Former team members

VftL would like to express our gratitude for the hard work done by former members:

Ian Anstice – Librarian in Charge, Winsford Library, Cheshire West and Cheshire Council.

Ian qualified as a librarian in 1994 with a Masters in Librarianship from the University of Sheffield and since then has been working mainly at Winsford Library. The main focus of his work during that time has been in promoting the library, especially through school assemblies, visits and events such as World Book Day, the Summer Reading Challenge and Christmas At The Library.

Ian is the editor of the Public Libraries News blog which lists the national cuts in libraries by authority as well as library appearances in the media. He was the original creator of the UK Library Closures Map.

Abigail Barker

Abigail completed an MA in Information Services Management at the University of North London in 2003. Having worked in academic, NHS and Royal Society libraries during her career, she has been E-Resources Librarian at UCS since November 2007. She is founder member of the Rosehill Readers a campaign group set up to save her local library, Rosehill, in Ipswich, and is also part of the umbrella group ‘Save Suffolk Libraries’.

See Abigail’s blog and Twitter.

Simon Barron – Assistant Librarian, Nord Anglia Education

Simon recently completed a MA Library and Information Management at Manchester Metropolitan University. Having worked in a variety of roles in public and academic libraries, he’s now in his first professional post as an Assistant Librarian for the British Army. His special interests are the use of digital technologies in libraries, ebooks, and digital libraries particularly the idea of developing National Digital Libraries.

See Simon’s blog and Twitter.

Sarah Lewis-Newton – Library Manager, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine  

Sarah graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a BA (Hons) in Information and Library Studies in 2000.  She worked for the NHS, Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Natural Environment Research Council before taking up her current post at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.  Sarah was a Pupil Librarian at primary school, something she partly credits for shaping her future career!  Sarah’s interests include expanding the role of Libraries in increasing access to research and information in low resource settings including Institutional Repositories.

Christine Rooney-Browne – PhD Student, University of Strathclyde

Christine Rooney-Browne is an Arts and Humanities funded PhD student based at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland.  She passionately believes in the potential of public libraries to educate, challenge and inspire and is currently investigating the social value of public libraries. Her research interests encompass public library evaluation, social auditing, and the nature of public library services in the twenty-first century.  Christine also has extensive experience in marketing, having worked both in the public and private sector.

Adrienne Cooper

Adrienne is a student on the MA Library and Information Studies course at UCL. She is a volunteer cataloguer and library assistant at Walworth Academy. Her interests include information technology in the humanities and pop up libraries. Previously, she was the graduate trainee librarian at the Oxford Union Society Library and part of the digitisation team at Warwick University Library. She also volunteered in Kenilworth Public Library.

See Adrienne’s Twitter

Johanna Anderson – Subject Librarian (Education) University of Gloucestershire

Johanna completed an MSc in Library and Information Management at University of the West of England in 2010. Having started out as a library assistant in an academic library in 2005, Johanna is now a Subject Librarian (Education) at the University of Gloucestershire. Her MSc research project investigated libraries in developing countries and their role in relation to international development agendas. This remains her main area of interest. Her work overseas bought stark contrasts with the UK public library service which provides so much free access to information. This realisation has led Johanna to become an active campaigner for free, high quality, public library services for all. She also set up a “Friends of” group for her local public library.

Read Jo’s blog.

Alice Halsey – Customer Service Supervisor, Leeds University Library

Alice is a student on the MSc Information Science course at City University. She has worked in academic libraries since 2008, and previously worked in training and supervisory roles in the public sector. She is particularly interested in the geography and demographics of public library access, information-seeking behaviour, and using social media to enhance enquiry services.

Jo Richardson

Jo completed a Diploma in Library & Information Studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 2008. Having started out reading picture books to four year olds in public libraries, Jo spent time working in several academic libraries before landing in a government library in 2005. A lifelong user and supporter of public libraries, Jo is mostly interested in information literacy, institutional repositories and lifelong learning.

Bethan Ruddock – Content Development Officer, Library and Archival Services, Mimas

Bethan graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2008 with an MA in Library and Information Management.  She works as Content Development Officer for Library and Archival Services Mimas, a centre of excellence based at the University of Manchester.  Bethan is active in professional associations, and committed to the future of professional librarianship.

See Bethan’s blog and Twitter.

Katy Wrathall (founder member)

Katy graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA(Hons) in Library and Information Management and has worked in public, college and university services in various roles including Projects Team Leader, Learning Resources Centres Manager and Academic Liaison Team Leader. Katy was Project Manager for the Study Methods and Information Literacy Exemplars blended learning project. She has an ongoing interest in Management Theory and Information Literacy. Katy has lectured on Information Users and Providers and Research and Study Skills. Prior to entering the profession Katy had over 15 years experience in the IT industry, working in local and central government organisations and as a consultant.

See Katy’s blog, flickr, and Twitter

Alan Wylie

Alan is a Reference Librarian with over 20 years experience of working in Public Libraries. He is an active Campaigner and Trade Unionist and sits on the Unison London Regional Libraries Forum as well as writing about Library privatisation and related matters on his blog

Mandy Powell – CILIP Cymru Wales

Mandy is the Development Officer for CILIP Cymru Wales, where her main job is to work with the committee to develop services for CILIP members in Wales. This includes organising the Welsh Libraries, Archives and Museums Conference, which takes place each May in Mid-Wales. Before moving to this position, Mandy worked in public libraries for over 10 years, in various roles including Library and Information Assistant and Reader Development Librarian. She holds an MSc in Information and Library Studies from the University of Aberdeen; a professional training certificate and is a Chartered Member of CILIP. Mandy enjoys supporting fellow library staff.

See Mandy’s twitter, and the CILIP Cymru Wales website.

Phil Bradley

Phil is an information specialist and Internet Consultant. He is a very well known trainer and has been running courses since 1990. Popular courses include Advanced Internet Searching, Writing and Designing Web Pages, Driving Traffic to Websites and Website Promotion. Phil also runs in-company training courses for many organisations from an hour to 4 days. Phil also runs courses in conjunction with TFPL, CILIP, the Royal Society of Medicine and the School Libraries Association among others. He has run courses not only in the UK, but in the rest of Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and Africa.

See Phil’s website and Twitter

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