Monthly Archives: November 2013

British Library Day Eight: Asian and African Studies and Social Sciences

03/07/2013

I started today in the Asian and African reading room. Lynn wasn’t there in the morning so I made the executive decision to take myself down, and when Paul went past I asked him which floor the room was on. He kindly took me down there. Hedley, the manager of the reading room, showed me around. The room is small compared to some of the others, with only 90 seats (though I think the maps room might be smaller) and it is long and skinny. Another thing differentiating the Asian and African reading room from the others is the presence of art and ephemera in the room. There are portraits  on the walls ,and ornamental boxes, as well as model ships (yay, ships!).

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British Library Day Seven: The Basement and Maps and Manuscripts

02/07/2013

I got in this morning a bit too early for my session, and so did a bit of spreadsheet work for Lynn before it was time to go down to one of the basements. The spreadsheet was tracking physical reader numbers over the month and I just had to copy data, but it was good to learn that the library keeps track of these things. At 9.45 Lynn took me downstairs to meet Vince, who was going to look after me in basement 2. I got signed in (because it is a special area so they need records for security, and for fire safety). The basement is perhaps even more maze-like than the offices.

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British Library Day Six: Science Reference and Office Work

01/07/2013

When I got in this morning there was a note on my desk saying the schedule had changed and I was now working in the social sciences team, and that Claire would take me across. The plan changed again just as I was ready to go down, and I ended up in the science reading room again. The team was a bit understaffed today, so there was the thought I might be able to answer some queries myself – a bit exciting, and a bit nerve-wracking.

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British Library Day Five: Colindale Newspaper Reading Room

28/06/2013

I started the day with a trip to the library’s newspaper archive, which is the oldest building currently owned by the library, and I’m not sure if I mentioned this before, but I’d been hearing all the time about how this building is going to close down soon and the reading room is to be integrated into the St Pancras location, becoming a news and media centre. So I will be the last RMIT student to visit the centre.

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