Geoffrey Ford Librarianship Collection

Ref: MS 432
Title: Geoffrey Ford Librarianship Collection

Scope: Publications and papers from the work of Geoffrey Ford (1942-2011), University Librarian. The material is made up of reports, journals, newsletters, papers and books either authored by Geoffrey Ford or from his personal collection.

Dates: 1963 – 2008
Level: Fonds
Extent: 8 boxes and 20 books
Name of creator: Geoffrey Ford

Administrative/biographical history:
Geoffrey Ford was born in 1942 and studied Geology at the University of Leicester before completing a postgraduate diploma in Librarianship at the University of Sheffield in 1965. His wide and varied career in libraries saw him take posts at the Universities of Leicester, Durham, Bristol and Lancaster before he was appointed Senior Research Officer (later Principal Research Officer and Director) at Sheffield University Centre for Research on User Studies in 1976. He then moved to the University of Southampton where he remained until 1990 at which point he took the post of Librarian at Bristol University. From 1999 to 2002 he served as the Director of Information Studies at Bristol before retiring in 2002.

As well as holding academic library posts Geoffrey Ford also served as a consultant to several bodies including the British Library and the University Grants Commission and he held the position of Chair of SCONUL from 1998 to 2000. He was a member of the editorial board of the three academic library journals and had an international reputation for setting library standards. He died in September 2011.

The collection is made up of reports, journals, newsletters, papers and books that either feature a contribution by Ford or else were part of his personal collection.

  • Source: Family donation, 2012
  • System of arrangement: By type; chronological or by institution
  • Subjects: Libraries, Academic libraries
  • Conditions of access: Available to all researchers, by appointment
  • Restrictions: None
  • Copyright: According to document
  • Finding aids: Listed