Committee Biographies

Amanda Foster (Chair)

Content Delivery and Copyright Librarian
Northumbria University Library

I have worked at Northumbria University Library for over 20 years, spending the first 10 years in Customer services and then moving on to Inter lending.  In my current role as Content Delivery and Copyright Librarian I have responsibility for the On Demand team, Reading List team and the Copyright team. 

Outside of work I enjoy living in (and exploring) Northumberland and spending time with my husband, 3 children and 4 dogs. 

Sarah Hornby (Secretary)

Assistant Librarian in Customer Services
Newcastle University Library

I joined Newcastle University’s library in 2017 as a Library Coordinator and have been in my current post since 2021. My role involves managing the Inter Library Loan service, developing our virtual enquiry service and contributing to learning & development operations. I enjoy collaborating with colleagues and learning from others.

Outside of work I like nothing better than spending time with my family.

Joanne Docherty (Treasurer)

Interlibrary Loans / Document Delivery Manager

University of Glasgow Library

I have always loved libraries but never thought about working in one until the Careers Office at school suggested that I apply for a job as a Library Assistant at University of Glasgow.

I started on a temporary contract covering maternity leave in 1993. My first role was as a Library Assistant in what was then called the ‘Teaching Support Unit’. Our job there was to check reading lists submitted by lecturers in all areas, ensure we had a copy of each book in stock (where possible) and process items that would be in demand into our Short Loan Collection.  At that time, it was usual practice to transfer to a different department after a few years and so after securing a permanent contract I was moved to work in the main Enquiry service. I stayed there for a few years until a post became available in the Document Delivery Service and after a short time, I was promoted to Supervisor in that area before being upgraded to Manager of the whole ILL service.  There have been many changes to this service over the years and although the fundamental aspect of the job is the same, the processes are now very different. I really enjoy working in this area as there is always something new going on! 

Outside of work I enjoy reading, needlecraft/crochet, shopping for shoes and attending car shows.   

Emma Raby

Customer Services Assistant. University of Northampton University Library

Tom Lennox

Library Services Supervisor, Leeds Beckett University Library

I’ve been working in academic libraries for the past 20 years – the last 16 at Leeds Beckett University have flown by. As Library Services Supervisor, I oversee our Request It! service, ensuring our students have access to the books, eBooks, articles, and book chapters they need. Sourcing rare and obscure titles is always an adventure, and I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with many fellow information professionals along the way.

My role also includes supervising anything lending-related. From reservations to postal loans and library membership, our team works hard to keep our books circulating efficiently for everyone who walks through our doors.

When I’m not surrounded by books, you’ll find me enjoying time with my family, traveling to new places, or indulging in anything creative.

Alison Dyer

Assistant Manager (Interlending and Document Supply), University of East Anglia Library

I’ve been working in the library at the University of East Anglia for my whole career in a wide variety of roles. I now oversee our interlending and document supply service and I am also involved in library marketing and website work. I very much enjoy interlending as it involves working as part of a team and provides an important service to our users.

Outside of work I am involved with youth and children’s groups in a local church and enjoy international travel, theatre/music and reading. 

Carl Jones

University Collections Facility & Document Delivery Supervisor

I’m Carl Jones, I’m originally from Yorkshire, and I have been working for the University of Edinburgh since 2011. I currently work as the University Collections Facility and Document Delivery Supervisor. My main areas are supervising the Interlibrary Loans Team and providing scan and physical delivery services from our offsite store. My team provides digital copies to both the ILL community as well as to our own users through Scan & Deliver. Previously, I have worked at the Bodleian Library in Oxford and the University of York, as well as in public libraries and in bookselling. 

Jo Cox

Customer Services, British Library