“Ultimately my aim is to work in an historic library as a preservation librarian. It’s a role that came from the US, but there is only a handful of jobs in the UK at the moment. It’s a fascinating area, working in a library where I can influence preservation policy.”
Advanced preservation for special collections
At UCL, Philippa selected historical bibliography and advanced preservation as her specialisms – choices, she says, that chime perfectly with the CILIP bursary requirements, and the subject matter of the Rare Books and Special Collections Conference. “I’m looking forward to attending conference. All the speakers and topics are really appealing for me … it will be a good learning experience at the start of my career. I hope one day to work with an historic collection again, like I did at Trinity. There are some lovely libraries with amazing collections in the UK.” Philippa will be blogging for Bruynzeel from the CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Group Conference, which takes place at University of Aberdeen from 27-29 August.