To kick off the new year on the blog we continue our mini series on libraries from childhood, this time with Sam Nesbit.
Blindfold me, spin me dizzy, and send me staggering down the
Uxbridge Road: I could still find my
way to the shelf which held the Dorling Kindersley Encyclopaedia of Sharks in Shepherds Bush Public Library. Such was
my fascination with all things Carcharodon
carcharias that I must’ve borrowed that book over 50 times (no automatic
renewals in the 80s!), and it helped embed a lifelong fear of swimming in water
more than knee-high. (My dad letting me watch ‘Jaws’ at a ridiculously young
age didn’t help, but I’m not pointing fingers…)
I’ve recently had an exciting visit to the Wiley European
Distribution Centre with the Society of Indexers and because I am kind and you
are lucky I’m going to share the experience here.
The Wiley warehouse is spread over a couple of units on an
industrial estate in Bognor Regis and after arriving at this glamourous
location we were treated to pastries and coffee and a chat about the history of
the company: quite interesting. Then we donned our high vis and went on a 2.5
hour tour of the warehouse: very interesting.
Looking after your mental health & wellbeing is something we all try to do, and there are services for students across campus, but…what about staff? We decided to try putting workplace wellbeing at the heart of the Library’s culture…
For Environment Week the Library Green Group has taken over the Library’s social media, and invited Jules Bristow to blog about her office plants.
I have a confession to make. The admin office was expensively renovated last summer to give us more space and a more logical way of integrating the team, but my favourite part of it remains my long sunny windowsill.