Samantha King - Northern School of Contemporary Dance


Librarian & CDD Library Advisor


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. & 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.

Saunders, C.R. & Chiplis, M. (2019) For the Love of Letterpress : A Printing Handbook for Instructors & Students. London : Bloomsbury, pp.86-87.

King, S. (2020) ‘Focus : Granjon Flowers : Lockdown Lock-ups’, Small Printer, December 2020, Vol.56 No.2, pp.212-3.

King, S. (2021) ‘Focus : Jack Townend Borders 1958′, Small Printer, June 2021, Vol.57 No.3, pp.84-6.

King, S. (2021) ‘My Favourite : Some of Sidereal, June 2018 by Sara Langworthy‘, Small printer, October 2021.

Artist’s books

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

King, S. (2020) Granjon Flowers : Lockdown Lock-ups. Leeds : Red Eel Press.

King S. (2021) Jack Townend : Monotype Borders 1958. Leeds : Red Eel Press.


King, S. (2019) Extract 2 : Job 41:32 : Leviathan maketh a path to shine after him; One would think the deep to be hoary. Leeds : Red Eel Press.

Very Like a Whale
18 October 2019 – 05 January 2019
Bodleian Libraries, Blackwell Hall, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

200 years after the birth of Herman Melville, the Bodleian Bibliographical Press undertook a collaboration with printers from across the globe to honour the author by printing parts of ‘The Whale,’ (London, October 1851), or, as it is best known, ‘Moby-Dick; or, The Whale’ (New York, November 1851).

The aim being to print, collectively, the section of the novel, ‘Extracts. Supplied by a sub-sub librarian‘.