Amy Carroll

Amy Carroll

Halton

I generally work with the results produced by scientists

Amy helps #TeamScience find the information they need – so they can discover more about the world around us.

What do you do in your job?

I help to provide an information service to scientists, engineers, managers, administrative staff and campus tenants. I help them access the information they need in order for them to carry out their roles as effectively as possible. I keep up-to-date with new projects so that I can add relevant resources to the Library. I use organisational and communications skills to manage resources and explain to staff how we can help them in their jobs.

If you had to summarise the impact your job has on everyday life – what would you say in two sentences?

I help people working at STFC to maximise their potential by enabling them to access the information they need in a timely manner. This information helps to create new knowledge, which helps us all to better understand the world we live in.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Meeting lots of interesting people from all around the world. (Also, watching Star Trek and Big Bang Theory and thinking “that’s what we do!” when the characters discuss science!)

How does your job support the people and the science that happens on site?

Information resources and services provided by the Library help people to learn new skills, keep up to date with their subjects, and discover new scientific areas. I also help to publicise their scientific publications to the outside world.

What is it like working in a facility like Daresbury?

It’s fascinating!

What did you study at school?

I have GCSES in English language, English literature, double science, mathematics, physical education, art, textiles, history and Welsh.

At A-Level I studied Welsh, art and psychology.

How do you use science in your job?

I generally work with the results produced by science: the publications that come from the work of researchers.

What five top tips would you have for people wanting a job like yours?

  • Don’t be put off by the seemingly complex work scientists do – I’m still learning about what goes on here!
  • Get involved – attend departmental talks, away days and seminars to find out what your colleagues are up to
  • Visit different libraries to see how they work
  • Watch science and technology documentaries
  • Go to open days and public lectures at science institutions

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