[Dire mugshot of you-know-who]Andrew David DAWSON

Date of birth: 29 February 1956
Nationality: British
Status: Married
Children: Three

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1967-1974 Dulwich College, London SE21
1975-1978 U.W.I.S.T., Cardiff
1979-1980 Loughborough University of Technology

10 GCE 'O' levels
3 GCE 'A' levels - English Literature, French, German.
GCE 'S' level - English
B.A.(Hons) Modern English Studies (1978)
Diploma in Library & Information Studies (1980)

Quality assurance lead assessor (QMI, 1991)

Certified L2 netball coach (AENA, 2003) Certified L1 American Football Coach (BAFA, 2014)

Professional memberships:

Member of the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (2002- )
(previously both Associate of the Library Association [1982-2002] and Member of the Institute of Information Scientists [1987-2002])
Member of the Energy Institute [2003-]
(previously Member of the Institute of Petroleum [1989- 2003])

Employment History:

Current employment (March 2019- )

Honorary Professor in DIS (Retired)

Previous employment:

1993-2019 MSc IS Programme Director, Director of International Relations and Projects, Departmental Tutor, Director of Studies, and Principal Teaching Fellow, Department of Information Studies (formerly the School of Library, Archive and Information Studies), UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT. Main ongoing responsibility as Programme Director for MSc in Information Science, teaching a wide range of computing applications and theory for librarians and information workers, including library system and database design, networking and use of the Internet, web design, systems analysis, systems management and administration, programming, and both general and library-specific software applications. Also directly responsible for the Principles of Computing and Information Technology, Fundamentals of Information Science, Database Systems Analysis and Design, and Systems Management modules, which are also available to the MA Library & Information Studies, Electronic Communications and Publishing, Digital Humanities and and Archives and Records Management programmes. Additional research interests in quality systems and quality assurance in library and information services. Coordinator for the annual UNC Librarianship Summer School. Staff representative, College Web Group. Staff representative, Messaging and Collaboration Governance Group. Departmental Health and Safety Officer, Data Protection Co-ordinator, and Computer Rep.

From 1994-1999, held this post on a job-sharing basis with Gillian Martin and topped up with such things as working in the College Library as a staff and user trainer in IT, providing occasional external consultancy (clients have included the International Fund for Agricultural Development [UN] and the European Training Foundation [EC] amongst other commercial and educational organisations), running training courses for Aslib and others, and doing contract research on topics such as the job market in ARM, the suitability of automation training in LIS, and ICT training needs analysis for public library staff. In 1998-9 also taught an undergraduate module in Systems Analysis at City University School of Informatics one day a week, and since 1999 have been a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta, teaching a double module in Automation and Information Management to Dip.ARM, Dip.LIS and B.LIAS students in the School of Library, Information and Archive studies on a biennial basis. HM Computer Cluster manager 1993-2010. 1995-2000 Member of the College Computer & Network Users Forum Software Committee, vetting requests for new College software. 1997-2010 responsible for various modules in the BSc Information Management/IMB programmes (Programming 1, Web Technology Users & Management, Database Systems, Information and Society modules). Appointed Director of International Relations and Projects for the School in 2007. Coordinator for Pratt-SILS Summer School in E-Publishing 2007-2012. Coordinator for Bloomsbury Conference in E-Publishing 2007-2012. Programme Director MA Electronic Communications and Publishing 2010-2012. Appointed as Foreign Expert for Information and Communication Studies by Lithuanian Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education 2010. UCL A&H Common Room Committee 2010-2011. Invited panellist at Online Information 2011. Invited advisor to Science museum for development of major knowledge and Information exhibition 2011. Acting Director of Studies 2013-2014. Acting Departmental Tutor 2013-2014. Departmental Tutor 2014-2019, Director of Studies 2014-2015. Reappointed as Foreign Expert for Information and Communication Studies by Lithuanian Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education 2015.
Systems Administrator, Taylor Woodrow Management, Southall, UB12QX (Jan-Sep 1993).
Transferred to the Heathrow Express Rail Link project to manage documentation and rationalise computer systems. Responsible for the drawing registry, project documentation and archives, site computer systems and quality systems. Designed and specified a local area network for the project's computer systems, standardised and computerised various site systems and procedures, and prepared the project quality system manual.

Manager, Taywood Construction Services, Southall, UB12QX (Apr 1992 - Jan 1993).
Temporary transfer to manage the redevelopment and rebuilding of the sports & social club complex at the head office site, whilst continuing to work on TW archival and QA projects from my previous post.

Manager, Information Services,Taywood Engineering, Southall, UB12QX (Jan 1990-Apr 1992).
Responsible for the provision of library/information and related services for all companies of the Taylor Woodrow Group and publicity/marketing support for Taywood Engineering. Created and managed the Taywood Information Centre providing library, enquiry/research, on-line, current awareness, publication purchase/distribution and other services. Established the Taywood Information Service, a fee-based information brokerage/service for external clients. Managed computer graphics section, providing presentation graphics and illustration services, and marketing & media section providing desk top publishing and exhibition support. Designed, implemented and managed departmental computer network comprising library management systems and other functions. Member of Group Task Force on archives and records management; set up archival/records function for head office. Provided consultancy services for other Taylor Woodrow Group companies on information technology and records management systems. Internal quality assurance auditor for Taywood Engineering. Designed and implemented BS5750 (ISO9001) quality assurance scheme for the Taywood Information Centre, the first such independent accreditation for an information service in the UK.

Manager, Information Technology Group, Taylor Woodrow Construction Ltd., Southall UB12QX (Jul 1986 - Dec 1989).
Management of Technical Library & Information Service, which became the core of the Taywood Information Centre described above on 1/1/90. Management and development of automated information systems and training/career development plans for Research & Development division. Specified, installed and implemented Novell-based PC network for integrated library management system (CALM). Designed & implemented LA-approved standard training program for post-qualification training of library staff. Team Consultation Committee 1987-1989.

Technical Information Resources Analyst, Phillips Petroleum Co. Europe-Africa, Charing Cross, WC2. (Jan 1983 - Jul 1986).
Responsible for library/information services in all offices of the Europe-Africa region. In charge of Technical Reference Library housing loan and reference collections of various materials including project documentation. Database Administrator for E-A Map and Report databases, and responsible for maintenance and development of E-A library/ information systems. Designed, programmed and implemented microcomputer-based journal control system. Assisted in running data storage & filing systems.

Librarian, Phillips Petroleum Co. UK Ltd., Victoria SW1 (Jan 1981 - Apr 1983).
Set up and managed new library/information function, and was responsible for developing the provision of library/information services to the company's UK operations staff.

Between leaving library school and starting work at Phillips in January 1981, travelled in Europe and worked as a volunteer at the local Citizens' Advice Bureau. 1978-1979 Library Assistant, Lambeth Public Libraries, SW16. 1974-1975 Salesman, Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge SW1.

Professional activities and interests:

Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
Elected Councillor and Trustee 2011-2014
Facet Publishing International Advisory Board 2011-

ASLIB (1981-):
Engineering and Technology Group Committee 2010-2013
The ET group was formed from a merger of the IT&C and Engineering groups.
Information Technology and Communications Group 2001-2008 (Joint chair 2001-2002, Vice chair 2002-3, Chair 2003-4)
The IT&C group was formed from the merger of the Computer and Electronics groups.
Computer Group Committee 1981- 2001 (Secretary 1982-1984, Treasurer 1985-1993, Chairman 1993-2001).
Main areas of interest: use of microcomputers in library/information work, professional training & development in automation.
Council member 1986-1993, representing the interests of the ASLIB Computer Group. Policy & Resources Committee 1989-1992, as an individual member. The Committee was Council's "executive board" until its reorganisation in 1992
Director of Producing your own Web Pages and other courses, and occasional lecturer on various other IT- and quality-related courses.

Energy Institute (2003- , previously the Institute of Petroleum 1984-2003)
Information For Energy Group Committee 1984- (founding member), Honorary Treasurer 1986-. Organising events and directories to promote sharing of knowledge, resources and experience between information workers in energy-related industries. Chair and speak at group events and conferences.

Library Micromation News (later Library Technology News, then Library Technology, then LTWorld) 1981- 2000
Founded the magazine in 1981 to provide a vehicle for the communication of ideas and experiences of those working with microcomputers in libraries. In 1983 gained funding and support from the (then) Information Technology Centre at PCL. Continued as Editor until 1985, when sold copyright to the British Library, and as Associate Editor until its transfer to LTWorld.

Frequent lecturer on aspects of quality systems and on automation. Designed and taught courses on quality assurance for Aslib, the Portuguese Library Association and the Department of Employment, and Internet courses for UN IFAD, Aslib, the European CEV Summer School, Berkshire Library & Information Project, the London School of Printing, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the College of Optometrists, Nokia Communications and others.


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Leisure interests:

Reknowned for an inability to resist being roped into almost any kind of activity! In particular:

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Email: andrew.dawson@ucl.ac.uk,
Voice: 020-7679-2396,
Fax: 020-7383-0557,
Post: Department of Information Studies, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT.
last updated 16/3/2015.