I am the Head of Knowledge Management and Scholarly Communication at the Medical Research Council (MRC) in the UK. My team provides support and advice to MRC staff and researchers on a range of KIM issues. My responsibilities range from advising on corporate information governance, information management-related risks, open access and data sharing policies, and acting as a subject expert on projects which aim to harness technology, standards and good practice to enable data, information and knowledge sharing.
Why did you become a librarian/info pro?
A bit by accident really. I hold a Master in Musicology, and during my time at university, I worked as a music teacher. This helped me establish that this was not my calling. I then got a student job in the music library and enjoyed this very much so thought this was the way forward. As it happens, I have never worked in a music library since!
Tell us a little about your history with LMD and why you took a role on the Board.
I believe I have been a member of LMD since I joined SLA in 1998! The Division has been an anchor point during my professional journey as I moved across different sectors. I have enjoyed the programming at conferences and felt the time was right for me to actively contribute to the life of the Division.
What do you see as a key professional or organizational challenge that you hope to address in 2019?
I think the biggest challenge is change and the speed at which it taking place. It is affecting our work place, our association, and our personal life. There is no "sitting back and relax" or "job for life" anymore and we have to be in constant learning mode. This can be a source of stress but also of satisfaction and excitement, as is it well illustrated in "Rebel Talent", which was featured in the LMD book club recently.I see our role as leaders as change agents, who can support a thoughtful and agile approach, which in turn can enable our colleagues to embrace the benefits of change. LMD has a key role within SLA to support the up-skilling of members.
Do you have any plans or initiatives for LMD in 2019 you'd like to tell us about?
As a new person on the board straight in the Chair-Elect role, I have essentially been listening and learning so far. I want to make sure that I get my head round the Chair's role, ready for 2020, but also the priorities of the Division. I'd like to see us leverage peer to peer learning and cross unit collaboration more to offer a coherent virtual programming throughout the year.
And, finally, what's a little-known fact about you?
I am a trumpet player and whilst I didn't make music my career, it still provides me with much enjoyment!