Caroline Brazier Appointed British Library Director of Scholarship & Collections

Caroline Brazier has recently been appointed to the British Library’s Executive Team, as the Library’s new Director of Scholarship & Collections.  Caroline will take over from Phil Spence, who was seconded into that role for two years and who will continue as Director of Operations & Services.  Caroline will start her role in April 2011.

As Director of Scholarship & Collections, Caroline will be charged with developing a roadmap for the Directorate in the light of increased digitisation of collections and non print legal deposit legislation.  This will include developing a strategy for digital scholarship, to ensure that the Library delivers the right content and services for all researchers now and in the future; reviewing the Library’s collection strategy and continuing to develop the capability and skills of Directorate staff to deliver services in an increasingly digital research environment.

Regarding her appointment Caroline said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead Scholarship & Collections through this next exciting period in the Library’s development. The Library is facing significant changes in how we develop our collections and the ways in which we will serve our researchers, but I know the Directorate team is fully focussed on meeting these challenges. I am looking forward enormously to working with everyone to deliver innovative and inspiring services.”

A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Caroline received an MA from University College London in Library and Information Studies.  Prior to joining the Library in 2002, Caroline worked in a variety of professional library roles within the University sector, mainly in Ireland over the past 20 years.  Caroline’s first role in the Library was as Head of Collection Acquisition and Description (CA&D), the large scale technical services division with over 350 staff.  In this role she oversaw the implementation of the Library’s first integrated library management system and also led a major restructuring of the department.

Caroline will move to Scholarship & Collections from her current role as Associate Director of Operations & Services.  Based in Boston Spa, Yorkshire, she is responsible for developing the service strategy and operational performance for the Library’s Document Supply Service and also for contemporary acquisition and processing activities.

Caroline Brazier will be a member of the Library’s Executive Team and will report to Dame Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive British Library.


For more information contact:

  • Miki Lentin
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