As I sit here typing I am blessed with the beauty of spring right outside my window. Spring is here which means summer is on its way which in turns means my graduate traineeship is a few months away from ending. Term has officially ended and we have entered into the library summer vacation period. Bye bye bustling, noisy library, hello silent, tranquil library! Oh wait, isn’t that how a library is supposed to be..? The quiet was nice for about 2 days but now I am kind of missing the students… Or maybe I am just all too aware that the arrival of summer means that I too will soon be departing. Heading off to University and to the wonderful land of jobhuntingsville (it’s a real place, honest).
Summer signifies a big change in my traineeship and working routine. My rotations in the library have finished having spent time with the subject librarians, systems, acquisitions, special collections and customer services. I will no longer be working regularly with the customer services team on the front/ welcome desk and my enquiry desk duties will be limited. I have really enjoyed working with our users on the front line and my confidence in my ability to help library users has increased massively. But the best thing is that I really like doing it. It is stressful and demanding in all the right ways. You are busy and challenged into learning new things everyday with every different enquiry you come across (apart from laptop loans). I really feel like I am part of the team and it makes me sad to think that I am only a temporary member. It will be good to go back to certain departments in the library where my time was quite limited such as special collections, classification and academic support. I am especially looking forward to helping out with the pre-sessional international students. We will be presenting them with our new edition of the Library Language booklet which I’ve had the pleasure of working on.
My big job over the summer is my GT project which is what I am working on at the moment. I am just researching the literature on my prospective topic to see if it is a viable idea. Once I have a plan in place, I will blog about it. I am very slowly getting back into the swing of academic work and reading but it is harder than I thought it would be. It has been 2 years since I completed my dissertation and I still don’t think I am over that experience… Just kidding, I actually found the process quite enjoyable and was a little bit sad when it was over. This project is difference because I want to make a valuable contribution to the J.B. Priestley Library (not that I didn’t want to make a valuable contribution to WWII British History). My predecessors all did some fantastic projects for the library; one GT’s project provided the idea for a paper which was then published in a scholarly journal. If my project and suggestions could be used to improve the services we offer at JB that would be the best possible end to my traineeship.