Sophie Anderson, Yorkshire Music Library Co-ordinator

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How did you first get into the information and library profession? I got into the library profession by volunteering with Manchester City Council library service in 2013. This gave me the experience I needed to apply to work in a library.

What qualifications did you take? I graduated from a Postgraduate Degree in Music in November 2013 but have yet to take any formal library qualifications. I plan on enrolling to complete an MA in Library & Information Management in 2015.

What is your current job title? Yorkshire Music Library Co-ordinator at the Yorkshire Music Library.

What does your job involve? Co-ordinating the busy performance set hire service of the Yorkshire Music Library collection in Huddersfield.

Can you describe a ‘typical’ day? A typical day includes: Preparing orders, responding to enquiries, social media, marketing & promotions, cataloguing, invoicing.

What skills do you think are most important for today’s information and library professional? Customer Service – Active Outreach & Engagement with Borrowers. Adaptability – library services should cater directly to their individual borrowers needs.

What advice would you give to anyone considering a career in Information Management? I would definitely ‘try before you buy’ – There is such a wide variety of different roles within a library that it’s also a good idea to shadow different staff. My experience volunteering definitely confirmed that working in libraries was a suitable pathway for me.

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