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Mark Hughes

Mark has worked in libraries for nearly 20 years, spending time in both the public and academic library sectors. He has a track record of involvement in library technology and inter-service co-operation and has been involved in numerous large scale technology and library building / refurbishment projects . He was recipient of the CILIP Cymru ‘Welsh Librarian of the Year’ award on 2015. He has been in post as ‘Head of Libraries’ at Cardiff Metropolitan University since 2016

Darren Edwards

Darren is UK coordinator for the American Library Association initiative International Games Week and is a member of Manchester Metropolitan University’s Games Research Network . Darren has worked in public libraries since the late 90’s, currently as a Senior Library Assistant at Bournemouth Library and has used games to entertain, engage and educate library users for the past 5 years.

Elen Wyn Davies & Giles Lloyd-Brown

Elen is a Subject Librarian at Swansea University providing library support to the College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University Medical School and College of Science. She provides support and training to staff and students on a wide variety of subjects including effective use of online databases, finding and using data and statistics, social media and managing your online presence and referencing skills.

Giles is a Subject Librarian at Swansea University providing subject support for the School of Management, College of Engineering and College of Science. He has worked in a range of sectors including government, local authority and higher education. He is also the marketing and communication officer for the Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference. Suzanne has worked in a variety of customer service environments and prior to becoming a librarian was a primary school teacher. She now works for Swansea University as a Subject Librarian, where she provides subject support to the College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University Medical School and College of Science.

Tegid Rhys Williams

Tegid is the Information Services Manager for Natural Resources Wales (NRW). He began his Library career in 2012 as an Information Literacy Officer with Gwynedd Council, having previously worked in Museums and Archives as well as a Careers Adviser and Community Archaeologist. In 2015, he gained a Diploma in Information and Library Studies from Aberystwyth University. Tegid is NRW representative on WHELF and the North Wales Library Partnership Group.

Harriet Robinson

Harriet has been working in the environmental sector for nearly 8 years, with a wide range of experience, from working with a Greek NGO to her current role as an Environmental Evidence Officer within Natural Resources Wales (NRW). Her background is in Marine Geography. Harriet’s interest is in how people use and manage the natural environment, and the evidence required to support sustainable growth from both an ecological and industry perspective. In her day job Harriet is responsible for NRW’s Discovery Metadata database. This forms part of a wider public facing Library and Metadata System which is used to catalogue and share NRW’s invaluable evidence assets.

Amy Staniforth

Amy Staniforth is the Institutional Repository and Metadata team leader in Information Services at Aberystwyth University. With her cataloguing hat on Amy is interested in sharing practices, particularly across Wales and WHELF and now the National Bibliographic Knowledgebase, and in promoting awareness of the importance of library metadata for discovery.

Marie Lancaster

Marie has worked in a variety of libraries for nearly 20 years, from media, FE and predominantly HE.

Marie’s work at Cardiff Met has focused on Interlending & collaboration, Acquisitions, social media & marketing. Marie and the Document Delivery Team won the Welsh Libraries Marketing Innovation Award, 2014 HE Winner.

Marie is interested in Coaching in the work place, and working towards her ILM Level 5. Recently Marie has started using UX methodologies to find out what students and staff want.

Helen Blockwell

Helen has worked in libraries for 17 years and has spent nearly 15 of them with Cardiff Met. She has been a library assistant, a senior library assistant, and a subject librarian. She is now Assistant Head Librarian: Customer Services and her main duties include line managing a team of 8, looking after and developing the space, and working on various projects. Last year she project managed the implementation of RFID for Cardiff Met - definitely her biggest challenge to date!

Lucy Lynch

Lucy is Head of Graduate Partnerships for Eden Smith – a data analytics consultancy. Having worked in both the non profit and corporate spaces, Lucy has a well balanced business perspective which gives her great insight into her clients and allows her to build unique relationships. Lucy has worked with people for over 2 decades and even though with the emergence of AI and IOT Lucy firmly believes the customer experience is paramount in her success. Lucy is running the Nurture programme which has scaled considerably this year and she is looking forward to seeing her data scientists make the maths magical this year for her Nurture clients.

Neil Grindley

Neil is the Head of Resource Discovery at Jisc. He is leading on the development of a new national service (the National Bibliographic Knowledgebase) and has strategic responsibility for ensuring that libraries, archives and their users have convenient and sustainable ways to find and access resources that support teaching, learning and research. Prior to this role, Neil was responsible for the Digital Preservation programme at Jisc. He has a background in art history and digital humanities.

Dave Rowe, Geospatial Software Developer, CartoConsult

Dave currently works as development team leader at CartoConsult, primarily on digital web mapping projects, and 3D city mapping using augmented reality technologies. Part-time he is Systems Officer at LibrariesWest, a consortium of 7 library authorities in the South West of England, working on data reporting. He is particularly interested in Open Data, and runs Libraries Hacked as a project to promote and analyse library Open Data.

Bethan Ruddock

Bethan is a Chartered librarian, working as project manager for the National Bibliographic Knowledgebase project at Jisc. With years of experience working for Copac and the Archives Hub, Bethan gets extremely enthusiastic about bibliographic metadata, standards, and interoperability.

Doreen Barnaville

Doreen is a Library Assistant at Cardiff Metropolitan University. She works in Cardiff Met’s Special Collections and curates their Artists’ Books Collection. She is a practicing artist and has a teaching and community education background, all of which assist when using and promoting the collection, primarily with Cardiff School of Art & Design students and staff, and also with the wider community.

Christine Megowan

Christine is the Cataloguing Librarian for Rare Books at Cardiff University. She has spent the last twelve years as a rare books cataloguer who occasionally impersonates a curator. She is particularly interested in books as archaeological artefacts and how we record their physical attributes. She feels privileged to spend her days working with handmade objects, whether they are luxurious gold-tooled morocco bindings, tattered 300-year-old schoolbooks, or artists’ books whose structures defy description.

Emma Adamson

Emma was appointed in February 2016 to the role of Director of Learning Services at the University of South Wales, where she has overall responsibility for the effective delivery of the Careers & Employability Service, Library Services and the Student Development & Study Skills teams.
Emma’s professional working life has always been information focussed. Ranging from the utilities sector with Anglian Water PLC, moving into commercial law librarianship for international law firm Eversheds, and most predominantly academic librarianship with roles at Cardiff University, and for fifteen years at Cardiff Metropolitan University, where from 2010-2016 she was Head of Library Services.
Emma is currently the Chair of the Welsh Higher Education Libraries Forum (WHELF), the University representative on SCONUL UK & Ireland, member of the Jisc TNE Pilot Steering Group, as well as a member of CILIP.

Karen F. Pierce

Karen is a cataloguing librarian for Cardiff University where she has worked for 18 years (including 7 at the University of Wales, College of Medicine prior to its merger with CU). She is responsible for cataloguing items for the medical and healthcare libraries within CU, and for overseeing the cataloguing work of the AWHILES libraries. She also has special responsibility for the Human Genetics Historical Library housed in Special Collections at CU. She has chaired the CLIC (Cardiff Libraries in Co-operation) staff development group for over 10 years, and is the representative for Wales on CILIP’s Cataloguing & Indexing Group, where she also co-edits the professional journal Catalogue & Index. Outside of work she is currently researching representations of Helen of Troy in graphic novels and comics.

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