ARLIS-STC – Students and Trainees News Jan/Feb 2007

In October the Student and Trainees Committee ran its regular event “An Introduction to Art and Design Reference Resources” which gave an introduction to online and print resources and answering enquiries in the subject.  The day was a great success and we’d like to thank the speakers and our host the National Art Library.

Events for 2007

It’s the start of a new year and a good time to get a run down on some of the other talks, conferences and events that students, trainees and library assistants could attend over the next 12 months.

Finding out about careers

The ARLIS Student and Trainees Committee will, of course, be holding its popular annual event “Taking the Plunge: Art Librarianship as a Career Option,” which provides insights and advice on starting out and working in the sector.  Past speakers have included representatives from a museum library, slide library, and the commercial sector, as well as a recently retired librarian, and a recent graduate.  The event will be held on Saturday 3rd March at the National Gallery, London.  Look out for more details coming soon on the ARLIS website and discussion list.

The Career Development Group of CILIP holds regular events around the country throughout the year.    Of particular relevance is their National Student Conference, which offers the chance to hear from information professionals working in various different sectors and to network with other students and recent graduates of LIS courses.  The one-day student conference was held last year in November, and the Group hopes to run the event again in 2007.

Another event that may crop up in 2007 is the open day held jointly by the Association of UK Media Librarians (AUKML) and the Industrial and Commercial Libraries Group (ICLG).  This day is aimed at graduate trainees, first jobbers and library students.  The day includes talks by information professionals from all parts of the workplace sector, offering tips on finding jobs in their area and talking about their working day.  Past speakers have included representatives from the BBC and the Guardian, as well as law firms and Government departments.

Conference Bursaries

ARLIS offers a student bursary each year to attend its annual conference, which this year will be held at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham, from 4-6 July.  Other conferences of interest include the Digital Resources for the Arts and Humanities (DRHA) conference and the Computers and the History of Art (CHArt) conference, which have both offered student bursaries in recent years.  DRHA will be held on 9-12 September at the University of Sheffield and the CHArt conference is usually held each year in November.  The bursaries are offered by the AHRC ICT Methods Network and are available to UK-based postgraduate students who’ve had a paper or poster accepted at DRHA or would like to attend CHArt.

Finding out about LIS qualifications

If you’re considering applying to library and information courses, it’s worth looking out for a couple of events organised by CPD25.  The group usually holds an event each year which provides information on applying to study LIS, with speakers from CILIP, UK Library Schools, a LIS graduate, and a head of service.  The group also holds a development day for library assistants, aimed at those who are considering their options for obtaining qualifications whilst working.  CPD25 events are provided in the first instance for staff working in the member institutions of the M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries, but non-members are normally able to attend at a slightly higher fee.

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