Emma Smart

Head of Library and Mediatheque

Emma Smart is Head of Library and Mediatheque and a film programmer for the BFI. She joined the BFI in 2000, first working as a Library Assistant and then Librarian, responsible for the library’s journal collection. The role combined the skills Emma acquired working at an academic library with her long held passion and understanding of the moving image. During this period she studied part-time for her MA in the History of Film and Visual Media at Birkbeck College, graduating in the summer of 2005 with a merit award. 

Emma now manages the BFI Reuben Library and its team, alongside looking after the operations of the BFI Mediatheque. She played a key role in the delivery group that oversaw the move of the library from the BFI offices in Stephen Street,  to its much more open and visual location at the heart of the BFI’s public offer at BFI Southbank in 2012.

Emma also co-programmes BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival and enjoys the creativity the role offers. She has given several illustrated lectures about the history of queer cinema and queer icons including the lesbian appeal of gay icons Dusty Springfield and Judy Garland and has been a part of several international film juries, including Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Oslo Skeive Filmer Film Festival and Outfest.

Sarah Currant

Senior Librarian for Reader and Mediatheque Services

Sarah Currant was awarded an MSc in Information Management in 2002 and joined the BFI as Reading Room Librarian in 2005 from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Library. She became Reader Services Librarian in 2011, which expanded her remit within the library team. As of July 2018, Sarah is Senior Librarian for Reader and Mediatheque Services and is responsible for managing user services through the library’s reading room, as well as assisting in the delivery of digital research services via the Mediatheque at BFI Southbank.

As well as overseeing the day-to-day running of the reading room, and the provision of access to library materials, Sarah delivers a year-round programme of study visits, inductions and bespoke tours for students and academics from the UK and internationally. With the assistance of the Reader Services team, Sarah also oversees the programme of Collections Focus displays in the reading room, the digital document supply service, and handles a wide variety of enquiries from researchers about all areas of the BFI’s vast collections.

Anastasia Kerameos

Librarian for Serials and e-resources

Anastasia began her BFI career in 1991 and currently heads the team responsible for the acquisition, cataloguing, care and promotion of the library’s serials and e-resources collection. The collection includes journals, annuals, film festival and trade catalogues.

Inspired by the library’s pre-cinema collections and developments in the semantic web her dissertation for the MSc in Information Science, completed in 2013, focused on linked data and the creation of a domain-specific ontology for the magic lantern. She continues to pursue her interest in these areas, serving as committee member for The Magic Lantern Society and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals’ Cataloguing and Indexing Group.

Anastasia is currently working on two major projects. The first involves updating the catalogue records for the serials collection in compliance with new standards, part of which will be the introduction of subject headings for the journals; the second, rehousing the annual reports collection into acid-free storage.

Victoria Crabbe

Assistant Librarian for Serials and e-resources

Victoria joined the BFI in 2003 as Library Assistant, after working in a similar post at the University of Greenwich. She now works as Assistant Librarian dealing with serials held in the library collection. Her tasks include cataloguing journal issues, chasing issues that haven’t arrived, arranging for journals to be bound for the shelves, and the care and maintenance of the serials collection as a whole.

She holds a BA (Hons) in History of Art and Architecture from the University of Manchester and has a huge passion for photography – pinhole, film and digital.

Ian O’Sullivan

Assistant Librarian for Reader Services

Ian joined the BFI Reuben Library in 1989 after completing an MA in Film Studies at the Polytechnic of Central London. After a period working in BFI Exhibition and Distribution, Ian returned to the library as an Information Officer in 1994. As Digital Librarian between 2012 and 2013, Ian was involved in the digitisation of the library’s vast press cuttings collection.

Ian now works as Assistant Librarian for Reader Services, in the BFI Reuben Library.

Ian’s key areas of interest in film lie with music documentaries, British 1960s cinema and Hollywood comedy of the silent and early sound era.

Nina Bishop

Library Assistant for Reader Services

Nina is a library assistant at the BFI Reuben Library. She started her career in libraries at the Public Health Laboratory in Colindale before moving in 2000 to the BFI, in the role of Library Secretary, becoming a member of the Reader Services team as a library assistant in 2011.  

Nina enjoys helping library patrons with research enquiries, providing assistance with usage of our scanning equipment, and introducing students on study visits to research skills. Behind the scenes she is a member of the team dealing with our very busy advance request service as well as usual library duties relating to stock management, and continues to use her secretarial skills ordering supplies and raising invoices for the library. 

Nina’s key interests are the 1980s Brat Pack era, musicals and TV drama.

Nicky Clarke

Library Assistant for Reader Services

Nicky joined the BFI Reuben Library as Library Assistant in 1998. Initially part-time, followed by a brief stint as Filmographic Assistant putting press articles on microfilm, then back to the library team full-time. She previously worked as Library Assistant at the former Business School in the University of Greenwich.

As a library assistant, Nicky helps visitors with their research enquiries in the reading room, prepares and contributes to the delivery of group study visits, as well as undertaking general library duties such as repairing and processing books for the collection and shelf-tidying. She also has the responsibility of dealing with article requests from other libraries via the British Library’s Inter-Library Delivery Service.

Nicky has always had a passion for books, film and TV. Her particular interest and knowledge base is in science fiction and fantasy. Nicky has now acquired an extensive knowledge of the collection from her many years of working in the Library.

Adrienne Rashbrook-Cooper

Library Assistant for Reader Services

Adrienne joined the BFI Reuben Library in 2012 after several years in academic, college and school libraries. She was a graduate trainee at the Oxford Union during which she took part in the Oxford University Libraries graduate trainee scheme. 

Based in Reader Services, Adrienne assists in the everyday running of the library. She helps answer readers’ enquiries, retrieve request material, process new acquisitions and prepare for AS/A Level group study visits. In addition to her Library Assistant duties, she contributes to the library’s documentation, circulation information and displays. 

Her professional interests include metadata, data analysis and open knowledge. She is also library’s social media liaison. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and a candidate for chartership. She is currently studying for a post-graduate qualification in Information Leadership.

Eleanor Watkins

Assistant Librarian - Collection Projects

Eleanor joined the BFI in 2018 as a Library Assistant. Her current role focuses on managing the collection, curating the Collection Focus display in the reading room and supporting the Collection Projects Librarian. Eleanor is also a speaker at the BFI Members Book Club, which started in 2022.

Antarctica and the Heroic Age of polar travel are areas of keen focus for Eleanor, and for her 2018 MLIS she wrote a paper on the display of written material, using exhibitions of Shackleton and Scott as examples.