My career

April 2014 to date

Retired due to ill-health, after being absent from work with chronic illness and severe depression.

July 2011 to October 2013

On returning to work after some months of ill-health during the academic year of 2010-2011, I was asked to support the development of the Junior School Library. So, I became the Librarian for the whole of The Dixie Grammar School and moved forward with the plan of integrating the library services across the whole school. Library Online website was extensively edited to reflect this. We also had a range of Web2.0 accounts and I branded these as “Library Online Services”.

October 2009

The refurbished and re-developed Michael Parker Library was opened to students, with an official opening in March 2010.

April 2009

Keynote presentation to the School Libraries Group Conference in Peterborough on Influencing your Senior Leadership Team.

September 2008

Started new post as the first Chartered Librarian at The Dixie Grammar School in Market Bosworth, Leicestershire. My task was to support the development of a re-furbished library. To that end I  created a new site for the library – Library Online (no longer exists) :

Library Online Website

February to April 2008

Unfortunately, due to family circumstances, I had to cancel some activities – notably for Sheffield University and the LIS at the NEC. Instead, I worked on School Library 2.0 and Web 2.0 applications to develop my skills and knowledge in these areas. This also impacted on the LRC that I ran and fed into the teaching and learning of the school.

November 2007

Presentations for RTA at Reading and Leeds on School Library 2.0.

September 2007

Started a new Blog at The Librain and taught myself about Web 2.0 and School Library 2.0 for a presentation that I was doing for RTA in November.

May 2007

Organised an INSET day for school library staff in Warwickshire in conjunction with the Schools Library Service. I did two presentations, one on Influencing SMT and the other on Virtual Learning and School Libraries.

February 2007

I made a new website for the LRC at NCTC – LRC Online – which  enabled us to link to the portal.

Presentation to students at Sheffield University about school librarianship: “Making a difference: School Librarianship and Schools Library Services”.

January 2007

Appointed to new post – still at Nicholas Chamberlaine Technology College:
Learning Resources and Information Services Manager.
This reflected my role in terms of assisting the development of the VLE, portal, website etc.

November 2006

Started the new Strongest Links Wiki for UK School Librarians.

October 2006

Spoke to the south-west branch of the SLA – “From Librain to FLIRT”- about my career leading up to the SLYA 2005 and developments since.
Became a governor representing support staff at my school.

June 2006

Took two workshops at the SLA Weekend Course in Bath entitled “Make friends and influence people: how to get the Senior Management Team on your side”.

April 2006

Spoke at the SLG Conference in York. I was not very well, but could not bear to miss the event as it was my last speech as SLYA 2005! Anyway, it was called “Making a difference: celebrating school librarianship”. I wanted to help the delegates feel optimistic about themselves – hope I succeeded.

February 2006

Presentation to students at Sheffield University about school librarianship: “Making a difference: School Librarianship and Schools Library Services”

January 2006

Two Teachers’ TV programmes were shown – they filmed at two schools, including Nicholas Chamberlaine Technology College! The first one was part of the Secondary Libraries series titled “Making the most of the space” and the second “Becoming integral to school life”.

November 2005

Spent a day with a crew from Teachers’ TV, filming our LRC for two programmes on school libraries, which will be shown in January.

October 2005

Spoke at two OfSTED Dissemination Conferences in London and Sheffield on school libraries. The title of my presentation was “Making your school library work – a case study of good practice”.

Also did a session for Nottinghamshire school librarians called “From Librain to FLIRT – ten steps to School Librarian of the Year 2005”. And no, that is not a misspelling!

July 2005

Promoted to a new post. My school “federated” with Ash Green School, Coventry, and I was asked to help develop a new LRC at Ash Green whilst continuing with my work at Nicholas Chamberlaine. My new job title was Federation Learning and Information Resources Team Leader – check out the acronym!

June 2005

School Library Association Weekend Course – Knowledge is Power. One of the best courses I ever attended. Took two workshops on Information Literacy.

The special dinner on the Saturday night, sponsored by Walker Books in honour of their 25th anniversary, was also a great occasion. The SLA invited my husband and boys and I even managed to make a short speech (after a glass of wine or two)!

May 2005

School Librarian of the Year 2005 – presented with the certificate and a signed Raymond Briggs print by the famous Anne Robinson. I had a fantastic day out at Pinewood Studios and Le Petit Blanc in Oxford, thanks to Kathy Lemaire and Alec Williams of the School Library Association.

March 2005

School Librarian of the Year 2005 Honour Roll – presented with the certificate for this by Aidan Chambers, President of the School Library Association, at the London Book Fair.

February 2005

Speaking at a training day for Walsall School Librarians.

January 2005

Asked to take over as Web Editor for the CILIP School Libraries Group.

November 2005

Assessed for the School Librarian of the Year Award Honour Roll by representatives of the School Library Association.

September 2004

Attended my first meeting as a co-opted member of the School Libraries Group Committee.

July 2004

Spoke at a workshop on collaboration between librarians and teachers, organised by Sarah McNicol and held at UCE.

June 2004

Wrote article for the Online Supplement of the Times Educational Supplement. Very pleased about the reaction and the photo!

April 2004

Asked to write piece on “My Favourites” for the NgFL.


Started a new support website for school librarians, Strongest Links, which was very well received.

June 1999 to July 2005

Learning Resources Centre Manager, Nicholas Chamberlaine Technology College, Bedworth, Nuneaton, Warwickshire. An 11-18 comprehensive school with about 1500 students, one of the largest in Warwickshire.

June 1997 to June 1999

School Librarian, The Margaret Glen-Bott Secondary School, Wollaton Park, Nottingham. An 11-16 inner-city mixed comprehensive school with about 500 pupils.

June 1990 to June 1997

During this period I was not in paid employment but bringing up our two children.

March 1984 to June 1990

School Librarian, Carlton Le Willows School, Gedling, Nottingham. A suburban 11-18 mixed comprehensive school with about 1500 pupils.

August 1982 to March 1984

School Librarian, The Manning School, Aspley, Nottingham. An inner city 11-16 girls comprehensive school with about 600 pupils.

September 1981 to August 1982

Assistant Librarian, Nottinghamshire Education Library Service, Mansfield Library.


BA Hons Ancient History and Archaeology, Birmingham 1978; MA Ancient History and Archaeology, Birmingham 1980; MA Librarianship, Sheffield 1981. Graduate Trainee year at Lancaster University Library 1979-1980.

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