Andy Tattersall is an Information Specialist at The School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) and writes, teaches and gives talks about digital academia, technology, scholarly communications, open research, web and information science, apps altmetrics and social media. In particular, their application for research, teaching, learning, knowledge management and collaboration. Andy received a Senate Award from The University of Sheffield’ for his pioneering work on MOOCs in 2013 and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Andy is also Chair for the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals - Multi Media and Information Technology Committee. He has edited a book on Altmetrics for Facet Publishing which is aimed at researchers and librarians.
John Bottomley - Honorary Treasurer
John currently works for OCLC in software testing & product design for the OLIB & WMS LMSs. This follows a period at Leeds Beckett University Library as a Graduate Trainee & completion of a Library & Information Science PG Dip at Sheffield University. He is interested in user search behaviour.
Ruth Wilson - Honorary Secretary
Ruth is Academic Liaison Manager at Edge Hill University and is responsible for co-ordinating all resources, liaison activities and teaching and learning for education students. She was on the North West MmIT Committee until it ceased and has been a member of the MmIT committee for over 5 years. Her research interests include the use of technologies in teaching and learning and the changing role of academic librarians on which she has published. She is also a member of the Lancashire Academic Libraries Committee and has been on the Nowal Conference Committee. She holds an MA in Education and a PG Cert in Teaching & Learning in HE.
Leo Appleton - MmIT Journal Editor
Leo is the Director of Library Services at Goldsmiths, University of London . He has worked in a number of other universities and FE colleges where he has managed a multitude of services including libraries, IT Support, student administration and e-learning development. His professional interests include quality assurance and performance measurement along with library technology and digital developments. He has written and presented on a wide range of themes within these areas including for MmIT’s own journal Mulitmedia, Information and Technology. As well as his involvement with Cilip, Leo is also active in SCONUL’s Transformation Group (and formerly the SCONUL Strategy Group on Performance Measurement and Quality) and is associate editor of both the New Review of Academic Librarianship (Taylor & Francis) and of the UKSG publication eNews. Leo is also part way through a longitudinal PhD study at Edinburgh Napier’s Centre for Social Informatics, where he is investigating the impact of the UK public library service on citizenship development.
Nicola Kerr - Events Co-ordinator
Nic is Liaison Librarian for the School of the Arts, at the University of Liverpool; looking after an eclectic mix of subjects. Nic has worked in academic libraries since 2007 in subject and liaison roles. Nic holds FHEA status and has a PGCE in Lifelong Learning. She is particularly interested in developing and embedding digital literacies and the use of technology within teaching practices.
Alison McNab - Committee Member
Alison McNab is an Academic Librarian at the University of Huddersfield whose current focus is on supporting researchers at all stages of the research cycle. She has regularly pioneered the implementation of new technologies and resources, with a focus on their use to enhance service development and delivery, and for much of her career had a specialist focus on the marketing and exploitation of e-content. Her professional interests include accessibility and assistive technologies, current awareness and trend-watching, exploitation of e-content, information literacy, mobile learning, publishing, scholarly communication, and the use of social media by libraries. She has contributed to the wider profession by writing, editing, speaking, and through membership of the management committees of MmIT, UKeiG and the UKSG.
Claire Nicholas-Walker - Digital Communications Officer
Claire is the E Librarian at Lewisham Libraries. In this role she works toward improving service delivery and service performance. She plans, develops and delivers a flexible digital library service for residents in the borough using a range of digital platforms and social media to reach new audiences.
She has over 10 years’ experience working in the knowledge industry. She is especially interested in how technology can improve access to knowledge, experts and information. As well as her involvement in CILIP, Claire is also on the Knowledge Special Interest Group in the Association of Project Management.
Dia Mexi-Jones - Marketing and Publicity Officer
Dia is an information specialist at Ictinos Innovation Ltd. She has specialized in setting up new libraries in the UK and overseas, and is a published author of two novels based on the subject of multiculturalism. Her new research interest and project for her masters degree in museums & curatorial studies is about the impact of digital collection in museums and libraries.
Luke Burton - Committee Member
Luke completed his MA in Library and Information Management in 2008 and became a Library and Information Officer with Newcastle Libraries in 2010 as part of their Information and Digital team. He became manager of the Business & IP Centre Newcastle in 2013 and was responsible for co-ordinating and contributing to intellectual property support, business information and business support to small businesses in the North-East. In late 2014 Luke became the Digital Transformation Manager for the Community Hubs, Libraries and Parks within Newcastle City Council where he lead on transformation, development and implementation of digital services within libraries and customer services. In April 2017 he was appointed as the Digital Delivery Manager for the Community Hubs, Libraries and Parks within Newcastle City Council. Luke is particularly interested in copyright, open data, new technologies and culture change within organisations.
Virginia is an information professional, academic and technology specialist with over 35 years’ library and information services management experience within educational and cultural heritage sectors. Previous roles have included information and management within FE and HE. Consultancy and advisory work has included project work with the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, the South West Lifelong Learning Network and JISC. Virginia is a Lecturer at UWE and lectures in both Information & Knowledge Management and Personal & Organisational Management and is also a PhD student in the field of social knowledge management and digital resource curation.
Virginia's particular interest is in open education, specifically the use and re-use of Open Educational Resources (OER) and her PhD is focused on researching the role and impact of social knowledge and narrative in the use and re-use of OER.
Virginia is an experienced trainer running staff development workshops for leading national educational organisations. Virginia specialises in the development of staff digital skills within cultural heritage and corporate knowledge settings. She is also co-editor of eBooks in Libraries: a practical guide published by Facet Publishing and contributed a case study on the use of open data in learning and teaching in Atenas, J., & Havemann, L. (Eds.). (2015). Open Data as Open Educational Resources: Case studies of emerging practice. London: Open Knowledge, Open Education Working Group.
Antony Groves - Committee Member
Antony works at the University of Sussex Library as a Learning & Teaching Librarian within the Academic Services team. In this role he delivers training to undergraduates and taught postgraduates across all schools of study along with creating e-learning tools to develop students’ information skills. He also works with SAGE Publications to moderate a blog written by three undergraduate students about their experiences at the University of Sussex. Antony holds PGCertHE & FHEA accreditations and has written about emerging areas of practice in his work for a range of journals, blogs and conferences.
Lizzie Sparrow - Committee member
Lizzie is the Library Manager at the Cambridge Conservation Initiative's A.G. Leventis Library & Information Services. Opened in January 2016, the A.G. Leventis Library & Information Services fulfill the information needs of the NGO and academic partners who work in collaboration for the conservation of biodiversity as the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. She has worked in academic and not-for-profit science libraries since 2011 and completed an MA in Library & Information Studies at UCL in 2013.
As a solo information professional, Lizzie has a wide range of professional interests. She enjoys finding ways to use technology to improve services and make the job of the information professional easier. She also has particular interests in cataloguing, user experience research and information literacy in the workplace.