I am responsible for ensuring that the Library collections are properly cared for and that our acquisition and collection management procedures follow best practice.
The Library holds a vast range of materials from printed books dating from 1469, important manuscript material, watercolour illustrations and photographic material to modern journals that we are making available electronically.
Whatever form the item takes it must be properly documented when it comes into the Library collection, housed in appropriate storage conditions, conserved as necessary and made available for our users to access both now and in the future. I am responsible for acquisitions, curation of the collections and security.
After studying science policy at university I became a trainee in the library at University College London, working in the Medical School Library in the Middlesex hospital and in the main Science Library.
Having enjoyed the work and contact with users, I got a place on the MSc Information Management course at Sheffield University. I followed this qualification up with a PhD in Information Management, also at Sheffield, looking at academic researchers’ information behaviour particularly in relation to their uptake and use of the Internet.
I joined the Natural History Museum in 1996, initially in the Earth Sciences Library, and became Library Collection Manager in 2003.