Asia Pacific Regional Council
University Librarian, University of Otago
Howard is the University Librarian at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Since qualifying as an Information Management specialist and Librarian Howard has worked in both the private and public sectors in Libraries and telecommunications. He has over 20 years’ experience working for library software companies and as a practicing librarian developing library digital services. Howard led the project to develop an Australasian interlending and document delivery system that has now been deployed as VDX. While working at the State Library of NSW in the early 1990s he established the first Australian nonacademic network of libraries connected to the internet and chaired the NSW Government’s internet technical committee.
While Deputy University Librarian at UNSW Howard established the Library Repository Services team and built library support services for the management of data for research projects and led the development of expertise in data librarianship and collaborative programmes that support e-Research. Howard has contributed to the understanding of the use and re-use of research data, leading a study into how academics use and share research data.
Howard began his role as University Librarian at the University of Otago in October 2010. He represents New Zealand University Libraries on the Australasian consortium for electronic resources and is a Director of the Library Consortium of New Zealand (LCoNZ). Howard contributes to the development of e-Research support infrastructure in New Zealand through the development of research data management metadata standards. His interests lie in managing organisational change and the transition to the fully digital library. He has carried out international benchmarking activities and the development of quality frameworks include balanced scorecard processes for libraries.
Term end date: 30 June 2017
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University of Otago
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North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016