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Jane Saunders

Jane is responsible for the Library's main research and teaching collections. (Rare books and archives fall under the remit of our Cultural Collections). She manages the Library's information resources budget, which buys the books, journals, databases and digitised collections to support research and teaching across the University. Jane is the strategic sponsor for the Open Higher Education strand of the Library's Forward Plan and is a keen proponent of open research.

Jane supports sector-wide initiatives to promote collaboration in relation to collections and open research. She is a member of the Jisc Library Hub Community Advisory Board and is co-Convenor of the RLUK's Collections Strategy Network. She is also a member of the White Rose Libraries Innovation Board and the SCONUL Markets and Technologies Group.

Jane's past roles in the Library include Head of Access and Operations. In this capacity she played a leading role in the construction of the new Laidlaw Library (opened in May 2015) and the refurbishment of the Edward Boyle Library (completed January 2017).

Before that, Jane led the Library’s Customer Services section. She has also worked as a subject librarian in the areas of business and economics, education and history. Prior to working for Leeds University Libraries, Jane held posts at Doncaster College Library, Sheffield Hallam University Library, SINTO: the South Yorkshire Library Cooperative and at the Ministry of Education in Guyana.