This week we welcome an anonymous Former Librarian to the blog who sadly left her Assistant Librarian position due to the work situation she found herself in. General transferable skills have been important here to enable her success in her new position.
Current role: Administrator in a HE institution
Former role: Assistant Librarian in a University library
What led you to move on from libraries? The library service merged with computing services and
the management team from computing services was put in charge. They had no interest in
libraries and, in my opinion, didn’t like libraries, didn’t like females (especially the clever
ones), and were misogynists. I was also badly over-worked and by the end was doing the
work of three people. It was soul-destroying to work so hard to try to deliver a good service
to staff and students and be so unappreciated by your managers and to have your ideas for
service improvement rejected (although some were implemented after I left)! To believe that
you are discriminated against in the 21 st century because you are a clever female is a
dreadful feeling. However my other library jobs were fantastic!
What do you do in your current role? Administration, report writing, minute taking, event
What library skills do you use in your current role? Nothing library specific just general
transferable skills like written and oral communication, accuracy, customer services.
However I am heading up a project to digitise our paperwork as a result of skills I learnt in
the library profession.
Do you think that your library skills helped you to get this position? not really
What other skills have you had to acquire since leaving the library profession in order to
enable you to carry out your work? Not so much skills, more knowledge of the wider HE
Do you maintain any professional memberships or are there new ones which are more
appropriate? Still a member of CILIP
Do you have any future plans/aspirations? to enjoy life and to do the things I didn’t do before
because I was exhausted and on the brink of a breakdown!