I have worked in libraries for several years, initially in public libraries before transferring to the HE sector where I currently work. In 2012, I completed a Masters in Information and Library Studies, submitting a dissertation on the extent to which community libraries address the concerns of the digital divide.
In 2010, I co-founded Voices for the Library with a number of fellow information professionals. The organisation was established to highlight the importance and value of both public libraries and librarians. Despite operating without a budget (and solely by volunteers), the organisation has received a certain degree of coverage in the mainstream media and is often a reference point when it comes to issues around libraries and library closures. In 2011, the Voices for the Library Twitter account was named one of the Independent’s ‘Independent Voices of 2011‘.
In 2012, I delivered a presentation on library advocacy at the Lighting the Future joint SLG, SLA & YLG week-end conference and I have written articles for both the Open Rights Group and The Guardian (links to all of these are available under “Media and Presentations“).