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Vacant - Chair

This role is currently vacant

Leanne Young - Interim Chair/Digital Champion

I am the Distance Services Librarian at the University of Sunderland with additional responsibility for Academic Liaison with 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, became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE) and in 2013 I completed Chartership.

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.

Suzie Williams - Secretary

I am the Academic Liaison Librarian for Arts, Design and Performing Arts at the University of Sunderland. I have previously been on the CILIP Academic and Research Libraries North East committee as a regular member, Secretary and Chair. Currently I am Secretary for the CILIP North East Member Network committee, and am also a CILIP Professional Registration mentor.

Being on a regional CILIP committee means you get to know like-minded library and information professional in your local area. It means you can learn about other libraries and sectors, which often benefits your day-to-day work as you share experiences and good practice. Whilst on CILIP committees I’ve been involved in many activities including publicity and promotion, committee development and organising and speaking at events. Developing my professional networks is a personal highlight of committee membership.

Beth Houlis - Treasurer

I am a Reading List Assistant at Northumbria University. I graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2019 where I studied History, specialising in Late Medieval and Early Modern women.

The nature of my degree cultivated my initial interest in the library sector. The majority of my time was spent on the second floor of the library exploring the subjects’ notoriously long reading lists. My interest increased whilst writing my dissertation which involved archival research and familiarising myself with the University’s special collections. I began working at Northumbria soon after I graduated and I am excited to continue in this field.

My professional goals for the next few years are to begin an MA in Library and Information Management and engage with like-minded people through the CILIP North East Members’ Network.

Outside of work, you will usually find me with my nose stuck in a book, looking for new recipes to try or going for long walks and stopping to stroke every cat I pass.

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.

Kate St Clair Gibson - Journal Editor

Biddy Casselden - Library School Representative

I work as a senior lecturer in the i-school, Department of Computer and information Sciences at Northumbria University. I have worked as an academic for 20 years, and during this time I have taught many current library and information professionals, and have also been involved regionally with our CILIP groups. I am a chartered librarian, and recently re-validated following a year's secondment in Northumbria University's Library, as Head of Library Learning and Research Services. Out of work, I like walking, travelling, running (although catching Covid set me back a bit there), and gardening on our allotment.

Barry Hall - Social Media Officer

I have worked in academic libraries for over 20 years and have recently taken up a role as Library Assistant at Ushaw College (Durham University) cataloguing the Divines' collection.

I am studying for a postgraduate MA in Information and Library Studies at Aberystwyth and I am in the process of attaining Chartership with CILIP.

Claire Eastaugh - Student Representative

Claire is a student at Northumbria University studying MSc Information Science Library Management whilst volunteering at a local museum library and acting as the programme student representative. After attending University to gain her BA (Hons) English and American Studies and MA World Literature, Claire entered work full time and gained experience in customer service, training, quality assurance and compliance before making a career change and reentering education to put these skills to good use in the library sector. A great lover of books, Claire is also a cohost and content creator on a book discussion podcast.

Mike Dann - Academic and Research Libraries NE representative

I am the Learning Resources Manager at New College Durham, a post I’ve held since 2007. Since moving to the North East in 2000 I have worked at several colleges: South Tyneside and Middlesbrough as assistant LR Manager and Darlington as LR Manager. Prior to this I spent 6 months cataloguing business books at Northumbria University Library, 12months at Exeter College and about 18 months as a Subject Support Librarian at the University of Plymouth.

In 1995 I passed an Access to HE course at the University of Plymouth (Exmouth) and then gained my professional qualification (Information & Library Management) from Liverpool John Moores University in 1998. This marked a return to working in libraries following a period of several years, when I worked in a variety of roles. My library career started in public libraries in Plymouth, initially as a Saturday assistant. However, things really took off when I achieved poor A level grades, following which I moved into libraries full-time, first as a library assistant and then mobile library assistant/driver.

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.

Holly Spoors - Ordinary Member

Holly currently works as a reading list coordinator and learning partnerships coordinator at the University Library of Northumbria. In these roles she supports the development of the Library service and assists in the management of library acquisitions. She is currently studying an Information and Library studies MA course via distance learning at Aberystwyth University to become a fully qualified librarian. Interested in special collections since formerly working with the Newcastle Robinson Special Collections team, Holly builds upon this experience where she can. Excited to be the CKG 2021 North East Judge, Holly is happily getting stuck into the vast amounts of reading that lies ahead! .

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, education, communication and language sciences and business. A wide ranging portfolio with over 6,000 students and academic staff.

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 Philip 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 Philip 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."

Amina Marix Evans - Ordinary Member

Nichola Davey - Ordinary Member

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.

Marie Davis - Ordinary Member

I am a Senior Library Assistant at Newcastle University Research Reserve. The Research Reserve is a state of the art off site library facility which holds, monographs, journals, thesis, special collections and more. I am responsible for the day to day running of the Research Reserve

I ensure the day to day running of the Research Reserve goes smoothly by supervising the daily operations and staff, as well as overseeing processes, liaising with different departments of the university, revise and review risk assessments and complete health & safety checks of the building, co-ordinated the secure storage and movement of university records and supervise the transportation of university stock.

I recently worked for Northumberland College as LSC and E-resources Manager which is where I gained my library experience. I’ve worked in libraries for eight years my experience varies from working with FE to working in a HE environment.

I recently gained an MSc Information Science (Library Management) through Northumbria University and completed my dissertation on ‘How Digitisation Affects the Use of Special collections’ which was challenging but a fantastic journey.

I am looking forward to networking with similar minded people and have joined CILIP committee to gain new skills and experiences. In my spare time I crochet, generally get orders off my grandchildren, read, love a horror story, walk and cycle whenever I get the chance.

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