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.
University of Bath
Surrey County Council
The Library Association
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
Surrey County Council
Royal Holloway, University of London
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: http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue69/robinson-et-al.
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: http://opus.bath.ac.uk/28437/
Jennings, L., 2009. Virtual CPD : Professional development at a distance. Impact: Journal of the Career Development Group, 12 (1), pp. 7-9. Available from:
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:.
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:.
CILIP South West Member Network
Career Development Group
CDG West Country
Isles of Darkness (Live Action Roleplaying Society)
Isles of Darkness
Isles of Darkness Wiltshire
Isles of Darkness Wiltshire
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I led the CILIP South West Member Network through its formation from a merger between groups to being the established model.
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.