Why use Ken Chad Consulting?
Ken Chad Consulting Limited has a great track record in working with government, HE institutions, local authorities, sector bodies and companies.We enable our clients to achieve their objectives in a timely, effective and economic fashion. We provide flexible additional capacity and expertise in library and information technology including strategy, innovation and user experience, needs analysis, market analysis and procurement of solutions.We are completely independent and impartial. Our in-depth experience and understanding of the library and information sector is unrivalled and is combined with rigorous and innovative methodologies. Furthermore we have a detailed and strategic understanding of the related technologies and issues.
Ken gained his Masters Degree from the Information Science Department at City University in London. He is also an alumnus of the Warwick University Business School Business Innovation and Growth Programme. He has over 20 years software business experience and has worked at Executive Director/Board level. His customers included a wide range of academic, research, college, public, corporate and national libraries in the UK and throughout the world. His consulting activities include work for businesses, academic institutions, local authorities, sector bodies such as Jisc, SCONUL (Society of College, National and University Libraries) and government (DCMS). He has published and presented widely on the strategic impact of technology-driven change, library technology, research systems and ebooks. Ken is a member (MCLIP) of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), American Library Association (ALA) and SOCITM. He is an Advisory Board member for the new open access journal Studies in Arts and Humanities (SAH) and a committee member of the NISO Open Discovery Initiative (ODI). Until standing down in 2016 Ken was a main and research & innovation committee member of UKSG which ‘exists to connect the information community and encourage the exchange of ideas on scholarly communication.’ He set up and manages a number of free, open community resources including Higher Education Library Technology (HELibTech), Local Government Library Technology (LGLibTech) and Open Specifications for Library Systems (LibTechRFP).
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Laurie gained her Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in International Business at the University of Georgia,one of the oldest universities in the USA. She and went on to earn her Masters in Library and Information Science at the University of Texas. After moving to the UK she worked as a systems librarian in an academic library. Laurie has also worked for software businesses as a library automation system trainer and European Customer Support Manager. She has extensive experience in social media and digital marketing and has won national awards for her fund raising and social media work for a large UK charity. She is an engaging and experienced trainer in all aspects of social media. She helps develop social media strategies and has helped create websites for a number of organisations. As well as her work for Ken Chad Consulting Ltd, Laurie is founder and director of Local By Social Ltd – a social media and digital marketing company.