What is your name and job title?
Hi, I’m Jonathan and I have just started as a new subject librarian, joining Liz Gillen supporting the School of Healthcare Sciences. I am based in the Health Library, Cochrane Building. I will be focussing on supporting undergraduate programmes in particular so please do get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org / 02920688148) or book a 1-2-1 meeting quickly and easily here: www.jonathanjones.youcanbook.me
Where did you work before here?
My career in libraries started six years ago as a trainee subject librarian at the University of Reading. Most recently I have worked as the resource centre manager for Henley Business School, having fun leading a team responsible for designing and delivering online and face-to-face services to some 7,000 students studying across 16 international locations.
What are your qualifications?
I have an archaeology degree from Durham University, highlights of which included spending three weeks sleeping on a church floor whilst excavating a Neolithic burial chamber in Portugal, and seeing the top of my head in an episode of the BBC series Coast during an excavation at Bamburgh Castle!
After my archaeology degree I worked as a rare books cataloguer and library assistant at Durham Cathedral and it was great to be able to combine my enthusiasm for libraries, teaching, research and all things old.
In 2010 I completed my masters degree in librarianship at Northumbria University, and became a chartered librarian in 2013.
What are your favourite things about being a subject librarian?
I get hooked on finding new ways to use learning technologies to deliver library training and support, and have a long list of new tools I’m looking forward to getting to grips with!
I also love meeting, getting to know, and helping people, all things I get to do in bucket loads as a subject librarian!
What are you most looking forward to now you live in Cardiff?
I’m looking forward to joining the Long Distance Walking Association (although I’ve heard they are more extreme in Wales!), surfing at Porthcawl, and adopting another rescue greyhound to join our boy Murphy!
When I’m not outdoors, I enjoy playing the saxophone and recently joined the City of Cardiff Concert Band. This is a great community wind band made up of about 80 students and locals who meet to practice in the students union www.facebook.com/cardiffconcertband/. Look out for upcoming concerts or why not come and join!