Dr Mike Hopkins retires
Mike (centre) pictured with Andrew Prescott and Stuart Lewis at the launch of the Welsh Repository Network.
Early in 1995 the University of Wales Aberystwyth decided to adopt a new approach to the management and delivery of information services and to bring the Computer Unit, the University Library and the Audio-Visual Services Unit together to deliver a new integrated service. A new post of Director of Information Services was created, tasked with developing this service. Dr. Mike Hopkins, previously Deputy Librarian at Loughborough University of Technology, was appointed as Director in May 1995 and took up his post in October 1995. Now, more than 13 years later, having achieved the University’s objective of producing a well integrated, harmonious and unified department, Mike has decided to retire and will be leaving on 31st March 2009. He plans to spend more time attempting to perfect his golf swing and to keeping his very large garden under control. He will be greatly missed by members of Information Services whether from a Library, Media or IT background and we all wish him well for a long and successful retirement.
He will be succeeded by Rebecca Davies, currently the Head of the Welsh Assembly Government Library and Public Enquiry Service, who will be taking up her post on 18th May 2009.