Dr Briony Birdi (née Train)

Senior Lecturer in Librarianship

BA (Hull), MA (Sheffield), PhD (Sheffield), MCLIP


Briony Birdi 2014


+44 (0)114 222 2653


At work: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

After completing a modern languages degree at Hull University in 1995, I worked for a year as a Graduate Trainee for the Taylor Institute at Oxford University. This led to a place on the MA in Librarianship here at Sheffield University, after which I became a Marketing Manager for Waterstone’s (previously Dillons) booksellers (1997-9), where I worked with booksellers, publishers and public librarians to promote books and reading to younger and adult readers. I then moved to the Centre for Information Research, Birmingham City University where, as a Research Fellow, I worked on a wide range of reading and literacy-related projects (1999-2002). I returned to Sheffield in 2002 as a Research Associate in the Centre for the Public Library and Information in Society, based in the Department of Information Studies (now the Information School), and in 2003 I obtained an academic post in the same department. Since 2009 I have been working at the University on a part-time basis, balancing an academic career and a family life.

University Responsibilities

  • Co-Director of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion - Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Deputy Programme Coordinator for MA Library and Information Services Management (Distance Learning).
  • Module Coordinator:
    - Libraries, Information and Society (INF6180)
    - Public and Youth Library Services (INF6031)
    - Public and Youth Library Services ( distance learning, INF6531)