It’s the second instalment of Interview with the Librarian and this time we have the pleasure of speaking with Lucille Osafo from Bristol Grammar School.

We’re lucky in the fact that we work with librarians from all levels of the education industry, and beyond, so we should have some interesting variety in our answers.

Before we begin, our trivia question from last week:

Which 1994 film is the title of this blog series inspired by?
The answer is Interview with the Vampire directed by Neil Jordan, and starring Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Antonio Banderas. The tagline was ‘drink from me and live forever’, which is kind of applicable to libraries, I think.

For next week, could you tell me the famous detention movie set in a library?

Now, the Interview.

Job title?
Senior Librarian

Best part of your job?
Interacting with pupils

Favourite book? Favourite magazine?
Favourite book — The Stand by Stephen King
Favourite magazine — Pride

What will the library of the future be like? (In one sentence)
A creative hub of interconnected data, materials and tools to support lifelong learning — with librarians acting as guides and facilitators

Most common query in the library?
Miss, are my books overdue?

Coffee or Tea?
Builder’s tea

What job would you do if you weren’t a librarian?
I’d be a graphic designer, but I’d really like to have been a DJ!

Should the library be quiet or a place for discussion?
It depends on the type of library. In my opinion, though, a school library should be mainly quiet unless a class is being taught.

Perhaps you could do a silent disco in the library?
That’s a great World Book Day idea!

Anything you would like to ask me?
How do you decide which resources to add to your School Collection?

That’s an interesting question, I suppose at the moment we select titles based on how applicable we think they are to the schools market. This primarily comes down to our judgement of the content. Of course, it would be excellent to get the opinion of School Librarians, so if anyone has any suggestions, please get in touch!

As always, if you’d like to participate or nominate a colleague, you can reach me at