Library executive team

Meet our Library Executive Team.


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Anna Clements

Director of Library Services and University Librarian

Anna Clements stands in Western Bank Library

Anna provides strategic leadership,  a compelling vision alongside compassionate and effective management of the University Library in support of the University’s Vision for research, education and innovation.

Anna works closely with her Executive team to provide high-level advice to the Chief Operating Officer and the University’s Executive Board in relation to library and information services and wider information policy including open scholarship and digital innovation in knowledge creation, sharing and management.

Anna is a member of the University’s Senate, the Research and Innovation Committee, the Education Committee and the Information Management and Security Group.  She is also a member of the Professional Services Director Forum. 

Anna is an Executive Board member of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries), a member of RLUK (Research Libraries UK), serves on the White Rose Libraries executive board and is a member of the SCONUL Content Expert Group for journal negotiations (Society of College, National and University Libraries).

Anna Grigson

Associate Director, Digital Strategies, Research and Engagement

Anna Grigson stands in Western Bank Library

Anna leads the strategic development and delivery of the Library’s digital and open scholarship services to the University community. She leads the Faculty Engagement team, the Library Digital Services team, and the Scholarly Communications team.

The Faculty Engagement team works in partnership with Faculties and Departments to align library services with the needs of academic staff, researchers and students in different disciplines. Library Digital Services support digital innovation in the delivery of Library services, and support the Library's IT systems. The Scholarly Communications team makes the University's scholarship openly accessible, and supports the development of open research practices. Anna and the teams work closely with IT, Research Services, and the University’s Open Research community.

Anna is also a member of the White Rose University Press management board. She also represents the Library on the Research Libraries UK (RLUK) Associate Director Network, and is a member of the SCONUL Technology and Markets Strategy Group.

Angela Haighton

Associate Director, Cultural Collections and One University

Angela Haighton stands in Western Bank Library

Angela leads the strategic development of the Library's Cultural Collections in order to widen physical and digital access to the collections and to inspire research, learning and engagement within the University, across the Sheffield City region and beyond. The cultural collections comprise:

  • Special Collections and Archives, which holds major collections of rare and specialised books and unique archives covering a wide range of subjects and time periods

Angela also leads the Library Business Services Team, who carry out a wide range of activities and provide professional guidance to support the day to day operation of the Library, the work of other Library teams and delivery of the Five Year Plan. The work covers areas including Human Resources, Business and Finance, Data and Statistics, and Project Management. 

Angela plays a key role in delivering across the Library on the priorities of the One University pillar of the University’s Vision, leading projects and initiatives alongside Library Executive and Senior Leadership Team colleagues in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion, wellbeing, sustainability and staff development. She represents the Library on Academic Libraries North Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Action Group and on Research Libraries UK Special Collections and Heritage Network. 

Alison Little

Associate Director, Learning Strategy and Student Engagement

Alison Little stands in Western Bank Library

Alison leads the strategic development and delivery of the Library’s services and facilities to support education in the University as well as alumni, partner institutions and visitors.  The strategic oversight of the communication of Library services and facilities and leadership of the procurement and management of information resources for the Library’s digital and print collections are also part of her portfolio.  She leads the Library Information Advisory Team, the Library Learning and Teaching Services Team, the Content and Collections Team and, Study Space Development and Library Estates Planning.   

The Library Information Advisory Team and Library Learning & Teaching Services provide the key interface with our students, offering services across five sites and through the Library’s digital presence. Alison represents the Library on the Senate Education Committee and groups reporting to the Committee and is a key contact for the Students' Union. Alison and the teams work closely with Student Support Services, Student Recruitment Marketing and Admissions and Academic Programmes and Student Engagement.   Alison is also a member of the White Rose Universities Innovation and Collaboration Board. She also represents the Library on the Research Libraries UK (RLUK) Collections Strategy Network, and is a member of the Academic Libraries North Associate Directors Network.

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Sheffield is a research university with a global reputation for excellence. We're a member of the Russell Group: one of the 24 leading UK universities for research and teaching.