Name: Gill Needham
Title: Associate Director
Organization: The Open University (UK) Library
Born and Lived: Born in London and lived in various parts of the UK. For the last 30 years in Milton Keynes (about 50 miles north of London).
Professional Career and Activities: I am currently Associate Director (Information Management & Innovation) at the Open University Library. My varied career has encompassed roles as researcher, librarian, project manager and educator. I have clocked up more than twenty-five years’ experience in senior roles in the library and information sector, with an emphasis on innovation and skills development.. Since joining the Open University I have led strategic work in areas such as information literacy, flexible learner support and library systems development and have authored on a number of Open University courses. . Current work obsessions are digital literacy, mobile developments and digital libraries.
Family: Married with one daughter
In My Spare Time: there isn’t much of it – but I go to the gym, read a lot, enjoy movies and follow football (soccer)
Favorite Books: Middlemarch & Howards End
Pet Peeves: Bureaucracy gets me down. People who dont listen to other people
Philosophy: Life’s too short – get on with it and dont stress over things we can’t control
Most Memorable Career Achievement: I was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship from the UK Higher Education Academy in 2006.
Goal I Hope to Achieve Five Years from Now: a happy and healthy retirement!
How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years: Either a) unrecognisable as higher education has become increasingly free and open and content is largely free or b) expensive and elitist