Feature #13b : When to go beyond your job description

A nice mention for my talk about being a post-modern librarian.


Please welcome our second guest writer, Lauren LaTulip (@ltulip), a secondary school librarian with a varied background in the LIS world, for our second feature article about the upcoming chat on Tuesday 6 May on Classifying the librarian.

The objectives of this article are to:

  1. Provoke reflection on whether you expect too little or too much of yourself relative to your job description.
  2. Present a series of practical questions to use when considering stretching your role.
  3. Stimulate discussion on whether stretching your job role is a valid entrepreneurial way to move forward professionally.

The beginning of my career was working in Human Resources at the New York Public Library, hiring librarians. During interviews successful librarians often described their job descriptions, not as boundaries, but as reference points for exploration.

Now a librarian myself, I’ve found motivation and benefit in stretching my role beyond the details of the job…

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Published by: @wonderfrancis

Francis Gilbert is a Lecturer in Education at Goldsmiths, University of London, teaching on the PGCE Secondary English programme. He also teaches the Creative Writing module on the MA in Children’s Literature, which is run by Maggie Pitfield and Professor Michael Rosen. Previously, he worked for a quarter of a century in various English state schools teaching English and Media Studies to 11-18 year olds. He has, at times, moonlighted as a journalist, novelist and social commentator. He is the author of ‘Teacher On The Run’, ‘Yob Nation’, ‘Parent Power’, ‘Working The System -- How To Get The Very Best State Education for Your Child’, and a novel about school, ‘The Last Day Of Term’. His first book, ‘I'm A Teacher, Get Me Out Of Here’ was a big hit, becoming a bestseller and being serialised on Radio 4. In his role as an English teacher, he has taught many classic texts over the years and has developed a great many resources to assist readers with understanding, appreciating and responding to them both analytically and creatively. This led him to set up his own small publishing company FGI Publishing (fgipublishing.com) which has published his study guides as well as a number of books by other authors, including Roger Titcombe’s ‘Learning Matters’ and anthology of creative writing 'The Gold Room'. He is the co-founder, with Melissa Benn and Fiona Millar, of The Local Schools Network, www.localschoolsnetwork.org.uk, a blog that celebrates non-selective state schools, and has his own website, www.francisgilbert.co.uk. He has appeared numerous times on radio and TV, including Newsnight, the Today Programme, Woman’s Hour and the Russell Brand Show. In June 2015, he was awarded a PhD in Creative Writing and Education by Goldsmiths.

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