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I have just started a Masters in the field of Information studies and I am currently working as a library assistant in a public library in London.

I'm currently on the search for useful websites and forums that would help my job and studies.

I would be grateful for any links that members can provide. I know of Cilip but that's about it.

I also hope that this would be a good place to ask questions and get answers about this field?
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Date:September 28th, 2010 08:40 am (UTC)
Hello, have you joined cilip as a student member? Its about £38 a year, and for that they will send you their magazines, you get access to the online archives of those magazines and you can be involved in two interest groups too :)

I've got all sorts of links, but none I read regularly, more things for very specific information, so I'd love to hear anyones suggestions too.

I'm on year two of a course myself (distance learning) but I have a couple of years academic library experience and a year public library, so if I can answer any questions I will :)
Date:September 28th, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
I haven't joined Cilip yet. I know one university that includes membership once you're a student so I need to check with my university.

Oh I have plenty of questions already!

What kind of modules are you taking? Which ones were the most pertinent to the library work that you've done?

What books would you recommend as must reads?

Also, what are the differences between working in a public and an academic. Which did you enjoy more, and why?

I've been asked about what I want to specialise in but, I have too little experience to know what I want to do, and what are the different types of jobs available. And some of the titles I've seem bandied around don't seem to apply to what people do in a public library, or at least in the library I work in.
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Date:September 28th, 2010 11:58 am (UTC)
LIS New Professionals Network ( http://lisnpn.spruz.com/ ) is a useful resource. The forums there are quite active too, it should be a good place to post questions and ask for advice.

Hope it helps!
Date:September 28th, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the link. I've checked it out, unfortunately it I encountered an error while trying to register. I'll try again another day.
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Date:October 6th, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
Go to the Online Show in end of Nov/beg of December - free to get into exhibition. You can attend free sessions and pick up lots of material from the exhibition. By talking to experts in their fields you learn a lot. You should sign up to get Information World Review http://www.iwr.co.uk/ where you get more info on new developments etc. You can subscribe to free - especially if you to the Online Show where they tend to give you free subscriptions. I used to find Managing Information good, but not sure if it still exists??
Why are you only thinking of working in either public or academic library? Is that your choice? Remember that there are lots of information departments in the charity and commercial sectors, as well as Government of course.
Date:October 7th, 2010 01:11 pm (UTC)
I am not only thinking of public or academic libraries, I posed that question to midnight since she/he [?] has worked in these two types.

Thanks for the information about the online show, I have signed up already!
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