Here are the lovely people who are helping to organise DARTS6:
Claire Stevens: Chair
Claire has worked in academic libraries for over 11 years in various roles, and currently spends her time trying to keep the library service running smoothly at a small university in sunny Devon (not just stamping books, as her mother believes). Her professional interests are mainly customer service and student engagement and trying to persuade students to tell us what they actually want, and using coaching and mentoring as a leadership and management tool. Claire was involved n the organisation of DARTS3 in 2014, and for her sins is now Chair of the DARTS6 committee and CILIP ARLG South West.
Outside of work, her time is mainly spent toddler wrangling, buying perfume and spending far too much time on Pinterest aspiring to be crafty (but not actually being crafty).
Mandy Smith: Secretary
Mandy works at Cranfield University as an Information Specialist supporting the engineering subject area, as well as Research Support Coordinator working closely with the CDS Doctoral Training Centre developing and delivering research training, support and organising research events. She was the secretary for the CILIP ADLG (Aerospace and Defence Librarians Group) and is an active member of two cross-campus research support groups within Cranfield University. Outside of work Mandy enjoys music, sports and has recently completed her first Tough Mudder event which she believes relates closely to research support: learning how to climb over an ever increasing number of obstacles; being submerged in the muddy swamp of compliance but having a helping hand to pull you up and out; realising at the end that you could not have got through without the help of your team.
Abigail Heath: Treasurer
Abi has worked in academic libraries for a number of years and recently joined University of Plymouth as an Information Specialist for Geography & Earth Sciences & Tourism and Hospitality. Abi loves researching and is keen to help students develop their own research skills, from finding information to organising and using it. Having recently chartered she has taken on the role of Treasurer for CILIP ARLG South West as her next challenge and is hoping that the budgeting skills will come in useful for her other hobby: shopping.
Charlotte is Deputy Librarian as Arts Unviersity Bournemouth. She has worked with arts students since 2003. Prior to that she worked in a public library in Gateshead and at The Taylorian Library in Oxford. Charlotte is interested in how arts students read/engage with e-books.
Jenni has been working in academic libraries since 1994. She has held a variety of subject related roles (physics, engineering, computer science, humanities, law), and most recently has been supporting researchers at UWE, Bristol, since 2011. Outside of work, Jenni would like to enjoy cooking, gardening and running, but actually spends most of her time dealing with a vast array of homework and washing!
Small, quiet and a master of mischief, Anna is a defence management Information Specialist (although she prefers the term librarian) and the former Chair of CILIP ARLG South West. She is passionate about libraries, helping students achieve their true potential, teaching, improving the customer experience, people watching and general geekery. She likes to organise, and is so librarian she has even classified her wardrobe and shoes.
Morwenna is the manager of a small but perfectly formed art and design library in Bristol. She has worked in libraries for a scarily long time but still relishes the challenges her job brings, not least the juggling of a million different tasks and priorities. Home life is dominated by attempting to keep a mischievous toddler somewhat in order and endeavouring to win the non-existent prize of most visits to her local National Trust garden in a year, as well as being a (very) novice gardener.
Hilary is a veteran of the DARTS conference series, having been on the organising committee since DARTS2 in 2009. She is also Marketing and Communications Officer for CILIP ARLG South West. She works at the University of Bath as Subject Librarian for Mechanical, Electronic & Electrical Engineering and has special interests in research support, information literacy for STEM subjects and staff development. Hilary’s non-professional interests include learning Welsh, buying too many dresses, and getting nostalgic about 90s indie music.
Having qualified as a librarin in the mid-1990s, Theresa returned to her academic origins and undertook archaeological research culminating in a PhD in Archaeology (medieval sculpture) from the University of Southampton. Subsequently she has worked as an archaeological consultant in Devon, and was the Archivist at Bryanston School in Dorset for two years. She has also continued her professional library career, mainly within university libraries and is currently the Copyright and Research Support Librarian at the University of St Mark & St John, Plymouth. Theresa is a committee member of the Devon Buildings Group, enjoys going to music gigs, and watches a lot of comedy with her teenage daughter. She aspires to (but, as yet, fails to achieve) significant patisserie skills and considers chocolate an art form.