Ken Chad Consulting Limited works with institutions, sector bodies and companies. We provide  flexible additional capacity and expertise in library and information technology including strategy,  needs analysis, market analysis and procurement of solutions.

Ken Chad

Ken Chad


Ken gained his MA from the Information Science Department at City University in London. He is also an alumnus of the Warwick University 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).

LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/in/kenchad
ORCID ID: orcid.org/0000-0001-5502-6898
Research Gate profile: www.researchgate.net/profile/Ken_Chad

Laurie Edmonds

Laurie Edmonds


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.

Why use Ken Chad Consulting?

We enable our clients to achieve their objectives in a timely, effective and economic fashion. We are completely  independent and impartial and our in-depth experience and understanding of the library and information sector is unrivalled. This is combined with a detailed and strategic understanding of the related technologies and issues.

Ken Chad Consulting Ltd is a Private Limited Company Company number 6099834. VAT Registration number 971 8723 84