About me

Sawatdii kaa!  I’m a children’s/teen librarian working at an international school in Thailand.

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I got into librarianship in the usual way of things back in the UK, doing a graduate trainee year followed by an MA, followed by a move into public libraries – if you want to see the CV it’s at my Linkedin page.

I got into the international librarian thing by accident, first volunteering in Mexico, and now working at a school in Thailand. However, I now find the whole angle it gives on information/literature access absolutely fascinating. Thai is a beautiful language, which I’m slowly learning, but the Thai publishing industry is not as developed as others are, with some companies relying on translations rather than original works.  I’m also becoming a bit of a Manga fan (Japanese manga is massive in Thailand, and publishers are finally starting to finance Thai manga series now). I’m finding South-East Asia a fascinating place to be right now, and it’s going to be really interesting to see how it changes in the next few years and the extent to which it can benefit from technological developments.

Professionally, at the moment my concerns are getting ebooks into the school (and out of it – as in checked out), encouraging parents to use the library, and getting to the point where senior students aren’t borrowing a mere fraction of what junior students borrow.

When it comes down to it, I’m really interested in finding out about new ways to put the right book in the right hand, whether it’s an ebook or a pbook.   I’m also fascinated by the philosophy behind education and teaching, though I don’t know much about it yet.  I basically believe that a good public library system is the foundation for any truly civilised society!

4 Responses to About me

  1. Helen Gage says:

    Hello!
    No proper time to reply to you but just wanted to say how LUCKY you are, with your (sensible!) belief in the vital importance of public libraries, to be living and working where you do and not suffering what WE are going through at the hands of the philistine Bankers’ Friends who are temporarily ‘governing’ this poor nation.

    Helen Gage
    Librarian, @ a school in Norwich

    • Dear Helen,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes – I feel lucky, and I also feel guilty about it on a regular basis! Although on the other hand, there aren’t really any public libraries in Bangkok (and books are expensive), so families that pay for good private schools have great library provision and the rest have nothing. So whilst my personal situation means I can do a lot of professional work, when it comes to public libraries England beats Thailand hands down. South Korea, on the other hand, have opened up 40 new-build public libraries in the last year (I’m fairly sure that’s the statistic I read somewhere). Maybe I’ll try and get a job there next!
      Good luck with the great work you do :-)

  2. Lian says:

    Dear Angel Librarian

    Nice to find out your blogs. I love libraries as well and I found it hard to find any good public libraries here in Thailand. I usually go to TK Park in central world to study because it is located strategically. But it is not a conventional classic library, more like a reading room with lots of kids. But I have no choice. Can you suggest me other libraries here in Bangkok? I do really envy public libraries facility in England, EU and USA. Libraries are HUGE and quiet. I think that is the case in SE Asia. We built lots of great malls but not accesible libraries. I am from Indonesia and the libraries is much worse over there. We only have reading rooms run by international fund such as British Council or Japan Foundation (they have books but you cannot really call it public library). The National Library there is a laughing stock. I was so sad and disappointed when i was there. University’s libraries are also poorly managed.

    Good luck for your job, Angel!

    • Hi Lian,
      Great to hear from you and I’m glad you like the blog. Do you have any books to suggest we add, perhaps something from Indonesia? I agree with you about public libraries in Bangkok – TK Park is great for families with small children but not necessarily everyone else. There is the Neilson Hayes library on Silom – http://www.neilsonhayslibrary.com/ – but you have to pay to join :-(

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