BDS Appoints Director of Academic Library Operations

Heather Sherman, Director of Academic Library Operations

BDS has appointed Heather Sherman to a newly created role of Director of Academic Library Operations.

The position will allow BDS to address growth within the academic library sector, maintaining the company’s high standards in customer relations while introducing Heather’s vast experience in library systems, technology, physical and digital supply chains, metadata life-cycle, e-commerce, eBooks, acquisitions and cataloguing in relation to academic libraries.

“We are delighted to welcome Heather Sherman as a senior member of the BDS team,” says Lesley Whyte, Managing Director of BDS. “We have worked with Heather when she was at Dawson Books where she played a key role in the Library Leadership Team as Head of Library Programme Management. She is an ideal fit for BDS as we move forward with our business.”

Before joining Dawson in 2005, Heather began her career as a graduate trainee at the British Library. She has held posts within academic libraries and has worked with libraries worldwide including the Bodleian Library, Imperial College, the University of South Africa, and Public Libraries throughout Ireland. A regular presenter at conferences and training events, she is a member of several industry committees.

“I am looking forward to the challenges of my new role within BDS and meeting BDS’ customers,” says Heather. “I believe my substantial commercial experience in the library metadata supply chain, stock supply and related services alongside my knowledge of the academic library sector will bring benefits to libraries and BDS alike.”

People wishing to contact Heather can do so at or call her on 07711 378086.