Meet the Steering Group (Part 2)

The Estates Masterplan Steering Group is made up of representatives from across the Library who combine their collective expertise and experience to provide governance for Library projects relating to or feeding into Estates Masterplan projects.

We met three more members of the Group and asked them to share their thoughts on the Main Library Redevelopment.

Ian Fishwick Academic Engagement Librarian, Strategic Marketing

IAN FISHWICK – ACADEMIC ENGAGEMENT LIBRARIAN, STRATEGIC MARKETING 

Q: Which part of the redevelopment are you most excited about?

A: Looking forward to seeing how the architects redress the forced ‘marriage’ of the historic building and the 80’s add-on to produce a single united building that can improve upon the high standards they’ve set in Manchester with their work on Manchester Central Library.

Q: How will the redevelopment affect your day-to-day work within the Library?

A: Academic Engagement are already the team who are most commonly ‘out and about’ in our dealings with academics and library colleagues so the flexible new communal staff spaces might mean we actually save on shoe leather! As intelligence-gatherers and advocates about how we’re working to benefit our users the easier that process becomes the better.

Q: Which part of the redevelopment do you think will be of most benefit to the Library’s visitors?

A: Inevitably, solving the long-standing perennial concerns about heating and ventilation will be well received, but the greater influx of natural light incorporated within the project should raise everybody’s spirits.

Jane Marshall

JANE MARSHALL –  ACADEMIC ENGAGEMENT LIBRARIAN, STRATEGIC MARKETING 

Q: Which part of the redevelopment are you most excited about? 

A: I think the change in general environment – better lighting, availability of natural light and heating/cooling all contribute to a more pleasant and comfortable working environment for all

Q: How will the redevelopment affect your day-to-day work within the Library?

A: For me, probably not too much. As long as there is PC access, many activities and meetings etc. can be arranged away from the Library. Resourcefulness will be key and it should be all worth it for the end result

Q: Which part of the redevelopment do you think will be of most benefit to the Library’s visitors? 

A: I think easier and clearer navigation to the collections and resources will be key.

Vanessa McHugh Bibliographic Operations Manager, Collection Management

VANESSA MCHUGH – BIBLIOGRAPHIC OPERATIONS MANAGER, COLLECTION MANAGEMENT

Q: Which part of the redevelopment are you most excited about?

A: From a personal point of view, I’m particularly excited at the prospect of natural light flooding into the Blue and Orange areas of the building.  I think that it will make those areas a much more pleasant place to work and study.  I’m sure that our customers will find the Library an inspirational place to be.  I’m also excited about reorganising the open access stock – it will be a big challenge, but it’s one that I’m keen to get my teeth into!

A: How will the redevelopment affect your day-to-day work within the Library?

A: My role has already changed, and I’ve left some of my old responsibilities behind. I’m now the Project Manager for the Stock Management Project, and although the two projects are different, there is quite a lot of overlap between them. In particular, the timescales for the Main Library Project impact upon my project.  Day-to-day, my life is very different already, as I’m spending much more time in the company of architects and Estates project managers than ever before.

Q: Which part of the redevelopment do you think will be of most benefit to the Library’s visitors?

A: I think that there will be enormous benefits in terms of the changes to the environment in the Library. So much of the feedback received from customers reflects the issues with heating and lighting, and there will be huge improvements.  Also, customers are going to find the collections far easier to use. The material will be relevant to their requirements and it will be so much easier to navigate the library and to find what they are looking for.

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