Becci Hutchins, Bodleian Library


My name is Becci and I am this year’s Bodleian trainee. I graduated in 2008 with a degree in English at the University of Leicester. Since then I have worked various jobs, including being a hospital administrator, van driver, library assistant and sales assistant. Having enjoyed my previous library jobs and with a keen interest in working with books, I felt that librarianship was an appropriate career choice for me, so I am thoroughly enjoying being able to gain more experience in such a prestigious library.

In previous years the Bodleian has taken on three trainees who would rotate around reader services and more ‘behind the scenes’ aspects of the library, however, this year I am the only trainee and I will be based solely in Reader Services. I will spend my time between all the Bodleian reading rooms, which means that I can gain a broad view of the library as a whole and meet lots of very interesting people! I am looking forward to starting work in the Radcliffe Camera in 0th week, which I am expecting to be rather busy as the Camera is the Bodleian’s undergraduate reading room.

After my trainee year is finished I hope to be able to undertake a part time MA in Library and Information Studies while working in a library in order to supplement my learning.

Clare Bristow, History Faculty Library

Hello!  I’m the graduate trainee in the History Faculty Library.  I have just finished a degree in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at Cambridge University, so I get particularly excited when I get to shelve books on medieval history.  I have done a bit of work experience in public libraries, but this is the first time I have worked in an academic library (as in being employed, not as in studying!) so I’m looking forward to the start of term and meeting lots of readers.