Meet the team: Library Research Manager

The blog has been up and running for around a year now and it’s about time we finally introduced the team behind it. Each person in the Library Research Support team will be writing an introduction in our ‘Meet the team’ series of blog posts. Today we feature…

JenniHi, I’m Jenni Crossley, the library’s Research Manager. I’ve worked in a variety of roles in the Library Service at UWE Bristol since 2000 (some of you might remember me job sharing as Law Faculty Librarian for a good number of years), and now I have the privilege of supporting the research community here.

My role involves some of the less tangible aspects of research support, such as working to develop our team’s strategy, and ensuring that it fits as far as possible with the UWE Bristol, and wider, research context, or representing research interests within the library’s planning. Overall, I try to keep things moving forward so that our support fits with researchers’ needs. I do some of the more practical work as well though – report writing, attending faculty committee meetings, providing training and so on.

An area of particular interest to me is the growth of open research (publishing and open data), and how this will change scholarly communication. I don’t think we can stick our heads in the sand about this; open research is here to stay and we need to be more willing to acknowledge that and plan accordingly. Please do come and talk to me about this if it interests you, too.

Outside of work I don’t seem to have an awful lot of time for my own pursuits right now, unless you count continuous use of a washing machine as an interest! However, I do manage to fit in a bit of exercise (kettlebells is a current favourite), and I do love music, especially if it’s loud and played on guitars. Sadly, I have never learned to play guitar myself – for some reason I chose the violin instead –  but I am capitalising on my middle child’s keyboard lessons to teach myself to play piano, which is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I’m never going to be a pianist, but it keeps the brain occupied!

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