My other past time

I don’t just read and write about libraries, I make CrossStitch too! 

I made the above for a friend at work who is moving back home to get married. 

Pinterest is where I get most of my designs, I’ve been doing this for a few years now so I don’t need the pattern, just a picture of the completed work and I can make it my own! 

Want to see more of my crafts? 

Comment below and I’ll upload some more! 

Jade x 


The 5 W’s

Why did you want to become a librarian?

What do you do everyday?

When do you find time to read for fun?

Where do you work?

Who is your favorite author?

These are the questions I found myself answering a lot when I was home for Christmas this year, in not-so-sunny old Ireland. I used to have difficulty in answering these questions the first year I had moved to Aberdeen, but now they flow easily and I am confident in debating the need for libraries across the country, in the UK and in Ireland.

Let’s break these questions down!

Why did you want to become a Librarian?

This is easy. I love helping people and books. I am also known as the “technical support” for my Mum whenever she buys new devices, so I am savvy in that way too.

My favorite present to give someone? BOOKS!

I grew up in my local libraries, I loved the thrill that I could take home books (more than one) for free, and read them whenever I wanted and it opened my mind about various topics.

If I heard about something, I was able to go to the library and ask questions about it and research it, even though at the time I did not know it was “research”.

My favorite film growing up was Matilda!

What do you do everyday?

This is not an easy one. It varies from day to day. There is a lot of cataloging and checking in of stock. Metadata – linking all of the videos available for staff for their students to the correct topic and sub-folder. Shelving items and making sure the area is easy to understand. Then we add the students coming in with IT issues that I can help with, UCAS applications they need assistance with, scanning and printing the all important end of year projects, VLE assistance….. You need help? You come to us. Which I love being able to say.

I am an Information Assistant, but sometimes the students accidentally call me “The Librarian” and it does make my heart jump! 🙂

When do you find time to read for fun?

Everywhere! I read on the bus to work, I read on my lunch break, I read while my boyfriend is playing Xbox, I read before I go to sleep at night. Reading has become extremely portable as well, I try to bring small books out of the house but sometimes they will not fit so I use my iPhone or iPad and (gasp) the Kindle app. When I am at home, I love the feel, look and smell of a book but when I am on the move the Kindle app is very convenient.

If you want to read more, you can do it!

Where do you work?

I work in a Further Education college, what a vocational college is now.

My job is great, I help students and staffs with their queries and am given more and more responsibilities as my time here goes on. I have an ID badge with my face on it! The team I work with is great, and there is minimal office politics.

Who is your favorite author?

It changes from week to week. At the moment I am going through a Stephen King phase, my poor boyfriend accidentally makes me jump just by coming into a room when I am reading a scary part. I also love Jodi Picoult, John Green, Rainbow Rowell, Emma Mills, Cormac McCarthy…. so at the moment it is Stephen King.

The RGU Experience

Here is another entry for the FLIP network! 🙂

Future Library and Information Professionals Network

Below is our second piece from Jade Justice, reviewing her experience of Library School at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Jade completed the course as a full-time student, for other course options from RGU see our guide to their Department of Information Management.

So, you have made the decision to go to Library School! Well done, you have made a choice, which is difficult due to all of the post-graduate routes that are available online, part time and full time on campuses across Europe at the moment.

Robert Gordon University is your first choice for your MLIS journey, you say? Well sit back and jump into this blog post as I will be giving you the inside scoop on all the goings on when you are a full time student on campus (and also part time to finish your dissertation while working) in Aberdeen, the top university in the UK…

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Book Week Scotland 2015

This week is Book Week Scotland, which is a great event that is held in all book shops, libraries and wherever you might find books.

I have tried to promote the week at the FE I currently work at, which wasn’t really a hit, but I created a display!

Then I began to think, when I was in my “academic years”, from secondary to university to post graduate study, did I read for pleasure very often? I did, but not as much as I would have liked.

I was lucky enough to have friends in my undergraduate university that I had had from the age of 12, and who were also fellow bookworms, but we were the minority of our class. We liked to read for a past time and gave each other book recommendations, went to book stores together, even, loaning books to one another. We have that level of friendship! (Yes, I am a lucky girl)!

We are all working now, lawyers, doctors, accountants, executive assistants, library assistants…. And it seems that not all of us read for pleasure anymore?

I suppose our working week has made us tried, we stare at screens all day and we just wanted to relax when we get home or on our commute by listening to music, binge watching a TV show or checking on our Facebook feed.

Can that really replace a book? Have we exchanged the feel and touch of a hard or paperback cover for the cold small communication device that we all keep in contact with one another now we are on different parts of the globe?

I recently took part in a “Social Media Diary” as a research participant, which has made me reflect on my online usage immensely.

For 7 days I had to write down (on a Google Doc, so not even on paper) when I logged into my social media accounts, what I saw and how I felt about it.

After a day or two I noticed that I check my Facebook the first thing in the morning and the last thing at night, which shocked me.

I began to use my phone less, and read in bed more, listen to Podcasts more regularly (I highly recommend the The Penguin Podcasts, very very interesting) and I picked up a book from my TBR shelf!

I picked up a Stephen King I bought in September called “Revival” and I am hooked. I read a lot of King’s works when I was a teenager, I loved being shocked, scared and sometimes terrified at the way he could make me feel about the characters inside his pages. I also loved the looks on my teachers faces when they saw what I was reading when I had the chance.

I suppose, in the profession that I am currently in, I need to have the passion for books that I had from an early age, that my friends did as well. Bookworms 4eva! I am lucky I can go through out fiction section and borrow a book and have the time to pick something  I know I will like, and have the time on my lunch break to relax and read what I want to read.

Not everyone is as lucky, but we should encourage others to try and fit in some time for reading, for fun.

You too can be a bookworm, it is more fun that is sounds!

Thanks for reading!

Jade x

If there are any topics you would like to write on, please feel free to leave a comment 🙂









Feature #30: A C21st Professional Association


Our next will be on Tuesday 3 November from 6:30-8:30pm UK time, it will be a joint chat with CILIP on: A C21st Professional Association.

We have a A C21st Professional Association agenda where you can add your questions for discussion on the night.

To go along with the #uklibchat, we have an article from Nick Poole, the Chief Executiveof CILIP, telling us more about the challenges ahead and what they hope to achieve from their current Shape the Future project for developing CILIP’s strategic plan.

A C21st professional association

There are big challenges and big opportunities ahead for the library and information community.  Successive reports in recent years have focussed on the emerging role of data in society and the economy, on information literacy and the disruptive impact of digital connectivity and mobile communications in all our lives.

To some, the evidence points toward a profound transition…

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Indexing and Taxonomy Online Work

Hello Everyone 🙂

I hope you are all having a great week and are not too cold, in Aberdeen I can feel the weather change here and am wearing extra layers and my scarf!

I have managed to get an online job as a Quality Assurance Indexer with Bloomsbury Publishing (yes, I am very excited that I can say this)!

What I do in my role, every indexer is different so please do not take this as a definition of the profession as a whole, the easiest way to explain is adding filters to images.

If you do any online shopping, you would have seen some “Filter Searchers” where you click things like, “Free P&P only”, “UK Only”, “Black”, “Size 8” etc. etc. Someone has been going through every image and have clicked the taxonomy (or if you have listed the item you are able to do this yourself).

So! I get an image like this royalty free one below:

So for this shirt, I would have to click the following:

T Shirt, White, Red, Chelsea Collar, Polo Shirt.

This seems pretty simple, but you can imagine doing over 100 images a day can be very difficult to do without losing your mind and going cross eyed, but….. I love doing this. It helps me focus, I can do it on my iPad while my partner plays GTAV on the couch.

I am able to work this around my life and my current job, it is great to help an archiving/indexing project, having a toe in the “information profession” world! 🙂

My epic friends is help me with my business cards and am really excited I can add BMus and MSc them.

Do you have any books you would like me to read?

Feel free to comment below, or hit me up in my socials:

Jade x


Last week I managed to hand in my dissertation, I hit the final work count of 21,259 words (and an additional 11,000 for the research I collected myself)!

I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out, I was really passionate about the subject and was very touched by the replies and responses I received from all of your MLISers and academics who wanted to let me know their opinions!

Anything, I can not name anyone as it is all about breaking the law (or bending it, as one interviewee said)!

I will start making YouTube videos from next week, to encourage all users that the library is not just about books.

Here is my channel:

Also here is my FB page:

And here is a picture of Steve Mills, the student union president who is amazing 🙂


Bye for now!

Jade x

BuzzFeed Books – Library Week

Some of you reading this will already know that my comment appeared on BuzzFeed about my local librarian growing up, here is the link to the article:

I really do enjoy reading BuzzFeed, people may think that our generation is all about the internet and “listing” everything, making them into sizable chunks due to our lack of DINOSAUR attention spans.

I am lucky to have grown up with technology, watching it grow and understanding by the mistakes of others to never put things online you do not want your family, friends or future employers to see (having your mother as your friend on Facebook is the best filter you could ask for)!

The local library I grew up with, compared to the fantastic resources that are in the town now (Mitchelstown, County Cork) was more a room in a council building. This did not stop the librarian from being kick ass.

My parents split when I was around 9-10 y/old. I took it hard (as every child does, that is NORMAL) and I found escapism in books. I bought my beautiful little Shit-Tzu Jessie (2001-2010) with my confirmation money (rural Ireland people) and she soon helped me with the changes in my life. My Mum was working three jobs and finishing off her degree full time (basically being SUPERWOMAN) and I was only allowed to go to the local shop and library, which were across the street from one another.

My hair is tame now, but my god it was NOT at that age. I had a flip scooter and a back pack I would put Jessie in. I was a moving target basically!!! I was bullied a lot, but I had a great circle of friends from primary school a town over who would visit me.

This was back in the day (1990s) where Walkmans were not a thing for 10 year old to have, and also everyone would stop and chat to me on the way. I would sneak Jessie into the library with me in my backpack, and try to have her all tired out from playing before I go there so she wouldn’t wriggle! On one particular hot day, I had Jessie a sleep in my backpack and was on my way to the library, I decided to leave the back pack open a little so she could have air and forgot to close it when I was going up the stairs to the library. I was browsing through the stacks when the librarian approached me and asked,

“Jade, do you have a dog in your backpack?”

To which 10 y/old me replied, “No…..” and at that exact moment Jessie popped her head out and barked an hello!

I thought I was going to get kicked out, I was so worried, but the librarian took her out of the back pack and hugged her and commented on how well behaved she was. She held her as I browsed in the empty library (it was the height of summer, and all of the other children were outside playing). Each day that summer I would bring Jessie in, not hidden anymore, and began to discover Shakespeare, Hemingway and “The Sleepover Club” books.

My local librarian that summer made me feel normal, and not like the outsider that the children who bullied me made me feel. If I got upset about how I was never invited outside to play, I would put Jessie on my lap and read something new I got from the library and feel better. Books are still my escape to this day. If I am in pain or stressed, they really take me on a journey away from my problems.

I am just finishing off the final touches of my MSc in Library and Information Studies dissertation, and really hope I can be even a fraction of my childhood librarian. I have Tweeted the BuzzFeed article to the library, so hopefully she will see it, or a family member of hers.

Kindness goes a long way, believe me, it really did help me discover my look for books, music and art.

This blog is dedicated to the librarian from my childhood, wherever you are!

And also Roo English, you are an amazing young women, I am very proud to be your friend.

Where have you been Jade???

So I have been very quiet on here for a good few months, I also change the settings to private.

I was feeling very stressed and needed to do this:

This is still 4,000 words short for my dissertation :/
This is still 4,000 words short for my dissertation :/

This, my readers, is my 23,000 word first draft of my dissertation for my MSc in Library and Information Studies from Robert Gordon University.

If you have been following me on here, you will know my topic, but for those of you just popping by, it’s basically about music copyright in libraries.

The word limit is 20,000 (+/- 10%). I did a LOT of data collection, surveys and interviews, which has made my appendix…. let’s just say it’s nearly at the double digits.

My current employers have been very supportive and have let me working on this paper during working hours (after I have all my duties done, of course) so I am very happy I made the investment in a Google Chromebook and have 1TB of storage to save everything onto and access where I need (as long as I have Wifi/Internet).

***This blog post is not sponsored by Google, I just want current and future students to know how awesome their products are***

I could not recommend using Google Docs/Drive highly enough, it really is amazing how you can ask someone to edit and proofread along with you!

So what I am doing now is planning a summer of an Irish Road Trip with my friend, Maid of Honour Duties, Kick Ass Graduation Parties….. AND I HAVE DECIDED TO GO FOR CALL FOR PAPER DEADLINES.

I am good at presenting my work and think I would kick some serious networking butt at these things. I just have to make sure my (FULL TIME) job is not disrupted too much in the process.

I think I have a problem, I just love learning 🙂

Sorry it took me so long to post again, I promise after my deadline (May 6th), I will be back in action on here.

Jade x