Name:                 Polly Mortimer

Job title:             Librarian and Learning Resource Manager

Organisation:  Minster Centre

  In 1-3 sentences, tell us what you love the most about your role as an information professional:

 Being embedded in a small organisation and making a difference. I get lots of satisfaction from helping and supporting staff and students with their information requirements. Having a small domain of my own.

Tell us a bit about your current role.

 I run a 4.5k collection of psychotherapy etc texts in a psychotherapy/counselling training centre. I do 1:1 sessions on research/search strategies, answer queries, find journal articles, catalogue, create dropboxes, day to day housekeeping.

How long have you been in this role?

3.5 yrs (p/t)

Who do you work with particularly (teams, roles)?

Line manager is dep head of training. I work closely w admin team.

What qualifications do you have?


Why did you choose to become an information professional?

I needed to retrain (late 30s) and Uni of North London was near! I applied very late and got in. Always loved books, loved libraries and was a primary school librarian writing the issues on postcards.

Who or what has influenced you in your career?

First Head of Service in FE – Heinke Wild – was a model manager. Friendly, bright, optimistic, in control, achieved lots, dealt with very tricky staff members. Have also watched and managed very difficult members of staff and learned on the top how to do it. And what not to do!

What do you enjoy the most about your career?

Variation, constantly changing and keeping up to date with changes, feeling vital to the organisation, finding the right info.

What major challenges do you face in your career?

Wouldd probably like a better salary! My org is getting me cheap. Sometimes I feel ‘unlibrarianlike’ – whatever that may be. I’m not a natural porer over data.

What qualities are useful to have in a role such as yours?

Friendliness, curiosity, an eagerness to fit the in formation to the user.

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