Acting Librarian Specialist
I began my career in public libraries, where I worked for eight years firstly as a library assistant, and latterly as the local and family history librarian. In my late role I was often found in the community either organizing, or acting as a consultant on the many heritage themed events throughout the county. I delivered talks on local history, heritage walks all over the county and often worked with schools and the Town Council. As one of the more technically capable librarians in the service, I was part of the small team that ran the library service website and social media outlets, and I also implemented the new Wales-wide library management system in conjunction with the systems librarian, devising and delivering training to the library staff working across the county.
In my new role, my current priority is system authentication and integration; working to reduce the number of different logins to access e-resources and library systems so users have less usernames and passwords to remember. This included establishing the Technical Working Group made up of experts from NWIS, NHS Wales Library Service, Cardiff University and suppliers. To the same end I will continue to work to make the e-Library as user-friendly as possible moving forward to make all the resources at your disposable simple, accessible, and as useful as they can possibly be.