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Meet the CILIP IL Group Committee: Abi Ward



What is your role on the committee?

I am currently the Member Relationship Officer on the Information Literacy Group Committee.

When did you join and why?

I joined in August 2017 to build on my interest in information literacy and information skills teaching across the LIS sector. Having recently returned to libraries after four years of being a mum and a part-time magazine editor, I felt this role would enable me to get up to speed with this fast-changing sector. In my job at UWE Bristol I am heavily involved with designing and delivering inductions and training on research skills, evaluating information and avoiding plagiarism. I am also involved with academic skills teaching on topics such as referencing, effective note-taking, critical thinking, critical writing, and structuring an essay. I am very interested in this and the role it has to play in library service provision. I am also keen to further explore how information skills and academic skills support can help those at a disadvantage, particularly in Higher Education.

What do you do in your role?

I reply to member queries or redirect them to the appropriate person in the group to answer them. I also edit the e-newsletter, which comes out a few times a year to all group members to keep them up to date.

I will also increasingly be liaising with members (and potential members) to find out how the group can work for them.

What is your day job?

I currently work at UWE Bristol as Subject Support Librarian for the Faculty of Environment and Technology. I have been in this role since returning to library work (after being a full-time mum) in April 2017.

What are your other interests?

Reading, creative writing, gardening, cooking, country walks, playing with my kids!

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