Beth Tapster, University of Sheffield

IMG_1589My name is Beth Tapster, I currently work at both the University of Leeds Library, as a Customer Service Assistant, and Leeds Beckett University Library, as a Principal Information Assistant. Since September I’ve also been studying part time for my MA.

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Christine Strachan, Robert Gordon University

CatherineHiya! I’m Christine and I’m currently working as Senior Library Assistant at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. I’m originally from Aberdeenshire and received my MA (Hons) in English & Scottish Literature from the University of Aberdeen in 2008. Since then I’ve been living and working in both Oxford and London, but I’m hopeful that one day I’ll be able to return to Scotland to take up my dream job as Mobile Librarian on the Mull Mobile Library!

You can follow Christine on Twitter @kiks_86

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Amber Edwards, University of Sheffield

Amber EdwardsMy name is Amber and I’m currently living and working in Sheffield. I am studying towards an MA Librarianship qualification and I am also working part-time in the university library as a Weekend Services Assistant. I have a twitter account where I primarily tweet about libraries and football (two very varied interests) …


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Beth Witney, Dublin Business School

Beth WitneyBeth Whitney is an MSc Library and Information Management student at Dublin Business School, and will graduate this year. She is working full-time and studying part-time.  She is most interested in information access and the empowerment characteristics of educating people in the area of information literacy. She is currently working as an executive assistant in The School of Medicine at UCD and is enjoying it very much. Previously she has worked in the office at a veterinary hospital. She has completed work experience in the libraries in Met Éireann and DBS. In the future, she would like to gain employment in a health library and/ or have an involvement in the delivery of information skills workshops. Her undergraduate degree is in Environmental Science.
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Kate Parr, Robert Gordon University

KateMy name is Kate Parr, and I’m currently the Archives & Local Studies Supervisor for the South West Heritage Trust, which means I manage the local studies library and also the public search room.  I came to Local Studies kind of by accident, because in my old job nobody wanted to do it, so being bloody-minded I thought I’d give it a go!  My current job involves quite a bit of archival knowledge but my background is in libraries: I started as a Saturday Assistant in Exeter, tried going to university full time but it didn’t really work for me, so I came home and went back to work.  I’ve done a bit of everything: children’s, performing arts, academic, bibliographic and support services, and I managed a small branch library for a few years.  After an immense learning curve trying to get all the local studies knowledge into my head, we moved to the Somerset Heritage Centre where we run a combined archives & local studies service, and I feel like my feet haven’t touched the ground since!

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Rebecca Daniels, Northumbria University

Rebecca DanielsHello! My name is Rebecca and I work as a Senior Adviser in the Library & Student Services department at the University for the Creative Arts. I have recently completed a Level 4 Award in Leadership and Management with ILM and am currently studying for an MA in Information and Library Management with Northumbria University. I enjoy going to galleries, museums, music events (rock and heavy metal) and travelling.

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23 LIS Students

Inspired by 23 Librarians and its successors 23 Librarians England, 23 Librarians Ireland/NI and 23 Llyfrgellydd, we are pleased to announce the launch of 23 LIS Students, profiles and insights from library school students across the UK and Ireland. There’s tonnes of useful information from each series, so if you want a snapshot of working in the huge variety of library and information fields and tips from seasoned librarians then check out the links above.

We are looking for submissions! Students from all walks of life are welcome – full time, part time, distance, online, onsite – if you’re on a library or information studies course then we want to hear from you. We’re aiming for a twice monthly publication schedule, but we’ll post more if we get more submissions.

You can tweet us at @23LISstudents or email us at for more information about getting involved.

We look forward to hearing from you!