Lesley Creamer, Data Manager at BDS, retired on 30 September 2015.
After taking a degree in French at St Andrews University, and completing her post-graduate education at Aberystwyth, Lesley’s professional career started at Dundee Public Libraries, where she worked as a Cataloguer for six years, prior to the birth of her two children. Lesley undertook various part-time posts in libraries, until she joined the library bookselling business, T C Farries & Co Limited in 1988.
Lesley became Bibliographic Services Manager in 1994, and held this post in the business until she joined BDS in September 2001.
Lesley was active in professional committees, including Cataloguing & Indexing Group and the BIC Bibliographic Standards Committee. Most recently, she served on Cataloguing & Indexing Group Scotland.
Lesley Whyte, Managing Director of BDS said, “It has been my great privilege to work with Lesley for almost twenty-seven years. She is the consummate professional. She has made major contributions to the processes, the standards and the systems at BDS, and has trained and mentored many staff. She has worked with, and advised customers, and has undertaken pioneering work in MARC, RDA and the cataloguing of digital material. In a working career spanning almost forty years she has never had a day off sick, an astonishing record by anyone’s standards. Tributes have been flooding in from customers, and I think that says everything about her service to the world of libraries and information.
On behalf of all my colleagues, I would like to wish Lesley and her husband, Geoff, a long and happy retirement.”
Lesley Creamer said, “Coming to the end of my professional career leaves me with many mixed emotions but I can honestly say I have always enjoyed my work. Interacting with customers and being able to help them with the various conundrums of MARC data and Dewey have probably been the highlights for me. I’ll miss the customer contact and the terrific staff at BDS but of course have lots of plans for the future.”