Here are some frequently asked questions about the Library Routes Project.
Do I need to register?
You need to register if you wish to add your details or create an article, yes. It's very quick to do; just click the 'register/log in' button in the top right hand corner, and create an account. Then you're away.
You don't need to register to read the entries on this Wiki.
The Wiki appears to be running slowly for me, is it broken?
Sometimes the Wiki slows down and takes ages to load up a page, or save an edit. It soon speeds up again though; either leave it to get on with whatever you've asked it to do, or come back in 15 minutes and it'll probably be running quickly again.
Who can take part?
The Library Routes Project is for any Information Professional. Even ex-information professionals! Tell us why you left the profession, and what skills you were able to take with you. If you're considering a career in this sector, then your input will be valuable too.
Do I have to give my real name?
You don't have to give out any information you aren't comfortable sharing. The 'Name' section is optional - you can use your blogging name, or no name at all if you'd prefer. For the routes side of things, where you share your career path, you may want to make explicit reference to places you've worked and so on, or you may not - it's entirely up to you.
What is the difference between the root and the route? Do I have to write about both?
The root refers to the root of your decision to enter the Information profession. So you can blog about why you decided to do it, whether you felt born to be a librarian or just fell into it by chance. The route is more about your specific career path - people often wonder what kind of jobs others had on the way to where they are now, and how they helped / hindered their progress.
If you'd rather link to a blog post / create an article on the Wiki about one and not the other, that's fine.
What is this Project for?
The point of the Library Routes Project is to offer some insight into why people become Information Professionals, and how they got where they are. For those looking to get into the profession, it should hopefully provide some useful information and for all of us it should provide interesting reading. In the long-term, it may prove to be a valuable career's resource, as more and more people pool their experiences.
Is this a UK-only Project?
No, this is open to everyone who works in the profession, anywhere in the world.
This reminds me a lot of Library Day in the Life...
Yes it would do - we've borrowed wholesale from their methodology, and even got Bobbi Newman's blessing in so doing! This serves a different purpose to LDitL, but with a similar aim - to increase awareness of the Information Profession and further understanding for those considering a job in the sector.
How did Library Routes originate?
Woodsiegirl wrote a post about how she got into this career; JennieLaw suggested all the bloggers posted about their library routes and roots; thewikiman suggested trying to formalise it and get non-bloggers involved. This Wiki was created, and the rest is history in the making...