Corporate libraries and information services

14.15 – Thursday 5th July

Building with Information Management

The process of managing information in architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) design projects remained relatively unchanged until the introduction of computer aided design (CAD) in the early 1990s. The recent introduction of building information modelling (BIM) methodologies, accentuated in particular by the publication of the UK Government’s Construction Strategy has challenged numerous embedded cultural norms.  This presentation will discuss the importance of information management to the AEC industry, in particular with reference to the data held in 3D architectural and engineering models (BIMs), as well as how information has been and is now being used by the AEC industry.

Oz Ablett, Information Management, AECOM

Oz has worked with a variety of companies including Saga Group, Sainsbury’s, Shell, Deutsche Bank and London’s Crossrail (now the Elizabeth line) programme, and is currently acting as the primary information manager on several high-profile AECOM construction projects. In the last few years, he has worked on projects as diverse as Scotland’s Caledonia Water Alliance, the Education Funding Agency and a number of commissions in the Middle East including the a new city in Saudi Arabia, the Dubai 2020 Expo and an ‘iconic’ station on Riyadh’s new metro system as well as the design of the Rio2016 Olympic Park.

The secret librarian: the role of the information professional in a corporate setting

Organisations have an ever-present need for high-quality information and to make the most of their internal knowledge. Yet physical libraries are rare and information professionals are to be found scattered across the hierarchy. What does it mean to be a library and information professional in a corporate context? How do we retain professional values and core skills when nobody knows we are librarians? This talk will seek to answer these questions by exploring the experience of being a library and information professional in the modern organisation.

Katharine Schopflin, Information Governance Lead, London Borough of Hackney

Katharine Schopflin is an information professional with over 20 years’ experience in sectors ranging from media to government to technology, and in roles encompassing information research, cataloguing, knowledge management, licensing and now information governance. She is the author of three books for Facet publishing, including the upcoming ‘Practical Knowledge and Information Management’ with Matt Walsh. She is the current President of the European Chapter of SLA, one of the largest library and information associations in the world.


These are exciting times!

A study of senior Knowledge and Information Management professionals within the professional services sector by TFPL Recruitment and Sue Hill Recruitment highlighted the adoption of AI and digitisation in the sector, in addition to the continued importance of skills development, talent attraction and retention. Lee and Neil will look at how Knowledge and Information Management teams are transforming in what is arguably the most exciting time in the profession’s history.

Lee Seymour, Senior Consultant, TFPL Limited

Lee has worked in the recruitment industry since 1997. Since joining TFPL in 2003 he has developed expertise in the information management, knowledge management, records management and research industries. He provides recruitment solutions to a wide range of consultancies, legal and professional services and other corporate clients and prides himself on developing really close ties with his candidate base. Lee loves food and travelling abroad but spends most of his ‘spare’ time running around after his two young daughters or a golf ball, all with varying degrees of success.

Neil Currams, Senior Consultant, TFPL Limited

Neil has worked in the recruitment industry since 2000 across a variety of industry sectors. Neil joined TFPL in early 2016 and specialises in recruiting to the legal, professional services and wider commercial sectors across the following disciplines: knowledge management; research and analysis; library and information management; business intelligence.





Chair: Alex Pooley,  Chair of CILIP Commercial, Legal and Scientific Information Group

Alex is a Chartered Librarian who started out in an art library but has been working in law libraries for the last decade. She took over as Chair of the Commercial, Legal and Scientific Information Group of CILIP in 2017.