Visit: Cambridge Trainees Come to ARU


It felt right to include this post for posterity reasons; it’s an important part of my trainee year to host everyone else and show them the kind of things I get up to on a daily basis. However, I think that it’s probably more interesting to read about the visit from the perspective of someone who doesn’t spend 37 hours a week in this building. Therefore, if you would like to, you can find the lovely Beth’s blog post on the Cambridge trainees’ blog here and the equally lovely Miruna’s post here. Back to me though now (it’s short, I promise!).

On 23rd February, the other Graduate Trainees from the Cambridge area came to visit ARU for the morning. It was really enjoyable to see everyone again and to show them around my workplace. It’s definitely made me more excited to see where everyone else is based and how different it is to what I’m used to. (On that note, a blog post about my trip to Schlumberger and the Churchill Archive Centre is coming soon!)

I started the visit with a tour of the first three floors of the library (the top floor is silent, and the students do not like it when we tour a big group round it). The ground floor is designated for group work, which means it is the noisiest. It also contains the help desk, all of the self-service machines, the majority of the printers and, most importantly, the main office. It’s therefore where I spend most of my time. The first floor houses CDs, DVDs and music scores; the second, book stock from 000 to 699; and the third, book stock from 700-999. We also have 8 study rooms and 4 study pods, plus a training room, a video conferencing room, a consultation room… It’s no wonder the tour took a while!

After the tour, we all sat down with hot drinks and biscuits to have a good chat. We were joined by one of our Customer Service Supervisors, the Customer Services Manager and the Academic Services Manager, which gave the other trainees the opportunity to ask questions about a broad range of library-related things: everything from acquiring books to the various ways we communicate with our students. There was a lot of nostalgia too, as for most of us trainees, the library at ARU is much more familiar from our own university experiences than the Cambridge colleges. ARU does a lot of things differently to the college libraries, so I hope it was interesting for the other trainees to get an insight into a bigger, more modern academic library.