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Amy Theobald

Career Path: Library Assistant - Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge
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By studying via distance learning I was able to continue working throughout my Masters, and apply the experience and knowledge gained to my work.

What are you doing now?

I am currently working full time as a Library Assistant at the Faculty of Education Library, University of Cambridge.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

I decided to study at Northumbria because I felt the course offered a well-rounded selection of modules which would allow me to use my work experience as reference, but also gain knowledge in areas outside of my job description. By studying via distance learning I was able to fit my studies around my work schedule.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

I completed the Information & Library Management Masters via distance learning. I attended an initial study school, which allowed me to meet the academic staff running the course and other distance learning students. This allowed me to make connections, but also to experience the campus at Northumbria. The course was conducted online, with module information being posted to a course VLE. Forums were also provided for students to discuss their ideas and experiences with the modules.

What impressed you most about our academic staff?

I found the academic staff to be very supportive and knowledgeable, particularly through the dissertation stage of the Masters. As someone who had never conducted any form of social science research prior to this, it was extremely valuable to have guidance from experienced and informed staff.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/give your career an edge?

Studying at Northumbria has helped me to focus on the areas of librarianship I wish to pursue in my career, and has given me insight into many areas that I had not previously experienced.

What was the best thing about your course?

The selection of modules was extremely varied - I particularly enjoyed those focusing on collection development and organising information.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

I learned many practical skills such as cataloguing, classification and coding that I now use throughout my daily work.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

I really enjoyed being able to use my library experience in many of the assignments. It allowed me to look at the knowledge I already had in a different way, and how it could be applied in different situations.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

Distance learning is a challenge, but is definitely worth it - Find a way to make it work for you. Make connections with other students and support each other!

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in 3 words?

Fullfiling, Independent, Focused

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