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.

Much of my teaching relates to public, youth and school libraries and librarianship. Within these three areas I have a particular focus on public libraries, social justice and diversity, and on reading research and the promotion of literature and reading. I have been responsible for developing new modules and new programme materials in each of these areas, for both face to face and distance learning Masters programmes.

It is my view that with a vocational discipline such as Library and Information Science we need to combine the more standard teaching methods with a more ‘outward-facing’ approach, and I have introduced a number of engaged learning initiatives in my teaching. My recent writing on the subject is included in two Engaged Learning Sheffield publications, and in posts on the University of Sheffield Engaged Curriculum blog.

In both 2016 and 2017, I was awarded Teaching Excellence in Social Sciences awards, for Outstanding Practice in Learning and Teaching.