University Librarian & Director of Library Services
John was appointed University Librarian & Director of Library Services in February 2011. He has spent most of his career in libraries and information services in UK universities, with a particular interest in scholarly publishing, library cooperation and the library role in support of the research process. He has directed several national digital library projects, and chaired a number of Jisc committees and working groups. He worked for Edinburgh University Library for nine years, latterly as Head of its Digital Library Division. Before moving to St Andrews he spent three years as European Research Director of the international US-based library cooperative OCLC. He has published widely in the professional press, and is currently Secretary-General of LIBER. He holds the degrees of MA Hons English (St Andrews) and MEd (Aberdeen), a Postgraduate Diploma in Librarianship & Information Studies (Robert Gordon’s University), and is a Chartered Librarian. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2014.
Assistant Director (Digital Research)
Anna was appointed Assistant Director to head up the new Digital Research Division created in April 2015. The Division brings together Open Access & Research Publications Support, Research Data Management, Digital Humanities and some elements of Research Computing. Anna moved to the Library from IT Services in 2013. In IT Services she held posts as Programme Manager, Data Architect and Enterprise Architect and was also co-opted to serve as Senior Research Policy Advisor in 2011. Prior to joining the University in 2003, Anna had over 20 years experience working as a consultant, software developer and project manager designing and building systems for a variety of SMEs, and UK/ US educational and academic publishers.
Her current role consolidates her skills and expertise in data management, research information management and policy development.
Externally, Anna is Executive for strategy on the euroCRIS Board, a member of the Snowball Metrics Steering Committee and chairs the Pure UK Strategy Group and the CASRAI-UK Data Management Planning Working Group.
Assistant Director (Collections, Liaison & Resources)
Jennifer is the newest member of the Directors’ Team, joining the University in August 2015. She is responsible for library collections, Academic Liaison, and resources, a remit which encompasses finance, acquisitions, cataloguing, collections management and library teaching and support.
Prior to her appointment, Jennifer was Head of Libraries and Learning Technologies at City of Glasgow College where she led the integration of systems, services and teams following a three-way merger of city centre colleges. She was also responsible for driving the planning for library spaces in the college’s new £228m campus buildings. She has over 20 years’ experience of managing information, library and IT services in education and commercial environments. She is a chartered librarian and holds an MA in English, Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Glasgow, an MSc in Library and Information Studies from the University of Strathclyde and an MSc in Electronic Business from Glasgow Caledonian University.
Assistant Director (Special Collections)
Gabriel has been Assistant Director since coming to St Andrews in November 2014. She is responsible for the Special Collections Division, which 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.
Before coming to St Andrews Gabriel held the post of Head of Collections at Durham Cathedral, where she had responsibility for the management of the library collections, dating from the 6th century, and museum objects. She also worked at Lambeth Palace Library, where she had particular responsibility for reader services and all aspects of work relating to the Library’s printed book collections, which includes a 1455 Gutenberg Bible, the earliest book printed in Europe using movable type. Gabriel holds an MA in Modern History from the University of Oxford and an MA in Library and Information Studies from University College London.
Assistant Director (Public Services & Communications)
Amina Shah is Assistant Director, Public Service and Communications. She joined the University 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's School of Cultural and Creative Business and a Trustee of the National Library of Scotland.