Monday, 28 January 2013

Librarian in Residence

At the beginning of last year, I was mystified to receive an email from a Canadian librarian asking if she could become a librarian in residence here in Newcastle for a while. This was a concept I hadn't come across in libraries before but we were delighted to agree and in November Jennifer Sigalet from Okanagan College in BC arrived and took up "residence" with us for 2 weeks.

Hosting a librarian in residence has to be different from just hosting a visitor, doesn't it? Jennifer was allocated a desk in the staff workroom next to my office and immediately settled in by helping us with a workshop for Masters students on her first morning. Over the course of the two weeks we all learned a lot. Many of my colleagues went for coffee or lunch with Jennifer and we all enjoyed hearing about the differences between her library and our own. Jennifer also shared some interesting information about her own IL work and some useful links, which I will write about in a later post

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