Ask a Librarian ...

This issue: Lis Hannon, Supervisor, Main Library Issue Desk

What do you do in the Library? I'm responsible for the day-to-day running of the desk and the efficient turn-around of lending materials - basically to ensure everyone gets a fair chance of getting the books on their reading lists. I also deal with library users and any problems arising. I've been here for eighteen months although I was an undergraduate student at UCL back in 1994.

What was your first paid job? My first paid job was at a record shop called 'UpFront' in North Devon where I grew up. I actually ended up working there for years, even through my Uni vacations. It's still the best job I ever had! They're still there so if you're ever in Barnstaple I strongly recommend you pay a visit and say hi to Jim.

Favourite website? Very un-intellectual I'm afraid but it has to be e-bay. The stuff you can find on there is absolutely fascinating. I've spent a fortune on old film memorabilia and records. Mind you I've also been ripped off a few times so you have to be careful.

Last book you read? 'Smiling in slow motion', the last of Derek Jarman's memoirs.

What one thing would you change about the Library if you could? I think it is really important to promote our policy on mobile phones. Some users still seem to feel that it is perfectly acceptable to chat on a mobile in an academic library.

What three things would you take to a desert island? Golden Virginia rolling tobacco, Rizla's and a lighter. I gave up smoking three years ago after a long hard struggle. This would be the perfect excuse to start again.

What's the first thing you'd do if you won the lottery? Buy a house in London seeing as my wages will never even come close. Ever.