degrees in the whole of the UK. Both are run through distance/open learning styles, so people from outside Wales can also benefit from this qualification. They both … Continue reading

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A conference of quotes

Last month (already?!), I attended the annual CILIP Wales 2013 library conference, which was again held in Cardiff. This year the theme was collaboration although I would say the informal theme was ‘quotes’. Many speakers used quotes* from inspirational writers/speakers/gurus etc … Continue reading

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So what does a library development adviser actually do?

My job title is Libraries Development Adviser, but what does that actually mean? Hopefully by the end of this post you’ll have a clearer idea of what I do and how I can maybe help you, especially (particularly) if you … Continue reading

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