Rhona Watson has been a librarian in academic libraries for most of her working life. She is originally Scottish but has lived in Cambridge since coming down to work in the Faculty of Economics Library and then moving over to the Quincentenary Library. She has been the Librarian in the Quincentenary Library in Jesus College, Cambridge, since just before their new library building opened in 1995, and leads a small team in the 24-hour library where, as well as supporting the University of Cambridge's degree courses with academic material, the library provides wellbeing resources for all College members - students, staff and fellows alike. This summer she was a joint winner of a Green Impact Sustainability Award for developing a Wellbeing Seed Library containing seeds for gardens and windowsills, housed in the Library foyer.
Outside of her library work she has a keen interest in wildlife, and has just been elected to the Council for the Cambridge Natural History Society (est. 1857). She helps with biological recording in Cambridge and has developed a wildlife species list for Jesus College, and contributed to the 2022 book, The Nature of Cambridge, edited by Mark Hill. In her spare time, Rhona also enjoys reading, walking and travelling.
Diana Caulfield works a bit more behind the scenes, dealing with things like management of the space and leading the team of invigilators, all the while spending time getting to grips with Bliss Classification (how we arrange the books on the shelves). So do say hello as she does her daily walkthrough of the library (if you're up early enough, she's a bit of a morning person!).
Diana switched to librarianship from secondary school teaching 20 years ago and has never looked back. Starting in the Pendlebury Music Library, she moved via the Squire Law Library to the Fitzwilliam Museum Reference Library, before coming to Jesus. Although not as many of the books have pictures in anymore, it's lovely to be surrounded by the buzz of student life.
Outside of work, Diana is a keen amateur musician and has played with various ensembles around Cambridge and beyond. Highlights include performing Britten's War Requiem in Coventry Cathedral, big band gigs in legendary venues like the Bull's Head and the 100 Club, and just this summer trying to wedge most of a 50-piece band onto a tiny bandstand at Brand's Hatch.
When not making music, Diana enjoys comedy, retro gaming, and spending time with her darling-but-utterly-bonkers children. She also enjoys crochet, and is currently working her way through crocheting the first 151 Pokémon (over 50 completed so far!), so be on the lookout for some of her creations in the QuinLib scavenger hunt this Halloween...
Sarah Burton, our Assistant Librarian (Academic Services) leads induction tours for new students. She can also help you with all things academic skills and has so far set up Zotero bibliographic software, answered referencing questions and found research sources. So, ask her your queries about anything and everything, but particularly ebooks, databases and literature searching. While encouraging the wellbeing of others, Sarah maintains her own wellbeing through nature including long walks through woodland, birdwatching and watching documentaries. She loves our green and wooded college full of wildlife!
Sarah has been working in University of Cambridge Libraries coming on for 15 years, primarily at Cambridge Judge Business School, with stints at the Engineering Library, Homerton College Library, MMLL Library and most recently Classics Faculty Library. Outside work, Sarah is an avid film, TV and book fan, as well as a keen quizzer. During and after university, she was a film reviewer, including for the Cambridge Film Festival where she interviewed the most important film director in Albania!
During the holidays, she enjoys seeing new places, and in recent years has spent time in Costa Rica, Bali and the Philippines. Other than that, she is trying (and failing) to write a book as she is a fiction writer at heart. She has joined the creative writing group in the college to get writing again and improve her confidence and finally write that book!