It can be easy to forget as you are diligently working away, but every book cover in the library is covered by copyright law, not just the content within the book. Often the book cover will contain an artistic work, and some may be particularly unique.
So if you are using thumbnails in a catalogue, or a blog, or on a library poster – is this breaching copyright law?
It is really very important to keep up to date with new developments, innovations, ideas, issues and so forth in our field. You need to be a life-long learner if you are going to succeed in Libraryland 😉 Things are constantly changing; the way we utilise space, new technologies, what is expected of us, how we are viewed and how we must justify ourselves. There is a lot to learn. Not only this, it is important to network and get to know other professionals. You need to create relationships. These are especially helpful if you have a question or need some guidance, or more employment. So where to start? There are a few things you can do:
When I wrote the title for this post, I instantly thought of a superhero. Someone ‘becoming’ a librarian – by a toxic waste spill, by changing themselves in someway, to come out the other side with a shining light and and a book in hand! ‘aaaaaaaaaah’ the angels sing as the light cascades through the clouds…
Clearly it’s not as magical as that, it really is just getting a qualification I suppose. But to me, there is something about being ‘a librarian’. Something that sets you apart. It’s like a special secret world that you know all about, and outsiders view with all these misconceptions. Read More »