Joanne Elizabeth Alcock (Jo)

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Professional interests

My primary professional interests lie in understanding more about the society we live in, new developments (e.g. technological developments), our individual differences (e.g. personalities and preferences) and our social interactions. In understanding these, we can then consider how to apply this knowledge to improve the services we offer.

With experience as both a practitioner (academic librarian) and a researcher, I am keen to strengthen links between library and information research and practice by ensuring my own research is informed by current practitioners, and by providing research support (including training and consultancy) for others in the sector.

As an active member of professional organisations such as CILIP, I volunteer my time to support them. I am an active committee member; I regularly attend events; and I facilitate communication, networking and sharing of good practice between members.


Career and work experience

Evidence Based Researcher, Birmingham City University
Research, evaluation and consultancy for the information community. Project-based work for both internal and external library and information services.

Future Skills Project Worker, CILIP: Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
Developing CILIP Professional Registration support materials, including handbooks, web content and training materials. My focus was on Chartership and Revalidation.

Resources Librarian, University of Wolverhampton
Academic school liaison, stock development, information skills teaching (including Corporate Staff Development Programme), and attending planning meetings. Managing projects on the development of resource collection for trainee teachers, and social media presence for Learning and Information Services.

Internet Marketing Consultant, Cookies and Java
Strategic marketing advisor with specific responsibility for internet marketing and communication initiatives.

Academic Information Assistant, University of Wolverhampton
Answering enquiries in person, on the phone, via e-mail and online, administrative tasks, and providing subject and teaching support for subject librarians.

Library Assistant, Perton Public Library
Circulation of stock (Talis ALTO), answering enquiries, and assisting with use of PCs and computer equipment.

Student representative, University of Wales, Bangor
Organisation of social and competitive events, club promotion, managing finances, encouraging teamwork.

Club Captain and Treasurer, Bangor University Gymnastics Club
Organisation of social and competitive events, club promotion, managing finances, encouraging teamwork.


Education and Qualifications

  • CMI Level 7 Certificate in Professional Consulting (QCF)
  • Institute of Leadership and Management Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management
  • Institute of Leadership and Management Level 3 Award in Coaching
  • Chartered Information Professional (CILIP MCLIP)
  • PRINCE2 qualified Project Management Practitioner
  • MScEcon Information and Library Studies (Distinction)
  • Advanced European Computer Driving License in Word Processing and Spreadsheets
  • European Computer Driving License (ECDL)
  • Organizational Analysis Certificate (studied online through Coursera)
  • Data Analysis and Statistical Inference certificate (studied online through Coursera)
  • Social Psychology certificate (studied online through Coursera)
  • BSc(Hons) Sports Science (1st)
  • 4 A-C A-levels (General Studies, Maths – Statistics, Physical Education, Psychology)
  • 1 AS level (German)
  • 11 A*-B GCSEs (Maths, English Language, English Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Graphics, German, Geography,  Religious Education, Child Development)

Professional Membership and Voluntary Responsibilities

  • ALA NMRT Vice Presidential Planning Committee (2013-14)
  • ALA NMRT Online Discussion Forum Committee (Chair 2012-13)
  • ALA ASCLA-NMRT liaison (2011-12)
  • Birmingham Future Faces member (2011-2014)
  • CPD23 organiser (2011-2012)
  • CILIP Career Development Group West Midlands committee member (Divisional Representative at CILIP Branch, 2009-12)
  • CILIP CPD Forum National Offers Group committee member (2015-present)
  • CILIP Data Sharing Working Group member (2011-2012)
  • CILIP Professional Registration mentor (2014-present)
  • CILIP Website User Group (2011-present)
  • CILIP West Midlands Branch committee member (Marketing Officer 2009-11, Chair 2012)
  • IFLA member
  • LISNPN adminstrator (2010-2011)
  • New Review of Academic Librarianship – Review Editor (2015-present)

Awards and achievements

  • Accepted for Clore Leadership Short Course Residential (Feb 2015)
  • EBSCO Scholarship award for ALA Midwinter 2012 attendance – Dallas, USA
  • 2012 ALA Emerging Leader
  • 2011 Salem Press Blog Awards finalist
  • John Campbell Trust award winner (bursary to support ALA Annual Conference 2011 attendance and study visit to LSU libraries)
  • Sponsored attendance at LILAC 2010 Conference
  • Sponsored attendance at CoFHE 2009 Conference
  • 2005 Sportswoman of the Year (University of Wales, Bangor)