Farewell to Katie

We are saying goodbye to Katie Street who has been a stalwart member of the BSMS Library team since 2007. Katie has always been generous with her time and professionalism and was much appreciated by BSMS staff and students.

“It is with great sadness that I am leaving the NHS family, which I have been part of for the last 20 years. I started in Crawley Hospital Library as one of the first NHS Outreach Librarians in the country and then moved to Brighton & Sussex Medical School, where I still am now.  I have met so many good people along the way and have made many lifelong friends, from both the NHS, Sussex and Brighton universities.

I used to get stressed with work and my sister used to say, “Don’t get stressed; nobody ever died because a librarian had a bad day.” There I sat in the library at Crawley Hospital and two surgeons walked in, in their scrubs, spotted me and said, “We need you to do an urgent literature search.  We have a patient on the slab and we’ve found something we weren’t expecting…”. Oh, how my sister’s words resounded in my head!

Now as a victim of Multiple Sclerosis, I can no longer get around easily or think clearly, so it is time to bow out.  I wish everybody a fond farewell and thank you all for the support and good times we have had over the years.  Keep up the good work and stay in touch”.

Katie was based at the University of Sussex library and will be greatly missed by her colleagues both there and at the University of Brighton. We wish Katie all the best for the future.