Mrs Caroline Moss-Gibbons, B.Lib (Joint Hons), PGCE, CDPO

Mrs Caroline Moss-Gibbons, B.Lib (Joint Hons), PGCE, CDPO Image

Research Background

Caroline Moss-Gibbons is the Parasol Librarian (University Librarian) and Data Protection Officer (DPO) at the University of Gibraltar.  She has extensive experience in Research libraries and other special collections.  After gaining her B.Lib (Joint Hons) degree and then PGCE in Aberystwyth she began her professional librarianship career at Surrey County Libraries, before working as the Statistics and Current Awareness Librarian at the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in London.  During the 1990s she was the Institute Librarian and Web Manager at the BBSRC-funded Institute of Grassland & Environmental Research (IGER) in Aberystwyth, Wales, developing services and supporting the information and research needs of the institute’s plant and biological sciences researchers.

Caroline moved to London at the end of 1999 to take up the role of Librarian & Head of Heritage Collections at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) with its extensive Library, Archives and Museums collection dating back to 1170, covering all of the ‘natural philosophy’ subjects of the 1500s/1600s as well as Medicine.  Latterly Caroline worked in the Research Offices of both Brighton and Sussex universities, supporting the external funding applications for the Medical School, as well as Education and Pharmaceutical & Biological Sciences Schools.

Caroline was also a lecturer on the University of Brighton Masters in Library & Information Studies, covering advanced internet searching and being Module Leader for ‘Research Methods.’  Caroline relocated to Gibraltar to take up her current post at the University in 2018.

Research Interests

Caroline has always been an active member of the wider Library profession, with a long-standing interest in the development of electronic resources in research and the changes in research and scholarly communication that it has brought. This academic interest led her to be chosen to represent the UK Research Councils on the Anderson Committee and its 1995 report to the Funding Councils of Great Britain ‘Report of the Group on National/Regional Strategy for Library Provision for Researchers.’  She was a Committee member and/or Chair on a number of cross-Research Council Librarians groups including BRIL (BBSRC Librarians) and RESCOLINC (serials consortium) as well as three of the early ‘eLib’ (electronic libraries) research projects funded by the JISC in the UK, namely CAIRNS (interoperability), BIOME (portal for five subject-specific biological science gateways) and OMNI (quality, evaluated resources in biomedical sciences).  Additionally Caroline was a Committee member of UKSG (Serials Group), and Chair of its Education sub-Committee.  She was also a member of the Executive Committee and sub-groups of the Welsh Library Association (WLA, now CILIP Cymru) and twice elected Leader of Council of the UK professional body for librarians – CILIP.  Whilst working in Aberystwyth Caroline was also a Member of the Court of Governors of the National Library of Wales.

Caroline was the Course Director for several years for the Aslib (Association of Information Management) ‘Managing Electronic Serials’ course, delivered at Aslib HQ and on-site at organisations including IFAD in Rome and the UN in Geneva.


  • Access to Higher Education Programme – Module Leader for ‘Academic Skills’
  • Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism sessions for all students
  • Citing & Referencing – all students, including PhDs
  • Academic Writing – all students

Selected Publications

Davenport, G., McDonald,  & Moss-Gibbons, CThe Royal College of Physicians and its collections:  An illustrated history.  James & James, 2001.  ISBN:  9780907383833

Moss-Gibbons, C. (1993).  ‘Building a researcher network in the UK’ In: Woodward, H. and Morley, M. [Eds.] Taming the electronic jungle:  Electronic information:  The collection management issues.  Horsforth: National Acquisitions Group.

Moss-Gibbons, C., Maddock, J. & Loat, S. (1994). ‘Forming partnerships:  A serials consortium and its suppliers’.  Serials, 7(3) 227-230

Norman, F., Roper, T. & Moss-Gibbons, C. (2002).  ‘Co-operation in practice in the independent health libraries sector [CHILL].’ 8th European Conference of Medical and Health Libraries [EAHIL conference], Cologne, 18-21 September, 2002.