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    I am the owner and managing director of Information Automation Limited (IAL), a company that specialises in research, consultancy and training for the information profession. We are particularly interested in all forms of electronic information resources (e-journals, e-books, etc) and I teach a course in electronic publishing at the Department of Information Studies in Aberystwyth. Drilling down still further(!), my interests centre on the quality and evaluation of electronic information, and in the thinking that underpins activities in library and information science.


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    Tuesday, January 23, 2007

    CILIP: And so to new governance

    Following CILIP's acceptance of the report of the Government Review Task Force at the December Council Meeting, much has been going on behind the scenes in preparation for tomorrow's first meeting of the Governance Review Implementation Group. Hopefully, readers will have seen my previous posting, which pointed to the principles under which the new governance will function; a copy of the Task Force's report is now also available on the CILIP web site. Preparations have been made, legal advice taken and an important item on Wednesday's agenda is the implementation schedule.

    Those of us who sat on the Task Force and now sit on the Implementation Group are determined on two things: transparency or openness, and timeliness - or "progress the implementation as swiftly as possible" (p.6) as the report says. To quote:
    "Most importantly, however, we believe it important that the membership sees progress being made on implementation rather than giving an appearance of inactivity until Byelaw changes can be enacted. (p.6)... Changing structure takes time. We think it important however that the membership can see a sense of urgency and a sense of purpose in making change." (p.70)
    From this, it will be apparent that my blog will be one of the places to watch for progress reports!

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