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.