Director of Library Services, Royal Holloway University of London
John Tuck has worked in SCONUL libraries for more than 38 years and brings significant experience and knowledge to the SCONUL Board. After 20 years in various roles at the University of Manchester Library, including as a SCONUL trainee and later as joint Deputy Librarian (1996-97), he moved to Oxford as Deputy to the Director of University Library Services and to Bodley's Librarian (1998-2002) where a key focus of his work was the integration of libraries funded by the University. He then spent nearly six years at The British Library as Head of British Collections (2002-08) before taking up his current post as Director of Library Services at Royal Holloway University of London in 2008.
Throughout these years he has worked closely with SCONUL, including as the British Library representative on the SCONUL Board (2003-04) and since 2014 as a Board member again and currently as Chair of the Collaboration Strategy Group. Through his role as Chair of the M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries (2010-14), he made an important contribution from the perspective and priorities of a large regional consortium (57 member libraries) working across sectors in an increasingly shared services environment.
He has served in a number of advisory roles for the sector, including as chair of the UK Web Archiving Consortium during his time at the British Library, project director of the Jisc-funded M25 Consortium Search25 and E-BASS25 projects, and as a member of ABES (Agence Bibliographique de l'Enseignement Superieur) and the LIBER Workforce and Leadership Working Group that he will chair in 2016/17.