I work as an Academic Liaison Librarian for Health Sciences & Wellbeing at the University of Sunderland and am currently Chair of the North East Member Network committee.
Being involved in the CILIP NE committee, and previously the North East division of the Career Development Group, has given me lots of opportunities to develop skills and build my professional network. This includes working with other committee members to organise events, such as our annual conference – Beyond the Horizon.
Holly Spoors - Vice-Chair
Holly currently works in two roles at the University Library of Northumbria. The first is in Learning and Research Services as part of the Learning Partnerships team who manage and analyse feedback about the library service and act as faculty liaison. The second is in the Ask4Help team acting as frontline customer support for an amalgamation of Student and Library Services. Holly has worked in libraries for over 5 years, building up experience in a variety of roles. Last year she began an MA via distance learning at Aberystwyth University to start her journey to becoming a fully qualified librarian. Interested in rare books and archives she regularly volunteers at the Robinson Library Special Collections department, for additional hands on experience.
Suzie Williams - Secretary
Keith Wilson - Treasurer
Keith is the Treasurer for CILIP North East. The Treasurer manages budgets and business planning for the Committee. This includes administering expenditure for events, member support and marketing.
He is a consultant in construction information and knowledge, provides Board level support in audit and risk, and specialises in UK, European and worldwide standards.
Patricia Crosier - Candidate Support Officer
Patricia is an Assistant Academic Librarian supporting the School of Social Sciences and Law at Teesside University.
As well as being CSO she is also a mentor and the secretary of the Academic and Research Libraries Group.
Her main professional interests include referencing, academic integrity and information and digital literacy.
VACANT - Mentor Support Officer
This role is currently vacant
Leanne Young - Social Media Officer
I am the Distance Services Librarian at the University of Sunderland with additional responsibility for Academic Liaison Librarian for Tourism, Hospitality and Events.
I've worked in libraries for 16 years. While I was a library assistant I completed my MA in Library & Information Management (in 2006) and soon after got my current job. I completed a PG Cert in Teaching and Learning in HE in 2009 and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE).
I was previously a member of the North East ARLG group where I organised several professional development events. Being a committee member through CILIP has been a great way for me to develop new skills and meet other information professionals.
Kate St Clair Gibson - Journal Editor
VACANT - Library School Representative
This role is currently vacant
Rachel Branson - Student Representative
Mike Dann - Academic and Research Libraries NE representative
Jennie Hillyard - Youth Library Group NE Representative
Jennie is the Librarian at the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers near Central Station in Newcastle city centre. She studied Information and Library Management at Northumbria University having previously completed a degree in English Language and Literature with a focus on children’s literature. Part-time, Jennie also works for NAG (the National Acquisitions Group) as their administrator.
As a solo librarian with a team of volunteers, Jennie is always keen to be involved with local CILIP events and networking as a way to stay in touch with other information professionals and learn new skills. She is also the North East Carnegie/Greenaway judge for 2017/18.
Outside of work, Jennie primarily reads crime fiction and children’s/YA fiction. She also has a strong interest in folk music, and sings with Heaton Voices
Louise Masson - Ordinary Member
"I work as a Liaison Librarian at Newcastle University. I support four Schools within the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Faculty. These include sociology, politics, geography, architecture, planning, landscape, law and business. I’m also service manager for the Law Library in the Law School.
My first degree was at Newcastle University studying history and education. I then started as a Library Assistant at Newcastle City Library. Deciding this profession was the one for me, I completed my City and Guilds qualification at Newcastle College. I returned as a member of staff to Newcastle University whilst completing my Masters via distance learning. After doing a variety of jobs within the Robinson Library, I made the move to be Business and Tourism Librarian at Sunderland University, where I chartered with CILIP. I’ve been back at the Robinson Library since 2010 so it feels like I’ve returned home.
I’ve been involved with CILIP through a special interest group which operated at Divisional level. I had the opportunity to take on a variety of roles and help organise different events and workshops. I also served on the National Committee of the Career Development Group. Being involved with CILIP helps me get the most from my membership, make useful contacts with information professionals across the area and learn more about what’s going on in other sectors. I also have the opportunity to event plan, use my communication skills and learn from others"
Nichola is a Librarian for Stockton-on-Tees Library and Information service, managing two branch Libraries.
She was previously chair of the CILIP Career Development Group (North East) 2013 – 2014 and co web-editor of the North East Regional Members’ Network 2014 – 2015.
Nichola is a graduate of the University of Central Lancashire and then Robert Gordon University (2007) where she studied for a distance learning PGDip in Information and Library Studies. She has been a Chartered member of CILIP since 2014.
With four children and a full time job, she has little time for hobbies, but enjoys reading psychological thrillers and spending time in the great outdoors when she can.