Do we live in a "post-truth" society? One where facts and knowledge aren't valued, where "experts" are dismissed for being killjoys? I hope not, but there has been a marked increase in this anti-intellectual, anti-fact rhetoric from certain (highly successful) political circles recently. Alongside this post-truth menace come deceit and lies, which have recently been rebranded […]

EPQ Update

Just a short one today to post an update on the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) course I blogged about in February. Quick recap: the EPQ is a mini-dissertation research project, usually offered to A-Level students to help prepare them for University. For the first time last year, our school offered it to a handful of […]

A Newbie's Reflections on School Library Inductions

This time last year, I had to teach 300 children (ten classes of around thirty) how to use a library. I’d never done it before. I had only a vague idea of what I needed to do, and no idea about what the best way to go about it was. Fortunately, I didn’t have to […]

Young woman swamped by research

Celebrating Success

I thought I'd follow up the recent "learning from failures" post with one celebrating a recent success. I am a librarian at a secondary school with pupils between the ages of 11-16. This means that my role involves much less information literacy responsibility than it would for a school that included A-level students (16-18). And […]

Back to school

I have been in my new job for 6 weeks now, and in one more week I will have 6 weeks of summer holiday. Hopefully I’ll have a bit more time to reflect on the experience then. Meanwhile, I’ve signed up to an online social media course for librarians based on the 23things course that […]

Putting Education Into Practice

Happy New Year! It’s 2015! Time to resurrect this blog! It’s a bit embarrassing to note that the last entry here was from 2012. I hadn’t finished my library course, I hadn’t started working in the public library service. I’m not going to talk too much about the specifics of the course at this stage […]


I should really try to get into the habit of updating here more often. Since the last update, I have officially been accepted onto the MA Information Studies course at Brighton University and have started volunteering at the National Portrait Gallery's Heinz Archive and Library. I started working at the NPG in March as a […]

Prologue: National Libraries Day

Hello, good day and welcome to The Book Lender. Perhaps more honestly, this blog should be called "The Aspirant Book Lender", or "The Book Lender To-Be". For I am not a librarian, but I would very much like to be. I cannot think of another job that more perfectly matches my personality, skills and interests. I'm just surprised […]