Written by guest contributor Lydia Gregory from King Edward’s School, Sheffield.
Before beginning my work experience placement at the University of Sheffield Library, I was very curious and excited to discover what exactly being a librarian entails and whether, after experiencing work in a library, I would still be interested in becoming a librarian in the future.
During my first week, I spent a day with the Library Learning Services Unit and looked around the library’s study web-page; watching the tutorials and videos about Information and Digital Literacy. Not only did this teach me many things that will be useful in my future, such as referencing, research and knowing what information I can and can’t trust, but it also taught me about how much thought goes into the presentation of information, such as design and use of colour and audio. I also learnt how to use animation software, which was very entertaining as well as interesting.
Overall, my time at the Sheffield University Library has been very valuable, enjoyable and interesting. I have learnt a lot about what being an academic librarian consists of and the huge variety of different jobs there are within a library. Being a librarian is definitely something I am considering as a career, and my time at the library has only increased my enthusiasm.