Olden Days in UK Public Libraries – #4

A personal history Central Ops After Easter, someone remembered I was meant to be experiencing other library departments and I had a last-minute tour of Central Lending, Central Ref, Admin and Accessions, spending two weeks in each. Central lending library was located in a Victorian building which also housed the Town Hall. Administrative departments had … Continue reading Olden Days in UK Public Libraries – #4

Olden Days in UK Public Libraries – #3

A Personal History The Workroom Everyone would hope to spend some time in the workroom during the day. The first workroom task of the morning was to write out reader tickets for the previous day's new borrowers and those whose tickets had expired. The book-card-in-ticket arrangement then in use is known as the ‘Brown’ issuing … Continue reading Olden Days in UK Public Libraries – #3

Olden Days in UK Public Libraries – #2

A Personal History Work Experience The intention for my work experience year was that I would circulate around departments and branches to get an overview of the service. I think, though, that once my college place was secured, they heaved a sigh of relief and forgot about me. Opening hours for the borough's full-time branches … Continue reading Olden Days in UK Public Libraries – #2

Olden Days in UK Public Libraries – #1

A personal history I am at a loss for something to write about while avoiding New Year resolutions, lockdown, or another recap of 2020 (all covered more eloquently by fellow bloggers). I will instead be recapping UK public libraries in the nineteen-seventies, based on my article published in Best of British magazine, August 2018, having … Continue reading Olden Days in UK Public Libraries – #1

Meet Ruff

Meet the new member of the family: ten week old Ruffin, here seen showing Smidgeon who's boss. I didn't plan for another puppy. We signed up with several pet rescue charities, but as soon as we mention grandchildren and family dog-sitting, it seems none of their charges are suitable. I've always kept two or three … Continue reading Meet Ruff

R.I.P. Pickle 2003-2020

.................................................................................Ageing gracefully ................................................. ....................................getting on... .............................................................................This is how it's done 20th August 2003 to 8th June 2020 There are no words... . ...................................Where's Pickle?