Paul Douch, BA, MCLIP


Membership Grade: Professional Member

Contact Info

Phone: 01502 731766

General Experience

After a degree in medieval & modern history, I worked in public libraries for 20 years, most of them as a chartered librarian. I catalogued using Dewey Decimal Classification for c3 years.

While training in indexing, I helped adult learners to get online or to achieve CLAiT and ECDL using MS Office programs.

I became a qualified indexer in 2011 and then took a proofreading course with The Publishing Training Centre.

For 5 years until 2016 I was part-time clerk to the parish council where I live – close to the Norfolk-Suffolk border. Birdwatching and family history have replaced village cricket as my main pastimes.

Available for indexing all year, except September.


-Sports and Games

Baker, George: Taking my time – my autobiography (Racing Post Books, 2018)
Safe Practice in Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity; 9th. ed. (Association for Physical Education and Coachwise Ltd, 2016)
Reid, Jamie: Blown (Racing Post Books, 2015)
Sharpe, Graham (with Mihir Bose): William Hill – the man and the business (Racing Post Books, 2015)


Dunn, Euan: Puffins (RSPB Spotlight series; published by Bloomsbury). Unpublished index (prepared from published book).
Besides regular recording of birds for the BTO via BirdTrack, I make the monthly WEBs count at Lound Lakes. I have been volunteering at the Little Terns colonies at Great Yarmouth/ Winterton/ Eccles-on-Sea since 2005.


Long-time collector and reader of Wisden and The Cricketer. Follower of Test Match cricket and the 1st-class game in England.
Village club cricketer 1979-2004.

Natural History

Besides my main interest in birds, I record butterflies, dragonflies and mammals for Norfolk and Suffolk county recorders. I have volunteered for the Broads Authority and currently as a part-time seasonal warden for Friends of Horsey Seals, looking after the grey seal colony on Norfolk’s east coast.

History (All Areas)

Grayling, A.C.: The age of genius – the seventeenth century and the birth of the modern mind (Bloomsbury, 2017). Unpublished index (prepared from published book).

Genealogy/Family History

I have been researching family histories since 2010. I keep uptodate with developments in the field largely through membership of five family history societies. In 2017 and 2018 I have had articles published in The Greenwood Tree (journal of the Somerset and Dorset FHS) and The Manchester Genealogist (journal of the Manchester & Lancashire FHS).

Local Government

Working in public libraries for 20+ years, several of those as a UNISON steward, has given me inside knowledge of the issues and workings of the local government sector.

Related qualifications

Postgraduate Diploma in Librarianship (Liverpool Polytechnic; 1981-1982)
Chartered Member of Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (1988 to date)

Other skills

Recent indexes include

Baker, George, Taking my time – my autobiography, Racing Post Books, 2018
Safe Practice in Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity (9th. ed.), Association for Physical Education and Coachwise Ltd, 2016
Reid, Jamie, Blown: the incredible story of John Goldsmith, gambler, racehorse trainer and wartime secret agent, Racing Post Books, 2015
Ison & Mulley (eds.), Parking: Issues and Policies, Emerald Publishing Group, 2014

Clients Include

Racing Post Books
Coachwise Ltd
Emerald Publishing Group


Desktop PC; laser all-in-one printer
MS Office 365