‘♪ Getting to know you… ♪’

Continuing the new series about getting to know our lovely colleagues, next up are Lizzie & Adam…

If you’d like to submit your answers to the Q+A, fill out the template and send it to library.innovation@sussex.ac.uk, or get in touch with the Blog Admins – Kate, Kerry & Sam.

Drawing of Lizzie by Chris Riddell

We’d like to include a brief biography before the Q+A.  To help with this, could you tell us, in a couple of sentences, where you’re from, where you live now, and a little bit about your working life so far…

I grew up in Suffolk, just outside Ipswich. It’s a county famous for Ed Sheeran, being flat and farming so obviously as an 18 year old I couldn’t wait to get out. I now live in Whitehawk in Brighton with my boyfriend and housemate which is a vast improvement.

I’ve worked in customer service based jobs since I was 16 and started my library career in Uckfield Library. After learning of an impending wave of council redundancies I applied here and joined Sussex in June 2016.

What’s your favourite part of the library?

I love the second floor – it’s light and airy and usually the warmest part of the building. You can also look down the atrium and spy on the people below which is great fun.

Tell us about your journey into work.

I get the number 23 bus which basically takes me door to door from home to work. I either catch up with the world’s events on Twitter or chat to Ian, who sometimes joins me on the bus.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen or heard in the library?

Probably when I walked in early one morning and Ron was sitting at the reception desk with a rubber seagull hat completely over his head. It was eerie and wonderful.

Which book/film/album changed your life?

The His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman had a massive effect on me as a child. Not only was it the first thing I’d read that was openly critical of organised religion but the ending of the last book absolutely destroyed me. It was the first time that I’d experienced grief just from the written word.

What is the worst job you’ve ever done? (Careful…)

Wow, so many to choose from. I’d have to go for when I worked as a waitress in a 4 star hotel in Lewes for a year. Lots of rude and snooty customers, minimum wage pay and 10 hour shifts on my feet with only a 15 minute break to eat. They also made us work on Christmas Day for no extra pay. The hotel’s gone downhill these days and I take great delight in reading their bad TripAdvisor reviews from time to time.

What do you feel most proud of, in your work here?

It sounds silly but one time I helped a very stressed out student with her binding and she raced off to get it in for the 4pm deadline. She came back the next day with a box of chocolates and a lovely note for me – sometimes it’s the small things that stick with you.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?

I was always fascinated with Ancient Rome as a child so it would be interesting to go there – as long as I could just observe and not get sold into slavery or killed for sport in the Colosseum.

How do you relax?

At home I like to put on a podcast and do some cooking with a gin and tonic within easy reach. I find chopping vegetables very therapeutic. I also like playing board games, either in real life with friends or on my tablet with strangers via the Internet. Also reading, obviously. (I’m contractually obliged to say that).

What keeps you awake at night?

I’m quite a deep sleeper so not much really. Other than fears of my own inadequacy.

Who would play you in the film of your life?

A few people have told me I look a bit like Taylor Swift, which is very flattering. I’m tone deaf though so that’s where the similarities end.


Adam in London

We’d like to include a brief biography before the Q+A.  To help with this, could you tell us, in a couple of sentences, where you’re from, where you live now, and a little bit about your working life so far…

Sussex born and bred now living in Eastbourne.  I spent most of my 20s working in call centres before deciding I wanted to be an Archivist.  After 6 years of working professionally I’ve only actually had a job with the word ‘Archivist’ in it for 4 months.

What’s your favourite part of the library?

The seats near the window next to the Ns on the first floor.  Nice and quiet!

Tell us about your journey into work.

Walk, train, walk with a soundtrack of history podcasts.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen or heard in the library?

Sean dancing with a broom in the visitor’s suite!

Which book/film/album changed your life?
Book: Notes from Underground.  Fyodor Dostoevsky.  Not in a good way (I’m better now!).

What is the worst job you’ve ever done? (Careful…)
Packing cds into plastic sleeves for the big issue magazine.  Please please never again.

What do you feel most proud of, in your work here?

Getting all the ordering systems at The Keep working.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?

I thought long and hard about this.  There are many periods in history that I’m fond of.  Georgian or Victorian England (nice suits!) Republican Rome before it all went a bit pear shaped (living as a patrician of course!), or even the American old west.  But really my romantic impressions of these eras are light years away from what it was actually like to live in the past.  I’m quite happy living in the here and now thank you very much.

How do you relax?

Watching American Football, reading, having a drink with friends, sleeping in hammocks in the woods with friends – a nice campfire.  Spending time with my partner without the kids around!

What keeps you awake at night?

A Two year old and a 9 month old.

Who would play you in the film of your life?

Brian Cox – swoon.


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