Hello LCCOS colleagues! I'm Aanchal, Learning and Development Manager for Library Services and this year's Chair for the LCCOS Staff Conference Organising Committee. My role consists of seeking, organising, developing and facilitating learning and CPD opportunities for Library Staff, as well as organising CPD events. This is my 4th year chairing the organising committee for this staff events and it's even more exciting this year as its our first LCCOS Staff Conference. It's been wonderful to meet and work with LCCOS colleagues and I am looking forward to seeing and meeting more colleagues at the conference and beyond.
What makes this experience so great is having the pleasure of working with a fantastic team of skilful, engaged and totally awesome committee members who have got stuck in; created, arranged, networked, gone out of comfort zones to produce a fabulous virtual conference for you. I couldn't be more grateful to the committee members. A special thank you to all those who have contributed their insightful and inspiring work, time and resources to the conference. It just shows the immense amount of talent and expertise we have within our department. I hope you really enjoy this year's conference and look forward to hearing your feedback.
I’m Kate Cheney and I am Head of ‘Site Library Services’, essentially this is all the libraries that have a focus on a particular field of study or practice plus, very soon, the new library at UCL East. In my role I’m fortunate to work with many colleagues across LCCOS as well as stakeholders at our partner NHS Trusts. I also chair the Staff Training & Development Oversight Group and I’m really enthusiastic about the conference as a key CPD fixture in the annual calendar when we come together, learn about and celebrate all the fantastic things our colleagues are involved in.
I’m Kat Nilsson and I’m responsible for the museums and cultural programmes. This includes UCL Art Museum, the Grant Museum of Zoology and the Petrie Museum of Egyptian and Sudanese Archaeology which are open to the public. There’s also the Pathology Museum up at the Royal Free Hospital that isn’t open to the public. The Curatorial teams are exceptionally talented at enabling multidisciplinary use for teaching and research, and the Programmes & Exhibitions team is incredibly creative in how we engage student and public audiences. As part of our recent merger with LCCOS, Collections Management have also become part of the Museums & Cultural Programmes team. They run the Object-Based Learning Laboratory and care for the collections for future generations to enjoy.
I’m Helen Carney, and I’m the Marketing and Communications Manager for UCL Museums and Cultural Programmes. My primary role is to raise the profile of the museums (the Grant Museum of Zoology, Petrie Museum of Egyptian and Sudanese Archaeology and UCL Art Museum, all of which are open to the public, plus the Pathology Museum which can be accessed by researchers), and other public programme activities. I work on both strategy and delivery using a wide spectrum of channels, collaborating with brilliant colleagues with some fascinating and diverse specialisms. This is my first time on the Staff Conference Committee as I started at UCL in September 2021, so I’m really enjoying meeting new teams.
My name is Magda Morawska. I am Research Policy and Governance Officer and I work in the Research Integrity team. It is a varied and interesting role that includes keeping a broad overview of the research and policy landscape around research governance and integrity. I develop policy and procedures relating to emerging research integrity matters and create guidance and training for all staff and students that are involved in research. For example, I have been working on the new Code of Conduct for Research, which we hope to finalise and publish soon.
My name is Rozz Evans and I am Head of Collection Strategy, responsible for collection management and development of our modern collections (everything that isn’t part of the Special Collections!). This means I get the pleasure of working with colleagues who manage collections across all the sites, plus other teams such as Collection Services. I also manage the Wickford Store Team, the Retrospective Cataloguing Team and the Commercial Licensing & Digitisation Team.
I’m Isabella Huntley-Smyth and I am EA to Paul Ayris , Pro Vice Provost LCCOS and also provide support to Ben Meunier and Martin Moyle. I am currently working in the beautiful setting of the Main Library and surrounded by many wonderful books and like minded people. I have worked for UCL for over 6 years in various different departments, but this is my happy place. I am relatively new to LCCOS so every day for me is a school day. I am very enthusiastic about the conference and look forward to putting faces to the names I currently communicate with via e-mail.
Hi, I’m Simon Bralee and I am the Communications Manager for Library Services. When I’m on campus, I am based in the Main Library, which is handy for picking up books during my breaks. I work with colleagues across the department to help them share their stories with their users.
I’m Gillian Mackenzie, I’m the deputy librarian at the Language and Speech Science (also known as LaSS) Library and I’ve been at UCL for almost 8 years. I work with a small team based in Chandler House, running a library service, and helping to provide subject support for Speech and Language Therapy, Linguistics, and Language and Psychology programmes. This is the first time I’ve been on the conference committee, but in the past, I’ve been involved in helping to host social events (parties and, over the last two years, online quizzes) after the conference with the Library Social Group.
Hi, I’m Iona Preston and I am the liaison librarian for the faculty of Engineering (excluding Management). I’m based at Science Library two days a week and hybrid working at home. I’m part of the subject liaison team within library services and my role is to work with staff and students within the faculty to make sure they have the resources and skills support they need for teaching, learning and research.
This is my second year on the committee, I enjoyed it so much last year I wanted to be involved again! It’s been great to work with such a happy and enthusiastic group of people.
I’m Nick Forbes, the Teaching and Learning Services Team Supervisor. I manage the team responsible for everything to do with UCL reading lists – whether it’s setting up new lists, sourcing copyright-compliant digitised readings, or delivering reading list training to academic staff. I’ve been in this post for about six months, having previously spent around nine months in Acquisitions. As a relative newcomer at UCL getting involved in the conference committee has been a brilliant way of meeting and working with some of the amazing people from across LCCOS.
Hi I’m Abi Heath and I joined UCL in March 2022 as Library Manager for the School of Pharmacy. I work alongside 14 lovely colleagues to provide support and services to students and staff at the school. I am on campus full time and with the school located between Brunswick Square Gardens and St George’s Gardens I am enjoying discovering the beautiful green spaces around campus.