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Meet the staff- Angela

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What is your name and job title?

Angela Evans, Library Operations Manager

What are your Qualifications?

BA (Hons) Combined Studies, MSc in Information and Library Studies.

Where did you live as a child?

I was born in Cyprus (S.B.A), Box, a small village near Bath, and then Worcester.

What do you like best about Cardiff?

As it’s a capital city there’s always lots going on. I also like Roath Park as it’s circular – so you can run, walk  and cycle around it.

What did you do before you worked here?

Apart from a year in the Western Mail and Echo Library – queries were required to be responded to straightaway to go to press – I’ve worked in academic libraries for the last 15 years. Since joining Cardiff University I’ve worked in Trevithick, Nursing and Healthcare Studies, Cancer Research Wales Library and now the Health Library.

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

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Noddy Goes To Toyland.

What do you enjoy reading now? Hard copy or electronic?

Anything with an interesting cover and a good blurb. The last book I read was ‘The woman who went to bed for a year’ by Sue Townsend’ for a reading club group- I can’t say I’d recommend it- I am now sending my copy to the charity shop.
Hard copy – it makes a change from screens. 

Give an instance of one of your most interesting queries.

Working on the library desk it is the range of queries that is notable.  In the same hour you can be asked how to synchronise 2 versions of reference manager software to do you know where the rugby boys are?

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

The Health Libraries always seem different to the other academic libraries as they have such a massive mixture of people all in one place: students, clinicians, academics, library people, IT people…..


Meet the Staff – Isabel

isabelWhat is your name and job title?
Isabel Heal, Assistant Library Operations Manager

What are your subject area interests?
 Ensuring the Health library is manned in the evenings, and assisting the Library Operations Manager.

Where did you live as a child?
Cardiff  born and bred, although I know live out in the country.

What do you like best about Cardiff?
The fantastic diverse range of shops and restaurants, which I enjoy visiting with my family.

What did you do before you worked here?

My first job after returning to work after bringing up my children was at the central public library in Cardiff, then the  Herbert Duthie Library.  I  then transferred to the SONMS library at Caerleon, then  back to the Health Library.
What was the first library book you remember reading for pleasure?
Beatrix Potter’s  – Peter Rabbit and Mrs Tiggy Winkle.

What do you enjoy reading now? Hard copy or electronic?
Last book I read was,  Chocolat By Joanne Michele Harris.  I still prefer to read a paper copy.

Give an instance of one of your most interesting queries.

The SONMS Nursing library in Caerleon was in the grounds of St Cadoc’s Hospital ,which had it’s owm medical library located there. We had a lot of interest one summer from students asking if they could return their books to St Cadoc’s medical library, we then found out that the BBC had been filming a number of episodes for the Doctor Who series in the building.

What do you like best about Cardiff Uni Health Library Service?
The fact that the Health library is open 24hours,- this is something the students greatly appreciate.

Meet the Staff Angela

AngelaWhat is your name and job title?
Angela Bowyer, Subject Librarian Nursing and Midwifery Studies

What are your subject area interests?
Developing the Nursing and Midwifery Collection both in print and electronic formats. Liaison work with SONMS staff and students on various committees and teaching Information Skills to students/staff. I am also a member of the Library Ebooks group.

What are your Qualifications?
BA ( Hons) Information and Library Studies.

Where did you live as a child?
In the beautiful Vale of Clwyd, North Wales in the small village of Rhewl, two miles from the town of Ruthin.

What do you like best about Cardiff?
It’s a very friendly capital city with good Theatres, the great St Fagans National History Museum and the National Museum Cardiff and the lovely mix of restaurants in town and down the bay.

What did you do before you worked here?
I have worked in Public Libraries, Mobile Libraries, Museums and School Libraries. My first job was based at the Denbighshire Library Headquarters which was sited at the Old Gaol in Ruthin (Pentonville model). Going up to find a title kept in the reserved fiction stock in the cells was very spooky, especially the padded cell. This was in the days before Health & Safety!!!

What was the first library book you remember reading for pleasure?
One of Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven stories, I loved reading them all. Then moving onto reading the Famous Five series.

What do you enjoy reading now? Hard copy or electronic?
I’m afraid I haven’t yet made the jump to using an e-reader. Everywhere you go now you see more and more people using kindles etc. I enjoy reading many different genres Fantasy, Detective and Romantic novels. Currently reading Poppy Day by Amanda Prowse

Give an instance of one of your most interesting queries
Helping a member of staff to find a copy of a very old government report. They didn’t have the correct name of the report so it took quite a bit of detective work to find exactly what they wanted.

What do you like best about Cardiff Uni Health Library Service?
The nice airy feel of the Health library, and the zoned areas for different types of study. Also the fact that the library is open 24/7.

Meet the staff – Liz

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What is your name and job title?

I’m Liz Gillen and I’m subject Librarian for the Schools of Nursing and Healthcare Studies.

What are your subject area interests? 

One of the main aspects of my role is to promote information literacy and teach IL skills to both staff and students.  I also have a particular interest in critical appraisal and the systematic review of healthcare literature.

What are your Qualifications? 

My undergraduate degree was in Geography, which I studied in Cheltenham.  I also have a Master’s degree in Health Information Management which I studied via Distance Learning at Aberystwyth.  I am currently undertaking the PCUTL course here at Cardiff.

Where did you live as a child? 

I lived in Cwmbran and although I have lived in Cardiff for 15 years I still think of the area in and around the Usk Valley as home.

What do you like best about Cardiff? 

Cardiff Bay, going for walks around Roath Park and Sophia Gardens, small villages like Rhiwbina and Whitchurch with lots of cute shops particularly Nest in Rhiwbina which has to be my favourite.

What did you do before you worked here? 

Studied!  My first job was in the Nursing and Healthcare Studies Library as a library assistant and I am still here….

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

I am not sure about my first library book although my mum does have great pleasure in telling everyone that I used to loan my books out to friends when I was in junior school and tell them the date I wanted them back! I remember loving the Secret Seven and I too was a fan of the Sweet Valley High Series and also Mallory Towers

What do you enjoy reading now? Hard copy or electronic? 

The last book I read was The Thread by Victoria Hislop, a little slow to get into but once I did I was hooked.  The best books for me are the ones that I absolutely don’t want to put down and have to stop myself from being tempted to look ahead to see what happens.  I am definitely still a fan of hard copy although I am beginning to waver ever so slightly.

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

From a student’s perspective (I am doing the PCUTL course after all) 24 hour opening at the Health Library.  It’s a great environment to study in and if an assignment is looming there are far less distractions here than at home where even the prospect of cleaning the house seems a really good alternative….

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Meet the Staff – Lucy

meWhat is your name and job title?

I’m Lucy Collins and I’m the Subject Librarian for Dentistry. I’m based in the Brian Cooke Dental Library (which is tucked away on the 4th floor of the Dental Hospital).

What are your subject area interests?

I’m interested in finding innovative and effective ways of teaching information skills to students in the School of Dentistry. I seem to spend a lot of my time dealing with EndNote queries do I guess I’d have to add that to my list of interests!

What are your Qualifications?

I have a degree in Pharmacology, and I guess I got the the library bug whilst searching for information when I did my final year project which was a literature review on whether anti-epileptic drugs could cause brain damage. Several years later I did a postgrad diploma in Information and Library Studies at Aberystwyth University. I am currently taking part in Cardiff University’s PCUTL course having completed the first 20 credits and summoning up the energy to do the rest.

Where did you live as a child?

The Diff. More specifically Y Rhath.

What do you like best about Cardiff?

Its compact and bijou! I can be having a quiet night in in front of the tele and be out in town within half an hour of a receiving a text.

What did you do before you worked here?

Worked in pubs, shops, random office jobs, then a few different libraries including the old Duthie and Nursing and Healthcare Studies libraries.

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

I used to go to Penylan library lots as a kid with my mum and brothers. I can’t really remember what books I read back then. When I was a bit older and I was allowed to go to the library on my own (because that’s where the cool kids hang out!) I used read some awful books. These included such literary greats as the Point Horror series and the Sweet Valley High series.

What do you enjoy reading now? Hard copy or electronic?

Well the Point Horror books gave me a taste for the macabre. I moved on to reading Stephen King and then HP Lovecraft but these days I veer towards fantasy and crime. I’m terrible for reading more than one book at a time – I’m currently reading the Hobbit and the second installation of A Song of Ice and Fire: A Clash of Kings. I go for hard copy mostly, but I do like the Classicly app on my phone. You can download out-of-copyright material, for example Bram Stoker’s Dracula (which is the third book I’m re-reading at the moment).

Give an instance of one of your most interesting library related queries.

Whilst working in the Duthie Library a medical student asked me if we had the skull of the elephant man in the library. I hadn’t been working there for long so there was a small part of me that thought we might have!

What do you like best about Cardiff Uni Health Library/ Service?

The view from the Dental Library. The teaching facilities at the Cochrane building (I’m not at all jealous!) where I contribute to the provision of drop in sessions and Managing the Evidence training.

Meet the Staff Nick Thorogood

~3969037What is your name and job title?
Nick Thorogood, Senior IT Technician

What are your subject area interests?
My degree was far more theoretical than technical looking at Project Management and Strategy of systems and how we use them within Business. I’m certainly utilising some of these skills in my current role but I’m hoping to get started with my Prince2 Qualification in Project Management soon.

What are your Qualifications?
BA (Hons) Business Information Systems

Where did you live as a child?
Cardiff Born Cardiff Bred!

What do you like best about Cardiff?
I think Cardiff has a lot to offer people but being an avid sports fan I don’t know of many places where you can walk out of a great place like the Millennium Stadium straight into the City centre! What an atmosphere that makes for on match days especially during the Six Nations!

What did you do before you worked here?
Other than temp work after finishing University in 2007 this is my first job!

What was the first library book you remember reading for pleasure?
Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg… In a Dark Dark Street…

What do you enjoy reading now? Hard copy or electronic?
Although I’m a huge tech fan I’ve found the shift from hard copy to electronic a difficult one and still much prefer the feeling of reading a physical book! Either way at the moment I’m reading the Steve Jobs Biography and Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington. I’m also a fan of Andy McNab and Tom Clancy.

Give an instance of one of your most interesting query.
The beauty of working with technology is that its constantly changing which makes every bit of work we do different and therefore interesting. On the funny side though I was once asked if bleach would help someone clean their PC of a virus!?

What do you like best about Cardiff Uni Health Library Service/IT?
I think the facilities for staff and students at the Health Library are probably among the best available within Cardiff University. The group study rooms rooms all with plasma screens are great for preparing those group presentations or simply revising. Not to mention the digital signage screens and wireless coverage available throughout the facility! I think best of all are those beanbags on the ground floor, would anyone notice if I had one in the office!?

Meet the Staff Rowland

RowlandWhat is your name and job title?
Rowland Somers, Subject Librarian,Medicine
What are your subject area interests?
Using major medical and healthcare databases like Medline, Embase, PsycINFO, the Cochrane Library and others with healthcare components,e.g. Web of Science and Scopus; EndNote Web; Keeping-research-up-to-date; History of Medicine.

What are your Qualifications?
BA Hons Politics; Diploma in Librarianship; Certificate in Medical Education.
Where did you live as a child?
Cowbridge and Llanblethian,the latter specifically though the one runs into the other,so I always think of them as the same.
What do you like best about Cardiff?
Well,Cardiff Bay looks very pleasant on those rare days when the sun shines; Chapter Arts Centre has a good mixture of cinema,some recent films but retrospectives of major directors too; plenty of parks to walk in; lots of live music; well-served with public transport.
What did you do before you worked here?
It’s a long time ago but I worked at Bangor University and the London Chamber of Commerce (library/information posts) before Cardiff.
What was the first library book you remember reading for pleasure?
Cowbridge didn’t have a public library until the mid-seventies but I recall joining Cardiff Central Library in 1968/9. My father suggested I borrow the complete Sherlock Holmes stories and novels; he thought I might enjoy them; I did.
What do you enjoy reading now? Hard copy or electronic?
I read a mixture of fiction, history and biography in hard copy though one of the beneficial consequences of e-books is that publishers lavish more attention now on the physical appearance of print books.
Give an instance of one of your most interesting query.
I remember helping someone with a search into the literature about post-traumatic stress disorder in Gulf War veterans.
What do you like best about Cardiff Uni Health Library Service?
I do a fair amount of teaching and the Health Library’s teaching labs are a substantial advance on what was available before our move from the main hospital building. I’m also pleased we’re now able to offer medical and nursing staff and students a modern, purpose-built and pleasant environment in which to study.

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Meet the staff – Lindsay

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I’m Lindsay Roberts and I’m the Site Librarian for the Health and Dental Libraries.
What are your subject area interests?
I mainly liaise with Medicine & Dentistry to work on improving the library services for staff and students, I’m also involved in a number of IT and Library projects, the latest one is looking at improving our support for off-campus customers.

What are your Qualifications?
My degree is in Information & Library Studies, apparently as a child I use to tell public library staff I’d have their job one day.

Where did you live as a child?
Born and grew up in Birmingham, not that you can really tell from my accent anymore.


What is your favourite thing about Cardiff?
 The fact that it’s a capital city but is still small enough to easily get around.  It was a big change from living in Birmingham.

What did you do before you worked here?
Went to University, I first worked for UWCM in the Librarywhen I was at University and then came back when I graduated and have stayed here since then (with a brief year in Nevill Hall Postgraduate Centre).
 
What was the first library book you remember reading for pleasure?
Can’t remember the first library book as a child but I remember at about 10 I’d read everything in the children’s section and the only adult books the library staff would let me read were Agatha Christie.

What do you enjoy reading now? Hard copy or electronic?
Anything and everything, but I have made the switch to electronic almost completely, still got a huge pile of print books waiting to be read.

Give an instance of one of your most interesting library related queries.
One Christmas Eve we had an emergency request for an article need for surgery that was about to be undertaken, this involved calling round many hospital libraries in the UK trying to find one who was open and could then fax us the article.  I’m glad to say that due to ejournal availability we don’t have to do this often.
 
What do you like best about Cardiff Uni Health Library/ Service?
Having been so involved in the new Health Library it’s hard to pick a best thing but probably the space and light that we’ve got, so different to the old Duthie, NHCS & Caerleon libraries.