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    MAIPLE (Managing Access to the Internet in Public Libraries)

About us
About us

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The MAIPLE Project Team combines members from the Department of Information Science (DIS) and LISU at Loughborough University. DIS is consistently ranked as a leading department in the field in the UK in terms of both teaching quality and research. In the 2008 RAE, 85% of the Department’s research was considered internationally recognised. The Department’s Information Policy, Law and Ethics Research Group has a long-standing record of research in the area of information policy and law. The Group’s work on information policy includes access to, and use of, public sector information; policy aspects of e-government and e‑democracy; censorship and freedom of expression. Work on information law includes intellectual property rights issues in scholarly publishing and the management of digital information; data protection impact assessment in organisations; freedom of information, and privacy in digital library environments.

LISU is a national research and information centre based in the Centre for Information Management. LISU comprises a team of experienced information managers, statisticians, researchers and administrators focusing on the analysis, development, interpretation and dissemination of statistics, performance assessment measures and related management data as well as advising on their application and exploitation in the real situation. LISU has an established reputation as an independent authority in its field, fulfilling a key role in supporting managers of information and library services, amongst others.

The MAIPLE research team comprises:MAIPLE research team

Project Advisory Board
In addition to the research team, progress on the project is monitored by a Project Advisory Board, comprised as follows:

Jeanette Castle (Chair)
Jeanette is Head of Library and Heritage Services for West Lothian Council.  She has senior management experience in both South Ayrshire and West Lothian Councils. Jeanette is a passionate believer in the power of public libraries to make a difference in people's lives, and in free, open and accessible access to reading, learning and information to all people.

Chris Batt OBE – PhD Researcher at University College London and independent consultant to the public sector on the use and impact of digital technologies. Until 2007 Chris was Chief Executive of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and led the implementation of the highly successful £170 million People’s Network project that enabled the deployment of internet access in public libraries.

Guy Daines – Head of Policy at CILIP. Guy is responsible for professional policy development at CILIP and has a keen interest in the issue of internet filtering in libraries. He also has responsibility for CILIP’s Ethical Principles and in legal issues relating to information.

John Dolan, OBE – Head of Community Regeneration at Eye, Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Information Studies at Aberystwyth University and CILIP Trustee (2011‑2014). John was awarded his OBE for services to Libraries and Information Provision. His past roles include Head of Library Policy at MLA and Assistant Director (Learning) at Birmingham City Council.

Martin Molloy, OBE – Strategic Director, Cultural and Community Services, Derbyshire County Council. Martin has served in a variety of professional roles, including Chair of the Board of the Reading Agency, Board member of the East Midlands MLA, and member of the Advisory Committees of the Departments of Information Studies and Information Science at the Universities of Sheffield and Loughborough respectively. He is a past President of CILIP, a past President of the Society of Chief Librarians, a past member and past Chair of the Advisory Council for Libraries, and past Chair of the DCMS Libraries and Adult Learning Steering Group.

Alan Poulter – Lecturer in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Strathclyde University, Alan has long been interested in issues around public internet access. Previous research includes the Frills project (Forensic Readiness for Local Libraries in Scotland), which aimed to develop simple, low‑cost techniques to provide a basic readiness regime for public access ICT facilities. He is co‑author of A Handbook of Ethical Practice: a Practical Guide to Dealing with Ethical Issues in Library and Information Work (Chandos, 2007), and of The Library and Information Professional’s Internet Companion (Facet, 2005).Maple leaf image

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