Marie Lancaster, Information Advisor – Document Delivery, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Who am I?

I’m Marie Lancaster and I will be the curator for @voiceslibrary for this week. Apologies if this is a bit rushed but I only found out on Friday that I was doing this so bear with me!

What do I do?

I work at Cardiff Metropolitan University and I’m based in Library Central Services Unit, where we deal with: Acquisitions, cataloguing, E-Services & Document Delivery. I’ve been in this 2004, and have seen many changes in Document Delivery.

My role is to develop and enhance the Document Delivery Service at Cardiff Met. I’m chair of a working group which meets to help plan and develop the service so that our staff and students are getting the best service possible.

Anything else?

Alongside this; I’m also Chair of the Forum for Interlending, and I’ve been on the Executive Committee since 2009. FIL is an organisation for interlending and document supply staff and was set up for staff working in this area to exchange ideas and views and raise the profile of this area of work nationally and internationally. We organise an annual conference ‘Interlend’ which took place in Cardiff last month. We also, have events throughout the year with the British Library and any other interested parties that approach us.

My Background:

Since graduating in 1999, from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA (Hons) Information & Library Management I’ve always felt engaged with the profession. I chartered back in 2006, however since returning from maternity leave I feel that somehow I’ve lost my way a little, I’m hoping that this week being ‘Voices’ on twitter will give me the push that I need to do something more.

I’ve worked in a variety of sectors before settling in HE. I did some cataloguing project work at BBC Manchester, Media Librarian at the Western Mail & Echo, and Learning Resource Officer at MANCAT (now Manchester College).

I always wanted to be a librarian, at age 16 I did my work experience in a public library and thoroughly enjoyed the work that I was given. The teachers at my school did a good job in talking me out of it and I nearly ended up being a secondary school teacher. However fate intervened and a Librarian was made!

There is more to me than just work though! I’m Mum to a gorgeous nearly 3 year old, I’m a novice knitter, I love going camping with my family, reading a good book (when time allows) and watching a good movie!

And finally a disclaimer: All views expressed here are my own and not those of my employer, or any organisation that I am affiliated with.

Marie usually tweets as @gingergalwales