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Job shadowing opportunities

Are you curious about other library sectors?  Want to see a day in the life of a librarian? Job shadowing might be the answer!

At our NLPN Winter 2017 event, Penny Andrews came up with this great idea:

Librarians/info pros – if you would be okay with new professionals and (prospective?) lib students shadowing you, tweet @NLPN_ #nlpnwinter

— Penny Andrews (@pennyb) February 18, 2017

It seems to us that the simplest way to enable this is to create a list of librarians who are willing to allow aspiring librarians to shadow them. If you would like to be added to the list below, please email us or DM us. We will need your name, job title, location and preferred contact details. As you’ll see on the list, we’ll disguise your email address.

We will periodically check in with the people on the list to see if circumstances have changed. If you are on the list and would like to be removed, please contact us as above.

Now the list has some members, it’s over to the shadowers! Remember, these people have specifically volunteered to be on the list and would love to help so don’t be scared. You will learn throughout your career that librarians are some of the most helpful people you will ever meet.

East Midlands

Name Job title Location Preferred contact details 
Claire Loake Subject Librarian Northamptonshire claire.loake[at]
Hannah Beckitt Patient Information Librarian (NHS) Leicester hannah.beckitt[at]


Name Job title Location Preferred contact details 
Claire Sewell Research Support Skills Coordinator Cambridge Ces43[at]


Name Job title Location Preferred contact details 
Katie Birkwood Rare books and special collections London (NW) Katie.birkwood[at]
Ian Clark Subject Librarian (Psychology) Stratford (London, SE) i.clark[at]
Matt Budd Librarian (special library for social workers) Bloomsbury (London) Matthew.Budd[at]
Binni Brynolf Digital Resources Librarian London bbrynolf[at]
Sarah Hume Assistant Librarian (Cataloguing) City of London sarah.hume[at]
Frank Norman Head of Library and information services, Francis Crick Institute London (St. Pancras) frank.norman[at]
YiWen Hon Knowledge Resources Manager Chelsea YiWen.Hon[at]
Hong-Anh Nguyen Information Centre Manager, The King’s Fund London ha.nguyen[at]

North East

Name Job title Location Preferred contact details
Suzie Kitchin Academic Liaison Librarian University of Sunderland suzie.kitchin[at]
Sarah-Jane Raymond Assistant Librarian Durham Cathedral Library, Durham Cathedral sarah-jane.raymond[at]

North West

Name Job title Location Preferred contact details 
Emily Hurt Clinical Librarian Preston emily.hurt[at]
Lesley English Faculty Librarian Lancaster L.h.english[at]
Alison Bond McNally School Librarian Manchester AlisonBond[at]
Rachel Fell Senior Assistant Librarian (Subject Librarian – English) Manchester r.fell[at]
Christine Sweet Electronic Resources Assistant Manchester christine.sweet[at]
Jacqueline Vigilanti Research Support Librarian Manchester j.vigilanti[at]
Michael Cook Public Health Evidence & Knowledge Specialist Bolton Michael.Cook[at]
Tim O’Neill Electronic Resources Helpdesk Manager Manchester t.o’neill[at]
Tim Leonard Academic Liaison and Collections Senior Team Leader Bolton t.leonard[at]

South East

Name Job title Location Preferred contact details 
Alison Horner Le Riche Library and Knowledge Services Manager Reading alison.horner-le-riche[at]
Leanne Workman Information Consultant (Sciences) Egham, Surrey Leanne.workman[at]
Helen Worrell Archaeology and Tylor Anthropology Librarian Oxford helen.worrell[at]


Name Job title Location Preferred contact details
Tanya Milligan Project lead [part-time] Central Scotland Tanya.milligan[at]
Richard Aird Head of Customer Service (library, archives, learning technologies, IT service desk) Stirling richard.aird[at]
Jeanette Castle Library Services Manager (University Librarian) Paisley Jeanette.Castle[at]
Lisa Haddow Library and Archives Research Support Team Manager Stirling l.j.haddow[at]
Joy McLean FE Librarian Clydebank joy.mclean[at]
Christine Love-Rodgers Academic Support Librarian Edinburgh Christine.Love-Rodgers[at]
Heather Marshall Senior Librarian – Academic Glasgow heather.marshall[at]

South West

Name Job title Location Preferred contact details 
Laura Richards School Librarian (Library Manager) Bristol lri[at]


Name Job title Location Preferred contact details
Siona Murray Information Officer Rhos on Sea, North Wales siona.murray[at]
Naomi Prady Academic Liaison Librarian Swansea n.l.prady[at]

West Midlands

Name Job title Location Preferred contact details 
Michelle Bond Academic Liaison Librarian for the Faculty of Engineering and Computing Coventry[at]

Yorkshire and Humberside

Name Job title Location Preferred contact details 
Emily Wheeler Learning Advisor Leeds e.wheeler[at]
Ned Potter Academic Liaison Librarian York ned.potter[at]
Peter Smith Research Support Librarian Sheffield P.R.smith[at]
Mike Ewen Teaching Enhancement Advisor (technology) Hull michael.ewen[at]
Alison McNab Academic Librarian (Research Support) Huddersfield A.McNab[at]
Ruth MacMullen Scholarly Communications Licensing Manager Sheffield ruth.macmullen[at]
Ruth Elder Collections Management Specialist University of York ruth[dot]elder[at]

Useful resources

NHS Library Knowledge Services: Job Shadowing – this page contains a list of links and resources on job shadowing in the NHS.

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    November 16, 2018

    Do you know if Frank Norman is still letting people shadow him at the Francis Crick Institute?

    • NLPN
      November 19, 2018

      Hi, the best thing to do is to email Frank and ask him. He hasn’t asked to be removed from our list so I think he will be happy to arrange a visit with you.

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