Instant Ideas and Collaboration
#uklibchat is delighted to welcome two new members: Sarah Stewart and David Bennett!
Look out for them both in upcoming months chats as well as helping out behind the scenes.
Hello! I am an Information Assistant, currently working at the Natural History Museum Library & Archives in London. I have worked in Higher Education and specialist research libraries for over five years.
I completed my Masters of Library Science at City University, and my dissertation research was on the user experience of discovery of biodiversity information at the Natural History Museum. My interest in librarianship evolved directly from my background as a researcher in the biological sciences, working with large, varied datasets and biological taxonomies.
I have broad professional interests but am particularly interested in research support, novel and innovative uses of technology in libraries, Open Access/Source/Data, User Experience, resource discovery, and all things data.
I first found #uklibchat while looking for ideas for continuing professional development outside of the workplace. #uklibchat is a great way to network with other LIS professionals and generate ideas and discussion. I am really glad to now be part of the team!
When I am not working on library-related things, I can usually be found behind a camera or sketchbook, being out in nature, and exploring the urban wonderland of London and places further afield.
David is the Assistant Librarian (Promotions) at Portsmouth University Library, managing and helping produce library promotional, communication and social media operations, posters, publications and signage.
David arrived at The University Library in Portsmouth as a Bibliographic Resources Officer (formerly “Cataloguer”) and moved on to the dual roles of Procurement & Metadata Librarian. While in this role he achieved his CILIP Chartership, before transferring to the Academic Liaison Team to work in his current management role a little over two years ago.
Before joining the University of Portsmouth, David worked in various FE libraries, completing a graduate traineeship at Oxford University’s Healthcare Libraries and a Masters degree in Information and Library Management at Loughborough University.