Like many of you, I have found myself in the happy position of working in libraries. Originally from Canada by way of Yorkshire, I achieved my MA in Library and Information Management at Manchester Metropolitan University. I am currently an Information Services Librarian at Leeds Beckett University, where I am responsible for the content administration of Talis Aspire, the University’s online reading list management system. Through my experiences within the HE sector, I have developed a keen interest in Equality and Diversity within our profession, and I aim to bring this enthusiasm to my current CILIP committee role.
Laura Broadbent - Secretary
I am working as a Subject Librarian supporting students and staff in the Business School at the University of Huddersfield, having previously worked in public and college libraries. I completed my LIS MA by distance at the University of Sheffield in 2018. I am passionate about public libraries and their role in communities, having had my first ‘Saturday’ job in my local public library where I had been an avid borrower of children's fiction. I still have a keen interest in youth librarianship. I have taken on the Secretary role to support CILIP’s advocacy work and also as it is a great way to network and learn from other local library workers across different sectors.
Dominic Gilroy - Treasurer
I have 20 years experience working in a range of roles within Health Librarianship. My current role is NHS Library and Knowledge Services Development Manager for Yorkshire and Humber, working as part of the Healthcare Libraries Unit North to advise, support, and improve NHS library services on behalf of Health Education England.
Emily Bogie - Candidate Support Officer
I completed an MA in Librarianship at the University of Sheffield in 2010, having previously worked as a graduate trainee at Manchester Metropolitan University. My current role is as Metadata Specialist and Capacity Management Co-ordinator at the University of Sheffield. In 2016, I became a chartered member of CILIP and, shortly afterwards, I trained as a CILIP mentor. In 2017, I was appointed Honorary Secretary of the CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group committee.
Maureen Pinder - Mentor Support Officer
I have worked in libraries for 26 years, the last 17 in Yorkshire. For most of that time I was a Faculty Team Librarian at Leeds University Library liaising with various Arts departments, and since 2015 I have worked as a Subject Librarian at Bradford University Library, looking after some of the Life Sciences.
I chartered myself in 1997, and I’ve been mentoring Chartership candidates for several years. I’ve currently got three mentees working towards Chartership. I took over as MSO for the region in summer 2014, and aim to run one or two Mentors’ Exchange of Experience events and one or two Mentor Training events per year, depending on demand.
Beth Montague-Hellen - Equality and Diversity Officer
I started professional life as a Bioinformatician, but found that working on Open Access, Open Data and EDI initiatives, including setting up the LGBT+ STEMinar, were more interesting than my research. I retrained as a Librarian in 2016 and have primarily worked on Scholarly Communications in Higher Education Libraries since then. I currently work as a Senior Research Librarian (Engineering & Research Data Management) at the University of Nottingham, commuting from my home-base in Sheffield.
Ian Stringer - Links and Liaison Officer
I worked in Huddersfield, Dewsbury and Barnsley Public Libraries between 1966 and 2006. Since leaving fulltime employment in 2006 I have done freelance library work all over the world and have run IT courses for librarians the UK.
I have set up three library projects in South Africa, Burkina Faso and Ghana to supply books in folding boxes to remote areas (Caterpillar Project).
I was a committee member of Branch and Mobile Library Group for 25 years, chair of the International Library and Information Group and a committee member of IFLA (The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions).
In 2010 I was awarded CILIP Honorary Fellowship for work on mobile libraries and the African book box project.
Owen Clements - Events Officer
I am currently an Assistant Librarian at The Grammar School at Leeds, working with students from Reception to Sixth Form. I've previously worked in public libraries and in schools, and have an interest in comics, diversity in libraries, and information literacy for students and young people.
Chloe Beswick - Communications Officer
I am the Copyright and Licences at York St John University. This is my first post since completing my MA in Librarianship at the University of Sheffield in 2018 and this my first time serving on a CILIP committee.
Hannah Myers - Social Media Officer
I am an Information Services Assistant for law firm Walker Morris LLP, with a previous role in the academic sector. I am currently working towards CILIP Certification. I hold an undergraduate degree from Leeds Trinity University, and hope to study Librarianship at Masters level sometime in the future.
Evelyn Webster - Web Editor
Currently working at Leeds Trinity University as an Assistant Librarian in the Collections, Access and Systems team. I moved to Leeds in 2013 to start my first professional post as a library officer for international commercial law firm Pinsent Masons. I served as the Yorkshire & Humberside committee's Events Officer for three years before shifting into the Web Editor role in mid-2018.
Margaret Nicholson - Retired Members Liaison
Rose Harries - Student and New Professional Liaison
I’ve worked in libraries since 2005, including NHS, college and university. I qualified with an MSc in 2013 and I am currently a Library Manager at Wakefield Girls’ High School. I’m from Cambridge, but have lived in Wakefield since 2009. I have a 5 year old son, Theo, who I love explore the local library with!
Laura Walker - Student and New Professional Liaison
I began working in public libraries in 2014 as a library assistant for Leeds City Council; since 2018, I have been working as a Library and Student IT Adviser at Leeds Beckett University. In 2019 I gained an MA in Library and Information Services Management from the University of Sheffield, which I completed via distance learning whilst working full time.