Long-Serving Librarian Set For Quieter Life

10 January 2012

Academic Library Services Manager Richard Finch

Academic Library Services Manager Richard Finch with one of the presents given to him by colleagues on his retirement.

After almost 30 years of ensuring students and staff had access to the right study materials, University libraries stalwart Richard Finch has retired.

As Academic Library Services Manager, Richard managed a team of subject librarians and other colleagues. He liaised with academic staff to make sure the University libraries contained the most relevant print and online resources to support degree programmes, and that staff and students could make the best use of them.

Richard, 61, originally from Hertfordshire, worked in libraries at the former Oxford Polytechnic and Brighton Polytechnic before joining Derby in 1982; when the University was called Derby Lonsdale College of Higher Education.

He said: "At that time the main library was housed in the block where the current row of shops is, off the Atrium at the Kedleston Road site. That's why the room numbers for The Courtoom and lecture theatre there begin with OL, short for 'Old Library'."

The library moved in 1993 to the bottom of B Block on the site and then to its current purpose-built building in 1997.

Richard added: "I have been here a long time but there are actually three members of library staff who have worked here longer and we've seen a lot of changes.

"We've gone from no personal computers and pretty much all academic resources being in print, to loaning out laptops and spending almost as much on electronic information as we do on print."

Colleagues in LEI (Learning Enhancement and Innovation) held a leaving party for Richard on December 20 at the Multi-Faith Centre.

In retirement he is planning to spend more time with his family, including his new granddaughter, and on voluntary work for the parish where he lives in Repton.

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