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Meet the Committee – Drew Feeney, Public Libraries Representative

What is your role on the Committee?

I am the Public Libraries Representative.

When did you join and why?

I joined in December 2023.

I attended the European Conference of Information Literacy earlier in the year as a speaker, during which I met some lovely people there who turned out to be Committee members. A vacancy had arisen on the Committee for a public libraries rep, and in due course I was invited by my new colleagues to fill this role. I was delighted to accept.

What do you do in your role?

I’m really not sure yet! I am looking forward to seeing how the Committee works and to contribute as I can to this.

What is your day job?

I would best describe myself as a ‘juggler’ or ‘plate spinner’! I have been a professional Librarian within a large public sector organisation in central Scotland for almost the past twenty years, a role which has changed immensely during that period. I am also currently a PhD student at Edinburgh Napier University working on a thesis looking at the user-led development of digital & information literacies in older adults within Scottish public libraries. As part of my studies there I also work as a Research Assistant on an ongoing project looking at the role public librarians play in supporting digital access, and I have recently just begun teaching at the University too. All in all I rarely get time to be bored!

What are your other interests?

I am a keen traveller and avid reader, and welcome all opportunities to combine the two. I also love music and have a growing passion for gardening (which I would argue is the new rock n’ roll).

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