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University of Cambridge
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    Ms Kirstie Preest

    01223 762202/ 07736 125233
    Murray Edwards College
    New Hall
    University of Cambridge
    CB3 0DF



    Murray Edwards College is a warm welcoming College which fosters a supportive atmosphere for its members. The College allows its students to grow and develop their skills, enabling them to achieve their goals.

    Degrees and honours

    • BA (Joint Hons) English and History from Glyndŵr University (formerly NEWI).
    • Post Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Management from Liverpool John Moores University, MA (incorporated into the University of Cambridge).
    • MCLIP (Chartered member of CILIP – Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals).

    Research interests

    • Kirstie is specifically interested in improving services to students, teaching library and information skills and developing the use of virtual learning environments to support student learning.
    • Her current research interests focus on teaching skills within the Librarian’s role and peer support. Other Cambridge library colleagues and Kirstie developed an in-house teaching skill, peer support course, last summer for librarians within Cambridge. They spoke about their findings at the Library and Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC) in April 2015. Her next goal is to write this research up into a peer-reviewed article.


    Kirstie is a Chartered Librarian with 19 years experience of academic and health libraries within a variety of subject areas. She previously worked at a number of university libraries, including University of Westminster, University of Chester, UCL and Kings College London. Her role as Librarian involves looking after the College’s library, archives and records management.  She currently sits on the following committees within College: Academic Policy Committee, Information & Communication Strategy Committee and Personnel. 

    Within the University, she recently Chaired the Librarians in Training Group within Cambridge, between 2012-14 and within the Eastern region, she is the Mentor Support Officer for the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), East Regional Member Network. She is very interested in supporting new library staff within the profession and is currently mentoring four candidates for Chartership. 


    • Kirstie Preest and Samantha Percival, (2017), "Tales of the unexpected: UX and its wider impact" in Priestner, A (ed.) User Experience in Libraries: Yearbook 2017.  UX in Libraries.
    • In June 2017, the following paper was presented at the UXLibs III conference as part of the UXLabs session: Kirstie Preest and Samantha Percival, Tales of the unexpected: UX and its wider impact.
    • Kirstie Preest, 2016, Presenting at LILAC, Sunrise (Newsletter of Cilip East of England), July, Issue 11.
    • In April 2015, the following paper was presented at the Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC) in Newcastle: Kirstie Preest, Isla Kuhn, Catherine Reid & Ryan Cronin, Peer supported learning development of teaching skills – a Cambridge collaboration.
    • Ryan Cronin, Isla Kuhn, Kirstie Preest & Catherine Reid, 2015, Teaching about teaching: The Librarians in Training Teaching Skills: Peer Support course, CULIB (Cambridge University Libraries Information Bulletin), Lent, Number 76.
    • Kirstie Preest, 2014, Portfolio Building Course, Sunrise (Newsletter of Cilip East of England), Nov, Issue 6.
    • Kirstie Preest & Deborah Furness, 2004, Virtual Learning with WebCT, Librarynewsonline - The newsletter of UCL Library Services, Autumn, Issue 14.
    • In 2004, Kirstie presented a paper on Integrating Information Skills training into first year Geography methods class using WebCT at a Seminar on Virtual Learning Environments, “Virtually There: Virtual Learning Environments & Libraries”, which she co-organised for CPD25 & University College & Research London.