My name is Andy Tattersall and I’ve been an Information Specialist based at The School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), the University of Sheffield for about 12 years now, half of them under the guise of Information Assistant. I graduated at the University in 2000 with a journalism degree and then got my masters at the same institution seven years later, so as you can see I’ve not moved far from my first graduation.
My role is to provide help through the development and support of electronic information services, in particular Web 2.0 and social software technologies to aid the research of those working and studying at ScHARR and within the Medical Faculty. My main areas of work are in Web 2.0, Social Media, Google Apps, Altmetrics, Infographics, and the Web.
My research interests are focused in the area of modern Web tools, Web 2.0, social networks and software and their application for research, teaching, learning, knowledge management and transfer and collaboration. Whilst my teaching is focused around encouraging staff and students to use the many tools and technologies, quite often freely, available to aid them carry out research and collaboration within the academic and clinical setting. I teach on the information literacy skills programme and guest on the MSc Health Informatics based at the iSchool at the University.
libraries should be heralded as hubs of the community, they are informative, grounding, inspirational and contain much more knowledge than just books and computers but the people who never tire of helping people
I am the Secretary for the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals – Multi Media and Information Technology Committee. I am also a Mendeley Advisor for the social reference management software company. I’ve spoken at various national conferences on topics ranging from the Cloud, to Google Apps to the use of video in education.
I would like to Tweet for Voices of the Library as I don’t always feel I engage with the library community as much as I should, and that I think this is an interesting opportunity to spend a few days making more of an effort to do so. I think like so many of us, whether it be librarian, cataloguer, information specialist, database manager – colleagues think they know what we do, but they’re usually far off the mark – I hope this will go some way to readdress that.
As my role has developed I have gradually moved away from the traditional academic library environment but still see myself aligned with the librarians working hard to provide support and skills to countless staff and students. I feel that library and information service professionals are more relevant that they have ever been due to the growing demands of information storage, retrieval and understanding.
In recent years I have rediscovered the power of the local library through my little girl who is an avid reader and we have both come to appreciate the ‘local’ in our libraries, for me a second time round. I feel that in this ever-changing world that libraries should be heralded as hubs of the community, they are informative, grounding, inspirational and contain much more knowledge than just books and computers but the people who never tire of helping people.
Andy usually tweets as @andy_tattersall