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Information Literacy

Experienced in devising and delivering information skills lessons to students aged 5 - 18


Good working knowledge of cataloguing in both DDC and LC systems.

Microsoft Office

Competent with Word, Excel, Powerpoint programmes


Work experience

Sep 2009Present


Applied Technology High School, Dubai, UAE

As part of IAT, ATHS Dubai offers a career-based technical education to approximately 950 fourteen to eighteen year old Emirati boys and with effect from September 2012 has added a vocational stream to the school curriculum.  As librarian I am responsible to the Academic Vice-principal for the daily running of the Learning Resource Centre.  Duties include:

  •  ordering resources within an agreed budget of up to Dhs1m to support both the curriculum and reading for pleasure.
  •  creating an Information Literacy programme in collaboration with other ATHS campus librarians to develop the learning skills of all our students. 
  • becoming familiar with and using Web 2.0 tools to meet IAT’s aim of integrating technology into the classroom and offering 1:1 learning to the students.

  • using Sierra LMS to catalogue and manage circulation of resources.

  • leading the team to develop the school website and produce a monthly newsletter for parents and students.
    Sep 2004Sep 2009

    Senior Librarian

    The English College, Dubai, UAE

    The English College offers a UK-based curriculum to approximately 300 primary and 650 secondary school students.  As senior librarian I was responsible to the Headteacher for the running of primary and secondary school libraries.  My duties included:

    • setting up the primary school library from scratch.
    • introducing the Eclipse/ Junior Librarian web-based library management system.
    • developing an Information Skills programme for primary school.
    • managing the budget and ordering resources for both libraries.
    • co-ordinating the annual overseas order for secondary school.
    • setting up and running email messaging for parents.
    Sep 1997Jul 2004

    Librarian and Registrar

    Sharjah English School, Sharjah, UAE

    At the time of my employment Sharjah English School was a long-established, not-for-profit primary school offering a UK curriculum to approximately 350 pupils aged three to eleven.  Answering to the Headmaster, amongst other duties, I

    • set up the school's first automated library management system: Junior Librarian
    • devised and taught a library skills course to pupils aged 5 - 11
    • updated and developed the library collection
    • organised the school's first book week which culminated in a "Dress as your favourite book character" day with the costumes being judged by Isobel Abulhoul.
    • worked with the school secretary to oversee and process applications to the school and manage the enrolment lists for the Ministry of Education.
    Jan 1982Jul 1986

    Warden, Queen's Hall of Residence

    RGIT (now Robert Gordon's University), Aberdeen, UK

    Queen's Hall of Residence offered catered accommodation to 80 first year female students of Robert Gordon's Institute of Technology.  As Warden I supervised 3 full-time and 8 part-time staff, answering to the Secretary to the Institute for the day-to-day running of the hall which included taking responsibility for the welfare of the students in my care, menu planning, ordering provisions and managing accounts.





    Jan 2011Dec 2015





    Shortlisted for School Librarian of the Year 2017 and 2018

    Book Week 2016

    Building on the success of the previous three years  Book Week to develop with more events and more competitions.  The Spelling Bee has been expanded to include three grade levels with an  inter-campus final for eight participating schools.

    Teaching Skills for Librarians 2010

    A one day workshop I organised in 2010 for 32 school and university librarians run by Chris Powis, Head of Library and Learning Services at the University of Northampton, UK.

    The English College Dinner Dance 2007

    Principal organiser of EC's first dinner dance which raised over Dhs40,000 in aid of the school's charity drive to send students to Everest Base Camp with Gulf for Good and to support children in Nepal.

    BSME School Librarians Workshop 2006

    3 day workshop arranged with sponsorship from Magrudy's Bookshop attended by 33 librarians from 4 GCC countries and led by Geoff Dubber, Past President of the School Library Association.  Topics focused on Information Literacy, Raising the Profile of the Library and Managing Behaviour in the School Library.

    Professional Affiliations

    Past co-ordinator of the UAE school librarians network (2011 - 2016)

    Board member of MENA Extensive Reading Foundation

    Past member of School Library Association, UK

    PD attended

    2019      Fact vs. Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Fake News, edWebinar

    2019     Teaching for the 21st Century with Nearpod and Google, edWebinar

    2019     Close Reading the Internet: Developing Critical Thinkers, edWebinar

    2018     IATTEC conference

    2018     3 days Sierra LMS training

    2018     Google this! The research process revisited, edWebinar

    2018     Inquiry-based learning edWebinar

    2017    Teaching digital literacy, edWebinar

    2017    News literacy as a vehicle for reading skills instruction, edWebinar

    2017   The Big6 Curriculum, edWebinar

    2016    Creating quizzes on Desire 2 Learn platform

    2016    Dissertation stage of MSc in Library and Information Studies, RGU, UK

    2015    School Library Association online course ‘Academic Honesty’

    2015     4 days training on Sierra LMS

    2015    IAT Librarians training on EBSCO databases

    2015    6 week MOOC on ‘Teaching Library Research Strategies’

    2014    ALA Using and Understanding Library of Congress Classification

    2014    ALA Library conference, Sharjah, UAE

    2014    TESOL Arabia iPad Best Practices Course

    2014    TESOL Arabia mLearning Conference, Dubai UAE

    2014    TESOL Arabia conference, Dubai

    2014    UAESLN workshop on library technical services

    2013    TESOL morning workshops on encouraging reading at Emirates College, Dubai

    2013    Integrating technology in the classroom, 5 PD sessions, ATHS, Dubai

    2011    Reading roadshow, Khalifa University, Sharjah

    2010    School libraries in the 21st Century, Dubai

    2010    Practical activities for teaching reading for K-12, Khalifa University, Sharjah

    2010    E-book futures, YSL (Your School Library,

    2010    Teaching skills for librarians, IAT, Dubai

    2010   Reading 2010, YSL

    2009    Transforming school libraries with web 2.0, YSL

    2006    BSME librarians inset, Dubai