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Meet the ILG Committee: Rosie Jones, Deputy Chair

Rosie Jones
Rosie Jones

What is your role on the committee?

I am the Information Literacy Group’s Deputy Chair and the LILAC conference Co-Chair

When did you join and why?

I have been on the LILAC committee since 2007 when the University I worked for hosted the conference, I have only just become the Deputy Chair for the IL Group. Information Literacy has always been the bit of my profession that has engaged me the most. I have held dedicated IL roles and I am passionate and enthusiastic about the difference IL can make. The IL community is a strong and supportive one and I feel very lucky to part of it.

What do you do in your committee role?

Well I will still be co-chairing the LILAC conference for another year before I move completely into my Deputy Chair role. I intend to look at strategy for the group and see how we can align the conference more to support IL nationally and globally. I’m also eager to use my position as a Director of a Higher Education institution to influence my sector more and see if I can encourage other senior leaders to add their voice to the IL community.

What is your day job?

I am the Director of Library Services and OpenLearn at The Open University where I have a responsibility for the strategic vision for these areas. The day job is huge and exciting, there is no other University quite like the OU and I am extremely proud to work for it.  Our mission is to be open to people, places, methods and ideas and we promote educational opportunity and social justice which I think fits really neatly with the new IL definition.

What are your interests outside of work?

If you follow me on twitter @RosieJHJones you’ll occasionally see this – I spend much of my spare time running. Mainly ultra and fell running – I even spend my holidays doing this. I love the idea of completing the impossible and get a really buzz from finishing a ultra event.

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