The following is posted on behalf of our departing committee member Katrina Clifford. CIG would like to thank Katrina for all her hard work on the commiitee over the past five years.
Earlier this year I took the very difficult decision to step down from the CIG committee at the end of the year, after 5 very good years (2 as secretary). At the time December seemed a very long way away, but it soon crept up on me and Wednesday 4th December was my final meeting.
I’ve still got the minutes to write up and to arrange a proper ‘handover’ to the new secretary (details of that will be in a future post) who I know will do a brilliant job. I’ve also one final thing to do in January (again, more details soon) but it seems the perfect time to say a huge ‘Thank you’ to everyone who has supported me in any way during my time in CIG.
The biggest ‘Thank you’ to the committee. You’re are an amazing group of people and we’ve shared a good few laughs alongside with all the planning! I know you’ll continue to go from strength to strength.
I’ve been very grateful too to my employers, Kingston University for all the time and support they’ve given me to attend meetings, plan events etc…
Also my heartfelt thanks to my husband for all his support, both technical and emotional!
My final ‘thank you’ is to all of you in the wide cataloguing and indexing world – CIG does what it does to benefit the members and it’s the great feedback we get that makes all the hard work worthwhile.
I have been very blessed to have had this experience and learnt so much both professionally and personally. I know I’ll enjoy coming to a future CIG event, this time with the chance to sit and enjoy it with a few less bits of paper and to-do lists to worry about!
This post owes a small apology to Karen who actually wrote this for us a while ago. In transitioning to the new blog the original post was lost but we are reposting it here:
My name is Karen Pierce, and I joined the CIG committee at the beginning of this year (2013) as a representative for Wales. At the moment Wales doesn’t have its own regional branch of CIG, but over the last couple of years a few of us in Wales have been trying to create some kind of group to represent cataloguers in this area. If you live in Wales and want to find out what we are doing you can join the Cataloguers in Wales’ mailing list or find us on twitter @CatatlogueWales or check out our blog. We aim to put on training sessions and staff development events for cataloguers within Wales, and are happy to listen to suggestions. It is also possible that at some point in the future we may become affiliated to CIG.
I work at Cardiff University as a full time cataloguer, and have done since 2007; prior to this I worked in the Sir Herbert Duthie Library (also part of CU) where I was initially an acquisitions and cataloguing assistant. My main responsibility is cataloguing stock for the medical and healthcare libraries, and I am also the sole cataloguer for the Human Genetics Historical Library which is housed in SCOLAR, our special collections department.
For the last two years, along with my colleagues, I have spent one day a fortnight cataloguing rare books in SCOLAR alongside our rare books cataloguer. This has been quite a steep learning curve, but a fantastic opportunity to gain extra skills, and get my hands on some fabulous items dating back hundreds of years.
In my spare time apart from reading books (obviously!), I enjoy European folk dancing (French, Breton & Swedish), tracking down stone circles in the British landscape, and attempting to write my first novel.