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Lisa has managed libraries for the University of Brighton since 2009. First at the Eastbourne campus’s Queenwood Library and from 2011 at the St. Peter’s House Library at the Grand Parade campus.
Lisa is originally from Chicago, and studied Polish literature, English writing and Political Science at the University of Illinois. The singular piece of scholarship which brought these topics together was her annotated bibliography of underground publications circulated in Poland between 1939-1989, which she completed as part of her MSc degree in library science. She is fascinated by the multiculturalism of 11th century Europe, and is encouraged by the growing diversity of European society today -- a hopeful sign that fragmentation -- and its resulting ethnic and territorial conflicts -- may one day be a thing of the past.
She relishes her charge of St. Peter’s House Library and is continually amazed by the astonishing creativity, deftly competent artistry, and largely respectful, courteous and intelligent community at Grand Parade and Pavilion Parade. In addition to experience in Higher Education Lisa is a trained rape crisis counsellor as well as medical interpreter and PA (Personal Assistant for people with differing mobilities), which might explain her fixation on comics related to medicine. She hopes you'll knock on her door on the 2nd floor of St. Peter's House Library.
Sarah has been the Information Adviser at St. Peter’s House Library since June 2012, after spending nearly 5 years as an Assistant Information Adviser at Aldrich Library. Familiarising herself with the academic programmes and the staff at Grand Parade has been a deeply rewarding experience, and she hopes that anyone on campus will feel free to contact her when there is a need to highlight library services to staff and students. Sarah particular enjoys teaching research skills, perusing the sketchbooks of creatives, and has a growing interest in Graphic Novels.
Assistant Information Advisers and Assistant Librarian
Siobhan started in October of 2014 and was already familiar with the library, as she studied Critical Fine Art Practice at the University from 2004-2007. After a post-graduation year which involved many trips to Brighton Jobcentre, and three months volunteering in the Special Collections department at the University of Sussex, she moved to London to start work as a graduate trainee library assistant at the National Art Library based at the V&A museum. She had a great year there, and as a result, decided that to continue on the path to becoming an art librarian.
After her traineeship ended, she worked for English Heritage, and in 2010 got a job as a Library Assistant at Chelsea College of Art, which is part of University of the Arts London. In 2011, she joined the newly formed centralised bibliographic services team at UAL, and in March 2014, moved into a role with the systems and electronic information team at UAL as an Assistant Librarian. From 2011 she studied part time on the MA Library and Information Studies course at UCL, finishing in 2013. As her academic and work background suggests, she's really interested in art and design, especially fanzines, small press and self-publishing, and her other interests include riding her bike, hot sauce (collecting and attempting to make her own…), and live music. She's really looking forward to working with everyone at the University of Brighton, and being back in Brighton!
Josef has worked at St. Peter’s House Library since 2011 as a part-time Assistant Librarian after a career in public libraries (Brighton & Hove and London Borough of Southwark). During his time working for Brighton & Hove City Libraries Josef developed an interest in Special Collections and spent time working as a project officer and an audience development manager in Jubilee Libraries Rare books and Special Collections department. This was particularly in the area of promotion, and developing the collection as an income generating resource for the service. He wrote his MA dissertation on the role of visual presentation in the Promotion of Rare Books and Special Collections.
An Artist with a background in Graphic Design and Illustration Josef paints when he's not in the library. You can see his painting online as well as at exhibits. He enjoys working at St Peter’s House Library, especially assisting library users with their research enquiries, promoting library resources and collection development in the Visual Art and Literature (including Graphic Novels) areas. Josef chose to work here specifically because of the subject areas the library supports which fits with his original creative and academic studies at Central St Martins School of Art and Design and his continuing interest and participation in the visual arts.
Jenny has worked at St Peter’s House Library since April 2012, but has been at the University of Brighton for almost 12 years: 6 years as an Assistant Information Adviser based at Aldrich library, working with various subject teams; and 5 years as Media Librarian in the central section Library Technical Services, which involved managing the university’s media provision and implementing the media streaming service BoB (Box of Broadcasts). Jenny still maintains an interest in media provision and is hoping to develop and enhance the St. Peter’s House library collection – please do contact her directly if you have any comments, questions, recommendations in connection with this.
User Services Librarian
Fiona joined the St. Peter's House Library team in 2014, after decades of experience in the management and development of libraries. Her experience includes working at Art and Design libraries, and previously Fiona was the Visual Resources Librarian in the Art and Design Faculty Library at London Guildhall University (now known as UCA). She started her long association with libraries as a Saturday assistant and then a Summer assistant for Richmond Public Library Service in London.
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