A beginning, at the end

So, my contract at The University of Salford Library has come to an end. I have been meaning to write this for some time and now my time there is done…. It’s been such a great place to work I almost feel like I’ve always been there. Great people, great innovative library service pushing boundaries wherever it can, generally doing great things (RFID, MediaCityUK library, a great institutional repository and open access mandate with the high profile backing of the VC, Martin Hall).

The road to MediaCityUK

The road to MediaCityUK

My role at The Library was Metadata and Repository Officer. Basically working with USIR the institutional repository of the University of Salford and cataloguing for the library.

For Open Access Week 2011 in October we ran a series of drop-in sessions at the three campuses and my morning session at MediaCityUK was my first trip down to the Quays. The University building is fantastic and the library a real student space with tables ideal for group work and no real staff to speak of. There were students filming and recording everywhere I looked while I was there, on the stairs in the computer labs. They even have those cool interactive touch tables (I hope you can play pacman on these, using them for serious student stuff just seems wrong).

I may have been there for Open Access Week 2011 but it was all about Dr Who (he must have been hiding from the Daleks in the Tardis when I was there…)

Tardis!

Tardis!

Daleks!

Daleks!

The University campus is full of green space and backs onto the fantastic Peel Park for casual lunchtime strolls, and organised biodiversity walks.

What lies in lawns

What lies in lawns

Flowers and leaves and green - oh my!

Flowers and leaves and green - oh my!

The most fun on campus has been hunting for stencil art, which through the summer months kept me occupied on non-rainy lunchtimes. These are some of my finds (I just wish I had a QR reader…)

Yeah!

Yeah!

Coaster art

Coaster art

Stencil pole

Stencil pole

A QR code in the hand, is worth...

A QR code in the hand, is worth...

Milk drunk?

Milk drunk?

So, goodbye Salford University Library. Thanks for being tops!!

Lancaster friend xx

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One Response to A beginning, at the end

  1. ziff says:

    Wow, the campus looks really special! I love the innovative nature of the library and the willingness to think big. Oh, and top marks to the stencil and sticker art. I love Mr. ‘Yeah’ ! Great Post L.F.!

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