Meet The Team

The following list of people are associated with NAG.


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            Alison Millar, Vice-Chair

            Alison is the Reader and Culture Development Manager at Leeds Library and Information Service. She oversees the acquisition of the print and electronic lending stock for adults and children for the library service. Alison has worked within the library service for the last 11 years, starting off as a front line member of staff and worked as a branch/stock librarian for several years before specialising in stock management. She oversees the evidence based stock management system that Leeds uses and manages the arts and children’s team.


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            Jane Cooke, Vice Chair

            Jane is the Associate Director for Collections, Content and Discovery at the University of Liverpool. Jane leads the strategic development of the section within the University Libraries, Museums and Galleries Service. In particular Jane is interested in providing content at the point of need for all service users that supports the research and teaching interests of the University. On the ground this includes implementing efficient, automated approaches to acquisitions and a variety of purchasing models such as eText Books and EBA. The Acquisitions team have been early adopters of platforms such as GOBI and are proactive in developing approaches with suppliers to improve the supply chain. Jane is committed to improving the end user experience. She has led on a number of internal User Experience projects including examining the UX with eBooks. Jane is involved with several national projects including the eBook Accessibility Audit, the JISC eBooks Pilot and is hopeful to contribute to the National Bibliographic Database project as part of the Northern Collaboration Content Group. Another strand of commitment is to gain value for money when acquiring content on for the organisation and Jane has worked closely with the team to build expertise in negotiations and supplier relationships, being a member of the NoWAL Procurement Group has been very helpful in this.


          • Diane McCourt

            Diane McCourt

            Diane is the Collection Development Manager for the Library and Archive Services at the Royal College of Nursing (professional organisation and trade union). Her role encompasses the acquisition, cataloguing and evaluation of electronic and print based academic resources to support lifelong learning and professional development for the RCN’s 435,000 members.

            Since qualifying in 2007 from City University she has worked extensively in the academic sector (art & design), focused on academic liaison as an integral part of the Librarians role. Supporting and delivering diverse and inclusive information literacy and information services.

            She is currently Vice Chair for the Consortium of Health and Information Libraries London (CHILL), and previously worked with ARLIS UK & Ireland: the Art Libraries Society, (both as Council member, and on their Education and Professional Development Committee.) She is also a Chartership mentor and committed to promoting professional development.


          • Chrissie Phillips

            Chrissie Phillips, Secretary

            Chrissie Phillips is the Book Acquisitions Coordinator at Royal Holloway, University of London. The main responsibilities of her role include managing all print and ebook acquisitions, and the team who are involved in this; the integration and automation of acquisitions processes including implementing improvements to acquisitions workflows via integrations with external systems; and developing and maintaining vendor/supplier relationships. Chrissie has worked in libraries for 10 years and has experience of working in a public library, before then moving on to academic libraries where she has been involved in serials, customer services and electronic resource management, prior to taking up her current role.


          • Jennifer Hill

            Jennifer Hill, Editor, “Taking Stock”

            Jenny has been the Book Acquisitions Group Leader at the University of Nottingham since 2008 overseeing the purchase of monographs and ebooks for the 8 UK based branches of the University library. She is part of a 9 person team and also works closely with the Periodicals Acquisitions Group and the Cataloguing Team. She has varied experience of other posts within the academic library sector and also a background of working and studying in event organisation, marketing and communications.


          • Anthony Sinnott

            Anthony Sinnott, Treasurer

            Anthony is Access and Procurement Development Manager at University of York. He oversees the purchase of print & electronic resources, the management of subscriptions & databases, and the operation of the reading list system. Anthony is currently leading a project to implement the Leganto reading lists system and has been tasked with investigating innovative purchasing models that ensure maximum access to resources. He has a background in public libraries, having played a key role in setting up Explore York Libraries and Archives as a Social Enterprise (Industrial and Provident Society with exempt charitable status) and, to participate in wider sector work, currently sits on two Northern Collaboration Special Interest Groups (Content & Enabling).


          • Jackie Stringer

            Jackie Stringer

            Jackie has worked for ProQuest/Coutts for the last 3 years as a Book Specialist, focused on supporting customers with workflow, acquisitions and collection management. During this time she has covered most of the UK but is currently working with Northern England customers. She comes from a background of sales, marketing and customer service management in the Primary and Secondary Education market including 5 years at LEGO Company Education division.


          • Jane Johnson

            Jane Johnson has worked in library supply for 25 years. She started her career at Blackwell’s Library Services progressing through a wide range of roles from Account Manager, Project Manager, Technical Sales to International Sales Manager – mainly working with Libraries in Europe, New Zealand, South Africa and the US. Since 2013 she has been the Executive Director of Dawson Books and Bertram Library Services. Throughout her library supply roles Jane has been involved in integration and business change initiatives, library supply relocation projects, IT and business integration and service turnaround/improvements.


          • Ewa Cepuchowicz

            Ewa Cepuchowicz

            Ewa’s current role at the University of East London is Technical Services Co-ordinator. She facilitates the acquisition of print and electronic resources, alongside vendor/supplier relationship management and negotiations. She has worked in the Education sector for 5 years. Her previous experience of working in public libraries and Further Education combined with her international background, has provided her with a wider perspective of information services.


          • Kevin O’Donovan

            Kevin is the Acquisitions Manager at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His areas of responsibility include book and ebook acquisitions, interlending and document delivery, and digitisations for teaching content. He is the Deputy Chair of the LUPC Library Commodity Group. He is currently completing the CMI Level 5 qualification in management and leadership. He has worked in academic libraries since 2009, and in acquisitions since 2012. He has also worked in public libraries in London and Dublin. Prior to his library career he spent eight years in the private sector, working for companies such as Stratus, Serco, and IBM. He enjoys thinking about strategic developments, operational excellence, automations and APIs, data analysis, transitions, and lean supply chains.


          • Eric Jackson

            Eric has worked at Leeds Beckett University since 2003, initially as a library assistant, then as Bibliographic Services Supervisor, and currently as their first Collections and Acquisitions manager, leading this newly formed team. Collections and Acquisitions is a team of Librarians and assistants working across two campuses. The team has a wide remit which includes all aspects of acquisitions, stock management, reading list implementation and administration, discards, training development and delivery, and project work; plus the development and interpretation of both user and stock analytics.
            C&A has built a reputation as a team which embodies a culture of continuous improvement, collaboration, and individual development, not just within Leeds Beckett University Library, but also within the wider sector community, with team members presenting regularly at a regional and national level at conferences and events, including Northern Collaboration, NEYAL, UKSG, Meeting the Reading List Challenge, and suppliers’ open days, user groups, and forums.

            Prior to joining Leeds Beckett, Eric had worked in various roles including bookshop assistant, F.E. lecturer, and Distribution Manager for The Big Issue in the North

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          • Jennifer-Hillyard

            Jennie Hillyard, NAG Development Manager

            Jennie has been retitled Development Manager as NAG works to put in place our business plan and development for the future.  She is the first point of contact for our members.  She works part time for NAG (mainly on Mondays) and for the remainder of her week Jennie is the solo Librarian for the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers.  As part of her role, she catalogues a wide variety of materials, and it has been involved with selecting and implementing Koha. She is also responsible for managing a team of volunteers and planning their project work.


            NAG also employs Christine Hall as our Financial Administrator.