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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.
Originally from Chicago, she 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 nostalgic for the era of 11th century Spain and Europe in general when it was diverse and multicultural and she thinks the growing diversity of European society today is progress which brings back to us the multiplicity of our society which we are deprived of due to conflicts.
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, which might explain her fixation on comics related to medicine. She hopes you'll knock on her door when you need help, and while she might not be the assistance you require, she will certainly take you to those who can best help you.
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.
Sonya came to Brighton in 2013 from the University of Oxford’s English Faculty Library where she was responsible for reader services. Sonya’s academic background is in English Literature, particularly the Romantic period and even more particularly periodical culture; cultural memory and preservation; and writing about actors, theatre and performance in the early nineteenth century. With a background that encompasses Arts and Humanities, Sonya particularly enjoys teaching information and library skills to groups of students from all subject areas and also working one-to-one with students and academics on research enquiries.
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.
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.
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