About

Ken Chad Consulting manages the following free, open access community resources:

  • Higher Education Library Technology – HELibTech 
  • Local Government Library Technology (public libraries)  – LGLibTech 
  • Open specifications for library systems – LibTechRFP

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  powerful and innovative methodologies, flexible additional capacity and expertise in library, archive and information technology. We help with strategy,  innovation and user experience, needs analysis, market analysis and procurement of solutions.We are independent and impartial. Our in-depth experience and understanding of the library, archive 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.

“We worked with Ken to establish our platform and technology solutions in higher education. It was a new market for us and Ken’s knowledge of the HE market was vital. He found our first customer and worked with us and the university to better understand researcher needs so we could develop, what is now, a very successful range of solutions”.  Ben Summers. Founder, Haplo

“Ken’s expertise was invaluable. He worked with us on requirements and an evaluation schema to make for a much-improved procurement process. He knows the marketplace extremely well and his focused analysis with key factors for the relevant vendors was very helpful”. Paul Reynolds, Keele University librarian

“Ken’s methodical approach, engaging workshops and deep understanding of the issues and the market has helped to put us in a good position to realise our ambition to make an innovative step change in service delivery”.Christine Middleton Associate Director (Content and Discovery) University of Nottingham

Ken’s approach and methodologies were clear and the associated workshops engaging and enjoyable. We found the work on value propositions especially useful in helping to clearly articulate what is important especially in terms of making a business case for funding. (Cambridge University archival management system). Dr Suzanne Paul. Keeper of Manuscripts and University Archives, Cambridge University Library

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy commissioned Ken Chad Consulting to undertake a review of the library service, including the best use of space, services and technologies. ‘Ken’s contribution was invaluable. He enabled us to cover a lot of ground in a short time and provided very informed and helpful recommendations based on well thought through methodologies. We found it a really interesting and engaging experience.Mark Monaghan, Business Manager, Practice and Development

 

Data Privacy and GDPR Compliance
Our Commitment
Ken Chad Consulting Ltd are committed to ensuring the security and protection of the personal information that we process, and to provide a compliant and consistent approach to data protection. We recognise and take very seriously our obligations to meet the demands of the GDPR Ken Chad Consulting Ltd are dedicated to safeguarding the personal information under our remit and in developing a data protection regime that is effective, fit for purpose and demonstrates an understanding of, and appreciation for the GDPR Regulation. Our GDPR compliance has been summarised in our GDPR statement.
We are small (micro) business that holds very limited amounts of personal data. Much of that is simply identification information -name, emails etc- that is already in the public domain. This means our audit and policies and procedures have been relatively straightforward to implement. We do not have even tens of staff with access to systems and files across multiple devices. We have not been blasé however and take our responsibilities very seriously. For more information see our GDPR statement

Ken Chad

Ken Chad

Director

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). Past pro bono activities included being a committee member of the NISO Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) and 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

Consultant

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.

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