Meet the IL Group Committee: Emma Burnett



What is your role on the committee?
I am the Marketing Officer and am also an editor for www.informationliteracy.org.uk

When did you join and why?
I joined in summer 2010, when the IL Group was still a sub-group of the Community Services Group. I was looking for an opportunity to get involved in a professional committee and I saw this role appear on the Lis-Infoliteracy list. It seemed perfect! I’d attended my first LILAC that year so had seen first-hand the amazing work of the IL Group. Also, a project I’d worked on had recently been awarded the silver CILIP PPRG Marketing Award and I really wanted to develop my skills in this area.

What do you do in your committee role?
I am responsible for promoting the group through various means, such as promotional materials. One of my first tasks was to order trolley coins! (who’s got one?) Since then I have ordered many other materials for the Group, which involves getting samples and quotes and choosing something nice within the budget. I send materials to events and conferences. If we have a stand (like at LILAC and CILIP Conference), I’ll organise the rota.
I also manage our social media accounts – primarily Twitter and LinkedIn.

For www.informationliteracy.org.uk, I write blog posts and develop particular areas of the site. I’m currently looking at the research section with fellow website editor Emily Selvidge.

What is your day job?
I am an Information Consultant at Royal Holloway, University of London. I liaise with academics from Economics, Geography, Politics and Social Work to ensure we have the resources their staff and students need. I deliver information literacy sessions and we’re trying to get more of these embedded, as shown in the LILAC poster my colleague Kim presented this year.

What are your other interests?
I’ve recently got married so I’m just trying to get back into normal life and remember what I did before wedding planning! I love to travel – my honeymoon was in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. I have been a member of Whale & Dolphin Conservation since I was ten and have actively campaigned against keeping orcas in captivity. Finally, I’m a huge Kylie fan!

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