As BDS restructures and grows, the company is taking on new staff to meet the requirements of cataloguing for public and academic libraries.
New Academic Content Team Leader
Lesley Firth joins the team, bringing in her expertise derived from a successful career at the British Library, to become BDS’s Academic Content Team Leader.
“Prior to coming to BDS I worked at the British Library in Boston Spa for 25 years, as a Cataloguing Team Manager,” says Lesley. “I was responsible for the development of cataloguing policy and procedure, workflow development, quality management and training of cataloguers and paraprofessionals. I was also part of the core team responsible for the implementation of RDA in the British Library and the development of BL policy statements.”
At BDS, Lesley will be responsible for leading the team that will provide catalogue records for digital material for the academic community.
“I was thrilled when the opportunity came up to work for BDS as it has been my dream for a long time to move to Dumfries and Galloway” continues Lesley. “Because BDS has worked closely with the British Library, I was aware of the work done in Dumfries. At the British Library at Boston Spa, I had been used to being in a workplace that is surrounded by trees, countryside and wildlife, so working at BDS feels just right and the view from my desk at BDS is far superior.”
Outside of work, Lesley enjoys walking and she is looking forward to end of lockdown, so she can “go for walks in the beautiful Dumfries and Galloway countryside”. When she lived in Knaresborough she used to attend tap dancing classes and while she hasn’t found any such classes near Dumfries, she says she will be looking for some Scottish country dance classes to try instead.
Cataloguer Joins from Dawson
Dominic Wilson joins BDS from his previous post at Dawson where one of his jobs was to oversee the transfer of books to BDS for cataloguing.
“It definitely felt different going from somewhere where metadata was an add-on to somewhere where it was the focus of the business,” says Dominic. “I already knew from my previous job what a fabulous company BDS were. If you want to work in cataloguing, BDS are the place to be.”
Originally from Colchester, Dominic went to Exeter University from where he gained a First-Class Honours degree in Ancient History, followed by an MA in Classics and Ancient History with Distinction. He continued his studies at City University London, gaining an MSc in Library Science with Distinction.
“I was on the University Challenge team at both universities,” he recalls, “but neither team made it to the television stages.”
Moving from Norwich, where Dawson was based in England, to live in Scotland for the first time presents Dominic with the interesting prospect of discovering a new culture and the Scottish outdoors.
“I have a fairly wide range of interests including history, philosophy and ancient literature so moving to an ancient burgh with a strong literary tradition and a lively university next to the BDS offices offers plenty for me to explore,” he says.
Attracting Talent for the Future
“BDS is expanding and keen to attract talent to the company,” says Lesley Whyte, “and we particularly like it when experienced staff join us.”
Both Lesley and Dominic are undergoing training in the BDS Method, the process by which BDS achieves its enviable benchmark results and which builds BDS’s superset of metadata that allows libraries of diverse focus and function to benefit from BDS records.