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 Anglia Ruskin University. The site was founded in 2004 and provides information on careers in librarianship and professional development with CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals), as well as an insight into life as a Graduate Trainee in Cambridge.

The 2023-2024 Graduate Trainees mostly started in August and September and are placed at Anglia Ruskin University, Schlumberger Cambridge Research Centre, and Pembroke, Trinity, St John’s, Christ’s, Magdalene and Queens’ Colleges. We update the website regularly with information about events, visits and our experiences thus far.

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 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 of 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.

Keep your eyes peeled for information on how to apply for 2023-2024 at LISJOBNET.com. Different employers advertise at different times.


The views expressed in this site are those of the authors and in no way represent the official view of the University of Cambridge, any individual College of the University, or Anglia Ruskin 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.

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