Vice-Chancellor visits Library staff

Our Vice-Chancellor met library staff on the latest of her departmental visits as they enjoyed an uncharacteristically quiet day earlier this month.

Dame Glynis and Lizzie Richmond, Records Manager & Archivist.

Dame Glynis meets Records Manager & Archivist, Lizzie Richmond.

With over 1.25 million visits a year and over 4,000 books issued weekly in semester, the 24/7 Library is normally one of the busiest spots on campus, but with exams coming to an end and students heading home for summer break, last Tuesday gave Dame Glynis the perfect opportunity to visit.

Hannah South, Head of Library Academic Services, started by introducing the Vice-Chancellor to Faculty Librarian, Katy Jordan, and her colleagues who work on the Humanities, Social Sciences and Management Subject Floor.

Subject Staff have an ‘open door’ policy to all enquirers, offering help and support to those who visit the Library. They also use various methods to help those off-campus such as tutorials by Skype (offered by Justin Hodds) and Webinars (provided by Peter Bradley). Jane Hill gave Dame Glynis a demonstration of their online tutorials, or ‘screencasts’ – in this instance a Datastream tutorial.

She then met Jonathan Woodfield, who is working towards his Chartership, Anderley Askham, who talked about how the Library is supporting local schools, and Erasmus Student Intern Fotis Mystakopoulos.

Dame Glynis met ‘Shelvers’, Lisa Hunt and Christine Pardoe, who were in the process of replacing the huge number of books that are returned at this time of the year. They joked that maintaining a library with nearly 600,000 books keeps them fit.

Kara Jones, Head of Library Research Services, then introduced her team. Katie Evans gave an overview of SciVal, a research citations analysis database, and Cathy Pink and Lizz Jennings talked about the importance of data storage - something the Vice-Chancellor had recent experience of on her visit to CERN.

The Library maintains a huge range of material in its archive; Lizzie Richmond and Adrian Nardone were able to showcase some of the best for the visit including the All England Women’s Hockey Association, Bowen Judo and Isaac Pitman Collections. Sir Isaac invented Pitman Shorthand and his vast collection includes a diary in which he notes his invention in 1837. Alex Clarke and Nickie Williams from the Opus research publications team were also introduced.

The tour then headed back downstairs where Claire Tylee from Technical Services introduced Andrew Taylor who manages the Copy and Print area of the Library, Steve Alston and his team, who deal with cataloguing and e-resources, and Chris Roberts and the Issue Desk team who demonstrated how the self-issue system works.

The visit ended with Kate Robinson, University Librarian, escorting the Vice-Chancellor to a cake sale in the foyer where everyone came together for a slice of homemade cake and a cup of tea, raising £100 for Dorothy House in the process.

Dame Glynis said: “I’d like to thank you all for taking the time out of your day to talk with me; it’s been fascinating. The range of professional expertise and support offered by the Library staff is expanding all the time and is enormously valued.”

The cake sale raised £100 for Dorothy House.

The cake sale raised £100 for Dorothy House.

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