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Meet the LMD Board: Géraldine Clément-Stoneham, Senior Advisor
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to explore our Meet the LMD Board series. Today, we interviewed a familiar face,
, Senior Advisor.
Geraldine is our fourth
member interviewed. For her complete bio, please scroll to the end.
What is your current role in the workplace?
I am the the Head of Knowledge Management and Scholarly Communication for the Medical Research Council, which is a part of the national research funder UK Research and Innovation.
I have quite a wide portfolio of responsibilities and a team of seven, which makes the job interesting, but also very difficult to describe succinctly! I cover six key areas:
the provision of information about the MRC’s activities, both to the public but also members of parliament and ministers. If you contact the MRC to ask a question about what we fund, or our history, or anything really, my team will respond to you.
the monitoring of new legislation and regulations, white papers, anything might have an impact on medical research, and the provision of briefings, both internal and external, as well as the drafting of responses to relevant public consultations;
the development of Open Research policies and their implementations, which includes a proactive engagement with our community and stakeholders to promote adoption of open research practices, as well as working with partners to develop the right technical infrastructure;
the management of a scientific archive, holding a wide range of materials from lab books to data sets, reflecting the rich scientific history of the MRC;
the overall responsibility for information governance, working with other corporate teams such are the records management and data protection teams, as well as wider governance issues in relation to intellectual property and contracts;
and the management and delivery of specific projects, related to information governance.
Why or how did you become a librarian/info pro?
It was not by design, but more by luck and necessity. I studied Musicology and English at the University of Geneva, an obtained a MA. I really enjoyed my time at university but with such qualifications, the career opportunities were a bit limited and most of my fellow students went into teaching. I was a supply teacher for both English and Music during my years at university, but I decided it was not for me. I also got a part-time job as a library assistant in the music library and somehow spending time in the basement cataloguing new acquisitions inspired me towards a different career! I moved to the UK, obtained a MA in Library and Information Management from University College London, and although I never became a music librarian, I have never had any regrets.
Tell us a little about your history with SLA and/or LMD and why you took a role on the LMD Board.
I have been a member of SLA for over 20 years, having joined on the advice of my manager, who told me it “would be good for me”, almost as if she had been recommending some medicine! It was an honour to be made a Fellow in 2019. I have been involved in various roles in my chapter, SLA Europe, and other association committees, such as the Annual Conference Advisory Committee, but was looking for an opportunity to serve a community that had been supporting me ever since I joined all those years ago. Being on the LMD board for the last two years, including my tenure as Chair/President last year, has been immensely rewarding and great fun. I recommend it to my colleagues, volunteer, it will be good for you…
What do you see as a key professional or organization challenge that you hope to address in 2021?
This is a tricky question, as the last year has been essentially made of firefighting, both at work and at home. I have not made enough time to truly reflect. I think remote working and virtual office environments present opportunities and challenges for our profession, as the need to access information, both internal and external, must be supported in different ways.
I am lucky, as I have a good set up at home, but I have missed the unplanned conversations and I have been reflecting on ways to do enable this kind of informal knowledge sharing in a virtual world.
Learning to build working relationship and rapport with people virtually is also something we must get used to, and positively embrace rather than yearning for the past. In the next few weeks, I have new team members joining, and we have never met in person as their interviews were carried out by Zoom. I am optimistic that this can be done successfully and my years of volunteering on committees which were all international will come in handy.
Do you have any plans or initiatives for LMD in 2021 you'd like to tell us about?
My role this year is of Senior Adviser, previously knowns as Past President, so I see myself as a spare pair of hands for our President and the Board, ready to pick up anything that needs a bit of additional support.
Finally, what's a little-known fact about you?
I love being outdoors in nature, and one of my hobbies is Nordic walking. I used to meet with friends every Saturday for a walk around the park, but sadly the pandemic lockdown has put a stop to that, but I still go out, by all weather, and walk around my neighbourhood. I have attached two pictures taken recently during these walks (see below).
is the Head of Knowledge Management and Scholarly Communication at the Medical Research Council, a part of UK Research and Innovation. Before joining MRC, Géraldine worked for Linklaters, the international law firm. She holds an MA in Musicology from the University of Geneva and an MA in Library and Information Management from University College London, and is a qualified project and change management practitioner.
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