The award was made in recognition of Caroline’s services to librarianship over a 35-year career, the past 15 years of which she has served at the British Library.
Caroline said: ‘I feel very privileged to have enjoyed a long and fulfilling career working as a librarian and as part of such a dedicated professional community. I am pleased to accept this honour on behalf of everyone working in libraries and information services.’
Caroline leaves the Library at the end of June. Speaking at the time of the announcement about her early retirement, Caroline said: ‘My time at the British Library has been the highlight of my professional life. It has been a huge privilege to work here with one of the greatest library collections in the world. But, even more importantly, the Library has given me the opportunity to work with some of the most talented and dedicated people I’ve ever met, across all departments and teams.’
Caroline joined the Library as Head of Collection Acquisition and Description in 2002, based initially at Boston Spa. As Head of Resource Discovery from 2007 she focused particularly on development of major library systems including the Integrated Library System, search and discovery systems and working towards regulations to make non-print legal deposit a reality.
Between 2009-2011, as Associate Director of Operations and Services, she worked on the future of Document Supply and on-going change management relating to the Library’s Collection Management operations.
She became Director of Scholarship and Collections in 2011 and the role was subsequently expanded to Chief Librarian.
Before joining the Library, Caroline had over 20 years’ experience in the academic library sector in the UK and Ireland, including Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University.