Owen Stephens, self-employed consultant

Owen Stephens, self-employed library consultant

Owen Stephens, self-employed library consultant

I’m an self-employed consultant on libraries and library services. Specifically I’m interested in the effective use of IT in and by libraries.

I’m a qualified librarian and I’ve spent a lot of time working in academic libraries and university computing services managing, writing, procuring library systems, online learning systems and other web based systems. For a full run down of how I got into librarianship and my career so far you can read my Library Routes’ blogpost.

After talking about it for several years, in 2010 I decided to take the plunge and set up my own consultancy business, working with libraries to exploit computers and technology to deliver excellent services.

I see libraries as services that help people discover, access, and use information. Professionally I’m fascinated by the role of technology in helping people find and exploit information. This interest has driven my career choices and led me to set up the ‘Mashed Library’ events (http://mashedlibrary.org) “bringing together interested people and doing interesting stuff with libraries and technology”

View of Leamington Spa Library

View of Leamington Spa Library

I can’t remember not being an active member of my local public library, and I’m writing this post sitting in the library in Leamington Spa.

With two young children (2 and 5) our family makes extensive use of the Warwickshire Library service (recently subject to significant cuts and library closures). In 2011 I set up a blog with my wife (@damyantipatel) to try to capture the value we got from the local public library service – you can see the results at http://www.meanboyfriend.com/overdue_books/about.

You will find Owen on Twitter as @ostephens

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