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Amy Roberts BA (Hons), PG Dip, MCLIP - Events

Amy joined the CILIP NW Committee in late 2012 as student rep from Liverpool John Moores University. She thought it would be a good idea to join the committee to network with other professionals from the surrounding area, as well as from various sectors. She enjoys attending events and hearing about other professionals’ experiences.

Amy is currently working as an Assistant Librarian at Chadwick Library, Daresbury Laboratory.

Christine Tate - New Professionals Support

Debbie Franks BSc MSc Sci Soc (Open) MCLIP - Treasurer

Debbie is the Library Services Manager for two libraries in STFC, one of the UK’s Research Councils, responsible for Library strategy, managing the budget, and developing library services to support Open Access, the STFC publications repository, and STFC’s Campus activities.

Debbie chartered way back in 1990 soon after graduating from Loughborough University with a joint honours degree in Library Studies and Mathematics (so she could count books as well as stamp them, according to her family).

With a keen interest in CPD, Debbie completed a Masters in Science and Society with the Open University in 2010, revalidated her CILIP Chartership in 2014, and has recently joined the North West Member Network Committee to increase networking and engagement within the profession.

Gil Young - Mentor Support

Mark Burgess BSc (Hons), MA, MSc, MCLIP - Web

Mark is a subject librarian at Manchester Metropolitan University within the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care. Mark has worked at MMU for over nine years in numerious faculties, including Business and Humanities. His role encompasses teaching, faculty liaison and collection development responsibilities. He is committed to developing the highest level of information literacy provision for all his students, as well as providing and upholding the highest levels of customer service excellence.

Mark is also the Event Co-ordinator for the Library Information and Research Group (LIRG).

Mark has previously worked for the BBC in the Information and Archives Department, and spent time working at The University of Manchester Library. One of his greatest achievements was as a founding member responsible for establishing the Library at the Lesbian and Gay Foundation in Manchester.

He has a wide range of professional interests, including customer service, public relations, communication, promotions, marketing, and information literacy.

Michael Cook BA Hons, PDip, MCLIP - Chair

Michael is a Public Health Evidence & Knowledge Specialist as part of the Public Health Intelligence Team for Bolton Council, having previously worked as a library manager for NHS Bolton.

Michael has worked in health library and information since 2004 and has particular professional interests in: developing processes to embed evidence within intelligence-led decision making; knowledge sharing across the wider health economy; the role of social media within public health (health promotion); information retrieval - particularly metadata and skill development within public health/social care workforce.

Michael is an active member of, and has chaired groups in the LIHNN (Library Information & Health Network North West).

When not at work, Michael enjoys running, gaming and spending time with his family.

Padma Inala MSc, MCLIP - Special Interest Group Liaison Officer

Padma is Teaching & Learning Librarian at the University of Manchester. She has been working in libraries since 1999 and has previously worked at the University of Salford and post qualification, as a Law Librarian at two large law firms in Manchester, before returning to HE librarianship in 2006. She worked at Manchester Metropolitan University as a Senior Assistant Librarian for 11 years before moving ‘down the road’ to UoM in 2017.

Her main professional interests are information literacy, active learning and how information professionals can contribute to the wider framework of digital literacy within society. In 2010, Padma co-authored a book with Andrew Walsh from the University of Huddersfield on Active Learning for Librarians which contained both theory and practical ideas and techniques for teacher librarians and for teaching information literacy skills.

Her other areas of interest include distance learning, widening participation and outreach, particularly ways in which we can bridge the gap between sectors and collaborate with other LIS and non-LIS communities.

Zoe Collyer-Strutt BA (Hons), BSc(Hons), PGCE - Awards

Zoe is a Learning Resources Advisor at Glyndwr University, Wrexham supporting the Schools of Business, and Applied Sciences, Computing and Engineering, a role that incorporates academic liaison, collection development, student support and teaching.

Zoe has been working in the library and information sector for 30 years, and has experience of both public and academic libraries. She has previously worked at Chester University, Edge Hill University and Chester Public Library, and has a wide ranging experience of customer service management. She has recently completed her BSc in Library and Information Studies and is currently undertaking her Chartership.

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