There are many different types of librarian and information professional roles based in the legal sector, to be found not just in large legal firms, or the Inns of Court, but also within industry, academic libraries and within government. For more information on careers working with legal information, check out the website of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians.
This section covers those librarians/ information roles in government departments and agencies, parliamentary and national libraries. Roles have been fairly hard-hit in the financial crisis.
London is still the main centre for this kind of role, but with increased regionalisation of departments and NGOs, this is less the case than in the past. If you are interested in roles in this sector, you might also find it interesting to look at the Network of Government Library and Information Specialists.
In terms of Social Sciences, Health Librarians or Information Professionals may work in the following fields…
For more information, why not check out the following organisations: University Health and Medical Librarians Group, NHS Health Libraries Group, CILIP Health Libraries Group, Association of Mental Health Librarians.
One of the most commonly encountered Librarian/Information roles, Librarians in Further or Higher Education have varied roles with many varying responsibilities. It is still fairly common to have subject specialist librarians, who are responsible for supporting specific disciplines (eg. Politics, Economics etc…) Sometimes these librarians will have to take on a range of departments. These Librarians are sometimes called liaison librarians, subject librarians or something along these lines.
Their role varies, but usually includes providing training and advice to students, checking reading lists and ordering materials for the library (including online resources), exploring new resources (especially new databases) representing the library at departmental meetings and involvement in stock management decisions.
Other roles in academic libraries include cataloguing new acquisitions (sometimes also done by the subject librarians), ordering and processing stock (some Acquisitions staff have responsibility for multi-million pound budgets), being responsible for services provided to the user (eg. circulation duties- such as checking items in, and dealing with those who owe large amounts of fines).
Why not check out our Sccop.it page to keep up to date with the issues in this sector? Access is free: Higher Education News for Libraries and Librarians
Supporting Practitioners in Health and Social Care.
ALISS conference 11th February 2015
- Sue Jardine, Information Specialist, How SCIE supports the information needs of health and social care professionals
- Jo Wood, Cafcass –Build it and they will come: developing an in-house service for practitioners.
- Margaret Anderson, Trials Search Coordinator, Searching systematically: supporting authors of Cochrane reviews.
ALISS Xmas Special: Legal Deposit in the Digital Age, 16th December 2014
- Legal Deposit in a Digital Age: an overview- Andrew Davis
Legal Deposit Publisher Relations Manager, The British Library
- Building a Collection of the Historical UK Web for scholarly use Helen Hockx-Yu
Head of Web Archiving, The British Library
- The Digital Documents Harvesting and Processing Tool (Document Harvester)- Jennie Grimshaw, Lead Curator, Social Policy & Official Publications, The British Library
Now available: View the presentations via our new YouTube channel- visit the playlist: http://bit.ly/1LIWIbi
Useful Resources for Training and Student Inductions.
Recommended Information/ literacy skills tutorials
East Midlands Research Support Group
Online tutorial designed for early career researchers. Focuses on disseminating research. The units include: journals and journal articles; journal bibliometrics, author bibliometrics; networking. The partners in developing the module were the universities of Loughborough, Nottingham, De Montfort, and Coventry.
University of East London UEL Info skills modules
Award winning site – covers identifying information, finding, evaluating and referencing. good videos featuring students.
University of Sydney, Australia This has an excellent iResearch tool page which contains fun interactive modules with quizzes and activities that can be played by students online. Alternatively print off the modules. These give the learning objectives plus the information. There is some emphasis upon locating specifically Australian information. However, there are some good general topics which include: scholarly versus non-scholarly resources, avoiding plagiarism and an entertaining find that cheese game which teaches students to find items on their reading list!
University of Newcastle, Australia
The InfoSkills information literacy and academic integrity tutorial has 5 modules.
1 Planning for research (List strategies for getting started )
2 Finding Information (Use Library catalogues to find resources, select Library databases to find journal articles, Identify effective search techniques, describe the characteristics of Internet search engines)
3 Evaluating Information
4 Writing and Plagiarism (Identify strategies for good academic practice in writing, e.g. note taking, acknowledging sources, techniques for managing and compiling reference lists and bibliographies.)
5 Using information ethically (Use information appropriately without breaching copyright, censorship and freedom of speech issues, use of inclusive language).
University of Leeds, United Kingdom
The general skills section has some useful links relating to academic reading and note taking skills. http://library.leeds.ac.uk/skills-readingThere is also a maths section The researchers section has sections on planning your research, finding and managing information, publication and impact.
The Final Chapter: the undergraduate research project guide is designed to help with final-year research projects. Topics covered include “planning and preparing your project”, “doing a literature review” and “critical thinking and evaluation”. The resource contains videos of Leeds staff and students talking about final-year projects, including their top tips for success.
The Open University Information Literacy Unit has developed a Digital and Information Literacy Framework. It identifies five skill areas: Understand and engage in digital practices; Find information; Critically evaluate information, online interactions and online tools; Manage and communicate information; and Collaborate and share digital content. It also looks at these skills across 5 levels of study (0, 1, 2, 3 and Masters). There is a companion website with short activities to address the various skills: Being Digital This includes a self-assessment checklist
Safari is intended for beginners. It is divided into seven sections, each covering a particular aspect of information skills: Understanding information (helps the user identify different types and what they might need for study); Unpacking information (understanding where information comes from, who disseminates it and different types); Planning a search ; Searching (searching on the web, techniques such as phrase searching) Evaluating research results; Organising information (social bookmarking, compiling bibliographies); Where do I go from here (publishing and disseminating , keeping up to date
They also produce the Information Skills for Researchers To support OU postgraduate students. Includes sections with advice on literature searching, writing and referencing.
SMILE is an information literacy and employability skills training package. Developed by Glasgow Caledonian University; Marion Kelt; Imperial College; Loughborough University; Worcester University. It is made up of HTML pages and multimedia content. It is offered free as a zip file via the depository Jorum for downloading and editing to suit local use. It is generic so can be used to support all subjects. Topics covered include: organising time, finding information, evaluating information and plagiarism.
A series of resources from the Royal Literary fund. They include Essay Writing: a Guide for Undergraduates a comprehensive guide to essay writing, written for students by Dr David Kennedy. Topics covered include understanding the question, literature searching and drafting essays.Mission Possible: the Study Skills Pack is a range of study skills materials developed for students, tutors and teachers by Mario Petrucci. Includes basic study skills techniques, presentation skills, writing skills. Writing Dissertations: a Guide for Graduates gives support and guidance on the process of writing a dissertation or thesis. It was developed by Andrew Ward and Peter Wood. Covers literature reviews, revising editing. Also section for students where English is a second Language.
Guide to Undergraduate Dissertations in the social Sciences
This site was developed in 2005 by the Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics (C-SAP), the Centre for Social Work and Policy (SWAP), and the Learning and Teaching Institute (LTI) at Sheffield Hallam University and updated subsequently. Offers learners general advice on questions relating to exploring what the demands of a dissertation are including ethics, academic writing styles and methodologies.
Developed by Eduserve it provides practical, pragmatic advice, within an understanding of the legal framework, on how to license copyright works, who to approach, how best to approach them and how to negotiate the best deal. Includes online exercise which teach the legal background to copyright and the structure of the Rights clearance process.
Information Literacy Resources
Use these to keep up to date with what other librarians are doing!
Information Literacy Website
Maintained by information professionals from key UK organisations including CILIP and SCONUL. Aims to support practitioners by offering free access to news, book reviews and case studies of best practice. They include lists of resources.
Journal of Information Literacy
Open access scholarly journal covering the philosophy, technology and practice of information literacy. Excellent starting point for locating up to date materials.
Handbook for Information Literacy Teaching
Excellent free resource developed by group of subject librarians at Cardiff University to support their colleagues in Information Services as they developed their information literacy teaching. Chapters include planning lessons, developing teaching aids, evaluating and improving teacher skills. Of great value for those developing their own courses.
Information Literacy resource bank
Originally developed for staff at the University of Cardiff it includes some interesting examples of ‘bite sized’ tutorials on research, internet searching skills. There are also examples of flowcharts and online quizzes.
CoPILOT (Community of Practice for Information Literacy Online Teaching) Project – working to establish an international community of practice of librarians sharing their information literacy teaching resources openly.
LOEX: Clearing House for Library Instruction
International membership organisation which supports training and information literacy in libraries. Website has an excellent archive of conference papers, plus a free directory of links to online tutorials, case studies, and other recommended teaching and learning materials for library staff.
LIS-Info-Literacy. Excellent JISC email discussion list useful for keeping up to date with the latest events, research and publications in the field. You can view recent postings and archived messages from the website or sign up to join.
Here are recommendations for the 12 days of christmas (for social scientists!)
On the first day of Christmas, My true love sent to me A partridge in a pear tree. Here are some resources for orchards and pear trees.
- Natural England has a paper on the economic value of orchards orchards uk see more on their website.
- Defra has a section on orchards. with statistics on land use Eurostat has data on agriculture scroll down the page for the orchards survey. For maps of historic land use and orchards see a Vision of Britain
- The FAO has international data on pears
2. Turtle Doves – here are some data and mapping resources relating to birds!
- Cornell Lab of Ornithology has data on bird numbers and distribution (mainly for North American species).
- The RSPB has annual statistical reports on the state of the Uk’s birds.
- Birdlife has data on endangered bird species from the IUCN red data list . It also has reports on the economic benefits of migratory birds.
- The Institute for Bird Populations also has links to mappings of data.
- Finally a Fact sheet from Birdlife on the European Turtle dove. where does it live? is it endangered?
3. French hens – hens and eggs data
- Compassion in world faming fact sheet on laying hens
- DEFRA data on UK egg industry.
- The international Egg Corporation has international business news
- FAO also has world trade data
- World Poultrynet has information on broilers and other hen markets
4. Calling birds – resources on bird songs!
- BBC Radio 4 has a collection of bird songs from common Uk birds which you can download.
- The British Library sound archive has an entry on the language of birds which discusses the purpose of their songs and gives examples.
- Xeno-Canto is a free website dedicated to sharing bird songs and sounds from around the world.
- Macaulay Library Sound & Video catalog The Macaulay Library is the world’s largest archive of animal sounds. It contains more than 160,000 recordings of 67 percent of the world’s birds, and it is rapidly increasing its holdings of insects, fish, frogs, and mammals.Search the database for animal sounds and behavior. Visualize sounds using a spectrogram. Speed up or slow down sounds. Create spectrograms from your own sounds. Spectrograms can be customized with a clickable world map or by using an advance or simple Boolean search. Windows 2000 or newer is needed to use the spectrograms.
5. Gold rings–
- The world Bank blog regularly updates on commodity prices.
- Trade body the World Gold Council provides some free access to issues of its Gold Market trends from 1996 onwards.
- Kitco has some free price and commodity news.
6. Geese a laying
- See some images of geese from the Europeana website. It has treasures from Europe’s libraries.
- Arkive multimedia archive of animal species from charity widescreen also has photographs
- The French National library website has historic photographs and manuscripts from its collections.
- See the christmas geese from 1912: http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b69214055.r=oie+noel.langEN
7. Swans a swimming
- Swans as culinary fare! – From the Institute of Historical research. See the recipe for swan offal:
- Chawdoun for swannes. Take ðe lyuer and ðe offal of the swannes, & do it to see ð in gode broth; take it vp. Pyke out ðe bonys; take & hewe the flessh smale. Make a lyour of crustes of brede & of ðe blode of ðe swan ysoden, & do ðerto powdour of gynger, of clowes, & of piper, & a litul wyne & salt, & see ð it, & cast ðe flessh ðerto iheweed; & messe it forth with ðe swan irostede. – Hieatt, Constance B. & Butler, Sharon (eds.) (1985), p. 131. tasty recipe for swan offal and liver. swan pie from the food history blog.
- Google books also has some interestingpies.
- Finally a cheesy Christmas swan song from youtube – Gooseneck hill waterfowl sanctuary.
8. Eight maids a-milking,
- Look for some details about maids from the Connected histories database 1500-1900. They include some prints from the British Museum collection. See them in May Day 1839.
- See a report from the Old Bailey on theft by maids from employers. British History Online has numerous primary source documents including historic state papers.
- Find out about the employment of maids by Queen Anne. How many did she have what did they earn?
9. Ladies Dancing
- Here are some images of historic dance and tune books from the Vaughan Williams Memorial library. These focus upon English folk. There are also some online diaries from Cecil Sharpe.
- The Internet archive has a sound archive of international folk dances.
10. Lords a leaping
- Follow activity from the House of Lords on their twitter and youtube channels.
- Look at the main parliamentary website for copies of hansard debates and select committee reports.
- See the interests of peers and payments register. What payments do member sof the House of Lords get ? see their details.
11. Pipers Piping.
- Get information on the hiostory and current state of bagpiping from the Bagpipe Society.
- British Pathe news has historic news footage see the 1938 entertainment at a children’s new year party
- The Scottish screen archive has a film on how to make bagpipes.
- And the National Library of Scotland digital colections. a broadside ballad which highlights the use of bagpopes as an instrument of torture.
12. Drums drumming.
- The British museum collections catalogue has 100s of images of ethnographic drums.
- The V&A collections catalogue has images of prints, drawings and photographs. These include photographs from rock and pop from the 1950s.
- Finally search the royalty free Getty Images site to find pictures of drumming snowmen.