Today’s guest post comes from Louise Holmquist, a librarian (depending on who’s asking!) from Copenhagen, Denmark. Louse kindly let us ask her some questions about her job, career and professional identity, and we’ve shared her answers with you below.
What is your job? Where do you work and what do you do?
Today I am working at LEO Pharma as a senior coordinator in the Research & Development Division, supporting clinical research documentation. My job consists of a wide range of tasks from coordinating the set-up of the investigator trial file, handling of documents/entries for the trial master file, assistance and trial support for the Clinical Trial Manager, and various ad hoc tasks.
Have you ever worked in a traditional library setting? If so, how did you end up where you are now?
While studying I had jobs at libraries in the loan section. But after finishing my education I got my first job in a privately owned company, where I had been a student assistant. I got my second job through a friend who recommended me for that particular position, again in a privately owned pharmaceutical company, where I spend 8 years. And now I’m in my 3rd job, also in a pharmaceutical company. I know the industry, and think it is a fascinating working environment. I like the thought of that my job makes a difference, and also the pace and the possibility to perform on a daily basis.
What librarian skills do you feel you use in your current job?
The skill of approaching a task in a systematic manner, creating and providing oversight. Also the document management part of the job – understanding the importance of archiving correct in order to not only keep things as required, but also being able to retrieve documents once needed. The pharmaceutical industry is a highly regulated area, and the acceptance and seeing the need for standardization is a great advantage.
Do you consider yourself a librarian? Why/why not?
It actually depends who I am talking to. Speaking to friends who are working in library settings I do not consider myself as a librarian. But when speaking to colleagues who have a different background than me, I am much aware of it.
To what extent do you engage with the librarian community to maintain your professional development and identity? Is this important to you?
I do not engage with the librarian community as such. I do read the magazine my union publishes, but besides from that I do not. It is not important to me, as I do not consider myself being a librarian or information specialist as such
What advice would you give to someone wanting a job like yours?
Go for it! Librarians and information specialists have a lot to offer in a position like mine, but in this particular position one should be ready to be flexible with regards to the range of the tasks.