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).
Rosie is Director of Student and Library Services at Teesside University. She has worked in academic libraries since 2001, taking a particular interest in games and learning, information literacy and learning space development. She held committee roles with LILAC from 2007 to 2019, and became Deputy Chair of the Information Literacy Group in 2018.
Laura Woods - Deputy Chair
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 became Secretary in 2015. She took up the role of Deputy Chair in 2020. Laura 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.
Catherine McManamon - Secretary
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. Previously a Training Officer on the committee, Catherine became Secretary in 2020.
Jonas Herriot - Treasurer
Jonas is the Academic Resource Centre Manager for Henley Business School. Having first attended LILAC as the public library bursary winner back in 2016 he then joined the LILAC Committee where he was Project Manager before changing roles to Treasurer for both LILAC and ILG. His exposure to the Information Literacy community at the conference helped him when he transitioned from public to academic libraries, and was influential in his way of thinking and working. Despite now working in an academic setting he is still interested in what goes on in public libraries and retains links to the YLG group where he is also Treasurer for their London committee, and uses this crossover to promote IL there.
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.
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.
Alison Hicks - Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Information Literacy
Alison is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the Department of Information Studies at UCL. In this role, she teaches on the Library and Information Science MA, including the information literacy module, and supervises MA and PhD research. Alison also maintains an active information literacy research agenda, which focuses on sociocultural approaches to information literacy within academic and everyday contexts.
Alison received her PhD from the Swedish School of Library and Information Science, Borås, Sweden and her MSIS from the United States, where she worked for over a decade as an academic librarian. During this time, Alison developed a strong interest in critical information literacy, particularly in relation to international and intercultural settings. Since then, her research interests have expanded to centre on the broader concept of transition as well as the application of qualitative research methods within information literacy research.
Alison is at her happiest when she is outside, either walking or playing netball. She also enjoys working as an inner-city Guide leader as well as volunteering at her local toy library.
Her publications are almost entirely available OA and she can also be followed on Twitter.
Alison Hicks will be taking on the role of Editor-in-Chief from Dr Emma Coonan, who has nurtured authors and developed JIL over the past 5 years. Until the final handover in June, Alison will be shadowing Emma.
Dan Pullinger - Website Manager
Dan is Learning Services Manager at Leeds University Library, and is a University Student Education Fellow. 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 - 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 Chair of the LILAC conference committee.
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
Jacqueline has been the Information Literacy and Learning Librarian for Aberdeenshire Libraries since July 2012 but, throughout her 20 year career in school and public libraries, she has had an interest in Information Literacy. As part of her job, Jacqueline is the Digital Participation Champion for Aberdeenshire Libraries.
This is a joint school and public library service so her job involves working with all ages and, in any given week, she will be doing some or all of the following:
For primary age children, she runs online database sessions, ipad sessions with augmented reality apps and uses green screen technology to enhance storytelling. For Academy age children, she runs 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. Jacqueline attends the area and cross service welfare reform committees to provide a library input in all areas. She has 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 she is rarely in the office. Her 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
Anne-Lise is currently Learning Resources Manager at South Essex College and has previously worked in school libraries in London.
She graduated with a MA in Librarianship with distinction form the University of Sheffield in 2010. Her dissertation about Information Literacy in English and French schools, supervised by Sheila Webber, won the Eduserv award.
She is 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, she enjoys 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.
Allison Jones - Training team member
After gaining herMscEcon Library and Information Studies at Aberystwyth University, Allison worked in a number of HE institutions across Wales as a qualified librarian. In 2000 she became a Training and Development Officer for Powys County Council and has written many training packages within this position and as a freelance training consultant and practitioner. She has significant training experience and has worked extensively with groups and individuals with significant physical and mental needs.
She 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. Herinterests 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.