Tag Archives: HCARE

Meet the staff – Zoe Young

What is your name and job title?

I’m Zoe Young, and I’m providing cover for the role of Subject Librarian working with Jonathan Jones to support the School of Healthcare Sciences.

I also continue as Subject Librarian supporting Optometry and Pharmacy.

I am based in the Health Library, Cochrane Building. I will be focussing on supporting postgraduate programmes in particular so please do get in touch (youngz@cardiff.ac.uk / 02922510196) or book a 1-2-1 meeting quickly and easily here: www.bit.ly/bls-121s

What are your qualifications?

BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour and Ecology & Conservation, MSc in Information & Library Studies

Where did you live as a child?

Hedge-End and Bursledon, both villages near Southampton.

What do you like best about Cardiff?

I love that although Cardiff is a city you are never far from the countryside, the sea or the mountains.

Where did you work before?

I had various non-library jobs, worked in shops, an engineering factory and worked in a pharmacy before I decided on a library career.

First library post was working as a Library Assistant at King’s College London. Then after my MSc I moved to Cardiff, where I worked for Friends of the Earth (Cymru) and the Welsh Assembly libraries before getting my first professional post at Cardiff University as an Assistant Subject Librarian within the Law Library. I then moved to the Bute Library as the Subject Librarian for Optometry and Pharmacy.

What are your favourite things about being a subject librarian?

The variety within the job, no day is the same and of course the great people you meet and I work with.

If you didn’t work in a library, what would be your dream job?

Studying lemurs in Madagascar. They are amazing creatures and I did my Undergraduate project on them. Not likely to happen now as I don’t think my children would cope well in the jungle.

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

I was constantly in the public library borrowing books and read a lot as a child. The Mr Men books by Roger Hargreaves were probably the first ones I borrowed.

What do you enjoy reading now?

I still get to read fun children’s books due to the age of my children and we are currently reading Mable Jones and the Doomsday book by Will Mabbitt.
I enjoy reading lots of different genres from crime & mysteries, fantasy and historical fiction to autobiographies and cook books.


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 (jonesj94@cardiff.ac.uk / 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?

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 www.facebook.com/cardiffconcertband/. Look out for upcoming concerts or why not come and join!