Get to know your librarians

Subject Librarians provide information skills training, look after your reading lists and subject guides and offer support and advice on using the libraries, finding resources for your assignments and referencing. Aberystwyth University Libraries has 7 Subject Librarians, each with their own areas of expertise.  

You are very welcome to arrange a MS Teams meeting with your Subject Librarian if you have any questions about using the Library or would like advice – you can do this online here, or by e-mail. Or just drop them a message to say hello!  

Joy Cadwallader jrc Joy Cadwallader – jrc@aber.ac.uk  

Joy is the Subject Librarian for Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Modern Languages and English and Creative Writing.  

I’ve just completed a PG diploma in managing information and library services and have begun learning Welsh, better late than never! Before Covid I enjoyed ballroom & Latin dancing, travelling and karaoke. Nowadays I love visiting local wildlife projects that have re-opened and watching professional road cycling on TV. 

Simon French sif4 Simon French – sif4@aber.ac.uk 

Computer ScienceGeography and Earth SciencesInternational Politics, Maths and Physics are Simon’s areas of expertise.  

As a child, I was a keen reader and collector of books. As an adult, I worked for many, many unhappy years in the second-hand and rare book trade before becoming a librarian here at Aberystwyth University. All of this might lead you to think that I’m a bit of a one-trick-pony, but I want to make it abundantly clear that I do enjoy things other than books, like…um…! 

Anita Saycell aiv Anita Saycell – aiv@aber.ac.uk 

Anita looks after Business, Sport and Exercise Science and Information Studies.

I started volunteering in libraries at the age of 14, then secured my first paid Saturday library job at 16 and everything has come from there.  When I’m not out cycling on the rolling Ceredigion hills, I really enjoy teaching and being able to help, so please do get in touch with any question however big or small! 

Sarah Gwenlan ssg Sarah Gwenlan – ssg@aber.ac.uk  

Sarah is our Subject Librarian for Education, the International English Centre and Psychology

Prior to working at Aberystwyth University I taught English Language in Spain, the Czech Republic, Italy and Poland. I’ve also worked in the Careers Services at SOAS and Newport, so you could say I’m familiar with working with students! Please get in touch if you need help, that’s why I’m here!

Lloyd Roderick glr9 Lloyd Roderick – glr9@aber.ac.uk  

Lloyd is responsible for Art and Art History, Law and Criminology, Welsh and Celtic Studies and History and Welsh History 

I wanted to work in libraries after spending a lot of time hanging around the music collection in Llanelli public library after realising they had Sonic Youth’s back catalogue available to loan. After university I worked at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Library, University of London, then studied an MSc in Information and Library Science.  I later worked at Newport public libraries and the Courtauld Institute of Art library.  Later I produced a PhD studying art collections at the National Library of Wales…. all of which has given me a good background for supporting students and staff in the departments I work with as a Subject Librarian at Aberystwyth University. 

In my spare time I’m an assessor on the Professional Registration Panel of CILIP (Chartered Institute of Librarians and Information Professionals) and have curated exhibitions on modernism and contemporary art in Wales.  

Non Jones nrb Non Jones – nrb@aber.ac.uk 

Non’s subject areas are Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences and BVSc Veterinary Science

Ever since I got work experience at my local public library here in Aberystwyth when I was a pupil in secondary school (… and I’m going back several years now!), I knew I wanted to be a librarian.  I joined Information Services in 2001 and a few years later received a postgraduate degree in Information and Library Studies here at the University as a distance learner.  In my spare time – in between looking after the family, cats, chickens and hamsters – I enjoy reading and being creative with art, craft and calligraphy.

Connie Davage hod Connie Davage – hod@aber.ac.uk    

Connie looks after Lifelong Learning.  

I liked to help my colleague in the school library where I taught in Shanghai. I guess that is where my librarian journey started. I enjoy travelling, gardening and baking. Most of all, I enjoy being able to help people, so please get in touch if you have any questions.  

Black History Month 2021

Black History Month is an annual event reflecting on the histories and cultures of black people throughout the world. It began in America but has been marked every October in the UK since 1987.

For Black History Month 2021, Aberystwyth University Library has published a new list of recommended reading and resources which offer the opportunity to explore some perhaps lesser-known facets of Black History:

  

Welsh Black History

Our Black History in Wales selections take us on journeys to explore Wales’ involvement in slavery and its pivotal role in abolishing it (Slave Wales by Chris Evans);  personal journeys of self-discovery and mixed-race identity (Sugar and Slate by Charlotte Williams) and onto the first Welsh-language volume to discuss the portrayal of multiculturalism in Wales in contemporary Welsh and English fiction (Y Gymru Ddu ar Ddalen Wen by Lisa Sheppard).

 

British Black History

In this section, we look at the experiences of women and students of colour in British Academia (Inside the ivory tower edited by Deborah Gabriel and Shirley Tate and Insider-Outsider: The Role of Race in Shaping the Experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic Students by Sofia Akel). We see how the cultural impact of the politics of race and antiracism is reflected in Black British and British Asian literature (Race and antiracism in Black British and British Asian literature by Dave Gunning), and follow both a historical narrative of Britain’s racialized minorities (Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain, Peter Fryer) and a very British crisis of identity (Afua Hirsch’s Brit(ish): on race, identity and belonging). 

 

Black History in Poetry 

Experience Black History in poetry through recent works by the Dylan Thomas Prize winning Kayombo Chingonyi (Kumukanda) and Raymond Antrobus’ debut collection The Perseverance. Delve into the astonishing online Proquest Literature One African American Poetry collection of nearly 3,000 poems by African American poets of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.   

 

Fiction and Non-Fiction

Our fiction recommendations for you include recently published novels, the Welsh-language novel Safana by Jerry Hunter and Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams, prize-winning novels (An American Marriage by Tayari Jones; Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo), classic novels (Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Beloved by Toni Morrison and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man) and popular YA fiction (Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give )

In our non-fiction selection you’ll find autobiographies and biographies of influential black people (Becoming, Michelle Obama) and a diverse range of challenging essays and political and social commentaries (I will not be erased, gal-dem; Slay in your lane: the Black girl bible, Yomi Adegoke; Natives, Akala; Don’t touch my hair, Emma Dabiri).

 

Online Resources

The list contains many wonderful online resources, but do not overlook the Proquest One Literature Black Writing and World Literature Collection which brings together the largest and most inclusive literature collection ever curated. These are the special projects we are highlighting this month:

African Writers Series​ 

This online collection includes over 250 volumes of fiction, poetry, drama and non-fictional prose by African authors.

Caribbean Literature​ 

More than a million-and-a-half Africans, along with many Indians and South Asians, were brought to the Caribbean between the 15th and 19th centuries. Today, their descendants are producing literature with strong and direct ties to traditional African expressions.

Black Women Writers​ 

Black Women Writers presents 100,000 pages of literature and essays on feminist issues – from 18th century narratives depicting slavery, to works by a wide range of authors during the late 1950s and 1960s, following the winds of independence that swept across Africa.

Black Short Fiction and Folklore​ 

Black Short Fiction and Folklore brings together 82,000 pages and more than 11,000 works of short fiction, comprising a variety of traditions ranging from early African oral traditions to hip-hop – including fables, parables, ballads, folk-tales, short stories and novellas.  

Black History Month display on Level F Hugh Owen Library

We have included a range of physical and online resources on the list, so whether you’re on campus or off, you’ll find something interesting to read. Browse our virtual display here or if you prefer to browse in person, we will have a display on Level F of the Hugh Owen Library throughout October.

And please let us know what you think of the selection! Tweet using the hashtag #BHMAber21 or @aberuni_is on Twitter.