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Natalie and Rachel's roles as graduate trainees are also quite different from ours - they shadow librarians but don't answer enquiries themselves or do cataloguing (their books come in ready-catalogued and classified in Dewey and ready-labelled - they do have one cataloguer on the staff though).On the other hand they both do a lot of serials work and interlibrary loans which I don't do at all (the UL does most of the ILLs in Cambridge).
We also got to hear from other staff members - Jenny Cefai who is the Staff Learning and Development Manager (quite a rare role, sounded like an interesting job!), Karen Ready one of five Faculty Liaison Officers, and Jenni Kuziw, Assistant Librarian Trainee (again quite rare to have a trainee professional role).
Until today, all of the academic libraries that we have visited have been part of the University of Cambridge, so I was really glad to see how a different institution does things. Rachel and Natalie were great guides and all of the other members of staff we met were very friendly and chatty. And at the very end, coffee and flapjacks and cakes, oh my!