NB this blog is no longer current. Find me at The Glasgow Gallivanter which (occasionally) has book or library related posts.
I’m a sixty-something librarian who stepped off the “official” job treadmill in 2012 and branched out into the unknown. I started in public libraries (10 years) but moved to the academic sector in 1990, specialising in early and primary education. However, throughout, there were elements in common, such as running a service point and managing staff, and using my role in libraries to encourage literacy and the love of reading. In public libraries the latter was more direct – including 18 months in a School Library Service – whereas in the academic library I dealt with student teachers and worked hard to encourage them to find out about new books and authors, and to provide them with other material for the classroom, both physical and online.
In my first post, I described how the library I worked in was closing and I decided to take early retirement. I wanted to keep up my links with libraries, and initially set up this blog in May 2012 to tackle the cpd23 programme as one way of doing that. I deliberately called it A New Library World? and said that when I was more sure of the future I might take that question mark off. When I completed cpd23 in November 2012 I’d already had one other library job and was hopeful of finding new library and book related things to do and to write about. At that point the question mark was firmly removed.
I’ve certainly been better at finding things to do than at writing about them. I volunteer regularly (though not, I hasten to add, in a capacity which replaces paid jobs) with the Glasgow Women’s Library and Maryhill Burgh Halls and have organised several tweetups and Library Camps, while below is a list of the talks given and articles / guest posts written during the life of this blog. As none of this is very new any more, I changed the blog’s title in January 2014 to Adventures of a Retired Librarian and closed it in 2016 when I was having too many adventures to maintain more than one blog!
Talks / Media / Performances
- CILIPS / CDG Chartership Workshop. Role of the mentor.
- Glasgow University School of Engineering Admin Staff. Using Twitter to engage with students.
- Glasgow Women’s Library. Top tips for Twitter.
- Amina Muslim Women’s Resource Centre. Top tips for Twitter.
- MmITS AGM. Glasgow Library TweetUps.
- CILIPS13. Session Chair. Spotlight on Glasgow Women’s Library. Wendy Kirk.
- University of Strathclyde MLIS. Using social media in libraries.
- CILIPS Autumn Gathering. CPD23: a participant’s viewpoint.
- Library Camp Glasgow. Organiser and facilitator.
- Glasgow Women’s Library. Top tips for Twitter.
- Garnethill SWRI: Volunteering with Glasgow Women’s Library. (see also an interview Volunteering at Glasgow Women’s Library on Vimeo.)
- Glasgow Women’s Library “Who we are” session. Volunteering with Glasgow Women’s Library.
- CILIPS 14. Session Chair. #uklibchat: instant ideas and collaboration. Ka-Ming Pang.
- Library Camp Glasgow 2. Organiser and facilitator.
- ELISA Open Forum. Social media : collaboration, communities and cpd.
- Strathclyde University Tour Guides. Talk on the GWL Women’s History walks.
- Played Isabella Elder in GWL / RCS March of Women. Interviewed in the subsequent film March (September 2015).
- Talked (on behalf of GWL) about the Suffragette Oak on BBC Radio Scotland.
- CILIPS Autumn Gathering. Session Chair. All Together Now! Scran: sharing digital heritage to enhance community engagement. Helen Foster.
- Discovering Maryhill. Presentation on Women of Maryhill.
- Scottish Heritage Angel Awards. Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust Volunteers. (Non-speaking part in video)
- The Zombie Ward. (See articles section.)
- The Doors Open Glasgow Women’s Library Barnstorm. Talk on Women’s Heritage Walks.
- Maryhill Burgh Halls. What about the women? Two talks as part of the Lost Glasgow exhibition.
- Mitchell Library. Jessie Stephen : Suffrage Pioneer. Part of an afternoon of suffrage talks.
- Govanhill Suffrage Project. Jessie Stephen : Suffrage Pioneer. Part of an afternoon of suffrage talks.
- Glasgow Women’s Library Drama Queens. The Abbess of Crewe. Sister Walburga.
- Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society. Jessie Stephen : Scottish Suffragette.
- Maryhill Burgh Halls. What about the women? (Talk took place at Maryhill Central Community Hall).
- Scottish Labour History Society. Jessie Stephen : Scottish activist. Part of book launch for: Schwartz, L. (2019) Feminism and the servant problem : class and domestic labour in the women’s suffrage movement. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Drymen Lunch Club. Jessie Stephen : Scottish Suffragette.
- Glasgow Women’s Library on Subcity Radio Freshers’ Festival (about 2m10s in talking about women’s heritage walks)
- Glasgow Women’s Library East End Twitter Walk
- Maryhill Burgh Halls. Remembering Maria Fyfe. Short appreciation of the former MP for Maryhill who died in December 2020.
Articles / guest posts
- Library and Information History Group Newsletter: The omniscient librarians of Jordanhill, 1921-2012. (See p 16.)
- Scottish Roundup: Book Week Scotland and other stories.
- Scottish Roundup: Love, loss and libraries.
- Glasgow Women’s Library Book of the Month: Anne of Green Gables.
- Information Scotland News 4(1): NLD: a snapshot of Scotland’s libraries. (Not online.)
- Glasgow Book Groups Friday blog: A sense of place.
- Glasgow Women’s Library Book of the Month: A woman in Berlin. Republished in the3rdimagazine Women on the shelf feature.
- Glasgow Women’s Library Book of the Month: Room.
- Scottish Roundup: Equality, empathy and a full stomach.
- Glasgow Women’s Library Book of the Month: Hunger Games Trilogy.
- Scottish Roundup: Summer’s end?
- Glasgow Women’s Library Book reviews: Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies. Republished in the3rdimagazine Women on the shelf feature.
- Glasgow Women’s Library Book reviews: Half Lives. Republished in the3rdimagazine Women on the shelf feature.
- Wikimedia UK Blog: Scottish women on Wikipedia.
- Glasgow Women’s Library Book reviews: Daughters of Time.
- Glasgow Women’s Library Book reviews: All the Truth That’s in Me.
- the3rdimagazine: Women on the shelf: Elizabeth Taylor. Republished by Glasgow Women’s Library.
- the3rdimagazine: Women on the shelf: Run by Ann Patchett.
- Glasgow Women’s Library Book reviews: Sisters of the Bruce.
- CILIP Update: 23 Librarians: exploring the breadth of the profession. (See pp 34-35. Full online version is available to members only, but the link leads to a partial version.)
- 23 Librarians: Anabel – a retired librarian’s story.
- New Lanark: A visitor’s view.
- Glasgow Women’s Library Book reviews: Theresa Breslin’s Divided City: Mixing the Colours.
- Glasgow Women’s Library Book reviews: Shadow behind the sun by Remzije Sherifi.
- Glasgow Women’s Library Book reviews: Run by Ann Patchett.
- The Zombie Ward in Glasgow Women’s Library: Voices from the Belvidere: monologues from a fever hospital. (pp. 34-5). Also presented at the library 04/07/17.
- Glasgow Women’s Library Book reviews: Suffragette stories for younger readers.
- Retirement_Reflections: Sunday Guest Post Series: Hidden histories.
- The History Girls Frae Scotland: Guest post – Jessie Stephen: Suffrage Pioneer.
- Glasgow Women’s Library Book reviews: Star by Star by Sheena Wilkinson.
- CILIPS: Meet our members : Anabel Marsh
- GALLUS: Journal of the Glasgow & West of Scotland Family History Society, 117, 5-12. Jessie Stephen : Scottish Suffragette. (Transcript of September 2019 talk: not online).
- Glasgow Women’s Library Book reviews: March by Geraldine Brooks.
- Scottish Labour History, 55, 56-54. Jessie Stephen : Scottish socialist and suffragette. (Expansion of December 2019 talk: not online).