In December 2019 and January 2020 the exhibition Curator, Dr Alda Terracciano, invited the Department of Information Studies (DIS) alumni to respond to a short questionnaire and contribute to the creation of a digital map highlighting the many places of work and job roles undertaken by the alumni over the years, as well as their aspirations and societal impact. The idea was to mark the centenary of the department by gauging the lasting effect of its teaching and research on an international workforce and on society at large.

The map below is the first step in building this collective voice. If you studied at DIS and would like to share your views, please respond to the questionnaire here. We will regularly update the map to include your responses.

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Respondent no. 2855986

Location: First Manchester, then Sydney, Australia.

Professional role: Unrelated to information studies.

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Respondent no. 2775994

Location: London

Professional role: Teaching Librarian in a London-based university library.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: I hope we can enable staff and students to discover relevant information and support them in critically engaging with literature in order to develop their research and studies, and ultimately positively contribute to our local communities and wider society.

Respondent no. 2775184

Location: Have not 'settled' anywhere - have not yet obtained a permanent job. Worked in fixed term roles in (chronologically): London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Western Isles, Aberdeenshire, Dundee.

Professional role: Roles have been either cataloguing projects or relating to (records) collections moves.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: I would like archiving and the role of the archivist to be more well-known in society to the extent that people realise that significant records should a) be created and b) go to an archive, and consequently hold public bodies to account on this. However I would also like the word 'archiving' to be used more sparingly! (ie not thrown around to mean generally collecting things, or putting them in a box with no context or organisation, as I feel this devalues the profession and adds to the misunderstanding of what an archive is.)

Respondent no. 2774892

Location: London, UK

Professional role: Information scientist for an EU funded project at the National Gallery

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Respondent no. 2773885

Location: London (but also worked on a contract on Ascension Island, which will look much cooler on a map)

Professional role: freelance archivist and cataloguer on a wide variety of projects, mostly at museums and academic institutions

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Respondent no. 2773620

Location: Cambridge

Professional role: Archivist for an educational organisation

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Respondent no. 2771884

Location: Accra

Professional role: Head Records Management & Archives Unit of the Ghana Health Service, Head office, Accra. I pioneered the establishment of this Unit and was made the Head.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: my profession has positively impacted on health care delivery in the Ghana Health Service, through the strengthening of governance systems. Making timely and informed management decisions that support the quality of care in the Health Service

Respondent no. 2771539

Location: Cambridge

Professional role: Assistant Librarian in a Cambridge College

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Respondent no. 2770400

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Professional role: Self-employed archives and records management consultant

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: I want archivists to serve as evidence keepers -- protecting vital sources of documentary proof to support accountability, foster personal and community identities, and preserve and make available individual and collective memories. My hope is that archivists will move away from the 'after-the-fact' collections-oriented model of the past and embrace a more active role as advisors and consultants, to help governments, organisations and citizens preserve their sources of evidence for themselves and for society as a whole.

Respondent no. 2770357

Location: London, UK

Professional role: Assistant Librarian at Royal Society of Medicine, providing literature searches and answering reference enquiries

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Respondent no. 2770352

Location: Ottawa, Canada

Professional role: Librarian, Systems Librarian, Head of Systems (Library) in the Library of Parliament; Head of Information Management Operations, at the Bank of Canada.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Maintain the value of professionals in the field instead of excessive reliance on algorithms in finding information, and thereby support democratic accountability. Continue efforts to digitise and make available worldwide content.

Respondent no. 2770318

Location: Oxford and London

Professional role: Assistant Librarian in an Oxford-college library

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: I would like to break down real and perceived barriers to appreciating rare books, by providing better access while protecting the collections, better context and information for understanding the rare books, and a more approachable atmosphere in rare-books departments. As information-literacy skills for understanding physical, historical printed books become increasingly scarce, especially among those born into an already digital world, it's important to teach those skills in an accessible and exciting way. If we don't, our history will become impossible to understand and access, even if it is physically preserved in the form of rare books.

Respondent no. 2770131

Location: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Professional role: Collection Development Librarian at an American-style university

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Respondent no. 2769562

Location: London, UK

Professional role: Cataloguers, the Library of the Religious Society of Friends.

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Respondent no. 2769086

Location: London, UK

Professional role: Librarian in public and university libraries

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: I left librarianship after about five years, but I have never regretted the training. I used to say at one time that if I didn't know something, I knew how to find it out.

Respondent no. 2768800

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Professional role: a lecturer at a university

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: As a lecturer in Information Studies, it is important to support transparency and accountability by encouraging people to use their rights to access public information and use this information as evidence for their work.

Respondent no. 2768661

Location: Southampton

Professional role: Assistant District Librarian for a group NHS hospitals managed by the local health authority.

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Respondent no. 2768196

Location: London (but I did my MSC part time so worked for many years before and after there)

Professional role: I was Deputy Clerk of the Records (Archivist) of the House of Lords during the course and later became Clerk of the Records (UK Parliamentary Archivist) and

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Retired 11 years. Aspirations are for successors.

Respondent no. 2767929

Location: Manchester

Professional role: Assistant Librarian in charge of Reader Services at an international music conservatoire. Promoted to Head of Library services.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Contributing towards the education and development of the next generation of musicians. Introducing an understanding of information literacy for students to carry with them for the rest of their lives.

Respondent no. 2767757

Location: London, UK

Professional role: Financial Adviser

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Helping clients to raise capital to unlock projects. Understanding information, visualization and use as a persuasive tool for communication in business. Allowing one to move with the time.

Respondent no. 2767569

Location: London, UK

Professional role: Auditor at Ernst & Young

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: To build investor and public confidence on the numbers reported by large corporations as well as standardising reporting requirements to make comparisons more meaningful.

Respondent no. 2767567

Location: London, UK

Professional role: I was Learning Resources Manager for one of the largest FE Colleges in the capital, i.e Head of Libraries with responsibility also for the Library Management System

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: The impact of cuts in public libraries, especially, is devastating for the health of the nation, certainly in terms of users' willingness and ability to assess the accuracy of 'factual' information...

Respondent no. 2766850

Location: London, UK (not Canada)

Professional role: project archivist on a trade union related personal archive

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: restore a sense of historical memory when thinking about the present and future, to avoid being engulfed a sea of ahistorical, amnesiac far right without the memory of leftist, imperialist, and internationalist struggles. and even a dose of moderate rational secularism based in a historical perspective would be a modest contribution...

Respondent no. 2766778

Location: London, UK

Professional role: Librarian

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Library services are a vital necessity in higher educa6ion and my experience o working in UCL has enhanced my professional role.

Respondent no. 2766572

Location: London, UK

Professional role: Records Management Consultant with an English retail bank.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: To produce an information-literate society. To ensure society members are able to discern trusted sources of information (digital and otherwise) in order to think critically so that they can make informed decisions and hold elected decision makers accountable for their actions. To enable the ongoing preservation of information and its availability to society through the ages.

Respondent no. 2766415

Location: London, UK

Professional role: Library Assistant in a non-university Special Collections Library.

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Respondent no. 2766251

Location: London, UK

Professional role: Management & IT consultant

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Data is ever growing in its importance to society. It‰Ûªs use and correct use importantly is key in so many different areas of society today. Understanding and management of data is of tremendous importance now and in the future.

Respondent no. 2766228

Location: London, UK

Professional role: Learning Support Librarian for local authority

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: In a world of fake news, predictive text, and mindless scrolling the information professional continues to remind people that recording, storing, cataloguing and retrieving information of value allows knowledge to be disseminated.

Respondent no. 2766212

Location: London, UK

Professional role: Subject Librarian at UCL (I had already had this job when I started the course)

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Respondent no. 2766148

Location: Exeter, UK

Professional role: Data Support Officer with the Digital Humanities team at the University of Exeter, UK.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: I am part of a team that creates sustainable digital resources and data sets for Humanities research and teaching. My aspirations for the impact of my profession in society are making information available to the public in a user-friendly format as well as facilitating long term access, preservation and (re-)usability of research and website data.

Respondent no. 2766103

Location: London, UK

Professional role: Digital Project Coordinator for National Theatre of GB

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: I hope that our new educational streaming service the National Theatre Collection will enhance the way theatre is taught and researched in schools and universities around the world. I hope it will open up some of the best of British theatre to students who would otherwise not be able to watch live theatre.

Respondent no. 2766089

Location: Cambridge UK

Professional role: Library Assistant (rising to Senior Library Assistant) at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge (13 years). Subsequently Director of Library Services, Trinity Hall Cambridge (12 years). Now retired.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: I worked in the academic sector so my aspirations would be for university libraries to continue to provide study space and resources (both in hard copy and online) for students and researchers. Just because so much is available online it doesn't mean that libraries should disappear! The function of a library as study space, information hub and social meeting place is equally important in academic, school and public libraries.

Respondent no. 2766078

Location: Guildford

Professional role: researcher of the application of information technology for modelling legal reasoning at a British university

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: I wish to contribute to closing the gap between computer science and the humanities by methods and techniques acquired during my information studies degree.

Respondent no. 2766075

Location: Hemel Hempstead

Professional role: children's librarian, Hertfordshire libraries

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Respondent no. 2766071

Location: Leicester and last 9 years in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Professional role: Information Assisstant at the University of Westminster Library (London) Turkish collection cataloguer at the British Library (London) Library manager at Markfield Institute of Higher Education (Leicester, UK) Librarian at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) Teacher Librarian at Jeddah Prep and Grammar School (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: I believe information professionals can make a great impact in many sectors in societies. I increased the number of resources for Turkish speaking people as a cataloguer at the BL, I provided information for students at Uni. Of Westminster and at Markfield Institute but also built bridges between different faiths and organised many interfaith events for students and residents in Markfield, Leicestershire as a library manager. When I moved to Jeddah, I was invited by the OIC to market their library and to develop their collection which I did with great joy and was successful getting the library in national newspapers and magazines in Saudi Arabia. My job changed slightly as a teacher librarian now since I do teaching as part of my job and enjoy doing activities with pupils to expand their imaginations and love of reading. Our impact in society as information professionals will always be there as long as we keep up with the changes and are able to work across the sectors. So this is a summary of my career for nearly 20 years._Ù÷__Ù÷_

Respondent no. 2766049

Location: London initially, then Sheffield

Professional role: Initially cataloguer, then a reference librarian in a public library Following move to Sheffield, initially information specialist in Civil Service library, after several job/role changes I have moved into Records Management and am now Senior Reviewer in a government department, focusing on developing tools for digital record review.

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Respondent no. 2766030

Location: Jeddah

Professional role: Assistant prof

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: To empower and motivate women in developing confidence, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills in an emerging Saudi economy.

Respondent no. 2765962

Location: Beijing

Professional role: Editor in a self-publishing platform focusing on genre fiction

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Respondent no. 2765905

Location: London, UK

Professional role: literary scouting agent in central London

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: the promotion of new voices in translation

Respondent no. 2765892

Location: Elgin, Moray

Professional role: Records Manager & Archivist for local authority

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: To assist comprehending the past, to inform the present and prepare for the future

Respondent no. 2765863

Location: Immediately after graduation, Southampton, but only for a year. Then Leeds for the next 10 years.

Professional role: Cataloguing archivist at the University Library in Southampton in my first job. Then various roles in the local authority record offices in West Yorkshire.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Promoting understanding and empathy with others, especially with others who are unlike ourselves.

Respondent no. 2765796

Location: London then Florence

Professional role: Rare books cataloguer in London then Librarian in an English institution in Italy

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: To encourage reading and access to the wealth of information of all sorts that books provide us with. I now work outside the profession but still with books, looking more at the book as an object than as a text for reading. As I now have children I am more interested in the role of school librarians in encouraging and developing the love of books in young people.

Respondent no. 2765719

Location: London, UK

Professional role: My current role is Manager of the archives and special collections centre at University of the Arts London.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: To promote equal access to knowledge for all, democratised to represent all aspects of society.

Respondent no. 2765711

Location: London, UK

Professional role: Founding librarian of a secondary school library

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Respondent no. 2765690

Location: Thessaloniki, Greece

Professional role: Faculty

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Respondent no. 2765648

Location: London, UK

Professional role: On a cataloguing project at King's College London.. Nothing I am doing now!

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Help sustainable investment in to emerging economies, thereby fostering democracy and inclusive societies.

Respondent no. 2765628

Location: Chesham

Professional role: Archivist to the Duke of Wellington

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Respondent no. 2765610

Location: London, UK

Professional role: News Librarian at the BBC

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Recognition of the importance of public libraries and the role of trained librarians.

Respondent no. 2765609

Location: Oxford

Professional role: Assistant Librarian, Bodleian Library, Oxford

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Respondent no. 2765582

Location: Winchester

Professional role: School assistant librarian

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Respondent no. 2765573

Location: London, UK

Professional role: Archivist to NHS Trust and Curator of a medical museum which has led to invitations to le ture worldwide and writing oppkrtunities

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Safeguarding theevidence of the past to secure informed knowledge for decisions for the future

Respondent no. 2765495

Location: Athens

Professional role: Consultant in a big-4 firm

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Respondent no. 2765438

Location: Budapest

Professional role: Data and information management for an international humanitarian organisation supporting work for major global population movements.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: To keep humanity in data. Big data and algorithms should not be utilized or evangelized without understanding the inherent limitations of technology because of the fallible nature of humanity. Tech is not a solution to all the world's ills. Empathy and creativity are still man's strongest force for good. Build awareness of the unequal access to and understanding of technology.

Respondent no. 2765417

Location: London, UK

Professional role: Webmanager in a UK government non-departmental public body (NDPB)

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Respondent no. 2765402

Location: London, UK

Professional role: I work in an unrelated field, as a broker within the energy sector.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: I think now my concern and aspiration would be to keep access to information as diverse as possible, and not subject to what google demands that we see.

Respondent no. 2765360

Location: Vienna, Austria

Professional role: Reference Librarian in a specialized library for an international organization.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: We need librarians, today maybe more than ever, to provide guidance about credible sources and to determine what is reliable information and what is not.

Respondent no. 2765308

Location: I didn't settle in one place. Since 2011 I've worked in Reading, Port Sunlight, Huddersfield, Leeds and Keswick. This question is very urban centric and doesn't reflect the short-contract based nature of many information jobs today.

Professional role: Multiple archives, records management, information and broader heritage roles.

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Respondent no. 2765179

Location: Merida, Mexico

Professional role: I was a PM for an independent creative studio for three years, and I am currently developing a startup as cofounder.

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Respondent no. 2765171

Location: London, UK

Professional role: NHS National Workforce Planner

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: The role of librarianship and information officers has changed considerably in the last 25 years, but the principles of information management and exploitation remains as essential as ever. My hope is for the profession is to lead on the data science and aspects of the big data concept. Not only in its exploitation but also in its governance.

Respondent no. 2765169

Location: London, UK

Professional role: Archivist and Records Manager in a public company

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Respondent no. 2765167

Location: Sandy, Bedfordshire (not a city!)

Professional role: Librarian for a wildlife conservation charity

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Respondent no. 2765151

Location: Sheffield

Professional role: Cataloguer in a University Library, rising to post of Library Database Manager

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Respondent no. 2765139

Location: Singapore

Professional role: Assistant manager in the Strategic Planning division of Singapore's libraries

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Respondent no. 2765137

Location: London, UK

Professional role: My first role after my MA Pub was as an editorial assistant for a medium-size global book publisher

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: My hope is for children to enjoy and make time for reading all the way into their adult lives, as a fun, nourishing, and intellectually satisfying activity that sits alongside a variety of other media (from podcasts to gaming).

Respondent no. 2765124

Location: London

Professional role: Research and Outreach Librarian at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: I hope information professionals can help the public identify misinformation and teach people that not everything we read online is true. I hope our profession can turn the tide against the fake news phenomenon by teaching people to be critical, and to show them how to find quality information in the overwhelming flood of clickbait, fake news and misinformation in our every day lives.

Respondent no. 2765117

Location: Milan

Professional role: Fiction Editor in a publishing group

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Respondent no. 2765113

Location: Kuala lumpur

Professional role: Accountancy

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: To uphold high standards in the profession of accountancy so as to protect the reputation of chartered accountants and protecting the public interest.

Respondent no. 2765112

Location: London

Professional role: Cataloguing Assistant at a university in London

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Respondent no. 2765104

Location: London

Professional role: Risk advisor for a multinational Oil and Gas Major

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Respondent no. 2765098

Location: London

Professional role: Academic and Reader Services coordinator at university library

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Teaching and enabling greater critical thinking and information literacy, enabling access to inspirational materials

Respondent no. 2765096

Location: Cambridge, UK

Professional role: University lecturer

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Respondent no. 2765074

Location: London, then Manila, Philippines

Professional role: Recordkeeping consultant for a local London council, then Assistant Professor in a state university in the Philippines teaching recordkeeping and hardware applications

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Good recordkeeping is manifested in society when our clients are not actively aware of our services. That is, they would have no complaints about missing or mislaid documents, unauthorised access, data breaches, and redundant records. We would have done our job as recordkeepers when business is streamlined and properly supported by a recordkeeping programme that is seamlessly integrated with business processes, organisational culture, and employee mindset.

Respondent no. 2765068

Location: Washington D.C.

Professional role: Records Manager in an international organization.

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Respondent no. 2765065

Location: Oxford

Professional role: Senior Library Assistant and then progressed to Deputy Librarian at one of the Bodleian Libraries, at the University of Oxford

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: To provide free access to quality unbiased information for all in society and to empower people with the skills to evaluate information critically, both in research and daily life.

Respondent no. 2765059

Location: London

Professional role: Data manager at the research and development department of a major university in London

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: As information professionals, it is our duty to ensure people have access to information and that all can query data openly and accurately.

Respondent no. 2765051

Location: Manchester

Professional role: Director of Sport (but also sport information consultant)

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Respondent no. 2765047

Location: Frankfurt - Germany

Professional role: Trainee at the Information Governance Division - European Central Bank

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Respondent no. 2765046

Location: London

Professional role: Librarian lead of a research team in UK central government department

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Respondent no. 2765029

Location: London

Professional role: Assistant Librarian at the British Museum

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: I would like to help people as much as I can in my work and equip them with skills to find the information that they need to make their lives better

Respondent no. 2765022

Location: London

Professional role: I was an area library manager in local government.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: I would like librarians to be an authoritative voice for research and other information search and retrieval, and for the status of librarianship to be revived. However, this is never going to happen - google/automation will have killed information work as a profession before I retire.

Respondent no. 2765011

Location: Coventry then London

Professional role: Manager in academic support then solo librarian/archivist for a science charity.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Preserving the fabric of the past. Connecting people with information, research and their communities. Not being neutral but standing up for human rights, which are a core aspect of archives and records management and library services.

Respondent no. 2765006

Location: London

Professional role: Law Librarian for a 'magic circle' law firm.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: To aid lawyers and their clients in keeping up with the ever increasing wealth of information and sources. To keep an impartial but expert opinion of these sources to help lawyers make the best legal decision with as much relevant information as possible.

Respondent no. 2764997

Location: Bregenz (Austria)

Professional role: senior archivist and leader of the records management centre of the Vorarlberg local government

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Especially in politically right centred societies such as Austria the job of an information manager is essential to democracy and transparency of politics. Therefore, s/he must be trained well, not only in RAM terms, but also in civic studies.

Respondent no. 2764994

Location: London

Professional role: Collections librarian for a museum in London

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Respondent no. 2764979

Location: London

Professional role: Archivist for a business

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Enabling people to connect with their past Spreading the importance of collective memory Valuing our heritage

Respondent no. 2764978

Location: Reading

Professional role: Local Authority Archivist

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: An understanding of the importance of retaining and preserving records of evidential and informational value

Respondent no. 2764974

Location: London then Bristol

Professional role: Project archivist in art history at a national art gallery. Project archivist at a national, publicly funded university covering theatre history and naval/ engineering history.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: I want archivists and archives to be recognised as a key part of national memory and as trustworthy guardians of our past. I also want archives to be crucial in playing a role in our future through an acknowledgement of our past.

Respondent no. 2764957

Location: London, then Berne, now Chur and Zurich

Professional role: Subject librarian, then manager of medical libraries, now LIS lecturer

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Medical librarians have been at the core of 'Evidence based Medicine'. From their field evidence-based decisionmaking has spread into other fields, from management to librarianship. Librarians will continue to be essential for the rational, evidence-based functioning of many aspects of our society - and they need to be adequately equipped for this r̫le!

Respondent no. 2764956

Location: London

Professional role: Senior Library Assistant in the Acquisitions Department at Kings College London

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Libraries and Librarians make the complex world of information easier for people of all walks of life to navigate. They contribute to social mobility, help people to get jobs, improve their education and read just for the sake of it.

Respondent no. 2764949

Location: Oxford

Professional role: Library assistant at The Bodleian Libraries

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Respondent no. 2764948

Location: I was a part time student living and working in London. I continued to live and work in London after completion.

Professional role: Product Manager for STM publisher.

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Respondent no. 2764937

Location: Stayed in London

Professional role: Librarian at Chelsea College of Arts (University of the Arts London) specialising in Art and Design Librarianship; Senior Librarian running the library at Leo Baeck College, the UK's Progressive Jewish Seminary, specialising in Jewish Studies.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: To continue to help people connect with and use wisely the information they need or don't even know they're looking for

Respondent no. 2764935

Location: London

Professional role: Assistant Librarian Bexley Public Libraries

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Respondent no. 2764934

Location: London (always lived there)

Professional role: If only! I was an archives assistant at Hackney for the second year of my course then spent another five years there before being made redundant and becoming a library assistant at UCL & senior library assistant at Birkbeck.

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Respondent no. 2764924

Location: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Professional role: Special Librarian with National Library Service

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Respondent no. 2764917

Location: I travelled after finishing the course and worked in Sydney, Australia as a library technician. Came back to UK and moved to Sheffield where my most recent role is Senior Learning and Teaching Support Librarian

Professional role: In the UK I have been a university librarian supporting students and staff.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Supporting widening participation for first-generation students. Enabling life-long learning.

Respondent no. 2764911

Location: York

Professional role: Librarian in international relations research institute

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Respondent no. 2764904

Location: London

Professional role: Assistant Librarian in Arts University

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Respondent no. 2764901

Location: London

Professional role: Cyber Programme Director

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Improve the security posture for organisations with a national interest.

Respondent no. 2764900

Location: St Albans

Professional role: Library Manager at a state secondary school.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Children need access to libraries run by professionals. I hope the impact of my training and knowledge creates lifelong readers and information gatherers who can challenge our world of fake news and find joy and educy through reading.

Respondent no. 2764898

Location: London

Professional role: Archives Officer at Queen Mary University of London

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Respondent no. 2764892

Location: London

Professional role: Librarian in a music conservatoire

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Respondent no. 2764890

Location: London

Professional role: Archive cataloguer at the Royal Society

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Respondent no. 2764884

Location: London

Professional role: Subject librarian at a university in London

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: To ensure information provided is evidence-based, good quality and understandable to all.

Respondent no. 2764882

Location: Oxford

Professional role: Assistant librarian in an Oxford college.

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Respondent no. 2764878

Location: London

Professional role: Archivist for a bank

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Respondent no. 2764877

Location: Was already working in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, continued in same post. In 2008, moved to post as a college librarian in Brighton and Hove.

Professional role: Sixth form college librarian, working with 16-19 and some adult students, and managing 3 staff at Haywards Heath, 7 staff in Brighton and Hove.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: I hope we encourage the spread of effective research skills and critical thinking, as well as time-saving ways of finding information, like newspaper archives and union catalogues. Now, more than ever, those who use libraries need up to date books, free at the point of access, and online, multimedia, resources - to entertain and inspire as well as educate and inform.

Respondent no. 2764875

Location: The same town I was living in while studying - Gravesend, Kent

Professional role: Community librarian in a public library in England

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: The public libraries' service, and specifically the professional staff who work in them, is being destroyed by underfunding and the use of volunteers to deliver core front line services which is offering a second-hand class service to the public. The use of volunteers is so detrimental to the quality and reliability of the information being given whereas a librarian brings years of knowledge and skills to bear when dealing with the public, especially children for whom a love of reading is such a valuable life-skill to have.

Respondent no. 2764871

Location: London

Professional role: Marketing manager at circus school

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Respondent no. 2746652

Location: Cambridge

Professional role: Librarian in a Cambridge College.

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Respondent no. 2746605

Location: Birmingham, UK

Professional role: Librarian in a university's special collections department

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: To foster a civilised society - educated, intellectually curious, able to assess, question and learn and to gain pleasure from the written word. To make our written heritage -past, present and future - freely available in the public domain,

Respondent no. 2746600

Location: Initially London, but moved to Louisville, KY, USA in January 2001 for my current position.

Professional role: Director and Archivist, Thomas Merton Center. The Merton Center is the official repository of Thomas Merton's literary estate - www.merton.org - and is an author centered, archival collection.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Having completed my PhD on Merton in London, and then gained my MA in LIS from UCL, I've been able to ensure that the Center is the leading resource for Merton Studies in the world.

Respondent no. 2746513

Location: 'Settle'? Ha! London, then Dundee, now Oxford. I'm not sure I'll settle anywhere - I always need to move for the right job.

Professional role: Library Services Coordinator ; PhD Student (borrowers records); Information Officer; College Library

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Respondent no. 2746363

Location: London

Professional role: Web developer for a non-profit organisation in London

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Empowering people to interact with each other online, allowing them to easily access information and knowledge and making sure the web is accessible to everyone

Respondent no. 2746355

Location: London (but I am from Luxembourg)

Professional role: Liaison Support Librarian, St George's University of London

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: free access to knowledge and learning for everyone

Respondent no. 2746300

Location: Chester, England

Professional role: assistant archivist and education officer, city archives

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Respondent no. 2746238

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Professional role: Branch manager in a public library for about 10 years Serials Interlibrary Loan Librarian in university for about 20 years Library Director at same university for past six years, still there.

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Respondent no. 2746214

Location: London

Professional role: Director of User Experience at Google, working on Google Search

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Respondent no. 2746176

Location: London

Professional role: Archivist for a Nigerian digital archive project and Records Officer at the financial ombudsman.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Archivists and records managers play a key role in supporting organisational accountability and transparency, and should continue to play a crucial role as pioneers and advocates for how we preserve and make accessible information about our past and present, and how we can use this to positively inform our future as a society.

Respondent no. 2746154

Location: Cambridge

Professional role: Librarian at a college in the University of Cambridge

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Respondent no. 2746151

Location: I move every two years. Highlight so far has been two years in Pakistan.

Professional role: I am an Army Officer. Specifically a tank commander.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: My current role attempts to modernise the way British Defence operates. And not just fighting but seeking to improve every aspect; recruitment, training, equipping etc. And it‰Ûªs fundamentally about the management of information.

Respondent no. 2746117

Location: London

Professional role: Documentary maker

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Respondent no. 2746114

Location: Dublin

Professional role: Library Co-ordinator at the Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland for four years, then Subject Librarian at Trinity College Dublin for three and now Executive Librarian at Cork City Public Libraries.

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Respondent no. 2746106

Location: London

Professional role: Curator, Printed Books & Manuscripts, V&A

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Libraries are treasure-houses of knowledge and enquiry. In order to preserve the invaluable contribution they make to both society and our cultural history we must lobby for proper and equitable funding and promote what we do tirelessly to ensure they remain, open, welcoming, accessible and free to use. Whether in the world of physical historical resources like the books and manuscripts I work with, or in the digital world, or formats and platforms yet undreamt of, at a time when 'fake news' can have a profoundly unsettling and dangerous effect on society we need to offer reliable, professsional resources and to do so we need to reverse the assumption that libraries are obsolete and that cutting them is an easy way to save public money (and proper salaries for information professionals would not go amiss either).

Respondent no. 2746073

Location: London

Professional role: Peripatetic cataloguer at an arts university.

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Respondent no. 2746069

Location: Cambridge

Professional role: College Librarian in one of the Cambridge Colleges

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: I want the students who use my library to walk away having been given access to books that help them become better people in addition to being better scholars.

Respondent no. 2746066

Location: Cambridge

Professional role: Librarian (Cataloguer) at Trinity College, Cambridge

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Respondent no. 2746065

Location: London

Professional role: Information Officer in an Intellectual Property Law and Patent Licensing company in London

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Continuing to support research and intellectual endeavors of all types

Respondent no. 2746050

Location: London, then Oxford

Professional role: Religious historical special collections

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Respondent no. 2746048

Location: London

Professional role: Company Archivist for FTSE 100 company

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Respondent no. 2746046

Location: Chelmsford

Professional role: Assistant Librarian, Cataloguing

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Respondent no. 2746042

Location: Huntington Beach, California, USA

Professional role: Book editor for an educational publishing company

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: I hope to inspire children to play an active role in their communities. I want to encourage students to become informed citizens of the world and work together to solve global issues.

Respondent no. 2746023

Location: London

Professional role: Digital assistant in a publishing house, working on ebooks, apps, audiobooks.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Help spread inspirational stories as widely as possible in digital format. Literature has the power to change lives, even in a small way, one book at a time. I‰Ûªm ecstatic to be contributing to this and create impactful products for consumers.

Respondent no. 2746019

Location: I went back to Leeds initially, then moved to Belize, Central America to work for VSO, Then Washington DC area, Seattle and I have just moved back to DC area.

Professional role: Senior Caraloguer, Brotherton Library, University of Leeds

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: I am a huge fan of public libraries and the public library that I now work in has this vision statement which thoroughly sums up how I feel about public libraries 'LCPL builds community by nurturing an environment where the joy of reading and learning is celebrated and people and ideas flourish'.

Respondent no. 2746000

Location: London

Professional role: Policy manager at The National Archives

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society:

Respondent no. 2745999

Location: London

Professional role: Data scientist

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society:

Respondent no. 2745994

Location: Bath, UK

Professional role: Assistant Local Studies Librarian, Archives and Local Studies, Bath Record Office.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Rare and distinctive material in collections all over the UK are perpetually at risk. Trained archivists and special collections librarians play a vital role in protecting our heritage by documenting, preserving and providing access to important historic material that otherwise would be lost to deterioration, destruction or sale & export.

Respondent no. 2745983

Location: London

Professional role: BBC - cataloguing and research in Television Archive

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: I would like people to recognise the specialist skills that information professionals have and for it to be a sustainable option for a career .

Respondent no. 2745978

Location: Msida, Malta

Professional role: Deputy Librarian and Head of Technical Services, University of Malta. This was followed by my setting up a programme of LIS at the same university which is now the Dept. of Library, Information and Archival Sciences in the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Generally speaking, these are confusing times, but I do hope that the knowledge and skills obtained do contribute to a society that is better informed and that values research and knowledge for a better world.

Respondent no. 2745977

Location: London

Professional role: Digital Media Editor at a National museum

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society:

Respondent no. 2745971

Location: Cambridge

Professional role: Librarian at a Cambridge college with responsibility for undergraduate and rare books collections, and College Archives.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: To support democracy by providing accurate, unbiased information so people can make informed choices. To develop literacy and deepen knowledge. To encourage fun, pleasure and amusement through sharing resources.

Respondent no. 2745958

Location: London

Professional role: Librarian in a UK Central Government department

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Respondent no. 2745955

Location: London

Professional role: Founded my own literary agency with a fellow UCL Publishing MA Alumni, representing a wide range of authors and still going strong seven years later.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: To help talented authors find routes to publication and build lasting creative careers. To contribute cultural and literary value to society through publication of diverse stories and voices. To ensure a thriving and innovative creative economy.

Respondent no. 2745954

Location: Oxford

Professional role: Reader Services Librarian at an Oxford College

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Respondent no. 2745953

Location: New York

Professional role: Senior Business Analyst, Citigroup Private Bank (investment banking). I worked on researching technology companies and recommending which ones to add to high net worth client portfolios)

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: BSc Information mgt, the course I took, was critical to my success as it gave me critical technology skills to stand out and use just as technology / data was starting to become a major function in business. I went on to found my own ecommerce company, which I just recently sold after 10 years of running it. That is what I would like to see more of. I would like to see many more technology entrepreneurs creating businesses and jobs in the UK, and creating rivals to the large US behemoths like Google and Microsoft. This will be critical to the success of the UK long term.

Respondent no. 2745944

Location: London

Professional role: Librarian in various academic institutions.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Getting students to understand the importance of critical reading and research.

Respondent no. 2745918

Location: Cairo, London, Montefiascone

Professional role: Director of the Montefiascone Library Conservation Project. Deputy Director of the Thesaurus Islamicus- Dar al-Kutub (national Library of Egypt) project.

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Respondent no. 2745907

Location: Stanley, Falkland Islands (UK OT)

Professional role: Records Manager & Policy Officer in the Falkland Islands Government. This is a multifaceted role which has seen the implementation of a formal records management programme which has included: creating Records Management Policy; advocating records management; providing Training to staff; writing and distributing guidance and templates; and writing business cases.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: The role of record professionals is essential in ensuring that the places we work in remain accountable for the decisions made and that important, historical records are preserved for future generations. I hope that the profession will continue to strengthen and that others will appreciate the important role we play in providing a voice for the past and showing how society has developed.

Respondent no. 2745903

Location: London

Professional role: Archivist in Local Government

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Respondent no. 2745895

Location: London, UK

Professional role: Marketing Assistant at an independent academic publisher of humanities and social sciences monographs

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: I joined academic publishing and specifically marketing to help find and connect readerships with the latest research and ideas in the humanities and social sciences.

Respondent no. 2745883

Location: Strood, Kent

Professional role: Chartered librarian in a public library service in south-east England

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Reading is the bed-rock of society so making access to reading and books free and easily available is so vital to the growth of our society in all ways like culture and commerce.

Respondent no. 2745877

Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Professional role: Dean of Library Affairs at Imam University

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: A full automated project at the library such as networking, and an automatic library system was applied, digitalization of manuscripts and dissertations, etc.

Respondent no. 2745873

Location: London

Professional role: Curator at the British Library

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Respondent no. 2745869

Location: London

Professional role: Teacher, in a challenging secondary school in West London

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Respondent no. 2745866

Location: London

Professional role: Archivist (Digital) in a performing arts collection; Oral Historian for a medical royal college and a City Livery Company; Training Officer for an ARA specialist section.i

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: I would like the profession better to reflect society in its own makeup, and in its collection and description.

Respondent no. 2745861

Location: Milan

Professional role: Fiction Editor in a publishing house

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Respondent no. 2745857

Location: Richmond, Virginia, USA

Professional role: Research Analyst at a research hospital cancer center

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Respondent no. 2745856

Location: Bristol

Professional role: Clinical Librarian at an NHS Trust

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: (Not sure I completely understand this question, so sorry if this isn't what you're after) Librarians in the NHS support healthcare professionals to identify, access and appraise research and commercial information. This enables evidence based practice and means patients receive safe and effective care.

Respondent no. 2745854

Location: Loughton, Essex

Professional role: Library supervisor at an acting school

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Respondent no. 2745844

Location: Toronto.

Professional role: Senior Archivist in a provincial government repository.

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Respondent no. 2745841

Location: Numerous. I was living in Northampton and commuting to London. I then moved to Solihull and then Carlisle for work. I then moved to Canada and am currently working in Toronto. In the New Year I am moving to Victoria, BC for a qualified Archivist job.

Professional role: I have worked as both a qualified and unqualified Archivist and Records Manager. Role 1: Archives Assistant at Conway Hall, London Role 2: Assistant Records Manager, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council Role 3: Records Manager, Cumbria County Council Role 4: Assistant Archivist, Anglican Diocese of Toronto, Canada Role 5: Archivist, Royal BC Museum, Victoria, Canada

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Respondent no. 2745838

Location: London

Professional role: Product Manager for a preschool learning app

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Respondent no. 2745833

Location: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

Professional role: Librarian in a government department.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: I would like my profession to be impactful in differentiating between authoritative and non-authoritative sources of information to mitigate the effects of fake news.

Respondent no. 2745831

Location: Canterbury

Professional role: Jobbing project archivist.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: That people start to learn from history instead of picking out the bits that back up their current way of thinking.

Respondent no. 2745830

Location: London

Professional role: Academic librarian in a university in London

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Respondent no. 2745828

Location: Eventually...Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (following, Oxford, Boston (US), Providence (US), Toronto (Canada)

Professional role: Chief librarian in every role since (and during) library school

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Academic libraries have entered a Golden Age. We have moved from being the repositories of published research to being integrated into the full life cycle of research production, dissemination, and preservation. We are now essential partners in student and faculty success, and community engagement.

Respondent no. 2745822

Location: London

Professional role: Assistant Librarian at the Geological Society in Burlington House, Piccadilly.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: I subsequently retrained as a Chemistry teacher but used my librarianship training in devising courses within PSHE on researching projects etc.

Respondent no. 2745815

Location: Malta

Professional role: National Archivist and CEO - National Archives of Malta

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: I do hope that larger audiences appreciate the value of records for accountability of good governance. Archives and good records management are prerequisites against fake news and unauthentic records. National Archives need adequate funds and resources to function.

Respondent no. 2745813

Location: London

Professional role: Creating computerised catalogues (pioneering work c. 1981) for the National Maritime Museum

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Combining critical work in preserving historical records and manuscripts with understanding technological developments and their impact on the archival / record keeping process - with all of the attendant questions about data proliferation, storage techniques, etc.

Respondent no. 2745811

Location: Farnham

Professional role: Head of Library Information Systems for the Army Library and Information Service. Responsible for delivering library management and information retrieval systems for Army libraries worldwide and on-line access to publications (including e-books and e-journals) to Army personnel.

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Respondent no. 2745804

Location: London

Professional role: Librarian at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society:

Respondent no. 2745803

Location: London

Professional role: Consultant at a Lean Engineering firm in London

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: That the information society needs to be embraced more readily instead of a bovine acceptance of tech solutions. Small data can be more valuable and precious than clumsily implemented big data solutions. That companies embrace the spirit of GDPR and recognise individuals‰Ûª data is owned by the individual!

Respondent no. 2745799

Location: London

Professional role: School librarian

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: School librarians are central to the life of a school. They encourage young people to think critically and foster a love of stories and creativity.

Respondent no. 2745796

Location: Corfu, greece

Professional role: Head librarian in charge of an EU funding program to modernize the academic libraries system of Ionian University in Corfu

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Librarians and information professionals will, hopefully, have a more central role in providing access to reliable information. Also will play an important role empowering people taking charge of their own private data, protect and use them wisely

Respondent no. 2745795

Location: London

Professional role: Organisation Design Advisor for a Data Science Platform

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Develop new ways of working to change business and people approaches to work

Respondent no. 2745794

Location: Southampton

Professional role: Buyer for a Library Supplier

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Respondent no. 2745793

Location: London

Professional role: Information Compliance Assistant for another university of London institution

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: I hope society will learn more about freedom of information, that they have access to more information than they think. I'd like to see those rights extended to cover private companies providing public services.

Respondent no. 2745791

Location: London

Professional role: Unemployed

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Respondent no. 2745788

Location: London, then York UK

Professional role: Librarian/ information officer in international affairs research institutions

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Develop libraries and information centres as evolving hubs

Respondent no. 2745786

Location: Cambridge

Professional role: Sales Representative at Cambridge University Press

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Furthering open access through the negotiation and sale of country-wide Read and Publish deals

Respondent no. 2745783

Location: Toronto

Professional role: Literary agent at Canada's largest literary agency

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: I hope literary agents can continue to support, highlight, and disseminate the written works of Canadians.

Respondent no. 2745776

Location: Guildford and Manchester

Professional role: Systems librarian - HE

Aspirations for the impact of your profession in society: Free, impartial, reliable, and accurate information for all.

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