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Tim Arscott

Tim Arscott

I chose a course focussed on the modern reality of librarianship and how technology has revolutionised the dissemination & consumption of information.

Why did you choose to study at City, University of London?

I was looking for a course that focused on the modern reality of librarianship and how technology has revolutionised the way we disseminate and consume information. At one of City University London's Open Evenings, Lyn Robinson, the Programme Director, talked about the information superhighway, unreality and everything else that extends our understanding of what a modern librarian is. The talk and speaking to her afterwards convinced me that City was the right place for me to study.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

Approaching a wide field from a variety of angles and hearing the opinion of others on key topics such as user interaction or open access. There are so many interesting facets to the subject and the course really gets into each of them and looks at different ways of understanding what the role of a librarian is.

What has been your favourite module and why?

Web Applications Development was a huge learning curve for me and a great deal of fun too. Learning to code had been one of those things I wanted to get my head around but it took someone explaining the basic steps first so that I could then go and learn new things on my own. The visiting lecturer who teaches the module is a freelance web developer who has worked on some very big and exciting projects, so having that kind of experience to tap into was immensely useful. Being able to work on one project solidly for 10 weeks was a great way to learn and it was immensely satisfying to have an end result I could be proud of.

What has been a highlight of your course so far?

It seems incredible to say it but writing my dissertation. During a project like that where you work on your own over several months it can be easy to become disillusioned or downhearted but it's also very fulfilling knowing that you've really gotten into a specific area of knowledge and come out with something of value.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

Resource description and organisation seems to be the way I'm headed but I definitely don't want to lose the user-interaction side of things. I really enjoy answering queries and being given the room to help users beyond what they might expect.