My name is Amy Staniforth and I came to libraries and archives via academia. After an undergraduate degree in American and Canadian Studies at Birmingham University – with a year at University of California Santa Barbara (!) - and an MA in Literature and Environment at the University of Nevada, Reno (the first place to offer the MA programme) I did my PhD in African Studies back in Birmingham. Texts and environments of all sorts are always at the heart of my interests – from locally inspired detective fiction to museum displays and the National Geographic’s reporting of the discovery of human ancestors in east Africa – and I love to help people see the potential source material all around them.
Originally from mid Wales my dogs and I were lured to the seaside where I first worked for BBC Online and then managed a theatre special collection at the University here, before starting as Information Officer in Information Services in January 2013.
I work for the academic services team in the Hugh Owen Library and have particular interests in teaching research skills and developing diverse uses of special collections. When not in the library I’m working on my Archives Administration diploma as a distance learner and have been helping to organise the Centre for Alternative Technology’s archive in collaboration with the National Library of Wales.
One day I’d like to travel to see the northern lights and do some night time snow walking, but for now I’ll settle for sitting with a novel in our (almost complete) low energy home looking at the rain through triple glazed windows!
Update (April 2013): Amy is now the Institutional Repository and Metadata Team Leader