This is the blog of Emma Cragg. Librarian turned web content editor and organiser of Quiff Comp.

Brief bio

I graduated in 2006 from Northumbria University’s Masters in Information and Library Management programme. The same year I left the north east (somewhat reluctantly) to pursue my career as a librarian where the majority of jobs seemed to be, in the south.

After brief periods in posts as bibliographic and information assistants at the University of Oxford I moved on to become Senior Information Librarian in the Sainsbury Library at the Saïd Business School in January 2009. After a little over a year there I realised it was time to get out of Oxford before I woke up and found 20 years had passed. In May 2010 I took up the post of Academic Support Librarian for Business and Management at the University of Warwick. This was a great move and I got many opportunities to expand my skills and knowledge. I worked on projects to refresh the central induction programme and library website, as well as conducting a pilot for the Student as Researcher project.

In May 2013 I returned to my home in the north east and have changed the focus of my career. After a short time at Durham University Business School as a Learning Resources Designer, I am now Web Content Officer at Newcastle University.

Where the title comes from

Digitalists are:

“Those who are comfortable using a range of digital media and are open to the changes that digitisation brings to society.”

The Ed Techie

By this definition I am a digitalist. Are you?

As a librarian, and lately learning technologist, within UK universities I am aware of the need to be open to the changes and challenges that digitisation is bringing to education. Thankfully it’s something that I am interested in and you might say passionate about so keeping up to date with the changes comes easily to me. This is my blog about life in universities in the digital age.


This blog and all posts on it are the sole opinion of the author. Nothing included on it is the opinion of any other individual or institution unless explicitly stated.

One comment

  • Hi,

    I’m editor of the Open Rights Group magazine (ORGzine). We would like to run a Book Week, in support of the Fight for Libraries campaign. This is scheduled for the week beginning 31st January.

    We already have interviews with Neil Gaiman and Hari Kunzru confirmed, along with some other great content.

    I was hoping you might be able to contribute a piece on how and why technology and digitisation is valuable to libraries and library users.

    If you’re interested and would like to discuss this further, please get in touch with me: orgzine.editor@openrightsgroup.org.

    I really hope to hear back from you!

    Best wishes,


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