With well over twenty years in higher education, library and information management and digital innovation, I am working to build a better information environment that serves everyone.
Currently, I am Head of Content and Research Services at the British Library. Reporting to the Chief Librarian, I am responsible for ensuring that our contemporary collections and research services meet the needs of knowledge seekers and research organisations from the UK and abroard.
The teams that form the Content and Research Services department include functions such as: user research and engagement with our research audience, and translating that understanding into the development and implementation of the Library's Content Strategy and Research Services Strategy; content acquisitions and processing of print and digital content coming into the British Library, including legal deposit; preservation and management of our petabyte-scale digital collections; our team of dedicated subject librarians; digital research services ranging from content discovery to repositories, scholarly communications and research data, including the UK DataCite consortium; the redevelopment of the BL's digital library system; and a strategic change management portfolio to modernise our online and onsite research services, including the reading rooms. In addition, I am the Library’s strategic expert for scholarly communications and alternative publishing models.
Before joining the British Library, I oversaw the development of open access and research data services at Imperial College London. At Jisc, the UK's digital service provider for higher and further education, I was Programme Manager for digital infrastructure, managing programmes and innovation projects across the UK, including multi-million pound services such as the National Grid Service and the National Centre for Text Mining.
My background is in history, with a PhD from the University of Munich (LMU), and digital humanities and scholarly communications. At LMU I co-founded digital library services in the late 90s that today receive federal funding as part of the national information infrastructure of Germany. At King's College London, I was senior coordinator for a national network on digital research methods in the arts and humanities, and I developed digital community services and infrastructures at the Centre for E-Research.
External and community roles
Over the years, I have engaged with a range of communities and external organisations. Some of my current and recent activities include:
- Chair of the Digital Shift working group of Research Libraries UK (RLUK)
- Chair of the advisory board for the library system of the University of Cologne
- Vice-chair of the Open Repositories conference
- Chair of DataCite's Services and Technology Steering Group
- Co-Chair UK Research Identifier National Coordinating Committee
- Member of DataCite's exectutive board
- Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute
- Member of RLUK's Digital Scholarship Network
- Member of the Content Strategy Group of the Society of College, National and University Libraries (2018-2021)
- Member of the Universities UK (UUK) open access coordination group (2016-19)
- Member of the ZBIW (Centre for Library and Information Science) academic advisory board
- Member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council's Digital Transformations Theme advisory group (2013-18)
- Member of RCUK's (Research Councils UK) open systems interoperability group (2014-15)
Talks and Keynotes
I regularly speak about information management, library services and topics such as scholarly communications and research infrastructures. Recent talks include:
- Does anybody care about digital preservation? Digital preservation from a perspective of access, collaboration and purpose; keynote at iPRESS 2021 – 17th International Conference on Digital Preservation; Online/Beijing; 21 October 2021
- RLUK manifesto for the digital shift in research libraries; Deutscher Bibliothekartag; Online/Bremen; 18 June 2021
- Shared repositories: building (multi-tenancy) repository services at the British Library; Open Repositories 2021 (with Jenny Basford and Sara Gould); Online; 9 June 2021
- Honey, I shrunk the Collections. Considering the library collection in the age of the internet and open science; Building Collaborative Collections and Transforming Access; Online; 25 March 2021
- The perfect storm. Challenges for research libraries in the coming decade; Library Science Talks; Online; 9 February 2021
- On the verge of success – or failure? Repositories and the wider knowledge infrastructure, plus a bit about Hyku; keynote at Samvera Connect; Online; 23 October 2020
- A Manifesto for the Digital Shift in Research Libraries. Report from RLUK’s Digital Shift Working Group; RLUK launch: A manifesto for the digital shift in research libraries; Online; 18 May 2020
- Alone in the Dark? Research Data and Open Science Infrastructures as Community Challenges; Museum Librarians and Archivists Group conference: "Managing research data for the cultural sector"; London; 7 February 2020
- A research library service paradigm for the 2020s?; Association of Research Libraries: ‘On the Edge’ program; Online; 7 & 14 January 2020