Monday, 27 August 2012

Thing 10 - Graduate traineeships, Masters Degrees, Chartership, Accreditation


* I was in Taiwan over the summer visiting my parents and I am now trying to pick up the rest of the ‘things’ already been posted on the online course of 23 things for Professional Development *

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I was born and brought up in Taiwan and had a full Taiwanese education to the age of 20, receiving a diploma in Industrial Engineering before coming to the UK in 1993. In 1999, I gained a first class degree in Religious Studies from the University of Wales, Lampeter. Between 2000-2001 I worked at Middlesex University in London as a library trainee under the SCONUL graduate scheme and following this was awarded an AHRC scholarship to study Librarianship for a Masters degree at Aberystwyth University, qualifying in 2003.

After qualifying, I worked for six months at Lampeter University as a project cataloguer and for two years as a branch librarian at Lampeter town library. Between 2003 and 2011, I was working again at Lampeter University as a library assistant. In May 2011, I became a Subject Librarian for the Faculty of Humanities. I enjoy very much the work and the challenge of being a Subject Librarian. The main tasks and responsibility of my present role are:
• Liaising with academic staff: responding to their emails and various requests (book orders, digitisations, IL sessions, problems accessing e-resources etc)
• Information Literacy sessions: providing teaching sessions to help students locate and effectively manage information, including referencing
• One-to-one sessions: offering one-to-one support for students, researchers and anyone requiring additional help with finding and using information
• User education: providing library tours and inductions for new readers including demonstration of library catalogues and electronic resources
• Subject guides: writing and maintaining subject guides for the Learning Resources Centre webpage
• Chinese cataloguing: cataloguing and processing all the Chinese language books in the library
• Book order: taking responsibility for receiving book orders from the academic staff and forwarding their requests to the acquisition librarian
• Collection management: working with the academic staff to manage and withdraw books on a continuing basis
• Professional Support and administration of circulation activities: Staffing main issue and enquiry desk on a rota basis, dealing with queries from library users and visitors, troubleshooting problems with electrical equipment, performing all tasks related to issuing, returning, renewing, reserving and conservation of books.
• Digitisation: taking responsibility for digitisation at Lampeter campus

Presently, I am also working towards my CILIP Chartership with the help of my mentor, Sally Wilkinson. This online course – 23 things for ProfessionalDevelopment will hopefully be included in my Chartership portfolio. 

A Buddhist Temple where I stayed for 10 days while I was in Taiwan this summer. It is in Taroko National Park in Hualien.