What is your role on the committee?
I am one of the web editors of the IL website. The website editorial group is a sub-group of the CILIP Information Literacy Group.
When did you join and why?
I was asked to join by Dan who chairs the group; Dan and I used to work together and he was looking for someone with some technical know-how to join the team. I was keen to be involved; I enjoy tinkering around with websites, and I don’t get much chance to do that kind of work in my day job anymore. This group allows me to keep it up improve my skills in that area.
What do you do in your role?
As well as contributing to sourcing interesting items for the IL website blog along with the rest of the team, I tend to look after the technical side of things like maintaining and updating the back-end and implementing new features.
I am also responsible for updating and creating content for the teaching section of the website, particularly in the area of open educational resources as that’s where my expertise lies.
What is your day job?
I’m an independent e-learning consultant. I worked as a learning technologist in HE libraries for seven years before going solo so I still work a lot within higher education, though I also have clients in the private sector. My specialisms are e-learning development and instructional design. I also do some training in blended learning design, often for librarians.
What are your other interests?
I’ve recently started playing roller derby; if you’ve never heard of it, it’s a bit like playing rugby but without a ball and on roller skates. It’s hard work and I leave most training sessions with a whole new batch of bruises, but it’s also hugely rewarding and great fun.
When I’m not training I can usually be found watching or talking about films. I live in Leeds which has a couple of fantastic independent cinemas so it’s a great place for a film nerd to live, and the Leeds International Film Festival in November is always one of my highlights of the year.