You’ve heard what we’re here to do, but who are we? Meet the team behind Voices for the Library. The team are all volunteers, who run VftL in their own time.
VftL would also like to express our gratitude for the hard work done by former members.
Gary Green – Technical Librarian, Surrey County Council Library Service
Gary graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA(Hons) degree in Information and Library Management in 1994. Following graduation he worked in higher education libraries. He has worked for Surrey County Council Public Library Service for 17 years, initially starting out as a cataloguer. His current position within the Virtual Content Team, as Technical Librarian, is to oversee catalogue development, EDI support and support the development of on-line web and social media services for the library service.
See Gary’s blog.
Ian qualified as a librarian in 1994 with a Masters in Librarianship from the University of Sheffield and since then has been working mainly at Winsford Library. The main focus of his work during that time has been in promoting the library, especially through school assemblies, visits and events such as World Book Day, the Summer Reading Challenge and Christmas At The Library.
Ian is the editor of the Public Libraries News blog which lists the national cuts in libraries by authority as well as library appearances in the media. He was the original creator of the UK Library Closures Map.
Ian Clark – Library Systems Officer, Canterbury Christ Church University
Ian completed an MSc in Information and Library Studies at Aberystwyth University in 2012. He has been working in libraries since 2005 when he started as a supervisor in public libraries, having previously worked in management in the retail sector. He is particularly interested in issues around the digital divide, transparency and freedom of information as well as the opportunities new technology provides to develop the library service.
Jo completed a Diploma in Library & Information Studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 2008. Having started out reading picture books to four year olds in public libraries, Jo spent time working in several academic libraries before landing in a government library in 2005. A lifelong user and supporter of public libraries, Jo is mostly interested in information literacy, institutional repositories and lifelong learning.
Lauren completed an MA in Librarianship at the University of Sheffield in September 2010. She is a co-ordinator of the Save Doncaster Libraries campaign and is passionate about public library ethics, democratic engagement and the social value of public libraries. Lauren was awarded the West Riding County Library Annenberg Prize for 2009-10, for her outstanding performance in the field of public librarianship, and is a Library Journal Mover and Shaker 2011. She started an ESRC-funded PhD project in January 2012 and is researching the relationship between political information, knowledge and participation in young people.
Tom started his career in North London public libraries in the 1970s, qualifying with the Polytechnic of North London’s Postgraduate Diploma in 1983. He has since worked for the British Council, in the private sector, in health libraries including the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Brighton and Sussex Medical School and NHS Evidence-Eyes & Vision, and for the University of Sussex and South Thames College. He is currently Primary Care Librarian for West Sussex Knowledge & Libraries. He is a founder member of the Library Campaign, an active trade unionist and led the successful campaign to save Haringey libraries from wholesale closures in 1989-90.
Alan is a Reference Librarian with over 20 years experience of working in Public Libraries. He is an active Campaigner and Trade Unionist and sits on the Unison London Regional Libraries Forum as well as writing about Library privatisation and related matters on his blog www.dontprivatiselibraries.
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