Group Status: Excited about the Carnegie Shortlist!
I have been a voracious reader since childhood, but fell into library work almost by accident when I began working as a Library Assistant for Cambridgeshire Libraries in 2003. I quickly discovered that I loved public library work, particularly the parts of the job that involved working with children and young people. I went on to complete my MA in Librarianship at the University of Sheffield, where I specialised in public libraries and youth librarianship. Since then I have worked as a librarian in the London Borough of Enfield and am currently employed as a children’s worker for Sheffield Libraries.
I have a particular interest in issues of diversity and inclusion in libraries and in literature for children and young people. My PhD research, also carried out at the University of Sheffield, focused on the provision of LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer) fiction for children and young people in public libraries.
In total, I have been working directly with children and young people for six years, running babytimes, storytimes, reading groups and class visits, as well as visiting schools to promote the library service, local book awards and Carnegie shadowing. One of the most rewarding parts of my current job is working with young people from Sheffield’s Roma Slovak community. I juggle my library role with working as a part-time lecturer in the Department of Education, Childhood and Social Inclusion at Sheffield Hallam University, and as a freelance translator.