Work Experience in Fingal Libraries (Guest Blog)

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by Fingal Libraries on January 21, 2015 in Libraries

My name is Conor McMahon and I am currently in Transition Year in Donabate Community College. Over the past few weeks I have been working at Donabate Portrane Community Library every Monday as part of my Transition Year work experience. Working at the library has been very interesting and enjoyable. While working at the library […]

My name is Conor McMahon and I am currently in Transition Year in Donabate Community College. Over the past few weeks I have been working at Donabate Portrane Community Library every Monday as part of my Transition Year work experience.

Working at the library has been very interesting and enjoyable. While working at the library I have picked up several new skills which I will be able to carry on into new jobs in the future. I also got an insight into how exactly a library is run and I got to see how much hard work is involved in running a library. As well as this, I got to learn how the library organising system works, and how to find where an item is very quickly. During my time at the library, I have also had the opportunity of working with the public, which has been very enjoyable and interesting.

Every Monday, I was assigned various jobs at the library. One of these jobs was to handle returns, meaning it was my job to put any items returned to the library back on the shelves so that they could be found and borrowed again in the future. Another job of mine was to conduct shelf checks. This meant if another library branch wanted an item, it was my job to find the item and have it ready to be delivered to the other library as soon as possible. I also assisted any customers with any difficulties they had and organised the newspapers and leaflets available at the library also.

Overall, my time at the library has been incredibly enjoyable and has taught me a lot. I have learned that running a library is a lot of hard work and is no simple task, and I am thankful that I was able to help run the library over these past few weeks. I will most definitely remember my time spent working at Donabate Portrane Community Library. It was a very wonderful and interesting experience for me as part of my Transition Year.

Thank you to all the staff of the library for everything they have done.

By Conor McMahon

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