Wilma Minty is a native of Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland. After schooling locally, she gained a Master of Theology (Old Testament and New Testament) degree at St. Andrews University. She came to Oxford in 1976 to pursue graduate work in Cuneiform and Targumic Studies but soon discovered that her métier lay in its libraries rather than in the mainstream of academia. In 1978, she was appointed Librarian of the (then) newly combined collections of the University’s Theology Faculty and of Pusey House on the site of the present St. Cross College. As the University belatedly (1988) began to introduce library automation she became Head of Catalogue Support Services in the Bodleian’s Technical Services Department (1989). This involved leading the training of library staff throughout Oxford in the relevant cataloguing standards and techniques and managing the considerable volume of retrospective conversion. Subsequently, she took on responsibility for the Bodleian’s legal deposit and foreign accessions operations.
In 2007, with the emphasis now on outreach and higher public profile she became the Bodleian’s Curator for Special Events and Public Programmes, a diverse role which included organising lecture programmes, coordinating the library’s collaboration with the Oxford Literary Festival and Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour, arranging special events for Bodley’s Librarian and “handling” a stream of eminent visitors.
She is delighted to be given the opportunity of returning to the “coalface” of library work (particularly in a field familiar to her) and of helping the development of the Hall’s collection.