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Directors' Team

Director of Libraries and Museums

Dr Catherine Eagleton

Katie joined the University as Director of Museums in 2019 and was appointed Director of Libraries and Museums in August 2020. Her career has combined library, archival and museum collections. After completing her PhD at Cambridge, she became a curator in the British Museum, then the British Library’s Head of Asian and African Collections and in 2017 Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. She is a member of the AHRC steering group Towards a National Collection aiming to open digital access to cultural heritage collections.
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Deputy Director of Libraries and Museums

Jennifer Louden

Jennifer joined the University Library in 2015 and was appointed as Deputy Director in August 2020. She supports the Director in the effective management of and access to the physical and digital collections of the Libraries and Museums. Her responsibilities include library digital systems and resources, a remit which encompasses systems, finance, acquisitions, metadata and library core collections. She has over 20 years’ experience of managing information, library and IT services in education and commercial environments.
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Assistant Director (User Services & Engagement)

Amina Shah

Amina joined the University as Assistant Director in August 2018 and was previously Director of Programme at Scottish Book Trust. A former CEO of the Scottish Library and Information Council, she led on the development of the first National Strategy for Public Libraries in Scotland. With over 20 years' experience in the sector, she has a strong interest in diversity and inclusion and the role libraries, literature and culture play in empowering individuals and communities. Amina is a Visiting Professor at Robert Gordon University and a Trustee of the National Library of Scotland.
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Senior Archivist (Keeper of Manuscripts and Muniments)

Rachel Hart

While the position of Assistant Director (Special Collections) is vacant, Rachel is the senior contact for the Division. The Special Collections Division preserves, develops and promotes access to the manuscript, archive, photographic and printed heritage in the University’s care. The oldest item in the collection is a Greek papyrus dating from the first century AD.
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