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LIFE2: Conference - Speaker Biographies

Welcome and introduction

Helen Shenton Helen Shenton

Head of Collection care,
The British Library

Helen Shenton is the Head of Collection Care at the British Library.

Helen Shenton became the first Head of Collection Care at the British Library in 2002. This area encompasses Conservation, Preservation, Training and Research, Collection Storage and Security. She was involved with the early developments of digital object management at the BL, co-founded the first cross-Library Digital Preservation Team and led on the Life Cycle collection management strategic strand for the BL.

Helen read English Literature at University College London and trained at the London College of Printing and with the Arts and Crafts book conservator, Roger Powell. She joined the British Library in 1998 after 14 years in the Conservation Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum where she was responsible for the textiles, paper, paintings, photography and book disciplines.

Helen is a founding Board member of the Digital Preservation Coalition and Board member of the National Preservation Office, also chairing the NPO's Preservation Administrator's Panel. She sits on a number of national and international groups, such as IFLA's Preservation and Conservation Committee, LIBER's Preservation Division, Lambeth Palace Library and UCL's Centre for Sustainable Heritage's Academic Advisory Committee.

Helen has taught and examined Masters degree courses in Conservation and Preservation, at the University of the Arts, the Royal College of Art and School of Library and Archive Studies at UCL. She has edited journals, lectured and published widely in areas such as digital preservation, national preservation strategies and developments in stewardship.

Helen is a Fellow of the International Institute of Conservation and the Royal Society of Arts.


Paul Courant Paul Courant

Dean of Libraries,
University of Michigan

Paul N. Courant is University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor of Economics and Professor of Information at the University of Michigan. From 2002-2005 he served as Provost and Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs, the chief academic officer and the chief budget officer of the University. He has also served as the Associate Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs, Chair of the Department of Economics and Director of the Institute of Public Policy Studies (which is now the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy). In 1979 and 1980 he was a Senior Staff Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers.

Courant has authored half a dozen books, and over seventy papers covering a broad range of topics in economics and public policy, including tax policy, state and local economic development, gender differences in pay, housing, radon and public health, relationships between economic growth and environmental policy, and university budgeting systems. More recently, his academic work has considered the economics of universities, the economics of libraries and archives, and the effects of new information technologies and other disruptions on scholarship, scholarly publication, and academic libraries.

Paul Courant holds a BA in History from Swarthmore College (1968); an MA in Economics from Princeton University (1973); and a PhD in Economics from Princeton University (1974).

LIFE Model

Paul Wheatley Paul Wheatley

Digital Preservation Manager,
The British Library

Paul Wheatley is Digital Preservation Manager at the British Library.

Paul Wheatley is a specialist in digital preservation and works for the British Library. He is educated in Computer Science and has previously worked as a technology journalist and software developer. Paul has since played a leading role in various collaborative digital preservation developments at the University of Leeds. He has worked on the seminal Cedars and Camileon projects, the latter gaining international recognition for its role in rescuing the BBC Domesday system using emulation technology.

Paul is currently the Digital Preservation Manager in the eIS Directorate of the British Library, and is a member of the team responsible for ensuring the longevity of the BL's digital collections. He has continued to be heavily involved in national and international digital preservation projects, playing a leading role in the JISC funded LIFE work and in the EU focused Planets Project.

LIFE Model Economic Validation

Bo-Christer Björk Bo-Christer Björk

Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

Bo-Christer Björk is Professor of Information Systems Science at the Swedish school of Economics and Business Administration in Helsinki, Finland.

Prof. Björk holds degrees from three universities. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Information Technology in Construction, one of the earliest refereed scientific Open Access journals. His research over the years falls into two distinct areas.

From 1982 to 2000 he was doing research concerning the use of IT in construction, in particular the development of methods for digital data transfer between the different participants in the construction process (designers, contractors, facility management). From 2000 onwards his main research area has been how the Internet affects scientific communication, by enabling new business models such as Open Access.

Implementation of the LIFE work
1. Practical implementation of the LIFE Model

Ulla Bøgvad Kejser Ulla Bøgvad Kejser

Preservation Specialist,
Royal Library, Denmark

Ulla Bøgvad Kejser is PhD student at the School of Conservation working on a thesis on preservation copying endangered archive and library materials from a cost benefit perspective. She received her MS in Photographic Conservation from the School of Conservation (1993). Since 1999 she has worked at the Preservation Department at the Royal Library, and since 2007 in the Digital Preservation Department.

Anders Bo Nielsen Anders Bo Nielsen

Senior consultant,,
Danish National Archives

Anders Bo Nielsen is senior consultant at the Danish National Archives, section for digital archives, since 1997. Working areas: requirements for digital archives, coordination of digital government and digital archives; spec. areas: document formats, storage systems. Education: master in economics (esp. economic history), University of Copenhagen, master in IT (software development), IT-University of Copenhagen.

2. ISC-LC Blue Ribbon Task Force on the economic sustainability of digital preservation

Paul Ayris Paul Ayris

Director of Library Services, UCL

Dr Paul Ayris is the Director of UCL Library Services and UCL Copyright Officer.

Paul Ayris sits on numerous committees and boards, including: the Joint CURL/SCONUL Scholarly Communications Group, the JISC Journals Working Group and the Repositories and Preservation Advisory Board, the SPARC Europe Board, the LIBER Board, and is the Chair of the LIBER Access Division, and Chair of the SHERPA partnership Management Group.

Before his present position Dr Ayris was Deputy Librarian for UCL and had a 12 year career at Cambridge University Library becoming head of IT Services in the Automation Division. He is an honorary Lecturer at the UCL School of Library, Archive and Information Studies.

British Library Newspapers Case Study

Richard Davies Richard Davies

LIFE Project Manager,
The British Library

Richard Davies is the LIFE Project Manager at the British Library.

Richard Davies joined The British Library at the beginning of 2007 as the LIFE Project Manager, with overall responsibility for the project. Richard is part of the Digital Preservation team at the library whose role it is to provide strategic guidance and policy development in digital preservation.

Prior to joining the Library, Richard worked for Brunel University in West London, lecturing for the Business School, as well as working on a number of e-learning projects. Richard has degrees in Economics and Multimedia Computing.


Jacqueline Cooke Jacqueline Cooke

Goldsmiths, University of London

Jacqueline Cooke is Research Support Librarian at Goldsmiths, University of London where she manages Goldsmiths Research Online and the Library Special Collections and Archives. As a former Art and Design Subject Librarian and having recently completed a PhD on art ephemera, she is particularly interested in developing repositories for the creative arts.

SHERPA-DP Case Study

Stephen Grace Stephen Grace

Preservation Manager, CeRch

Stephen Grace is Preservation Manager for the Centre for e-Research at King's College London (CeRch), which builds on the success of AHDS in managing and advising on digital preservation. He leads activity on the long-term curation of digital materials, including active research projects on significant properties and building preservation services on existing institutional repositories.

Stephen has previously managed the digitization program in a national museum and been the project manager for a website featuring digitized materials from library, archive, and museum sources.

Research Data Costs

Neil Beagrie Neil Beagrie

Charles Beagrie Ltd.

Neil Beagrie is managing director of Charles Beagrie Ltd, an independent management consultancy company specialising in the digital archive, library, science and research sectors.

His previous career spans a range of senior information management roles including Programme Director for Digital Preservation at the UK Joint Information Systems Committee, Director and Assistant Director of the Arts and Humanities Data Service, and Head of Archaeological Archives and Library at the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce; a Fellow of the British Cartographic Society; and also an honorary research fellow in the School of Library, Archive, and Information Studies at University College London. He has published extensively on digital preservation and digital library issues.

Panel discussion: Costing Digital Preservation: What are the next steps?

Chris Rusbridge (Chair) Chris Rusbridge

Director of DCC

Chris Rusbridge is Director of the Digital Curation Centre, funded by JISC and the e-Science Core Programme to provide support services, development and research in digital curation and preservation. This follows five years as Director of Information Services at Glasgow University. There his responsibilities included the library and archives, together with IT, MIS, and A/V services. For the previous five years, he was Programme Director of the JISC Electronic Libraries Programme (eLib), a major digital library R&D Programme. During his tenure at JISC, one of his major interests was preservation of digital materials, the subject of a set of JISC-funded studies, two major international preservation workshops in 1995 and 1999, held at Warwick, and two preservation projects, CEDARS and CAMiLEON, in all of which he played a significant role.

Sheila Anderson Sheila Anderson

Director of CeRch

Sheila Anderson is Director of the Centre for e-Research at King's College London (CeRch). She is co-Director of the UK Arts and Humanities e-Science Support Centre (AHeSSC).

Sheila has a successful record of project development and management, and has undertaken a number of preservation consultancies and projects.

In recent years, she has received project funding from the JISC, AHRC and the Leverhulme. She has extensive experience in data creation, data curation, preservation and research infrastructures which underpin the process and practice of research.

She has published on data and information management and preservation, digital research repositories, and the application of e-Science technologies for arts and humanities research.

Frances Boyle Frances Boyle

Executive Director of DPC

Frances Boyle is the Executive Director of DPC.

She is an information professional with many years experience in the delivery and support of information services across a wide range of academic, research and commercial environments. Her previous incarnations have included posts at Oxford University, Cancer Research UK, Royal Society of Chemistry and Mercury Asset Management. She has written and presented widely on many digital library initiatives.

Neil Grindley Neil Grindley

Digital Preservation Programme Manager, JISC

Neil Grindley is the Digital Preservation Programme Manager at JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee), an organization that funds and supports technology-related projects and services for the UK Higher and Further Education sectors.

The Digital Preservation Programme supports a number of projects, studies, and other initiatives, the overall objective of which is to raise awareness and increase the capacity of relevant communities to engage with digital preservation as part of a life-cycle management approach to the creation and exploitation of digital resources. Grindley previously worked on a program to promote the advanced use of ICT methods for research; prior to that he was involved with IT management and image cataloguing and database work at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Michael Jubb Michael Jubb

Director of RIN

Michael Jubb is Director of the Research Information Network (RIN), a body set up by the four UK Higher Education Funding Councils, the seven UK Research Councils, and the British Library, to promote better understanding of the information needs of the UK research community.

Michael has a long-standing background as an academic, archivist, and senior research manager. He was Deupty Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Board, where he led the organisation's transition to Research Council status, and previously Deputy Secretary of the British Academy.

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LIFE (Life Cycle Information for E-Literature) is a funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and Research Information Network (RIN) and is a collaboration between University College London (UCL) and the British Library