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Vicky Robertson – Chair

Deputy Librarian

Vicky works as the Deputy Librarian at UCL School of Pharmacy Library and has worked there since September 2003. A Chartered librarian with 29 years' experience working in public and academic libraries including King’s College London and St George’s, University of London. Vicky is a CILIP mentor and is thinking of registering for CILIP Fellowship in the future.  She has a BA (Hons) in Library and Information Management from Thames Valley University and an MSc in Information and Library Management from the University of Central England.

David Lass – Secretary

Hon. Secretary & Regional Representative.

David has served in this voluntary role, since he first joined the ARLG-LASE Committee back in 2009, exactly 10 years ago.

Before then David was employed as an Assistant Librarian/Cataloguer in the Trinity College Dublin Library from 1973-2004, specialising in the following subjects: English language & Literature, Biblical & Modern Hebrew, Greek & Latin, bibliography, journalism & periodicals. He took early retirement from this position at the end of 2004, in order to join his wife back in London, since her profession of Art Psycho-Therapist wasn’t recognized officially in Ireland back then. David’s next post was that of a Special Projects Cataloguer at the Maughan Library, King’s College London, on a 2 year fixed-term contract basis, which lasted from 2006-2008.

Unfortunately it has proved very difficult to find a suitable cataloguing position in the London Higher Education Sector, in spite of his previous work experience, hence he has been unemployed since then. However, David has kept in touch with the Library profession through his voluntary work on the ARLG-LASE Committee as mentioned above, & also as an active member of the CILIP Cataloguing & Indexing Group.

David has obtained the following academic & professional qualifications:

·         MA in Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

·         Postgraduate Diploma in Library Science at the Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.

·         ALA, Chartered Member of the Library Association of the UK, followed by Membership of the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals, MCILIP.

·         ALAI, Associate Member of the Library Association of Ireland. 

Treasurer- Vacant

Sarah Lawson - Communications Manager (Newsletters & Mailing Lists)

Head of Queen Square Library

Sarah joined UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology in April 2013, and is a Chartered librarian with over 20 years' experience working in health libraries across sectors, including Scope, Tower Hamlets PCT and King’s College London.  Sarah has a BSc in Psychology from Durham University and a PgDip in Information & Library Management from Northumbria University  

Andrea Milns – Communications Manager (Website & Social Media)

Digital Skills Training Centre Administrator

I am currently working at London South Bank University supporting the trainers in the Digital Skills Training team which is part of Library and Learning Resources department. I am planning to revalidate my chartership. I have been involved in CILIP committees previously and the Network of Library & Information Professionals group. Over the last twenty years I have worked in academic, think tank and government organisations.

For many years I worked at the Home Office, gaining a wide range of experience including website management and metadata which I later used in the library team, maintaining the thesaurus and taxonomy. I used my indexing and cataloguing skills in the Hillsborough Disclosure project. I led on writing entries for the National Archive public catalogue on the Home Office file series and created a small exhibition on the First World War as part of the centenary commemorations. My last role involved helping on a SharePoint customer support desk including carrying out group and individual training sessions. My interests include training, website management, information literacy, customer service and research.  

Ma’ali Khouri – Committee Member

Ma’ali Khouri is an Outreach Librarian at Central and North West London NHS (CNWL) and a Senior Library Assistant at UCL Institute of Orthopaedics.  Ma’ali is a chartered librarian with 19 years’ experience working in specialist libraries. 

Maali has BSc in Peace & Development from Gothenburg University, Sweden and a BA in History. 

Ceri Thompson – Committee Member

Ceri Thompson is the Library Graduate Trainee at the Institute of Historical Research and Senate House Library. She graduated with a First-Class degree in History from The Open University in 2015. She is currently studying for an MA in Library and Information Science at UCL.

Prior to her work in the IHR library, Ceri volunteered for her local library and worked as a Room Steward at Bodelwyddan Castle. She then spent a year living with books in Hawarden, Flintshire as a residential library intern at Gladstone’s Library.

She is a member of the University of London Bibliophiles Committee, the Institute of Historical Research History Day Committee as well as the London Research Libraries Trainee Committee.  

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