The symposium is being organised by Andy Priestner and Elizabeth Tilley who will also be editing a book on the subject of ‘Personalised Library Services in HE’ to be published by Ashgate.
Andy has worked in academic libraries since 1995. After 12 years at Oxford University he ‘switched sides’ in 2007 to become Head Librarian at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School where he has made radical changes to resource provision and service levels. The School’s library service is now fully integrated with the curriculum and Andy teaches information skills on all programmes. He is a keen user of social media and headed up the Cambridge 23 Things Programme in 2010. From 2006-10 Andy was Chair of the national Business Librarians Association during which time he instituted many successful changes to the association. He is still an active member of this body and its European equivalent.
Elizabeth has worked in small, specialist academic libraries since 1997. As well as learning to tackle all aspects of librarianship, her first career as a trained teacher has helped to inform much of her work in libraries. Her first post as librarian was in the Unviersity of Cambridge’s Earth Sciences Library where she was responsible for developing a tailored skills programme for undergraduates, and making significant changes to the library space by adopting the Information Commons concepts. Currently working at Cambridge’s English Faculty Library, she has spent three years working out what it is that English students and faculty need and want and has made many changes to the library service – policies, look and feel, teaching, and use of space – in order to tailor the service appropriately. Elizabeth has been professionally active at both national and international levels via CILIP.