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Alison Brettle - Chair

Alison Brettle is a senior lecturer and information specialist with expertise in evidence based practice and evidence based library and information practice. Alison is also HLG Observer.

Based within the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at the University of Salford, her research and research interests cover systematic reviews and systematic review methodology, information literacy, information skills training, the evaluation of library and information services, and effective literature searching.

Diane Pennington - Hon Secretary & LIR Editorial Board Chair

Diane is Lecturer in Information Science in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde. She is also Social Media Manager for the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). She teaches classes in the organisation of knowledge and library technologies. Her research interests include representation and retrieval of non-text information as well as online health information.

Kath Wright - Treasurer

Kath Wright is the Information Service Manager at the Centre for Reviews & Dissemination at the University of York where she has worked since 1997.

Her research interests include information retrieval for systematic reviews and health technology assessments as well as information skills training. Before working at CRD, Kath worked in both academic and special libraries.

Anja Badock - Awards and Prizes Officer

Anja Badock is Disability and Enquiries Support Librarian at UWE Bristol Library Services. She graduated with an MA in Librarianship from the University of Sheffield and was awarded the West Riding County Library Annenberg Prize for outstanding performance in the field of public librarianship. Anja is particularly interested in promoting inclusive practice as well as ensuring research inspires practice.

Gillian Siddall - CPD Resource Officer

Gillian is part of the new CPD and Events team. Gillian Siddall is an Academic Librarian at the University of Northampton, supporting students and staff in the School of Health.

She graduated with an MA in Information and Library Management from Loughborough University in 2009. Gillian is also a chartered member of CILIP and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Rebekah (Becky) Willson - VLE Team Lead

Rebekah (Becky) Willson is a lecturer at the University of Strathclyde. Having recently obtained her PhD from Charles Sturt University in Australia, she moved to Glasgow, UK to work in the in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, teaching in the Information and Library Studies program. Her main research interests are information behaviour, information literacy, and evidence-based librarianship. Currently, she is an associate editor (articles) for the journal Evidence Based Library and Information Practice. Rebekah (Becky) Willson, MLIS, PhD

Simon Wakeling - LIR Editor

Simon is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher on the AHRC funded project 'Open Access Mega-Journals and the Future of Scholarly Communication'. The project explores the emerging mega-journal phenomenon through a series of research phases, including a bibliometric study, interviews with publishers, focus groups with academics and a large scale survey.

Roy Vickers - Events & CPD Team

Roy is currently the Academic Support Librarian for Health Sciences at The University of Salford. He is currently completing a HE teaching qualification (Pg Cert. Academic Practice), and graduated with an MA in Library and Information Management from Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) in 2007. He has research interests in 19th century radical politics and culture, and was awarded a PhD in English Literature and Cultural History from LJMU in 2004. Some of his research was published in the Journal of Victorian Culture in 2006, and was co-editor of the five-volume set Conduct Literature for Women 1830-1900

Georgina Cherry - Web Editor & Marketing External Communications Team Co-ordinator

Georgina is Digital Content Assistant at the University of Surrey. Her previous roles include Senior Taxonomy Specialist at Artesian Solutions the social CRM solutions provider and Information Manager at Yell where she was responsible for developing the data models behind search and

She graduated with an MSc in Information Science from City University in 2005 and became a Chartered Member of CILIP in November 2013.

In addition to her role as Web Officer, Georgina is acting Marketing and External Communications Team Coordinator.

Fariba Bannerman - Social Media Officer

Fariba Bannerman is a Chatered Librarian who graduated with a MSc in Information and Library Management from Liverpool John Moores University in 2012. She has been working in a medical library since 2011 at a leading NHS Foundation Trust.

As Social Media Officer, Fariba is part of the Marketing and External Communications Team.

Driven and ardent about LIS practice, she is keen to continue pushing boundaries, actively committed to her work in information field and is engaged in research projects. Firmly believing in Gorman’s ‘Five New Laws of Librarianship’, she aspires to contribute to reinforcement of links between LIS researchers and LIS practitioners and support practising librarians and information scientists in research by assuming her role on LIRG committee. Some of her interests include: gym, sushi and socialising.

Alan Turner - PR & Communications Officer

Alan currently supports students and staff studying animation, film, photography and visual effects, at the Arts University Bournemouth. Helping to improve learning and teaching through creative applications of research skills and information literacy.

Alan studied Film, Television and Radio before specialising in Information Management at postgraduate level while working in both public and HE Libraries. A progressive librarian with experience in libraries, technology and learning. Always exploring creative ways to engage with Library communities and change assumptions about libraries, learning and research, whether through user engagement, marketing, design or teaching.

Rachel Brett - PR & Communications Co-ordinator

Rachel is a Reference Specialist for Humanities at The British Library. With an educational background in art theory graduating with an MA in Aesthetics. She entered the library world via the back door so to speak. Starting as a library assistant in the manuscript reading room in 2005 Rachel is now responsible for the arts open access reference material and remote enquires.

She is interested in Social Media’s role as a conduit and dissemination for information and she regularly tweets and blogs on behalf of the British Library.

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