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Enabling Innovation Working Group: Call for Volunteers

Bethan Smith15 November 2019

Earlier this year Martin Moyle, Director of Services, posted about the potential for innovation and service delivery at UCL Library Services. We are excited to now formally announce the launch of the Enabling Innovation Working Group – and to call for volunteers to join it.

We know from experience that Library Services staff have fantastic ideas on new ways to improve our services; what is less clear is how best to collect those ideas and process them, how to enable funding for them and how to ensure that we are able to fully implement them.

The Enabling Innovation Working Group will work together to look at ways of facilitating new ideas and projects, while trying to remove any blockers that prevent them from happening. We will think of ways to help enable small-scale innovation projects in line with KPA4 as part of the Library Strategy 2019-22.

The group will be more focused on the ‘how’ than the ‘what’ – on examining the ways that we can create an exciting, forward-thinking working environment where we are able to test new ideas and fund them. The main output of our meetings will eventually take the form of a report to the SMT, containing recommendations on how best to proceed.

We are keen to gather a representative cross-section of Library Services staff across grades, departments and libraries to make sure that we gain a wide range of ideas and perspectives on how best to enable innovation. We are looking for 6-10 working group members and are in need of volunteers!

How to Join

If you are interested in joining, please consult with your line manager in the first instance and then email bethan.smith@ucl.ac.uk. In terms of commitment, this group will involve two or three in-person meetings. There may also be small amounts of homework and research involved, so please do consider this before applying. Please do not hesitate to email if you have any questions before volunteering.

The first group meeting is currently scheduled for 3pm on Wednesday 11th December in Room 106 of the Science Library and will be chaired by Martin Moyle.

Please respond by Friday 29th November if you wish to join the group and we will get in touch shortly.

Bethan Smith
Service Improvement Coordinator

Library Staff Conference Staff Awards 2017

Benjamin Meunier18 July 2017

By Jennifer Brown

On the 6th July 2017 we held our 11th Year Library Staff conference based upon the theme of “Excellence in Customer Service”.

Once more our staff awards categories was based upon our Values. Thank you to all those who submitted nominations and well done to all those who

  • were nominated,
  • were runner ups
  • and those who were chosen as the winners

It was a difficult decision for the judges to pick the winners from a selection of really strong nominations.

Category for Collaboration

The nominees for this category were:

    • Bernadette Flynn
    • Sally Perry
    • Subject Liaison Librarians
    • Special Collections, Archives and Records

WinnerSubject Liaison Librarians [Adam Miller, Emily Selvidge, Giulia Garoli, Jacqui Smith, Kieron Jones, Liz Lawes, Robbie Lumsden, Sarah Burn, Suzanne Traue, Vanessa Freedman and Francine Wood]

Runner up – Sally Perry


Category for Empowerment

The nominees for this category were:

  • Alan Bracey
  • Angela Young

Winner – Angela Young

Runner up – Alan Bracey


Excellent Service

The nominees for this category were:

  • Study Service Assistants (SSA’s)
  • Simon Coates – Enquiry Services Manager
  • Open Access Services
  • Lass Library: Robbie Lumsden, Gillian Mackenzie, Sharon James, Simon Beesley, Nadia Marks, Max Pinarello & Makeba Adero
  • IOE Information Literacy including Nazlin Bhimani, Rozz Evans, Francesca Ezzelino, Dan O’Connor, Sally Perry & Barbara Sakarya
  • Liaison & Skills Support Team led by Cecile Dubuis
  • Library Finance team
  • Nadia Marks
  • Open Access Team
  • Dianne Stacey

Winner – LASS Library [Robbie Lumsden, Gillian Mackenzie, Sharon James, Simon Beesley, Nadia Marks, Max Pinarello, Makeba Adero].

Runner up – IOE Information Literacy [Nazlin Bhimani, Rozz Evans, Francesca Ezzelino, Dan O’Connor, Sally Perry & Barbara Sakarya]



Nominees for this category:

  • Research Data Support (Myriam Fellous-Sigrist & Daniel VanStrien)
  • Daniel Kordik

Winner Research Data Support Service [Myriam Fellous-Sigrist & Daniel Van Strien]

Runner upDaniel Kordik


Mutual Respect

Nominees for this category:

  • Bill Martin
  • Queen Square Library
  • Andy Pow


Winner – Queen Square Library – [Kate Brunskill, Rosanna Rizzo and Sandra Bamborough]

Runner up – Andy Pow


Above and Beyond

Nominees for this category:

  • Daniel O’Connor
  • Ken On
  • Cumar Amerasingam
  • Matthew Reynolds
  • Freddie Linares


Winner – Daniel O’Connor


Further details regarding the nominations for the staff award 2017 runner-ups and winners are available on Moodle. Congratulations to all involved!