Michelle Crowther

Learning & Research Librarian  

A: Canterbury
T: 01227 922353
E: michelle.crowther1@canterbury.ac.uk or health.librarian@canterbury.ac.uk
@HumLib_cccu @HealthLib_cccu

Profile summary

I am the Learning & Research Librarian for humanities, language studies and applied linguistics; as well as job sharing the role of Learning and Research Librarian for health and wellbeing with Kate Davies.

I studied a BA (Hons) in Renaissance and Modern History at the University of Warwick and as a student spent my summers teaching English as a foreign language.

In 1992 I began working as a graduate library trainee at Chester College of Higher Education (now the University of Chester), before embarking on an MLib in Information and Library studies at the University of Wales (Aberystwyth).

After two years working as Assistant County Reference Librarian on the Isle of Wight, I arrived at Canterbury Christ Church in 1996, where I have been pretty much ever since in various guises.

I am a chartered member of CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and truly believe libraries matter.

From 2011-13, I studied the MA in Creative Writing at Canterbury Christ Church and have run day schools on writing about the past. I have worked on several life writing projects and enjoy empowering others to document their lives.

I am passionate about local history and heritage and have worked as a freelance creative facilitator for Canterbury Museums facilitating object-handling and interpretation events. I am also keen to encourage engagement with the universities special collections and archives and work with the International Centre for Victorian Women Writers to promote the life and work of Mary Elizabeth Braddon.

I have recently completed the PGCAP and hope to improve my pedagogic and digital literacy skills and when I’m not doing this, I am writing for pleasure.

Conference activities

Embedding information skills workshops into the Arts and Humanities Foundation programme. London and South East ALDinHE Regional Event - Friday 16th June 2017. Models of academic skills provision and delivery in different HEIs/LD and its place in HE.  Lightning Talk.

Who is significant? Writing biography by looking at the gaps. English and Creative Writing Research Forum. CCCU. 24 January 2018.

Literary fortunes and misfortunes: a romp through 1920s and 1930s fiction held in the Canterbury Christ Church University Library. International Centre for Victorian Women Writers: From Bronte to Bloomsbury Fifth International Conference: Reassessing women's writing of the 1920s and 1930s. 16-17 July 2018.

If you see the wonder of a fairy tale. University of Greenwich Teach Meet - Thursday 13th December 2018. Collaborative approaches to teaching and learning: engaging students as managers of their own learning. Pecha Kucha.

331.11423 - Graduate Attributes: developing synergies between Arts and Humanities students and the Library. Partners in Learning Conference. CCCU. 24 January 2019.

Persistently scribbling: the literary ambitions of Canterbury's elite in the 1870s. Digital Map Symposium: 19th century and neo-Victorian. CCCU. 4 February 2019.

'Each doing a little much would be accomplished' Elizabeth Fry and her benfactors crowd-funding libraries nineteenth century style.CILIP LIHG. John Rylands Library. 22 June 2019.


'Walking the path of desire: evaluating a blended learning approach to developing study skills in a multi-disciplinary group' Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education 14 (2019) https://journal.aldinhe.ac.uk/index.php/jldhe/article/view/475/pd: 

'Out of the archive: Elizabeth Fry: reform by reading' International Centre for Victorian Women Writers Newsletter 11 (2019) https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/arts-and-humanities/school-of-humanities/docs/May-2019-Newsletter.pdf

'Out of the archive: Did Juliana Horatia Ewing influence a generation of African writers?' International Centre for Victorian Women Writers Newsletter 20 (2020) https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/arts-and-humanities/school-of-humanities/docs/may-2020-newsletter.pdf

Blog Posts

Half-Hours in the far Northhttps://blogs.canterbury.ac.uk/library/half-hours-in-the-far-north/


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