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!

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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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