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Lorraine Beard

Lorraine Beard

Head of Digital Technologies and Services

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 4918
Email: lorraine.beard@manchester.ac.uk



Lorraine is responsible for leading a team which manages and develops the Library’s Digital Library infrastructure,  the Institutional Repository and IT Support for staff and customers.

She is a member of both the Library Leadership Team and the IT Leadership Team for the University of Manchester and in these roles has been involved in the development of the Library and IT Strategies for the University. Lorraine also leads the Women in IT group for the University.

Recently Lorraine has been closely involved in improving the user experience at Manchester by implementing vertical search and delivering more Library services through the University’s portal. She has also led the development of the Library’s digitisation strategy and led the team which has developed the University’s institutional repository, Manchester eScholar, which is now one of the largest in the UK.

Lorraine has had various roles in academic libraries over the last 18 years, including Faculty Librarian and Electronic Resources Librarian. Before pursuing a career in libraries, Lorraine worked for several years in biological sciences research, after finishing her degree in biology at the University of Manchester.

Current key projects include the JISC funded MiSS Research data management project, which aims to develop a University wide Research Data management Project, implementing the University’s Publication Policy, Library support for REF and technology requirements for the Learning Commons.