Information Studies




Individuals from UCL:DIS who are involved with ICARUS are:

Advisory Board

The members of the ICARUS Advisory Board are:

Jennifer Haynes is Archives & Manuscripts Manager in the Wellcome Library where she has responsibility for developing and managing all aspects of the Library's archival collections. She has a research background in women's history and the social history of medicine and has previously held archive posts at a range of repositories including The National Archives, The Women's Library and The Institute of Education.

Anne Thurston is the Director of the International Records Management Trust. She has been a pioneer in defining international solutions for the management of public sector records, particularly in developing countries. She has also been a member of the UK Lord Chancellor's Advisory Council on Public Records and the UK Research Assessment Exercise Panel. She was awarded an OBE for services to public administration in Africa in 2000.

Caroline Williams is an independent archival consultant. She was formerly Head of Research and Collections Development at the UK National Archives (TNA) and, prior to that, Director of Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies. She is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College and co-editor of the Journal of the Society of Archivists. Her current areas of research interest and publication include the history and diplomatic analysis of the record and the interface between theory and practice. A recent publication is Managing Archives: Foundations, Principles and Practice (2006).


Affiliates both from within UCL and from academic and professional fields worldwide come together under the ICARUS research umbrella. If you are interested in becoming associated with ICARUS, please contact us: e.shepherd@ucl.ac.uk

Elizabeth Danbury is an honorary research fellow and a former Director of International Projects and Research at UCL:DIS. She was previously Lecturer in Palaeography and Diplomatic and director of the postgraduate archives programme in the Department of History at the University of Liverpool. 

Terry Eastwood is Professor Emeritus of Archival Studies, having recently retired from the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia. He was the founding Chair of the School's Master of Archival Studies Program, a position he held from 1981 to 2000. Since 1994, he has been involved in research on the preservation of the integrity of electronic records in the UBC project and the InterPARES 1 and 2 projects. His other research and writing interests are on arrangement and description of archives, archival appraisal, archival education, the history of archival institutions, and archives as agents of democratic accountability.

Joanne Evans is a Research Fellow at the eScholarship Research Centre at the University of Melbourne. Her PhD investigated recordkeeping metadata interoperability as part of Monash University's Clever Recordkeeping Metadata Project. A common theme across her activities is working with groups who are in some way 'in the minority', with lesser access to resources, skills and/or institutional support. She has a keen desire to be part of collaborative research activities that design and build sustainable information systems from a recordkeeping perspective which utilize the capacities of digital and networking technologies to meet needs, while also respecting values. She is also interested in exploring issues around individual and community construction of information systems in and through time and space. In December 2010 she will take up a Lecturer appointment at Monash University.

Helen Forde is an archivist with extensive experience in preservation management issues both in the UK and abroad. She was head of Preservation Services at The National Archives before retiring in 2001 and taught part time at UCL for nearly 20 years. She is the author of Preserving Archives (London: Facet, 2007), a handbook for archive staff faced with issues of preservation management. She previously worked with the Heritage Lottery Fund as chair of the Museums, Library and Archives Expert Panel and is currently on the Board of the Museums, Library and Archives Council (MLA) in her capacity as chair of the MLA East Midlands. 

Segomotso Keakopa is a Lecturer in the Department of Library and Information Studies at the University of Botswana, specialising in archives and records management. She completed her doctoral thesis, on 'The management of electronic records in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa: opportunities and challenges', at UCL in 2006.

Victoria Lemieux is an Assistant Professor in the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia. She is a records management specialist with experience in a variety of sectors and geographies. Her publications include Better Information Practices: Improving Records and Information Management in the Public Service (Commonwealth Secretariat, 1999), Management of Public Sector Records Series: Business Systems Analysis (International Records Management Trust, 2000), and Risk Management for Records and Information (ARMA International, 2004). She wrote her doctoral thesis at UCL on the information related causes of the Jamaican banking crisis.

David Luyombya is a Lecturer at Makerere University, Uganda, where he has undertaken research and consultancy into policy issues and strategies for records management. He holds a BA in Library and Information Science (First Class) from Makerere University, Uganda; a MA in Archives and Records from Monash University, Australia; and a PhD from University College London.

Heather MacNeil is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto where she teaches courses in the areas of archival theory and practice and the history of record keeping. Prior to that she taught in the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia and served as Chair of the School's Master of Archival Studies Program. Her research and publications focus on privacy and archival ethics, the theory and methods of arrangement and description and the trustworthiness of records in analogue and digital environments. She is the author of Without Consent (1992) and Trusting Records: Legal, Historical and Diplomatic Perspectives (2000).

Nancy McGovern became Digital Preservation Officer for the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research in September 2006. She was previously Director of Research and Assessment Services and Digital Preservation Officer at Cornell University Library, where she was a co-developer of the Digital Preservation Management workshop and tutorial. She was co-editor of RLG DigiNews 2001-2006, and is a member of the RLG/NARA Digital Archive Certification Task Force. She has focused on digital preservation research and practice since 1986, when she began a decade of service on the staff of the Center for Electronic Records at the United States National Archives.

Laura Millar is a Canadian consultant, writer and educator in the fields of information and records management, publishing, and distance education. She completed her doctoral thesis at UCL in 1996. She has led seminars, training sessions, electronic discussions and video conferences on electronic records management, human rights and recordkeeping, and accountability and transparency in government. Her research centres on the description of archives and the relationship between information, knowledge, and personal and social memory.

Peter Sebina is a Lecturer in the Department of Library and Information Studies at the University of Botswana, specialising in archives and records management. He completed his doctoral thesis, on 'Records management and freedom of information: a learning curve for Botswana', at UCL in 2006.

Justus Wamukoya has researched and published widely on issues relating to records and information management. Previously Head of the Department of Archives and Records Management in the Faculty of Information Sciences at Moi University (Kenya), until July 2007 he was Senior Lecturer in the Department of Library and Information Studies at the University of Botswana. He chaired the development team for the International Records Management Trust's Records Management Capacity Assessment System software tool, and is a member of the Trust's research team for its Building Integrity in Public Sector Information Systems project.