Subject Librarian
Health and Medicine
Telephone: (01792) 513389
Room: Subject Librarian - 501
Level 05 Floor
Library and Information Centre
Singleton Campus

I am a Subject Librarian at Swansea University providing library support for the College of Human and Health Sciences (CHHS), Swansea University Medical School and College of Science. I provide support and training to staff and students on a wide variety of subjects including effective use of online databases, finding and using data and statistics, social media and managing your online presence and referencing skills. I am a chartered Librarian and member of the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP), Health Libraries Group (HLG) and the Information Literacy Group (ILG). My main professional interests are library marketing and use of social media in libraries, I was awarded a 2013 SURF Certificate of Merit for 'outstanding contribution to Swansea University's research community', shortlisted for Welsh Librarian of the year 2016, gained HEA Fellowship in 2016 and was shortlisted for the CHHS Outstanding contribution to improving the student experience award in 2017.

Areas of Expertise

  • Literature searching
  • E-Learning
  • Research skills training
  • Social Media
  • APA referencing
  • Cataloguing
  • Reading list management
  • Collection Management

Publications

  1. & (2017). Swansea University Library's Information Literacy Box of Tricks: One size does not fit all. Presented at CILIP Wales, Aberystwyth: CILIP Wales.
  2. & (2018). Swansea University Library's Information Literacy Box of Tricks: One size does not fit all. Presented at LILAC, Liverpool: LILAC.
  3. & (2015). A new way to learn? Bite-sized online training at Swansea University. Presented at CILIP Wales,
  4. & A new way to learn? Bite-sized Twitter training at Swansea University. ALISS Quarterly 10(4), 21-24.
  5. & Survey of digestive health across Europe: Final report. Part 2: The economic impact and burden of digestive disorders. United European Gastroenterology Journal 2(6), 544-546.

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Teaching

  • ASQ101 Introduction to Social Work

    This module considers the place of contemporary social work within historical and comparative perspectives both in Wales, the U.K. and internationally. It also examines the issues and trends in modern public, social and political philosophies and the influence they have on practice and service delivery. It considers the relationship between the Welsh Assembly Government, agency policies in Wales, legal and regulatory requirements and professional boundaries in shaping the nature of the services provided and particularly those in inter-disciplinary contexts. Attention will also be paid to the inter-relationships with other social services in Wales and particularly education, housing, health, income maintenance and criminal justice when provided on a partnership basis. It introduces the student to the current range and appropriateness of statutory, voluntary and private agencies providing community-based day-care, residential and other services. This will be achieved within a thorough examination of the particular issues facing service-using citizens in contemporary Wales.

  • ASQ309 Applying Knowledge to Enhance Practice

    This module is about developing critical knowledge within a specified area of interest in social work and social care. The primary focus is on conducting an independent literature review on a selected issue or problem experienced by a service user or carer group. Students will be required to locate research evidence and knowledge from a variety of contemporary sources, critically evaluate the contribution of literature within their chosen topic and to identify key themes, issues and debates for the interest of social work audiences. Emphasis will be given to formulating recommendations for enhancing professional practice. Students will consolidate skills in locating and synthesizing research evidence, developing written arguments and using current knowledge to improve and develop their practice.

  • SHN126 Learning to Learn in Higher Education and Clinical Practice

    This module aims to prepare students to study effectively in Higher Education and in the clinical setting. Completion of the module will empower the student to participate effectively in acquiring knowledge through a variety of learning strategies enabling progression towards becoming an independent learner in both academic and clinical settings.