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The NLPN team

A brief introduction to the team behind NLPN events and social networks


I completed the MA in Library and Information Management at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2012. During my MA I became a part-time library assistant at an NHS hospital & a Primary care trust library, shortly follow by moving to the academic sector to be a Senior Library Assistant. In 2013 I gained my first professional post as a Assistant Information Specialist specialising in health research for a Non Departmental Public Body. My interests include literature searching, eLearning and career development opportunities for library and information professionals. In 2016 Helen & I published an article on the use of social media by new library professionals.

Catherine @CatMcManamon

cI graduated from Newcastle University with a BA in English Literature and then went on to complete an MA in English and American Studies at the University of Manchester. After securing and thoroughly enjoying a few library work placements, I embarked on a graduate traineeship at MMU before completing the library course. I have always worked in Higher Education and I am currently a liaison librarian in an academic library. I have particular interest in developmental opportunities for new professionals, usability to improve library services and sector-wide initiatives for outreach and advocacy.

After qualifying from the Masters course at MMU in 2012, I gained employment as a Library Assistant in a public library. The experience gained in this role helped me to get my next role as Principal Library Assistant in an academic library. I worked in this paraprofessional role for a number of years gaining a number skills before gaining my first professional post as an Assistant Librarian. This role provided lots of experience and enabled me to gain my current role as Senior Assistant Librarian working within the serials team in an academic library. My interests include cataloguing, UX, facilitating access to e-resources, statistics and development opportunities for new professionals.
 Siobhan @shibshabs

My first degree was in English Language and Literature from the University of Liverpool. After post-graduation travelling, I decided I wanted to be a librarian in order to be involved in helping others to find the resources they needed to achieve their degree results.  I applied for quite a few jobs and got one in Acquisitions at the University of Nottingham.  After a year there, I was promoted to another Acquisitions role, with a greater focus on access to e-resources.  I applied for the MA Library and Information Management and started full-time in September 2011.  While working on my dissertation, I decided to move back to Nottingham and found a job as a school librarian.  This job was a maternity cover, after which I took the opportunity to go travelling in America (my favourite American library has to be the 42nd Street branch of NYPL). After a spell of temping, I returned to academic libraries and worked for 2 and a half years as a Learning & Teaching Services Assistant at the University of Leicester. I have now returned to acquisitions work as Systems and Acquisitions Librarian in an FE college. My particular interests are user experience, training and development opportunities for new professionals.


3 comments on “The NLPN team

  1. Christopher Chan
    November 9, 2017

    Hello NLPN team,
    I am a recent graduate from the Information School in Sheffield University who is aiming for a career in the Library and Information sector. However, jobs are limited and competition is fierce therefore I must first gain the skills required. Any suggestion with how I can possibly gain those skills prior to employment?

    • NLPN
      November 9, 2017

      Hi Christopher, I would recommend seeking out CPD opportunities to gain specific skills e.g. are there any MOOCs that cover the skills you need? Does the Information School have a careers department that can give advice? You could also approach people on our job shadowing list and arrange to shadow them. Best of luck!

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