NAG EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2021/22

To contact any of the committee members, please contact the NAG office in the first instance.

Officers

Chair:   Rachel Schulkins

Vice Chair: currently vacant for public libraries representative

Head of Online Programme: Jackie Stringer

Treasurer:  Anthony Sinnott

Committee members

Jackie Stringer
Anthony Sinnott
Chrissie Willis-Phillips
Sally Allen
Heather Sherman
Eric Jackson
Diane McCourt
Kathryn Quinn
David Stokes
Jo Adams Lingwood

Co-opted

Dionne Hood
Vickie Varley
Emma Booth
Rachel Schulkins
Elle Lund
Laura Davison
Rachel Bramley
Jack Reid
Jeffery Miller

Jenny Hill – Editor, Taking Stock,

Fellows

Maggie Sumner

Executive Committee

The following list of people are associated with NAG. To contact any of the committee members, please contact the NAG office in the first instance.

To apply to join the NAG Committee, please complete the contact form.

Diane McCourt

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Diane McCourt

Diane is the Collection Development Manager for the Library and Archive Services at the Royal College of Nursing (professional organisation and trade union). Her role encompasses the acquisition, cataloguing and evaluation of electronic and print based academic resources to support lifelong learning and professional development for the RCN’s 435,000 members.

Since qualifying in 2007 from City University she has worked extensively in the academic sector (art & design), focused on academic liaison as an integral part of the Librarians role. Supporting and delivering diverse and inclusive information literacy and information services.

She is currently Vice Chair for the Consortium of Health and Information Libraries London (CHILL), and previously worked with ARLIS UK & Ireland: the Art Libraries Society, (both as Council member, and on their Education and Professional Development Committee.) She is also a Chartership mentor and committed to promoting professional development.

Chrissie Willis-Phillips

Chrissie Willis-Phillips is Associate Director (Scholarship and Planning) at the University of Reading. Chrissie manages the Collections team, Research engagement team, Research Data management team and Digital Humanities hub at Reading to support and advance all research and learning. Chrissie is particularly interested in process improvement and has been involved in several projects and initiatives to enhance integrations and automations to improve content acquisition and delivery; as well as supporting and developing services in support of all aspects of research and scholarship. Chrissie has worked in libraries for more than 14 years in a variety of roles – including customer services, open access and resources/content.

Jennifer Hill

Editor, “Taking Stock”

Jennifer Hill

Jenny has been the Book Acquisitions Group Leader at the University of Nottingham since 2008 overseeing the purchase of monographs and ebooks for the 8 UK based branches of the University library. She is part of a 9 person team and also works closely with the Periodicals Acquisitions Group and the Cataloguing Team. She has varied experience of other posts within the academic library sector and also a background of working and studying in event organisation, marketing and communications.

Anthony Sinnott

Treasurer

Anthony Sinnott

Anthony is Access and Procurement Development Manager at University of York. He oversees the purchase of print & electronic resources, the management of subscriptions & databases, and the operation of the reading list system. Anthony is currently leading a project to implement the Leganto reading lists system and has been tasked with investigating innovative purchasing models that ensure maximum access to resources. He has a background in public libraries, having played a key role in setting up Explore York Libraries and Archives as a Social Enterprise (Industrial and Provident Society with exempt charitable status) and, to participate in wider sector work, currently sits on two Northern Collaboration Special Interest Groups (Content & Enabling).

Jackie Stringer

Head of Online Programme

Jackie Stringer

Jackie has worked for ProQuest/Coutts for the last 3 years as a Book Specialist, focused on supporting customers with workflow, acquisitions and collection management. During this time she has covered most of the UK but is currently working with Northern England customers. She comes from a background of sales, marketing and customer service management in the Primary and Secondary Education market including 5 years at LEGO Company Education division.

Eric Jackson

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Eric Jackson

Eric has worked at Leeds Beckett University since 2003, initially as a library assistant, then as Bibliographic Services Supervisor, and currently as their first Collections and Acquisitions manager, leading this newly formed team. Collections and Acquisitions is a team of Librarians and assistants working across two campuses. The team has a wide remit which includes all aspects of acquisitions, stock management, reading list implementation and administration, discards, training development and delivery, and project work; plus the development and interpretation of both user and stock analytics.
C&A has built a reputation as a team which embodies a culture of continuous improvement, collaboration, and individual development, not just within Leeds Beckett University Library, but also within the wider sector community, with team members presenting regularly at a regional and national level at conferences and events, including Northern Collaboration, NEYAL, UKSG, Meeting the Reading List Challenge, and suppliers’ open days, user groups, and forums.

Prior to joining Leeds Beckett, Eric had worked in various roles including bookshop assistant, F.E. lecturer, and Distribution Manager for The Big Issue in the North

Kathryn Quinn

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Kathryn Quinn

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Jennie Hillyard

NAG Development Manager

Jennie Hillyard

Jennie has been retitled Development Manager as NAG works to put in place our business plan and development for the future.  She is the first point of contact for our members.  She works part time for NAG (mainly on Mondays) and for the remainder of her week Jennie is the Library and Archives Manager for The Common Room.  As part of her role, she catalogues a wide variety of materials, and it has been involved with selecting and implementing Koha. She is also responsible for managing a team of volunteers and planning their project work.

NAG also employs Christine Hall as our Financial Administrator.

Dionne Hood

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Dionne Hood

Dionne Hood is the Development Officer for Reading and Stock for Bradford Libraries and oversees the acquisition of adult lending stock in both print and electronic versions. Dionne also oversees and works with Bradford library staff on the management of all stock across the service using an evidence based stock management system. Dionne also oversees and develops events, promotions and activities relating to reader development and she is especially interested in developing writers and has introduced a creative writing program that includes courses and workshops. Dionne started working in libraries 15 years ago after being made redundant from lecturing in art and design but she still works as an artist when she can and is about to start an MA in Visual Arts.

David Stokes

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David Stokes

Sally Allen

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Sally Allen

Sally is an Area Sales Manager at Browns Books For Students, part of the Little Group, taking care of academic libraries in the Midlands and East of England – from early years to HE institutions.

Prior to joining Browns in June 2020 Sally spent 29 years at Dawson Books performing various roles including sales and supporting libraries with new LMS EDI installations.

Sally has a great wealth of knowledge within the book industry including the internal supply chain workflows including wholesale and public library supply.

Emma Booth

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Emma Booth

Emma is co-opted onto NAG Committee to be our representative at JISC’s metadata task and finish group.

Heather Sherman

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Heather Sherman

Heather has vast experience in library systems, technology, physical and digital supply chains, metadata life-cycle, e-commerce, eBooks, acquisitions and cataloguing especially in relation to academic libraries. Prior to joining BDS in 2020, Heather worked for Dawson / BLS for 15 years. She began her career as a graduate trainee at the British Library, has held posts within academic libraries and has worked with libraries worldwide including the Bodleian Library, Imperial College, the University of South Africa, and Public Libraries throughout Ireland. A regular presenter at conferences and training events, she is a member of several industry committees, and a regular presenter at Conferences and training events.

Nathan Harrison

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Nathan Harrison

Nathan has worked for Askews and Holts Library Services since September 2015. He has performed various roles in that time, all of which have involved dealing with acquisitions librarians. He has been a full time Account Manager for both public and academic library customers since July 2018, a role which focuses on helping customers across the UK to achieve their goals by listening to their needs, queries and concerns. He takes a keen interest in the challenges faced by customers across both sectors and works to support them as much as possible through regular review meetings.

Before joining Askews and Holts, Nathan spent time in the retail sector, including 5 years at Waterstones as a Bookseller.

Rachel Schulkins

Rachel is the Acquisitions and Document Delivery Manager at the University of Liverpool. She oversees the selection and purchases of print and digital resources and is also responsible for the Inter-lending and Reading Lists systems. With over 15 years working in the sector, Rachel has substantial experience of academic Library services, complemented by her background in academic teaching. She has given talks and demonstrations, as well as published on subjects ranging from Keats and Romanticism, Jewish Studies and innovative library practice. Rachel enjoys putting her knowledge into practice and developing new services around content provision, and also trialling new technologies in the effort of challenging and progressing existing practices and policies.

Laura Davison

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Laura Davison

Laura Davison is Content Acquisitions Lead at the University of Surrey. Laura manages the acquisition of all one-off purchases, the Interlibrary Loans service and the administration of the Reading Lists and Digitisation service. She is also part of the Digital Textbooks project team.  Laura began her career as a public library ‘Saturday Assistant’ before heading off to University and has worked in College and University Libraries since 2001. She has been specialising in resources, collections and content since 2005. Laura is particularly interested in streamlining acquisitions workflows and working with suppliers on systems integrations.

Jeff Miller

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Jeff Miller

Jeff joined the University of Huddersfield in 2018 as Acquisitions Team Leader, having had a long background in Bookselling, including running shops at the Institute of Education, on the high street and as a private rare book dealer.  Bringing a strong commercial eye to the role, he set about reviewing every process and procedure, maximising efficiency within both budgets and working practice.

A strong believer in marginal gains, he continues to analyse data to identify patterns and trends, challenge perceptions and provide accurate and informative reports to Librarians, whilst always looking for new opportunities without compromising quality of service to both students and academics alike.

Elle Lund

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Elle Lund

Eleanor (Elle) is an Information Assistant at the University of Exeter Library, having recently relocated from Lancaster. During her 4 years at Lancaster University Library, first as a Library Aide, then as a Library Content Assistant, she was heavily involved in work on developing the wellbeing collection. In this time she also completed the LISM PGDip with the University of Sheffield. She managed library displays and reading lists on EDI events, including Black History Month, LGBTQ+ History Month, Autism Appreciation Week, and Pride. Her passion for EDI extends to an interest in digital accessibility and Open Research.


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