Brief details of our current committee can be found below. Visit our Information Literacy website to find out more about our committee members, their area of work and interests.
Jane Secker - Chair
Dr Jane Secker is Senior Lecturer in Educational Development at City University. She is Chair of the CILIP Information Literacy Group and the author of several books, including Copyright and E-learning a guide for Practitioners, the second edition which is due for publication in June 2016, co-authored with Chris Morrison.
Her research interests include digital and information literacy, copyright education and the role of technologies in supporting learning. She is a Honorary Fellow of CILIP, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and co-founder of the Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC). She devised A New Curriculum for Information Literacy (ANCIL) with Emma Coonan which is framework for supporting learning in higher education and has written and spoken widely on her research. Jane has been a member of the Universities UK Copyright Working Group since 2006, which negotiates licenses for the higher education sector with bodies such as the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA).
Lisa was appointed Deputy Chair of the Information Literacy Group in 2018, after previously serving as a member of the LILAC committee from 2009 to 2018, most recently as the LILAC co-chair alongside Rosie Jones.
Lisa is a freelance consultant who specialises in providing training, facilitation and consultancy on research and development projects. She is a Chartered Librarian and has worked in libraries since 1998. She is a CILIP Mentor and is currently studying her ILM7 in Executive Coaching and mentoring and will be widening her portfolio to provide coaching services.
Rosie Jones - Deputy Chair / Co-Chair of LILAC
Rosie is Director of Library Services at the Open University. She has worked in academic libraries since 2001, taking a particular interest in games and learning, information literacy and learning space development. She has held committee roles with LILAC since 2007 and now is co-chair of the conference with Claire Packham. Rosie became Deputy Chair of the Information Literacy Group in 2018.
Laura Woods - Secretary
Laura is Subject Librarian for Computing and Engineering at the University of Huddersfield. She has worked in libraries since 2007, graduating with an MSc in Library and Information Science from City University in 2009. She has worked in a variety of roles in the legal and charity sectors, before moving to a role in Higher Education in 2014.
Laura joined the Information Literacy Group as Membership Secretary in 2014, and was appointed Secretary in 2015. She is interested in game-based teaching of information literacy skills, using UX techniques to develop library services, and promoting reading for pleasure in Higher Education.
Elaine Sykes - Treasurer
Elaine is the Team Leader for Business Control at Liverpool John Moores University. She has worked in an academic library for four years and is responsible for overseeing the library budgets, management information and administration for Library Services. Her professional interests include developing robust financial and statistical mechanisms to inform decision making and demonstrate value and impact. She is currently studying for an MBA with The Open University.
Abi Ward - Membership Relationship Officer
Abi is the Subject Support librarian for the Faculty of Environment and Technology at UWE Bristol.
Having worked across the LIS sector in government, law and higher education, Abi has taught and trained a range of library users with varied information needs. She has an interest in information literacy, digital literacy, learning technology, research support and academic skills teaching. She us particularly keen on the role all the above play in widening opportunities and improving outcomes for those at a disadvantage.
Catherine McManamon - Training Officer
Catherine is a Liaison Librarian at the University of Liverpool.
Catherine has worked in academic libraries since 2010 and is currently a Liaison Librarian at the University of Liverpool. She is particularly interested in developing digital literacies and information literacy in the transition to HE.
Andrew Walsh - Training Officer
Andrew is a widely published and award winning Teaching Fellow & Academic Librarian. He is particularly interested in the development and introduction of innovative means of information literacy instruction; the theory of information literacy; and the use of active learning; play; Game Based Learning and mobile technologies within the library environment.
Emma Coonan - Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Information Literacy
Emma is Research Fellow at the Centre for Innovation in Higher Education at Anglia Learning & Teaching. She carries out individual and collaborative research into innovative pedagogic approaches including design thinking in teaching and learning, pedagogies of inclusion, and research ethics.
A librarian for ten years, Emma’s background is in academic, digital and information literacies in higher education. Her experience includes elearning course design, leading professional workshops in scholarly practices and support, and developing the highly cited ANCIL curriculum for information literacy in collaboration with Jane Secker. Her chief research interests are in the field of applied pedagogic research and the scholarship of teaching and learning. As Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Information Literacy she also has a keen interest in scholarly communications practices.
She tweets as @LibGoddess and drinks far too much espresso.
Dan is Learning Services Manager at Leeds University Library. He is particularly interested in information literacy in the wider context of academic skills development; blended learning; collaborations with academic staff; digital literacy; using social media for learning, teaching and research; and the development of librarians’ teaching skills.
Claire Packham - Co-Chair of LILAC
Claire Packham is the Head of Library Academic Services at City, University of London, and previously held a number of roles within Reference Services at The British Library. She has a particular interest in information literacy, and has been part of the LILAC committee in various roles since 2010. Claire is now co-chair of the conference with Rosie Jones.
Kate Grigsby - Marketing and Communications Officer
Kate Grigsby has been working in libraries since 2006, graduating with an MA in Librarianship from the University of Sheffield in 2012. Currently Kate works at the University of Sheffield as a Senior Library Skills Advisor delivering and developing Information and Digital Literacy skills sessions within the Library Learning Services Unit.
Kate has previously worked in management roles in prison, public and further education libraries. Her concern regarding Information Literacy stems from experience within public and prison libraries assisting customers in meeting their information needs with skills support. This interest was developed more comprehensively within the further education sector through planning and delivering induction and study skills sessions. Her current role allows her to focus on Information Literacy and teaching practice more extensively.
Kate is particularly interested in the transition from school and college to university, Information and Digital Literacy in relation to social inequality and the co-development of skills sessions with students.
Rebecca Jones - School Representative
Rebecca Jones is the School Librarian at Malvern St James School and is interested in developing IL skills within the curriculum for pupils of all ages. I work collaboratively with managers and teaching staff planning, delivering and evaluating IL teaching throughout the school. I am also part of the team that teaches and supervises pupils taking the Higher and Extended Project Qualifications.
Sarah Pavey - School Representative
Sarah has worked for many years as a school librarian in both the independent and maintained sectors. She now runs her own education consultancy and training service specialising in information literacy, creativity, innovation & critical thinking, stress management and behavioural management, working with teachers, librarians and students in both primary and secondary schools. She is passionate about embedding information literacy as a life skill and uses a lot of games and practical exercises in her workshops to promote this message to all who attend her courses.
Jacqueline Geekie - Public Library Representative
I have been the Information Literacy and Learning Librarian for Aberdeenshire Libraries since July 2012 but throughout my 20 year career in school and public libraries I have had an interest in Information Literacy. As part of my job I am the Digital Participation Champion for Aberdeenshire Libraries.
We are a joint school and public library service so my job involves working with all ages and in any given week I will be doing some or all of the following:
For primary age children I run online database sessions, ipad sessions with augmented reality apps and use green screen technology to enhance storytelling. For Academy age children I run Advanced Higher and Higher sessions for senior pupils.
In public libraries at the moment Welfare Reform is a high priority with the government agenda of Digital by Default. I attend the area and cross service welfare reform committees to provide a library input in all areas. I have been involved in training staff from other services within the Council on providing ICT support and advanced searching techniques as part of the Young Professionals Programme.
Aberdeenshire has quite a large area to cover so it is fair to say that I am rarely in the office. My main interests are in using technology in a creative way to enhance learning and encourage all to be digital participants.
Anne-Lise Harding - FE Representative
I am currently Learning Resources Manager at South Essex College and have previously worked in school libraries in London.
I graduated with a MA in Librarianship with distinction form the University of Sheffield in 2010. My dissertation about Information Literacy in English and French schools supervised by Sheila Webber won the Eduserv award.
I am currently working on a College-wide digital literacy online programme and undertaking CILIP’s Leadership programme as well as a chartership.
In between all professional endeavours I enjoy video-games, reading and running.
Pip Divall - Health Libraries Representative
Pip Divall is the Clinical Librarian Service Manager at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.
As well as managing a team of three Clinical Librarians, she also provides an evidence and outreach service to selected clinical teams within the hospital, including Anaesthesia, Gastroenterology, Dermatology, Musculoskeletal, Respiratory, Stroke and Surgery teams. She joins the clinical staff at meetings and on the wards in order to bring the best available evidence on patient care to the bedside.
As a part of her role, she is also responsible for the library training service in critical appraisal and literature searching. In addition to this, she leads on the Clinical Education Department’s “Teaching Improvement” train the trainers course.
Geoff Walton - LIS Representative
Geoff Walton is Senior Lecturer in Information and Communications at Manchester Metropolitan University. He was previously Lecturer in Information Sciences at Northumbria University, Senior Researcher in the Institute for Applied Creative Thinking (I-ACT) in the Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies, and Academic Skills Tutor Librarian (Information Services) at Staffordshire University. He was SLA Europe Information Professional 2010. His paper for the Journal of Documentation won an Emerald Literati Highly Commended Award in 2012. In 2009 he completed a PhD which analysed the development of a blended approach to delivering information literacy to first year undergraduates. He is particularly interested in the cognitive and affective processes involved in becoming information literate. His research interests also include developing the Assignment Survival Kit (ASK) www.staffs.ac.uk/ask , developing a process for online peer assessment, investigating the role of information literacy in lifelong learning and the experience of non-traditional undergraduate students. Geoff is developing research interests in a number of areas such as 'online self and others', digital literacy, social enterprise and webometrics.
In his previous role as Research-informed Teaching Project Co-ordinato,r Geoff was involved in identifying synergies between research, teaching, learning, information literacy, e-learning and inquiry-based learning.
Geoff is a member of the Research Information & Digital Literacies (RiDLs) coalition.
Stéphane Goldstein - Advocacy and Outreach Officer
Stéphane is Executive Director of InformAll. He previously led on the Research Information Network’s information literacy activities over five years, during which time he laid the basis for InformAll , initially a collaborative venture and now a social enterprise aimed at promoting the relevance, importance and benefits of IL in the library world and beyond. In that capacity, he has undertaken research and analysis, produced reports and tools and facilitated multi-stakeholder working.
Stéphane worked at RIN between 2005 and 2015, helping to set the organisation up. He was responsible for project management and policy formulation in the broad area of information as a input and output of the research process. He previously worked in a range of science and research policy roles at the Medical Research Council and RCUK.
Alan Carbery - International (US) Representative
Alan is Associate Director in Champlain College Library in Burlington, Vermont, USA since 2013. He previously held positions in academic libraries in the Republic of Ireland. He is particularly interested in teaching and research; development of the librarian as a teacher; reflective practice; problem-based and inquiry-based learning; blended and online learning, and assessment of student competencies; instructional design, and educational technology.
Allison Jones - Training team member
After gaining my MscEcon Library and Information Studies at Aberystwyth University I worked in a number of HE institutions across Wales as a qualified librarian. In 2000 I became a Training and Development Officer for Powys County Council and have written many training packages within this position and as a freelance training consultant and practitioner. I have significant training experience and have worked extensively with groups and individuals with significant physical and mental needs.
I returned to the library profession in 2014 as a Subject Librarian at UWTSD Carmarthen having previously enjoyed four years as a stay-at-home mother. My interests are in improving user experience and embedding information literacy skills into the learning environment to promote independent learning.
Heather Lincoln - Training team member
Heather is a Liaison Librarian for the Business School and School of Professional Development at Imperial College London Library, where she has worked for fourteen years. Her professional interests include business information literacy training and digital literacy including IL with mobile devices.