Professor Bob Usherwood

Professor Emeritus

BA (Open), PhD (Sheffield), Hon FLA, FCLIP, FRSA

Prof Bob Usherwood

I joined the Information School in 1976 as a public library specialist and this remained a major focus of my research and teaching. Other interests included management; intellectual freedom; the political and policy dimensions of LIS; professional ethics; books and reading. Immediately prior to my appointment, I was Senior Assistant Director (Libraries) with the Directorate of Amenity Services, London Borough of Lambeth, a post equivalent to Chief Librarian. Previously I held posts with Devon County, The London Boroughs of Havering and Sutton, and the Polytechnic of North London.

I remain active in professional organizations; from 1970- 1973 I edited The Assistant Librarian. Later, I developed The Library Association's Code of Conduct. I chaired, and served on, numerous Library Association Committees and elected its President in 1998. In 1976, I was invited by the then Minister for the Arts to join the Library Advisory Council for England. I was one of two British librarians invited to participate in the 1991 White House Conference on Libraries and regularly contributed to IFLA. I became an Honorary Fellow of the Library Association in 1992 and of the Institute of Information Scientists the following year. I also worked for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.