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Mark Toole

Mark Toole

Head of Libraries and Learning Resources

Libraries and Learning Resources


Mark is Head of Libraries and Learning Resources and is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the University's library services and learning resources.

This includes developing the vision and strategy for the provision of library and knowledge resources, making an influential contribution to the University’s teaching and learning strategy, working in collaboration with senior academic leaders to ensure that the institution remains at the cutting edge of pedagogical innovations, ensuring that the provision of digital and print library resources is aligned to the University's priorities and ensuring that the library is positioned to anticipate and respond effectively to emerging challenges in a range of areas such as open access publishing, new technologies, social media and pedagogical changes.

Career overview

Mark has led the libraries at the universities of Stirling (2008-13) and Brighton (2002-8) and has worked at the University of Kent, Richmond, the American International University in London and the London School of Economics.

External activity

Mark chairs the Jisc Library Services Advisory Group and is honorary treasurer of the Mercian Collaboration, the professional network of the higher education libraries in the East and West Midlands of England. He is a former chair of SCONUL, the organisation which represents all university libraries and national libraries in the UK & Ireland, and former chair of SCURL, the principal association of university and research libraries in Scotland.