University Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection
Stella Butler has been University Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection Since April 2011. She has led the development of a new strategic plan, Library Futures, which was published in February 2012. Strategic actions are structured around five key themes: the student experience; research; collections; space; organizational infrastructure. A £27M new library building is in development (opening early 2015) on a key campus site underlining the University's ambitions to provide an exceptional student experience. A new vibrant website now showcases the Library's rich collections and a digital image library will be launched in Spring 2013.
Between 2008 and 2011 she was Deputy University Librarian at the John Rylands University Library, University of Manchester with responsibility for Research and Learning Support. Between 2000 and 2009 she was Head of Special Collections at the John Rylands Library, Deansgate. She led a £17M capital project to extend and redevelop that building, securing grants of over £12M from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the European Union and further donations from charitable trusts and individuals. She was also involved in major projects to improve access to important archival collections through cataloguing and digitisation including as co-Investigator for the AHRC funded Genizah Project which produced 22,000 images of the collection from the store-house of the Synagogue in Old Cairo.
Stella Butler has a PhD in the history of science and maintains research interests in the development of medicine in the nineteenth and twentieth century. She has written on the development of hospital services in Manchester, the history of professional training and the history of microscopy.
Stella Butler is a member of the board of Research Libraries UK (RLUK). She is a Feoffee of Chetham's Hospital and Library and a Trustee of Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children's Books. Between 2006 and 2010 she was a member of the Designation Panel of the Museums Libraries and Archives Council.
'A model for the country': letters of Florence Nightingale to the architect, Thomas Worthington, on hospitals and other matters 1865-1868, Med Humanit Published Online First 17 December 2012 doi:10.1136/medhum-2012-010248
Histories of Healing: Celebrating 175 years of the Manchester Medical Society, booklet to accompany exhibition January-June 2009, John Rylands Library, Manchester.
Exploiting Special Collections: using digital methods to enhance research and learning potential, SCONUL Focus no. 45, 2009.
Academic medicine in Manchester: the careers of Geoffrey Jefferson, Harry Platt, and John Stopford, 1914-39, Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, 87, i, 2005: 133-154.
Editor with John V Pickstone, Medical History in Manchester: Health and Healing in an Industrial City, Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, 87,i, 2005.
Articles in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2004 including Arthur Milnes Marshall (1852-1893) and Sir Herbert Atkinson Barker (1869-1950).
Articles in Dictionary of British Scientists, Thoemmes Press, 2004 on Philip Carpenter, John Everett Dutton and William Carmichael M'Intosh.
'Votes for Women': celebrating the Suffragette Centenary, Manchester Memoirs, 143, 2004/5, 7-20.