Meet the Team

Photo of OIL's Librarians

Lidio Ferrando

Lidio, our Senior Library Assistant and Reader Services Supervisor, is a graduate in Philosophy.  In his spare time he likes reading in different languages, and among his favourite subjects are history, economics, politics and poetry.  He relishes fine meals and bread making.

Dr Gillian Evison

Gillian Evison is Head of the Oriental Section and a subject specialist for classical Indian studies. She has a particular interest in digital projects. When out of the office she plays the oboe and enjoys growing cacti and succulents.

Minh Chung

Minh Chung is the Korean subject specialist, currently engaged on a major Window on Korea project in addition to his other responsibilities as Librarian in Charge at the Chinese Studies Library. Out of the office he is the senior instructor of the Oxford University KDS karate Club, and teaches at the University Club on Mondays and at the University Sports Centre on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Emma Mathieson

Emma Mathieson is the subject consultant for modern South Asian studies. She loves reading and cooking, and was once chased by a cow in Varanasi.

Lydia Wright

Lydia Wright is the Junior Subject Librarian for the Middle Eastern and Islamic Collections, including Arabic, Persian, Turkish and also the Armenian, Georgian and Central Asian collections. She has a keen interest in Islamic Art.

Jane Bruder


Diane Bergman

Diane is based in the Sackler Library.  She is the subject specialist for Egyptology, Assyriology, Biblical archaeology, and Byzantine art and archaeology.  Her particular area of interest is Egypt before the Islamic period.  Her big activity out of the office is singing, with an enthusiasm for early music.

Jonathan Acton

Jonathan Acton is our Library Assistant; a Graduate in Archaeology, interested in literary and historical studies and Prehistoric archaeology. 

Kenan Khazendar

Kenan, our Library Assistant, a graduate in Informatics, with an interest in world literature and history.

Katie Guest

Katie works at the Library three afternoons a week, working the rest of the time as a theses cataloguer.  Outside of work she maintains a keen interest in social media, cricket and crafts including knitting and crochet.  She is also a keen runner having participated in last year's Oxford Half Marathon and this year's Town & Gown 10k.

Dr Vasiliki Giannopoulou

Vasiliki, the most recent Library Assistant to join the team, is a researcher in Classics. Her big project is revising her D.Phil. (Fortune and Chance in Ancient Greece) for publication in the Oxford Classical Monograph Series, OUP.

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