The workforce is mapped!

I love working in academia, not least because I often get to do new things. Perhaps the best example so far is the Workforce Mapping Project commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and the Archives and Records Association (ARA). The headline results have now been published.

I got to work with Library and Information Science researchers Hazel Hall and Christine Irving, and Employment researchers Robert Raeside, Tao Chen and Matthew Dutton, giving me exposure to several new fields.

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My current work-themes – and my wishlist

Partly so I can get it clear in my own head, here are the themes I’m currently working on, and the other work I’d also like to do if I ever get the chance!

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Surveying my learning

Since the middle of 2014, I’ve been working with Professor Hazel Hall and Christine Irving of the Centre for Social Informatics and Professor Robert Raeside, Dr Tao Chen and Dr Robert Raeside of the Employment Research Insititute on a project to better understand the UK library, archives, records, information, and knowledge management workforce. You can read about of the aims of this project in Hazel’s blog.

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Put yourself on the map: complete the Workforce Mapping Project survey

(With thanks to Hazel Hall for almost all of the words below.)


The Workforce Mapping Project survey is live at

This is a call to workers in the library, archives, records, information, and knowledge management sector to contribute to a research project by completing a short survey. If you work in this sector, please read on to learn more about the project and how you can contribute to it. Continue reading