A solitary walker in the stacks

Asked to record a podcast, my initial instinct was to talk in general terms about the strength and richness of the Library’s holdings; after some reflection I strayed into talking about the heritage of many decades of careful selection from which I and my colleagues benefit, and so to the often unexpected and infinitely complex ways in which all of the collections enmesh with each other. This is at best a rather difficult subject to tie down, and what was ultimately recorded was an extended worrying away at the nature and purpose of this extraordinary institution, and the means by which it interacts with its users and its custodians. It is, perhaps, a Librarian’s holiday from structured introductions to the shelves and, in passing, a homage to the Library.

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Research Librarian, Senate House Library