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Prof Elizabeth Shepherd
G43
Foster Court
UCL, Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
Appointment
  • Professor of Archives and Records Management
  • Dept of Information Studies
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Biography

Dr Elizabeth Shepherd qualified as an archivist and worked in archives and records management in local government before becoming a records management specialist at TFPL Ltd. In 1992 she was appointed in the Department of Information Studies at University College London (UCL), to update and revise the MA in Archives and Records Management of which she was programme director until 2002. In 2003 she was appointed a senior lecturer, in 2007 Reader and in 2011 Professor of Archives and Records Management.

Research Summary

My research interests are in the role of records management in effective information policy compliance and in the development of the English archival profession, which is the subject of my PhD and a monograph published by Ashgate (Archives and Archivists in Twentieth Century England, 2009).

I am interested in supervising research into all areas of archives and records management, in particular, the development and history of the profession, archival education, the management of digital records, records management issues in particular countries or sectors, appraisal, management skills for records professionals and the development and application of policies, standards and frameworks for the archives and records management discipline.

I was instrumental in establishing the International Centre for Archives and Records Management Research and User Studies, ICARUS, in 2005 in recognition of the need to develop a significant body of research which seeks to identify, understand and meet the rapid technological and intellectual changes sweeping through the archives and records management discipline. To this end ICARUS seeks to develop knowledge and enhance understanding of the creation, management and use of records and their role in society; and map, monitor and evaluate significant changes in the archives and records domain using robust evidence-based methods.

Teaching Summary

I currently teach modules within the MA in Archives and Records Management including Concepts and Contexts, Recordkeeping Professional. I also co-ordinate the doctoral research methods module for the Department.

Appointments
01-SEP-2009 – 31-DEC-2009 Visiting Professor Faculty of Information Studies University of Toronto, Canada
01-OCT-2007 Reader, Archives and Records Management Department of Information Studies UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2003 – 30-SEP-2007 Senior Lecturer, Archives and Records Management Department of Information Studies UCL, United Kingdom
01-AUG-1992 – 01-OCT-2003 Lecturer, Archives and Records Management School of Library, Archive and Information Studies UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2004 PhD Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1992 P.Grad Dip Postgraduate Diploma University of Westminster
1985 MA Master of Arts University College London
1982 BA Bachelor of Arts University of London
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