20.1 Meet your committee!

There have been a few changes in the ARCLIB Committee in the past year, with new committee members Leo Clarey, Andrew Calvert and Michel Veitch being voted in at the AGM as Web Editor, Webmaster and Secretary respectively. Former Committee member Greta Friggens re-joined and was voted in as Membership Secretary, and Richenda Gwilt, after stepping down as Newsletter Editor while moving jobs, has been persuaded to return as Chair. At the AGM we said farewell and thanked our former secretary Geoffrey Morgan who took time off to undertake the wonderful journey of becoming a dad. Most sister organizations have a Chairmanship limit of either one or two terms max, so Carla thought that after six years and on completion of her second term, it was time to let someone else have fun! Sarah Nicholas has graciously agreed to remain as Treasurer. As our two previous treasurers can testify, it is the most difficult post to replace, so ARCLIB is very fortunate that Sarah has decided to stay in position for a while longer. With all this changes, and as we have quite a few new members, it seems like the right time to introduce ARCLIBers to their committee, so here come the profiles!

Chair: Richenda Gwilt, London College of CommunicationRichendaGwilt
Hello, I am Richenda, the new Chair of ARCLIB. My first ARCLIB conference was 2008 in Liverpool and I haven’t missed a conference since. The following year in a moment of enthusiasm I rather recklessly volunteered to take over as Newsletter editor, which saw the start of my tenure as an ARCLIB committee member. I began my career in libraries many moons ago as a Saturday library assistant in the London Borough of Haringey, applying mainly because it was the best paid Saturday job around! From then on, becoming a librarian was pretty much the only thing I wanted to do. I loved working with the art collection in my first professional job in St Ives Public Library, particular highlights being collaboration with the imminent Tate St Ives and attending the official opening. Since then I have happily stayed in the arts and worked with architecture & interior design students & academics at Kent Institute of Art & Design, University for the Creative Arts and now as Assistant Learning Resources Manager at London College of Communication, one of the six colleges of University of the Arts London.

Treasurer: Sarah Nicholas, Cardiff UniversitySarahNicholas
Sarah Nicholas has been the ARCLIB Honorary Treasurer since 2010. After hosting the 2009 ARCLIB Conference, she knew she wanted to be a more regular part of the especially warm community that is ARCLIB, so volunteered for the next available committee role. Unfortunately ARCLIB stalwart Norman Ashfield was retiring that year, so she’s had to face her fear of numbers head on. But, don’t worry, ARCLIB friends, ARCLIB has an excellent auditor! Sarah is Subject Librarian for the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University. In her spare time Sarah dances flamenco and salsa and works as a volunteer usher at her local arts centre.

GretaFriggensMembership Secretary: Greta Friggens, University of Portsmouth
I have had the pleasure of working with the ARCLIB Committee over a number of years. I first met ARCLIB members at the annual conference in Liverpool which was such a friendly, as well as informative conference, that I found myself volunteering to be committee secretary, a position I held from 2008 – 2011. The committee recognised my enthusiasm and before I knew it had been suggested that I might like to organise the 2010 conference in Portsmouth, an accomplishment of which I still feel very proud. I decided to step down from the committee in 2011 because I had taken on some new challenges. We were about to embark on a restructure and period of change at the University of Portsmouth where I work. Up until that point I had been Faculty Librarian for Creative and Cultural Industries and was about to gain the additional responsibility of taking a strategic lead on a newly informed enquiry team and wanted to give it my full attention. And the other thing was, I decided to embark on a level 3 City & Guilds in Stitched Textiles, a distance Learning course that kept me fully occupied in my spare time for the next two and half years! In January 2014, I offered to take over from Joan Shaw as membership secretary. I was voted in at the AGM and am enjoying the opportunity to work with colleagues around the country again. ARCLIB is a wonderful group to be involved with, both at committee and a wider level, so long may it continue!

Secretary: Michael Veitch, Southbank UniversityMichaelVeitch
My name is Michael Veitch, I have been an ARCLIB member for ten years and last year became secretary to the group. I work at London Southbank University in the Department of Library and Learning Resources where I am the Senior Information Advisor for Applied Science, Built Environment & Architecture and Engineering.

Web Editor: Leo Clarey, London College of CommunicationLeoClarey
Appointed ARCLIB Web Editor in January 2014, I am based at London College of Communication, one of the colleges of the University of the Arts London – UAL. I currently support a range of design courses including Interior and Spatial Design, and have worked at other UAL libraries, London College of Fashion, Camberwell College of Arts and Chelsea College of Arts.

Webmaster: Andrew Calvert, Arts University BournemouthAndrewCalvert
Subject Librarian for Architecture and other design subjects at the Arts University Bournemouth, organizer and host of the 2015 ARCLIB Conference. Andy is the Webmaster for the ARCLIB website, being responsible for the technical management of the site, acting as the main liaison with our web developer. Along with the Web Editor, the Webmaster updates and adds new content to the site. Following a number of roles in museums and galleries, (as well as a stint playing for the British Library cricket team), Andy fell into a library career at the City of London Libraries, which after completing an MSc at City University, led to an Assistant Librarian’s post in Bibliographic Services, cataloguing material for the Guildhall Library Collections. An arts background and an interest in the learning role of libraries, drew Andy to Higher Education and his current post at the Arts University Bournemouth.

  • All images above taken by Carla Marchesan.

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