Reflections on a year at Kew
One short year - that is the time in which I have learned so much about the work done in a library and its essential place in ensuring that information is kept, distributed and displayed to entice the mind of the reader and encourage them to learn.
I will miss everyone who has helped me this year in Library, Art & Archives and will miss the work - from cataloguing interesting new books published across the world and adding them to Kew’s growing library collection, to helping readers locate information and ensuring they have a memorable and positive experience using the Reading Room. I also had fun creating eye catching displays of new books to entice readers.
The Library, Art & Archives Reading Room
Kew provided me with a wonderful range of opportunities and insights which I can put towards a career in libraries. I have had the chance to visit some of the most interesting collections in the UK, including the BFI Southbank Reuben Library , the Natural History Museum Library and the London Library . The work has taught me how important it is to maintain and develop these collections, in both physical and digital forms. Encouraging people to indulge their curiosity - whether it is about old herbals, new botanical developments, or even family history - ensures that the work of a librarian (in training) is never dull.
An especial highlight was working with the Archives Graduate Trainee on a display on the naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace and his contact with Kew .
I’m now headed for a Masters course in Librarianship at the University of Sheffield to build on the invaluable experience I’ve gained at Kew.
- Marc -