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Introducing the ILG New Professionals – Ella Wharton

What is your role in the committee?

I am one of the new members of the ILG New Professionals Sub-committee.

 When did you join and why?

I have always loved the topic of information literacy, and during the pandemic, I found the ILG website a really helpful location for finding resources while I was settling into my first teaching librarian role.

When I saw the advert to join the new professionals sub-committee in the summer, I was interested, when I saw the emphasis in the description on information literacy and podcasting, I knew I had to apply! I am an avid listener of podcasts and have always been really interested in how information literacy information could be conveyed via a podcast so this position was right up my alley and I was thrilled when I was accepted to join the group.

What is your day job?

I am a learning development librarian at the University of Nottingham. In my role, I teach both undergraduate and postgraduate students information literacy skills, both in-person and online. We not only teach students within a live format, but also create asynchronous information literacy teaching resources, so information literacy is a large part of my role!

What are your other interests?

I have a lot of random interests! I love curling up on the sofa with my Nintendo Switch and playing cozy games or reading (obviously)! I also like doing creative things, and almost always have a project on the go. I have recently finished a new dollhouse kit of a tiny bakery and I just learned how to crochet so I am currently in the middle of making a scarf shaped like a fox.

As I mentioned above, I listen to a lot of podcasts, if you ever meet me, I will probably be in the middle of listening to one! If you ever want a podcast recommendation, I am always happy to help!

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