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CILIP London committee members


Helen Berry - Chair

Development Officer (Learning Providers) CILIP

Helen joined CILIP in February 2015 with a role which works with the accredited learning providers and develop CILIP's accreditation portfolio of qualifications. This requires a lot of travel! She is also responsible for the development of career support. Her professional career has involved working in many sectors including eleven years in Further Education.

She joined the committee in 2014. In addition to providing support for London Mentors and delivering the training sessions, she has also trained as a Mentor herself. She has recently taken up the position as Chair of the London Regional Committee.

Judith Allery - Honorary Treasurer

Judith's current post is UK Medical History Library (UK-MHL) Digitisation Project Cataloguer at the Royal College of Physicians in Regent’s Park.

With a background of academic libraries, in recent years she has undertaken fixed-term contracts in a variety of sectors e.g. academic, health, law and Parliamentary as a way of ensuring employment during these times of austerity. The contracts have been great learning and CPD opportunities, also an excellent way of discovering the London Underground network. Her membership of the cross-sectoral London Member Network Committee and its predecessor, Cilip in London, has widened her knowledge of the LIS sector. Recently she was appointed Hon. Treasurer.

Arved Werner Kirschbaum - Deputy Treasurer

Arved has just moved to London after completing a Masters in Classics to finally get paid full-time for working in a library. He is the current Library Graduate Trainee at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and can look back on working in a busy academic library as a Reading List Assistant and five years of improving, working in, and managing small libraries on a voluntary basis.

He does not have a library degree (yet!) but is actively working towards getting certified by CILIP and has big plans. A keen networker – he would love nothing more than for you to get in touch and share your knowledge with him and by extension the wider community. His #1 passion is ensuring and delivering an environment in which institutional memory can take hold.

When he’s not running around to meet people somewhere - he runs around in a field playing Ultimate Frisbee. He also reads voraciously, loves to traipse through one of London’s many museums, and does his best to get his hands on any and all biscuits he can find.

Richard Waites - Social Media Manager

Richard is a chartered librarian who has worked at Ove Arup for the past 10 years. During this time, he has also undertaken part-time roles at Westminster Reference Library, as well as the library at the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn.

In his spare time (when he has spare time!) he enjoys reading, writing (for television), cooking, and painting (as well as decorating).

Angela Platt - Candidate Support Officer & CILIP London Blog Editor

Angela works as a Chartered Academic Liaison Librarian at St Mary’s University in Twickenham and an Archivist at Ibstock Place School. She is especially interested in helping with developing research strategies, offering academic writing support, and has a passion for finding creative ways to increase engagement (with libraries and archives). She is originally from the United States, where she received her MSc in Librarianship, specialising in archiving and research. Angela is a budding historian, with special interest in 18-19th century history; she completed an MA in History and is currently working on a PhD on the history of emotions, religion and family.

Emma J. Ramstead - Secretary & Newsletter Editor

Emma works as deputy library manager at Croydon University hospital. Emma enjoys working on critical appraisal, recording key performance indicators, carrying out searches and developing searching skills and training on health literacy. Emma received chartership in 2013 and tries to revalidate annually.

In her free time Emma is a keen walker, enjoys cooking, reading, attending her reading groups, studying Spanish and French, jogging and socialising with friends.

Lisa Gardner - Student and New Professionals Officer

Lisa recently became a qualified librarian but her career in libraries spans over 25 years. Lisa worked in a variety of roles in public libraries and academic libraries, including managing mobile libraries and home visit services. She then moved in to health libraries, working initially for the Royal College of Nursing. In her current role at Imperial College London she supports NHS staff with their information and research skills, including facilitating information literacy workshops.

Cassie Bowman - Web Editor

Cassie is the Open Access Officer at London South Bank University, and has a varied background in subscriptions and licensing, children's libraries, and website management. She is enjoying getting involved in the Scholarly Communications environment, and finding out how libraries influence the way research is disseminated. She has recently completed her chartership, and spends her spare time reading, drawing and bothering her cat.

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