Welcome to our new 2019 blog series! We’re excited about this one.

We’re going to be asking librarians a short selection of questions that are intended to be fun and easygoing. We’ll be mixing up the questions from time to time to keep things fresh. Entries will be released once a week on Friday afternoons for a spot of leisurely reading before the weekend.

A little bit of trivia to start… which 1994 film is the title of the series inspired by?
Send answers to tom.rodenby@exacteditions.com

We start the series with Peter Reid of Bath Spa University, who was the first librarian to kindly volunteer their time.

Job Title

Digital Services Librarian

Best part of your job?

There’s just so much of it … with some good people.

Favourite book?

The Secret History.

Favourite magazine?

French Vanity Fair.

What will the library of the future be like? (In one sentence)

A place for quiet thought and creativity, and the generation of new ideas and knowledge, like it always was.

Most common query in the library?

Something springing from a failed, seamed journey along the many back-and-forths from link click to full text, unfortunately.

Coffee or Tea?


What job would you do if you weren’t a librarian?

Some sort of researcher.

Should the library be quiet or a place for discussion?

Quiet. The rest of the university/organisation/city or town or village is for discussion.

Anything you would like to ask me?

Job title? etc.

I’m the institutional sales and marketing manager here at Exact Editions. The role is quite varied and my responsibilities range from liaising with librarians and subscriptions agents to thinking of new email designs, writing press releases and writing blog posts!

Would you like to participate? Or nominate a colleague?
You can reach me at tom.rodenby@exacteditions.com