Director of Library Services & University Librarian
The University of Sheffield Library is at the centre of the student learning experience and is consistently recognised nationally for its outstanding library services. The University’s research has a global reputation which is strengthened by a world class research library.
The Director of Library Services & University Librarian provides strategic leadership, a compelling vision and effective management of the University Library to advance the University’s strategic agenda for learning and teaching, and research. She provides high level advice to the Executive Director of Academic Services and the University’s Executive Board in relation to library and information services and wider information policy and scholarly communication issues. The Library Executive Committee advises the Director.
The Director builds effective partnerships with the University’s academic and professional communities to ensure that library and information services contribute to the delivery of academic strategy and resources.
The Library values its external-facing partnerships with professional, business and cultural groups, pursuing mutually beneficial collaborations in the city, regionally, nationally, and in the international arena. The Director seeks initiatives to advance the reputation of the University and the Library, benefit our students and researchers, and influence policy.
The Director leads the University’s sector-wide engagement with transitioning to sustainable open access and works in partnership with Vice-President for Research, the University’s Research Practice lead, faculties and other professional services to realise the University’s vision to create an open research culture that values a range of contributions and delivers the highest standards and best practice in research integrity and ethics, adhering to the FAIR principle to the benefit of society (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable.)
Anna is a member of the University’s Senate, the Learning and Teaching Committee and Research and Innovation Committee reporting to Senate. She is also a member of the Professional Services Executive.
Anna works nationally and internationally advocating the use of open standards to improve data quality and workflow efficiencies across the sector. She serves on the White Rose Libraries Executive Board, OCLC Research Library Partnership and is a member of the UUK/Jisc Expert Group for journal negotiations.
Before joining the University of Sheffield in January 2020, Anna held positions at the University of St Andrews in IT Services, Research Services and the Library. Pre academia, Anna built up 20+ years’ experience as a consultant, software developer and project manager designing and building systems for UK/US educational/academic publishers.
Sally Roney - PA to Anna Clements, Director of Library Services & University Librarian
+44 (0) 114 222 7224
Associate Director; Learning Strategy & Student Engagement
The Associate Director, Learning Strategy and Student Engagement leads the strategic development and delivery of the Library’s advisory and educative services for students and oversees the quality of the student learning experience. 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 as is the Chair of the Library’s Collections Advisory Group.
The Library Information Advisory Team (LIAT) and Library Learning & Teaching Services (LLATS) provide the key interface with our students, offering services across five sites and through the Library’s digital presence.
The Library’s educative and advisory services extend to: information and digital literacy; advisory and help services offered in physical spaces and through digital channels; learning space development, evaluation and review; and lending services.
Services for Alumni, partner institutions and visitors are important elements of the Library’s contribution to the University and the broader community.
Alison represents the Library on the Learning and Teaching Committee and working groups reporting to the Committee and is a key contact for the Students Union. Alison and the teams work closely with Students Services across Student Support and Wellbeing, including Disability and Dyslexia Support, Student Recruitment and Admissions through open day events and outreach activities and Student Development, including 301 Students Skills and Development Centre.
The White Rose Libraries consortium is a key strategic partnership for the Library and Alison is a member of the Innovation Board. She also represents the University on the Northern Collaboration Directors Group and is a member of Research Libraries UK (RLUK) Associate Director Network and Collections Strategy Network.
Sally Roney - PA to Alison Little, Associate Director, Learning Strategy and Student Engagement
+44 (0) 114 222 7224
Associate Director, Business Services & Strategy
Library Business Services is both outward facing, engaging closely with the University's Finance, HR and Estates Department, and internal service provider to the Library. The team provides strategic and operational guidance and day-to-day support on a wide range of services for the Library including the University annual planning round, departmental budget management, HR, staff development and training, physical space usage, business continuity, and Library performance and analytics. It directly supports the delivery of the Library's strategic plan through financial and workforce planning as well as providing insight into performance and statistical returns.
Fiona Chislett - PA to Ellie Reynolds, Associate Director, Business Services & Strategy
+44 (0) 114 222 7252