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About thegreatnorthernlibrarian

I am a newly qualified librarian and law student currently living in Scotland. The name of this blog was inspired by my extreme northern location at the time of the blog's creation. Savvy readers will recognise that it is also a Twin Peaks reference. I do not necessarily categorise myself as "great."

The Great Southeastern Librarian?

No, doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it? Logging into my blog for the first time in over a month, I noticed that there is a very distinct pattern to my posts from the past year. I … Continue reading

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Heading North…Again!

So, it turns out my moniker is still appropriate after all. Barring any unforeseen complications with my work permit application, I will be moving back up north within the next few weeks. As it has been about six months since … Continue reading

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Greetings from Dar-es-Salaam

I arrived in Tanzania on Monday night, and today is my first day at the NGO where I will be working and researching for the next three months.  So far, so good, although I am regretting not learning more Swahili … Continue reading

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Tanzania Bound

Since my last post, I have interviewed and been accepted onto the field dissertation programme for my LLM. This summer, I will be travelling to Tanzania to work with a human rights NGO in Dar es Salaam. My primary research … Continue reading

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Update

I can’t believe it has been three months since I last posted! Although I have been very busy with work and university, I have been thinking about various topics I want to write about. Unfortunately, I haven’t had much of a … Continue reading

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Go, Go, Go

I have been very busy over the past couple of weeks, but I have been constantly thinking of issues related to education and libraries.  Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to blog as much as I’d like as I am currently … Continue reading

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New Beginnings

I am about three weeks into my LL.M. International Law and Sustainable Development course so far, and I am really enjoying it. I have previously read some of the mainstream literature (i.e. George Monbiot, Joseph Stiglitz, Phillipe Legraine, and Jeffrey … Continue reading

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Truth Lies and the Internet: Update

It seems Joyce Valenza and I were not the only ones surprised by the omission of librarians from the recent Demos report Truth, Lies and the Internet. Not that I actually expected we would be; contrary to the media stereotype … Continue reading

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Truth, Lies, and the Internet: Where are the Librarians?

Once again, Joyce Valenza has beaten me to the punch (damn, she’s good), but I want to address the recent report by Demos outlining UK students’ online information-seeking behaviour and abilities. School librarians may not be too shocked by the … Continue reading

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When Librarian Becomes Student

Last week I registered for the LLM in International Law and Sustainable Development. I am really looking forward to this semester; I am taking The World Trading System: Law and Policy, Legal Research Methods, and Business and Human Rights Law. … Continue reading

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