I began working at Mount Street in October 2018 as Head Librarian of the Jesuit Library of Theology and Philosophy – also known as the Heythrop Library. I worked at Heythrop College for 28 years, firstly as Deputy Librarian, and from 2013 as Head Librarian. It has always been a privilege to work with Heythrop Library’s superb collections and to play a part in maintaining them. Much of my work at Heythrop has been in the more technical aspects of running an academic library. I was first employed at Heythrop to computerise the library systems – acquisitions, serials, cataloguing, lending services. I am very pleased to take on my new role. The aim is to ensure that the Heythrop Library has a continuing relevance as a key resource for academics, scholars and researchers, and that it continues to serve the needs of the intellectual apostolate of the Society of Jesus.
I began my librarianship career at the University of Haifa in Israel, where I also did my librarianship studies. I worked at Haifa for four years, before coming back to the UK and working at the library of King’s College in London. I joined Heythrop in 1990; this was my first contact with Jesuits, and I was tremendously impressed by their commitment to scholarship and learning.
It’s extremely gratifying to be involved with Heythrop Library’s new role. It is an exciting challenge to be part of the setting up of the innovative arrangement with Senate House Library – our main book collections are in storage, but the arrangement means that members of Senate House Library can order books to be brought from storage and borrowed. I am also looking forward to setting up a working library at Mount Street in the coming years.