I'm one of those people who came to Aberystwyth to do a qualification (in my case an MSc in Information and Library Studies) then stayed, because it was easier than trying to catch a train out of the town. That was over thirteen years ago and I have been working as a librarian at Aberystwyth University ever since. My areas of specialism include information literacy (how we find, evaluate and use information); electronic resources; resource discovery systems; social media; and support for international students. I am also the librarian for the Psychology Department. Until recently I worked part-time as an e-learning technologist for JISC RSC Wales too.
On the Ystwyth Trail
As an undergraduate I studied joint honours Classics and English (First Class), both amazing subjects for giving broad overviews of the context for our culture. It saddens me that few universities now teach classics as a separate subject, since it was so interesting to be able to study language, art, architecture, history, literature, drama, poetry, philosophy, all on one course. I specialised in ancient Greek language and culture, since all that Roman history and Latin language was too modern for me.
Also see: a day in the life of a librarian.
Some library-related publications and talks
- June 2011: Making information skills interesting: gaps, beanbags and congas. Collaborative talk given at WHELF Gregynog Colloquium 2011.
- April 2011: Working in Academic Libraries - A focus on current professional issues. Talk given as a guest speaker on the topic of how we can support learners by promoting information literacy and using appropriate technologies.
- Winter 2010: E-book readers: what are librarians to make of them? Article in Sconul Focus.
- Summer 2010: Mind the GAP - avoiding pitfalls with Good Academic Practice - An attempt to take information skills out of the library. Co-written article in Y Ddolen / Information Wales (51), pp9-11.