SAMANTHA KING

Librarian & CDD Library Advisor

BA (Hons) MCLIP

Role and responsibilities:

As the school’s Librarian, Samantha oversees NSCD’s library and archive provision. Her primary role is to oversee the management of this provision, ensuring students and staff have access to a range of appropriate physical and online resources and facilitate the use of the service – via induction, tutorials and as a gateway to services beyond NSCD.

Samantha is CLA Co-ordinator for the school and also manages the NSCD Media Archive, the school’s online performance/assessment/documentary footage platform.

As CDD Library Advisor Samantha co-ordinates the provision of shared online resources to students and staff across the Conservatoire for Dance & Drama. She also manages OpenAthens provision and co-ordinates the library group for the Conservatoire.

Career History

Samantha is a graduate of Leeds Metropolitan University and a chartered member of CILIP the library & information association.

As part of her Librarianship training Samantha was lucky enough to complete a placement at the BUFVC (British Universities Film & Video Council). The passionate individuals she worked with at the BUFVC sparked a desire to work in a specialised library in the HE sector and a career long interest in facilitating access to audio visual resources.

Samantha has worked as the school’s Librarian since July 1997, taking on responsibilities at CDD level in 2010. In 2013 Samantha oversaw the development and implementation of the NSCD Media Archive which allows students and staff to view assessments, student and visiting artist performances and off-air recordings online.

Samantha has held the role of CDD Library Advisor for a number of years and enjoys working across the Conservatoire to develop centralised resources for students and staff across a range of performance subject areas.

She has also undertaken various freelance indexing and bibliographic work for dance and voluntary sector organisations.

Samantha is a letterpress printer, a member of the British Printing Society and the Fine Press Book Association. She founded her own letterpress studio, the Red Eel Press, in 2011.

Key Publications, Papers and Conferences

King, S. (2018) Arabesque Mapfold, Parenthesis : The Journal of the Fine Press Book Association, No.34, Spring 2018, De Luxe Portfolio.

King, S. & Sarmiento, M. (1992) Index to Viewfinder the British Universities Film & Video Council Magazine: Part One : Issues 1-15, November 1987-May 1992.

King, S. (2016) ‘The Tale of a First Timer’, Small Printer, September 2016, Vol.52 No.9, pp.207-209.