Meet the Healthcare Sciences Librarian - Marion Poulton

I graduated from Bangor with a degree in Russian a very long time ago. Since then I took a Postgraduate Diploma in Librarianship and achieved my Chartered Librarian status a couple of years later. I have over 30 years of experience of working in libraries in London, Swansea and Bangor.

I began work in the university library at Bangor in 1989, and have fulfilled a number of roles within the organisation during that time. I started off in the Science Library as an evening and weekend assistant, before moving full-time to the Dean Street library. I was subsequently appointed to the post of Nursing Librarian, then acted as the subject librarian for Modern Languages; English and Linguistics. Following this, I moved back to Fron Heulog, taking up the post of Healthcare Sciences Librarian which now also involves managing the library at the Archimedes Centre in Wrexham. Some aspects of the work have changed tremendously with the shift to electronic resources (and electronic support!) but staff and students alike still seem to appreciate the personal touch which can only come from face to face contact.

During my time working in Bangor I was awarded an MEd, and an MA in Women’s Studies which gave me a clearer insight into just how difficult the library can be for mature distance learners and would recommend the experience to any front line staff who might sometimes feel a bit impatient when library users seem a bit slow on the uptake.

 More recently I am playing a wider role in the Academic Support Team, liaising with the College of Health and Behavioural Sciences. I am also becoming involved in helping library users from overseas make best use of the library and, since the University is keenly pursuing a policy of expanding the numbers of international students at Bangor, it seems that this will be a developing role for me and for the service as a whole.

 I am now based in the Deiniol library and can be contacted by e-mail iss070@bangor.ac.uk or telephone 01248-383173 or when in Wrexham 01978-316368.

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