UCLan - The University hosted more than 600 students and academic staff from the American University of the Caribbean (AUC) medical school after their campus on the island of Sint Maarten was almost completely destroyed by Hurricane Irma. AUC is using UCLan’s Library and also its teaching and specialist clinical spaces during evenings and weekends when they are not timetabled for UCLan's own students.
During 2017, two NoWAL advocates left their posts for pastures new:
Margaret Weaver, from the University of Cumbria and Chair of NoWAL from 2012 to 2015, left the University at the end of March. As Chair of NoWAL, Margaret’s drive and enthusiasm were infectious and she was instrumental in developing the consortium’s reputation. She successfully steered NoWAL through its transition from company & charity status to partnership with SCONUL, helping to ensure a more efficient and secure collaboration.
Julie Berry, University Librarian at the University of Salford (and latterly other Interim Directorships at the University) also a great supporter of collaboration and the benefits of working together, left the University in the summer of 2017. Julie had various roles within NoWAL during her time at Salford and was influential in developing NoWAL’s systems and services.
Other NoWAL Comings and Goings in 2017
Coming In - David Clay became the permanent University Librarian at the University of Salford.
Alastair Flett became Deputy Director Libraries, Museums and Galleries at the University of Liverpool.
Colin Coghill, Director of Information Services at the University of Cumbria, assumed responsibility for library services in a restructure of the University’s support services.
Going Out - David Summers, Deputy Director of Library Services, retired from Lancaster University.
Carol Kay, Associate Director, Planning & Resources, Libraries, Museums and Galleries, retired from the University of Liverpool.
Lisa Toner left the University of Cumbria and is now working as a school librarian at an international school in Bangkok.
Looking Ahead to 2018