A week in the life of a subject librarian - with a\ud difference!
- Publisher: Society of College, National & University Libraries
Everyone knows what subject librarians do, or at\ud least we hope they do: mainly research enquiries;\ud collection development; liaison with academic\ud departments; and information skills support, in\ud training sessions, by providing workbooks, or by\ud developing e-learning projects. Many of our users\ud are distance learners who can never visit our\ud library. So perhaps supporting a course based in\ud Ethiopia is not so different to our usual activities\ud after all.\ud I’m the Law Librarian at the University of Warwick,\ud and in November 2008 I spent a week of\ud my working life in Mekelle, in Northern Ethiopia.\ud Other subject librarians have done this before, so\ud you may have already heard their accounts. However,\ud it was a first for me! The School of Law at\ud Warwick is working in partnership with the Faculty\ud of Law at Mekelle for the next four years, in a\ud capacity-building project to set up a postgraduate\ud law programme, with PhD candidates as well as\ud an LLM course.