Posted by James Mullan in Law Librarians on Thursday, 1 October 2009
I've promised to do this and I've finally sat down and done it, following a meme started by Woodsie Girl ,then Jennie Law and finally Maria Robertson I'm going to describe how and why I ended up as a Librarian.
It sounds weird to say this but I knew from a fairly early age that I was going to work in Libraries. My mum was a Librarian when she was young, although she worked in public libraries ins some very interesting places in London. She raved about how she enjoyed the work and the people she worked with. I was fascinated by some of the stories she would roll out. So as soon as I started my A-Levels I knew what my choice of degree was going to be Information and Library Management at either the University of Birmingham or Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU)
Unfortunately the grades I achieved meant I couldn't go to Birmingham University but I did get into LJMU where I spent three fantastic years learning everything I need to know about Librarianship including some very interesting tutorials on cataloguing, which I don't think I've ever put into practice since! After graduating I moved back home where I immediately found a job at my local further education college. This wasn't a traditional library role but it developed over the three years I was there to the extent that I could complete my chartership. From there I moved to another further education, this time in Hounslow near Heathrow. This was a completely different experience from my first role. After 18 months I saw a position which was described as a "Serials Librarian". Unfortunately I didn't get this role but the agency who advertised the role registered my details and soon I was being interviewed by current employers.
From there I haven't really looked back and now find myself moving to another role in a different law firm which I'm really excited about. This role is very different from my existing one and will build on all the skills I've been developing over the last few years. As to what the future holds...who knows only good things I hope.