Lizz Jennings

As a web developer with a broad range of library and information sector experience, I have a balance of skills which enables me to work with users as comfortably as with the systems I develop. I currently work with Ruby on Rails as part of the team delivering the University website. I have recent experience in research data management, with particular focus on data repositories, metrics and metadata. I remain active in the EPrints community. My career to date has included academic, public, prison and workplace libraries. I am an enthusiastic and motivated lifelong learner, and have a demonstrable commitment both to my own continuing professional development and that of colleagues.

Employment History



Professional Registration

Volunteer Roles


Employment History

August 2017 - present

Research Data Librarian (Systems)
October 2016 - August 2017

Technical Data Officer
September 2013 - October 2016

Information Librarian - E-Resources (Chartered)
November 2010 - September 2013

Information Librarian - E-Resources
January 2008 - October 2010

University of Bath

Librarian (Erlestoke and Warminster)
September 2006 - December 2007

Wiltshire Council

Asst Library Manager (Secondment)
January - September 2006

Centre Manager
February 2004 - September 2006

Asst Library Manager
April 2002 - February 2004

Surrey County Council

Tax Library Assistant

February 2000 - February 2002


Temporary Information Assistant (Maternity Cover)

September 1999 - February 2000

The Library Association


MSc Information Management with Distinction
September 2009 - June 2012

Robert Gordon University

Modules: Information Studies (77%), Managing Information Services (74%), Relational Database Systems (88%), Knowledge Organisation (75%), Information Dissemination (81%), Records Management (72%), Research Methods (67%), Professional Fieldwork Placement (78%)

Dissertation (71%): Librarians' attitudes to resource usage measurement and decision making in UK academic libraries: a content analysis

NVQ Management Level 3
2004 - 2006

Surrey County Council

Topics included:

BA (hons) Music with Japanese Studies (2:2)
September 1996 - June 1999

Royal Holloway, University of London

Topics included:

A-Levels & GCSEs
September 1992 - June 1996

Tomlinscote School

A-Levels: German (A), Music (B) & French (C)

GCSEs: Dual-Award Science (A*), German (A*), French (A*), Music (A), Religious Studies (A), Mathematics (B), English Language (B), English Literature (C).



Jennings, L., 2013. Book review : Marketing your library's electronic resources. Ariadne, 71. Available from:

Bhandol, J., De Simone, M. G., Tumelty, N. and Jennings, L., 2013. It's mergers time : how to survive and thrive when leading mergers of CILIP branches and groups. Cilip Update Gazette, Feb 2013, pp. 42-44. Available from:

Robinson, K., Jennings, L. and Lockton, L., 2012. Walk-in access to e-resources at the University of Bath. Ariadne, 69. Available from:

Jennings, L., 2011. Every-flavour career beans: sector changes and career development in libraries. Impact: Journal of the Career Development Group, 14 (4), pp. 37-40. Available from:

Jennings, L., 2009. Virtual CPD : Professional development at a distance. Impact: Journal of the Career Development Group, 12 (1), pp. 7-9. Available from:

Book Chapter

Jennings, L., 2010. Electronic resources management for electronic resources librarians: a bibliography. In: The E-Resources Management Handbook. Oxford: UKSG, pp. 1-10. Available from:

Conference Paper

Jennings, L., 2015. Librarians' attitudes to resource usage measurement and decision making in UK academic libraries : A content analysis. In: Hall, I., Thornton, S. and Town, S., eds. Proceedings of the 10th Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services. York, UK: University of York, pp. 151-160. Available from:

Professional Registration

CILIP Chartered Member of CILIP (2008, revalidated 2015)

Recent Volunteer Roles

Chair 2012 - 2015

CILIP South West Member Network

  • Overseeing pilot merger of CDG Divisions and Branch in the South West
  • Liaising with CILIP staff and other Member Networks
  • Planning group activities in line with CILIP requirements
  • Managing volunteers and ensuring committee roles are covered
  • Planning and delivering events, including AGMs, Library Safaris Professional Registration and Revalidation support

Project Board Member 2012 - 2013


  • Member of project board informing the Branch and Group Review
  • Sharing experience of South West Merger Pilot
  • Providing feedback on plans
  • Advocating Regional Member Networks with the other pilot region

Honorary Impact Editor


Career Development Group

Web Editor

2009 - 2011

CDG West Country

Web Team Project Lead 2014 - present

Isles of Darkness (Live Action Roleplaying Society)

  • Gathering requirements for a rewrite of the Society website
  • Agreeing priorities and liaising with volunteers and members
  • Designing and writing web software in Ruby on Rails using the Bootstrap framework
  • Responding to bug reports and resolving technical issues

Chair 2014 - 2015

Board Member 2012 - 2015

Isles of Darkness

  • Setting strategy for the Society
  • Communicating with members and others contacting the Board
  • Approving and suggesting updates to Member Handbook
  • Considering disputes and issues of conduct
  • Managing volunteers

Domain Coordinator

2013 - Present

Isles of Darkness Wiltshire

Local Storyteller

2013 - present

Isles of Darkness Wiltshire


Library and Information Skills

Repository management

I manage the University of Bath Research Data Archive, which involves importing items from Pure, assigning them to users, and validating records and datasets when they are deposited.

Research data management

I have expertise in research data management in an academic environment and regularly provide advice to researchers. This often focuses on technical aspects including preservation, organisation and metadata, but has also included areas such as licensing and copyright.


I developed a metadata schema for the Research Data Archive which is compatible with, but also extends, DataCite. I used my detailed knowledge to develop a script to import metadata from our research information system, and to extend the DataCite export script.

Information management and use

I use information in a range of contexts, particularly to support decision making. In my e-resources role, this was focused on subscription management, but in my current role I have also developed reports on information stored in the Data Archive to inform service development and produced clear templates for reporting on project progress.

Collection development and management

I have experience of developing collections in several environments. These have included managing a small prison library collection, providing data to support decisions in an e-journal collection, taking responsibility for managing de-duplication of print and electronic resources, and ensuring that our data archive has appropriate collection development policies.

Technical skills


I use perl to develop our Research Data Archive, which uses EPrints. I have configured and customised existing plugins, and developed plugins to extend functionality. For example, I made a new screen to put reviewed datasets aside until the associated paper has been published. I shared the code for this on GitHub and provided an installable package.

Ruby on Rails

I volunteer on a project to rebuild the Isles of Darkness website in Ruby on Rails. For example, I designed and built the Events information model, which enabled me to embed up to date information about Events in several places on the site.

Web Front End

I have used HTML and CSS in many different contexts, and have recently used the Bootstrap framework, both directly and through adapting it to fit EPrints. I use JavaScript to provide extra functionality, such as when I was asked to provide QR codes on datasets so they could easily be included in poster presentations. I implemented a solution using the Google Charts API. I also shared my solution on GitHub for others to use.

Other skills


I led the CILIP South West Member Network through its formation from a merger between groups to being the established model.

Professional Development

I have run courses on behalf of CILIP on building a portfolio for Professional Registration and how to Revalidate. The Revalidation workshop was intended to be deliverable by others to encourage more people to complete the process, so I shared the materials and a blog post explaining the workshops and following up on common questions.