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Ian Clar (ijclark)
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Attended Aberystwyth University
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New photoblog: Greyfriars Chapel and Franciscan Gardens

  The above shot was taken in the Franciscan gardens in Canterbury during the recent “A Few Wise Words” festival. I’m not sure if some of the installations were part of the festival or whether it is normal for these kinds of things to be placed around the…
  The above shot was taken in the Franciscan gardens in Canterbury during the recent "A Few Wise Words" festival. I'm not sure if some of the installations were part of the festival or whether...
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This image was also taken on our trip to Reculver. Reculver Towers are the ruins of a 12th century church built on the north Kent coast, part of a complex which also includes a Roman fort. The site is free to wander around (although the nearby car park is…
This image was also taken on our trip to Reculver. Reculver Towers are the ruins of a 12th century church built on the north Kent coast, part of a complex which also includes a Roman fort. The site...
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Dear Mr Clark


Thank you very much for your email. I was not in any way denigrating public libraries which I also used extensively when I was younger. I was simply making the point that we need to encourage children to read by whatever means as it is not only a way of stimulating their imaginations, but getting a far wider range of children to read is an essential tool for social mobility.


I did not read the article that you referred to, so I am not sure whether it contained my comments that I believe school libraries to be even more important than public libraries in ensuring that all children are exposed to the written word and not simply those whose parents have sufficient awareness of the importance of reading to take them to a public library, or provide such materials at home. My overwhelming concern lies with the children whose parents have no such interests and who, therefore, reach school ultimately disadvantaged.


Yours sincerely

LIAM FOX
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New PhotoBlog: Timber, Reculver

Yesterday we took a trip to Reculver and had a picnic next to the towers followed by a stroll along the path by the sea. I saw these pieces of timber poking up from the shingle and thought they were quite interesting looking. Alongside the above, I also…
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New PhotoBlog: St.Michael's Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral

  As it was half-term, and due to the fact I get free admission courtesy of my employer, we took a visit to Canterbury Cathedral as a cheap trip out. Sadly it wasn’t the best of days outside so I was unable to get any half-decent external shots of the…
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Subject Librarian
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  • University of East London
    Subject Librarian, 2014 - present
  • Canterbury Christ Church University
    Library Systems Officer, 2010 - 2014
  • Kent County Council
    Customer Services Officer, 2005 - 2010
  • Boots the Chemists
    Supervisor, 2001 - 2005
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Winchester (Hampshire, UK) - Dover (Kent, UK) - Newport (Isle Of Wight)
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Librarian and library campaigner
Introduction
A qualified librarian living in Canterbury, Kent.  I have worked in both public and academic libraries and have a wealth of experience from the private sector.

I have delivered a number of presentations on topics ranging from communications to mobile technologies to library campaigning.  I have also written articles for The Guardian and the Open Rights Group and I'm a regular contributor to Information Today Europe.

Professionally, I am interested in issues around the digital divide, freedom of information and transparency.

Outside of work I am a lifelong Spurs fan, I have a predilection for the early 90s Seattle Scene, enjoy photography and enjoy the works of Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein and Bret Easton Ellis.

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Co-founded a renowned national public library advocacy campaign.
Education
  • Aberystwyth University
    MSc Information and Library Studies, 2007 - 2012
  • University of Winchester
    English Literature with History, 1994 - 1997
  • Astor School, Dover
    1987 - 1994
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Writing for Informed - call for submissions
theinformed.org.uk

We want Informed to be a space hosting content from those with an interest in a range of issues related to the information society. Whether

Public Functions, Private Companies, and Freedom of Information
theinformed.org.uk

The following article was sent in by Erin Ferguson, a qualified librarian and doctoral researcher at the University of Strathclyde Law Schoo

Neoliberalism, language and 'The Alternatives'
infoism.co.uk

Neoliberalism n. a political philosophy that argues in favour of privatisation, deregulation, and shrinking of the state to the benefit of t

Is the neutrality of the internet under threat in Europe?
infoism.co.uk

It certainly seems that way following the vote yesterday by the European Parliament’s Industry Committee. Jim Killock of The Open Rights Gro

Radical Library Camp: in the fight over information, librarians start to...
www.opendemocracy.net

miniback.co.uk. There has been a growing trend across our profession in recent years to host so called 'unconferences' under the 'Library Ca

My challenge to experienced librarians: lobby for a better degree
infoism.co.uk

I read with interest Ned Potter’s post calling for new professionals to “create your own degree”. It’s fair to say, I think, that I agree wi

Do you Care for your Data? What care.data means for NHS patients in England
theinformed.org.uk

The following post was written by Informed team member, Elly O'Brien. NHS England’s new database, Care.data, will be populated with data col

Internet access in prisons - a step too far?
infoism.co.uk

Just a quick post to say that I had an article published on the Informed website yesterday on the digital divide. Specifically it looks at o

We Need Libraries - The Video!
www.voicesforthelibrary.org.uk

Back in December, One Man and His Beard requested pictures of people holding their library cards for a video he was planning. The response w

Libraries as a 'holacracy'?
infoism.co.uk

Just a quick blog post regarding an article I spotted via my RSS reader this morning (who said RSS was dead??). I've sort of touched on this

An Age of Information for them, but what about us?
infoism.co.uk

A little while back I wrote a post pondering whether the internet has, in terms of the way we are governed, been an opportunity missed. For

Is it time for a new space for information professionals?
infoism.co.uk

This post is a collaboration between myself and @jaffne and is essentially a very rough outline of something that has been variously discuss

The internet: an opportunity missed, or an opportunity lost?
infoism.co.uk

But nothing compares with the revolutionary impact of the internet. The internet has altered drastically the nature of our political campaig

Welcome to the new look Voices for the Library website!
www.voicesforthelibrary.org.uk

It’s been almost three years since we launched Voices for the Library. Over that time our website had grown rather large and difficult to na

7m people have never used the internet, so why is Universal Credit 'digi...
infoism.co.uk

Unusually, the recent figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) regarding internet access made a lot of headlines upon their rel

When it comes to the internet, it's not just government snooping we shou...
infoism.co.uk

Remember the early days of the internet? When start-up companies seemed to be, somehow a different breed from the companies that we had grow

The Mysterious Case of the Disappearing ebook
infoism.co.uk

I'm a big fan of ebooks. I bought a Sony PRS-505 way back in 2008 (still in full working order). was on a task group for the local authority

The Mysterious Case of the Disappearing ebook
infoism.co.uk

I'm a big fan of ebooks. I bought a Sony PRS-505 way back in 2008 (still in full working order). was on a task group for the local authority

Pocket -formerly Read It Later
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The best way to save and view articles, videos and more.When you find something on the web that you want to view later, put it in Pocket. It