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CILIP Briefing: Skills for the future academic library - Speakers
Michelle Blake

Michelle Blake

Head of Relationship Management, University of York

Michelle is the Head of Relationship Management at the University of York where she has strategic responsibility for the Academic Liaison and Teaching and Learning teams. She previously worked at LSE and Victoria University of Wellington in NZ. Her research interests are focused on UX in academic libraries, relationship management, digital literacy, and leadership. She is also the co-founder and current Chair of the Relationship Management in HE libraries group.

Andrew Cox

Andrew Cox

Senior Lecturer, Information School, University of Sheffield

Andrew Cox is a Senior Lecturer in the Information School, University of Sheffield. He is head of the Digital Societies Research Group and Director of Postgraduate Studies in the School. After graduating from Aberystwyth with an MSc in Library Studies, Andrew spent a number of years working in development projects around the use of ICT in library contexts, funded by EC, JISC and others. He completed his PhD at Loughborough in 2006. The topic was knowledge sharing among web management professionals, on and off line, informed by notions both around communities of practice and theories of professionalisation. Andrew has continued an interest in online community/social media and professional identity in later work. Another area of interest is Research Data Management.

Robert Curry

Robert Curry

Associate Director of Learning Resources, Oxford Brookes

Robert has over twenty years library experience including working in public, school, further education and higher education libraries, with the last ten years in senior academic library roles. He is currently working as the Associate Director for Learning Resources (Academic) at Oxford Brookes University and also studying for a Doctorate in Education, with a focus on how Academic Libraries can enable higher order creative learning through incorporating makerspaces in their service portfolio.

Katie Evans

Katie Evans

Research Analytics Librarian, University of Bath

Katie is the Research Analytics Librarian at the University of Bath and a member of the Lis-Bibliometrics Committee. Her job gives her both the satisfaction of doing nifty things with graphs and spreadsheets and the enjoyment of working with researchers. But it also means grappling with the ethical challenges of using metrics responsibly. In all of this the support of a practitioner community is invaluable.

Julie Glanville

Julie Glanville

Associate Director, York Health Economics Consortium

Julie is a qualified librarian who has been working in the field of systematic reviews for more than 25 years. Julie was Associate Director and Information Service Manager at the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) at the University of York for fourteen years and since 2008 she has coordinated YHEC's information and review services. Julie is a co-convenor of the Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group, a co-author of the Cochrane Handbook chapter on searching for evidence and an Associate Editor for Research Synthesis Methods. Julie’s research interests include search filter design and appraisal, text mining applications in systematic reviewing.

Stephen Pinfield

Stephen Pinfield

Professor of Information Services Management, Information School, The University of Sheffield

Stephen joined the Information School at The University of Sheffield in 2012 having previously worked as a senior information practitioner in the UK Higher Education sector. Latterly, he was Chief Information Officer at the University of Nottingham with responsibility for a large converged IT and library service supporting Nottingham’s campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia. Stephen has experience of leading a wide range of research-and-development projects and participating in national policy initiatives, and bring this experience to bear on my research and teaching. His main research and teaching interests focus on managing and developing information and technology services in organisations, skills development for information professionals, scholarly communication, digital information resources management, ‘openness’, and information-related policies in organisations.

Andy Priestner

Andy Priestner

Freelance trainer and consultant

Formerly a librarian at both Cambridge and Oxford Universities, Andy is now a full-time freelance trainer and consultant in user experience (UX) research and design who regularly works all over the world. Increasingly he is helping libraries to embed UX design processes with a view to the creation and development of more user-centred services. He originated the international UX in Libraries conference, popularly known as UXLibs, which had its 4th annual conference in Sheffield in June and has written and edited several books on UX in libraries.

Caroline Taylor

Caroline Taylor

University Librarian, University of Leicester

Caroline has been University Librarian at Leicester since 2013 when she moved from Nottingham Trent University. Her portfolio at Leicester includes curriculum development, (including student learning), archives, records management and information assurance services. A significant part of Caroline’s professional career has been in public libraries and local government where she worked in Essex, Camden, Westminster, Richmond upon Thames and Oxfordshire, where she was County Librarian until 2010. With academic library colleagues in the Midlands, Caroline was instrumental in establishing the Mercian Collaboration (a sub group of SCONUL) and was its first chair, before stepping down in 2017 after three years in the role. She Vice Chair of SCONUL, Chair of SCONUL’s Workforce Development Task and Finish Group and a trustee of the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust. Caroline’s professional interests include library and learning space design, archives and special collections, open scholarship and leadership and management development.

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