16/11/2011

Meet your User Support Librarian

Hi, my name is Vashti.

I was born in Bangor, grew up in North Wales and speak Welsh as a second language. I come from a “non-traditional university background” and never assumed I would go to university, but I read lots of books when I was a child, and was encouraged to apply to Cambridge when I was doing my A Levels. Much to my surprise I ended up at King’s College Cambridge studying Social Anthropology, meeting lovely people and having a great time.

In between studying and socialising I worked in my college library, and they gave me a job when I finished my degree. After a few years at King’s Library I moved back to Wales, and worked in the library at Coleg Menai, before deciding it was time to get a library qualification, and heading down to Brighton (another great place to live), to study Information Management. After finishing my course, I worked in the Development Studies Library at Sussex University.

I returned to Wales (I love the scenery and people here), worked in e-learning for a few years, and did a postgraduate diploma in Heritage Management at Bangor, before joining the library team at Bangor University Library in 2009.

I enjoy meeting a wide range of people and helping them to understand and access our library resources. I’m particularly keen on encouraging people from the local community to use the university libraries; helping students with dyslexia, visual impairments and a range of disabilities to access our services; working with mature students and people from non traditional university backgrounds; meeting and assisting our international students; and generally helping university staff and students find the library materials they need for their research.

I work part time since becoming a mum, and when I’m not at work, I love spending time with my young son, reading lots of books, dressing up, dancing, and enjoying the beautiful countryside here in Wales.

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