NAG unMentoring is a service open only to NAG Members where people offer their informal support around specific topics.  This can be a video chat, a phone call or two or a series of emails.  The length of contact can vary from one session to several spread over a longer period.

The list below gives the details for people working in Academic libraries and the areas where they feel they could offer some help for new professionals or those entering new roles.  Please email them directly and explain your query.  If they’re currently too busy the Mentor might suggest another person or ask you to come back to this list.

If you have any problems please contact the NAG office on the details in the footer.

Gavin Phillips, Category Manager: Academic Services, (Academic Libraries)
g.j.phillips@reading.ac.uk
Happy to unMentor: Library staff and Supplier staff
Topics where you feel you could mentor a new professional:

  • Supplier Selection
  • Contracts/Specifications/Tenders
  • Managing supplier relations
  • Other:  I also have many years of direct experience as an Acquisitions Manager – moving from that role to Procurement in Jan 2020. That experience will remain useful but will obviously become less current over time.
  • Other: Developing as a professional – not so much the formal CPD but sharing experience on getting out there in the acquisitions community and how much there is to be gained from playing an active role.
Emma Booth, E-Resources Metadata Specialist, (Academic Libraries)
emma.booth@manchester.ac.uk
Happy to unMentor: Library staff
Topics where you feel you could mentor a new professional:

  • Metadata and cataloguing
  • Library data skills
  • Questions relating to a Library Management System – Alma (Ex Libris)
Diane McCourt, Collection Development Manager, (Special Libraries)
diane.mccourt@rcn.org.uk
Happy to unMentor: Library staff
Topics where you feel you could mentor a new professional:

  • Budgets
  • Marketing
  • Supplier Selection
  • PDA/EBA
  • Contracts/Specifications/Tenders
  • Managing supplier relations
  • Shelf-ready
  • Stock selection/Weeding
  • Use of analytics to make decisions
  • Questions relating to a Library Management System: Sirsi dynix – Symphony
Ewa Cepuchowicz, Digital Library Manager, (Academic Libraries)
ewa@uel.ac.uk
Happy to unMentor: Library staff, Supplier Staff
Topics where you feel you could mentor a new professional:

  • Budgets
  • Supplier Selection
  • PDA/EBA
  • Contracts/Specifications/Tenders
  • Managing supplier relations
  • Other: e-textbook suppliers and e-textbook schemes
  • Questions relating to a Library Management System: Alma
Jenny Hill, Resource Acquisitions Librarian, (Academic Libraries)
jennifer.hill@nottingham.ac.uk
Happy to unMentor: Library staff, Supplier Staff
Topics where you feel you could mentor a new professional:

  • Supplier Selection
  • Reading Lists
  • PDA/EBA
  • Questions relating to a Library Management System: Alma

We are now also offering supplier unMentors for those working (or looking to work) in the commercial side of NAG member organisations or simply for librarians looking to understand the other side of the partnership from the supplier’s perspective:

Sally Allen, Area Sales Manager (Suppliers: Stock)
please contact via NAG on nag.office@nag.org.uk
Happy to unMentor: Supplier staff, Library staff
Topics where you feel you could mentor a new professional:

  • Supplier Selection
  • Contracts/Specifications/Tenders
  • Managing supplier relations
  • Shelf-ready
  • EDI/APIs
  • General Library Management System functionality relating to acquisitions for most common systems.
  • Other: Provide an insight into how library suppliers work – an area which tends to be unknown at first to those new to acquisitions