About CaTaLOG

Welcome to CaTaLOG – Cambridge Trainee Librarians’ Online Group.

This is a blog site displaying the work of current Library Graduate Trainees based around Cambridge University Colleges and Faculties. The site was founded in 2004 and provides information on careers in librarianship and the CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) graduate trainee scheme, as well as an insight into life as a graduate trainee in Cambridge.

The 2015-2016 graduate trainees started in August and September. Christ’s, Newnham, Pembroke, Trinity, St John’s and the Classics Faculty Library continue to offer positions; in addition, this year for the first time Queens’ is offering a Library Traineeship and St. John’s is offering an Information Services Traineeship alongside the Library position, which is based primarily in the Special Collections and Archives. We update the website regularly with information about events, visits and our experiences thus far. We will be writing blogs to allow prospective trainees to get a feel for the working week at each of Cambridge’s trainee posts.

Graduate Traineeships

The majority of people who apply for the graduate traineeships advertised on the CILIP website are recent graduates who have completed one or more degrees in a variety of disciplines, and each year there are also a number of mature applicants who feel the time is right for a career change.

Each graduate traineeship lasts for a year (apart from Manchester Metropolitan University which offers the chance to be a graduate trainee for two years), and provides a thorough experience of working in the library and information sector. The traineeships are offered by a variety of libraries: academic, law, government and specialist. It is not essential to do a traineeship before applying to library school but most universities do require at least a year’s library experience. In this respect, the traineeship offers many advantages: a structured training programme, experience of the key areas of library work and excellent preparation for library school.

Information about how to apply for 2016-17 can be found at LISJOBNET.com.

The views expressed in this site are those of the authors and in no way represent the official view of The University of Cambridge, or of any individual College of the University. While every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information presented here, the authors cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the content of external websites linked to from this site.