Category Archives: Staff and Services

Meet the staff- Matt Harvey

What’s your name and job title?

I’m Matt Harvey, and I’m providing maternity cover for the role of Subject Librarian for Dental. I’m also a Learning Resource Officer for the library service.

Matt Harvey

What are your qualifications?

BA English Literature and Cultural Criticism, and MA Critical and Cultural Theory, from Cardiff University. Postgraduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies from Aberystwyth University.

Where did you work before?

My part-time jobs have ranged from hosing down a salad factory in full hazmat gear, to making computer games for the Trading Standards Institute. Which seems odd in hindsight.

My first library job was in my local library, during sixth form. I really liked working in such a positive environment, where the purpose was to help people find information and books for pleasure: not to sell them things.

At university, I taught students as a postgraduate tutor, and got an evening and weekend job at the Arts and Social Studies Library. After graduating, I worked in Student Support at Cardiff University and the University of South Wales, helping students finance their studies.

I returned to the Arts and Social Studies Library as a Senior Library Assistant, mainly working as an IT Support Assistant. During that time I got to set up this new thing called ‘social media’ for the library service, and also for the Journal of Information Literacy. I also completed my librarianship qualification at Aberystwyth.

Over the last few years, I have set up and run a digitisation service for the library service: checking copyright and providing scans of course readings for students. If you have anything you’d like scanned for your modules, let me know:

I’ve just started a new post, providing maternity cover for the role of Subject Librarian for Dental. This means joining the teams at the Health Library and the Dental Library, which is very exciting! I’ll continue to run the digitisation service, with the help of a new team member. In my new role, I’m looking forward to leading workshops and teaching students: mainly information and digital literacy, with hopefully not too many questions about teeth.

Where did you live as a child?

A small village in Worcestershire.

What was the first library book you remember reading for pleasure?


Asterix. Instilled a lasting appreciation of history, cartoons, and excruciating puns!



What do you do in your spare time?

I’ve never given up on playing boardgames and, I might as well admit, toy soldiers. Fortunately, the geeks have inherited the earth, and this is now the height of cool. It won’t last.

My reading interests are science fiction, mythology and history, preferably medieval or earlier. I spend too much time on Wikipedia. My specialist subject is probably Tolkien.

Meet the staff- Jonathan Jones

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 ( / 02920688148) or book a 1-2-1 meeting quickly and easily here:


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?

Durham Cathedral

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!

Durham Cathedral MS A.II.10, fol. 224v. © Chapter of Durham Cathedral. Decorated initial from Peter Lombard’s commentary on the Psalms.

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 Look out for upcoming concerts or why not come and join!

Specific IT Help on campus for BN students

Welcome to BN March 2016 students. Mike Johnston will be available in the Cochrane Building Atrium primarily to support March ’16 with their wiki-based website assessment.

Each slot lasts for around an hour and is aimed to tie in with March 16’s timetabled lunchbreaks.

  • Thu 14/4/2016 12:30
  • Fri 15/4/2016 12:30
  • Wed 20/4/2016 13:00
  • Fri 22/4/2016 13:00
  • Wed 27/4/2016 12:00-14:00
  • Thur 28/4/2016 13:00
  • Fri 29/4/2016 12:30

Meet the staff: Nigel Morgan

'Barbary Lane', San Francisco.

‘Barbary Lane’, San Francisco.


What is your name and job title?

Nigel Morgan: subject librarian. I am based in the Science & Biomedical Sciences libraries on the Cathays campus.

What are your Qualifications?

I have several library qualifications, a BA in English literature, a postgraduate degree in music MA(Mus), and a performing diploma from the London College of Music. Recently I passed my Grade 3 exam for classical guitar which I am very proud of!

Where did you live as a child?

I was born and raised in Neath where I still spend much of my time.

What do you like best about Cardiff?

I prefer Swansea! However, Cardiff’s a great place to be if you support the arts, particularly classical music. We are fortunate to have great performance venues and resident companies like Welsh National Opera and the BBC Orchestra of Wales.

What did you do before you worked here?

I worked as a librarian at the former Swansea Institute of Higher Education. Previous jobs include a stint as a library assistant at Swansea University, a Saturday assistant in Boots, and a couple of years working as a freelance piano teacher.

What was the first library book you remember reading for pleasure?

It was called Odd and the Great Bear which I borrowed from the children’s section of Neath Public Library. The cover shot brings the memory back so vividly – gosh! it was 1973!


What do you enjoy reading now?

I’m in a book club which gets me reading an assortment of stuff – some good, some awful! I usually go for middle brow fiction e.g. Booker nominees, music books e.g. composer biographies and I also like plays. I enjoy bleating about the fact I’ve read James Joyce’s Ulysses from start to finish – not once but twice!

Hard copy or electronic?

My Kindle is choc-a-bloc with books I’ve downloaded and not gotten round to reading. But I also still read print – and contrary to some opinions, print will never become obsolete!

What do you like best about Cardiff University Health Library Service?

It’s full of fizzy-whizzy talented and creative folks who are also really nice to work with.

Vacation Loans

From today (Monday 7th December) all 1 week, 2 week and 4 week loans issued or renewed will be due on Wednesday 6th January 2016.

Please check the dates your books are due for return and ensure they are renewed before you go home for Christmas, you may have items that are due to be returned while you are away and if there are reservations you will not be able to renew.  Please contact the library if you have any problems renewing your items.

Meet the Staff Anne Williams

What is your name and job role?
Anne Williams/ Senior Library Assistant

What are your interests/qualifications?
Reading/travel BA Hons degree and PG Diploma In Librarianship

Where did you live as a child?
Cardiff and a village outside Worcester

What do you like best about Cardiff?
Cutural facilities, The Bay and Roath Park

What did you do before you worked here?
Worked in Treforest Library at Uni of South Wales

What was the first library book you remember reading for pleasure?
A book on embroidery when I was about 9 , which I borrowed so many times , my Mum bought me a copy!

What do you enjoy reading now? Hard copy or electronic?
A wide variety of things, I belong to 2 reading groups. Hard Copy , though electronic is handy for travelling.

Give an instance of one of your most interesting queries.
When working in the Reference Library at Newport Central Library I was involved with queries relating to family history. I received a query from someone in Australia, I found the answer to the query in old newspapers, sent the details off to the person and in return received a book which had been written by her husband entitled ” Worms for your garden” ! I was also asked if we might be related as their name was also Williams, I did point out that in the UK it is a very common name.

What do you like best about Cardiff University Health Library Service?
The students and being able to help them

Welcome 2015 Trainee Doctors

Hello and welcome to the new trainee doctors starting with us this week.

You will receive a library goodie bag during your induction day. If you find a golden ticket you are the winner of Archie Cochrane’s  One Man Medicine.

You may find the following information helpful:-

Don’t forget to register your wifi device (ipad, smart phones etc) with the University Network- which also gives access to Eduroam- available in most parts of the hospital and in Cochrane Building.

Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions either by comment or by asking at the enquiry desk on the first floor in Health Library or in the Archie Cochrane Library in Llandough.

Got an IT question?

Bring along your IT questions big or small and see Mike Johnson when he offers drop in ‘clinics’

You will find him in the Cochrane Building atrium at the following times:

  • Thu 05/03/2015 12:30 – 13:30
  • Mon 09/03/2015 12:30 – 13:30
  • Thu 12/03/2015 12:30 – 13:30
  • Tue 17/03/2015 12:30 – 13:30
  • Wed 18/03/2015 12:30 – 13:30
  • Tue 31/03/2015 12:30 – 13:30
  • Thu 09/04/2015 12:30 – 13:30
  • Thu 16/04/2015 12:30 – 13:30
  • Wed 22/04/2015 12:30 – 13:30
  • Wed 29/04/2015 12:00 – 13:00