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)


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.

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).

History (All Areas)

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 Unpublished index


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 Unpublished index (prepared from published book).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.

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.

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

Swann, Karen, Lives of the Dead Poets: Keats, Shelley, Coleridge, Fordham University Press, 2019
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

Clients Include

Fordham University Press
Racing Post Books
Coachwise Ltd
Emerald Publishing Group


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