Towards a New Generation of Engaged Universities:
The Need to Act, Adapt and Transform

16th – 18thApril, 2024 | Kempinski Central Avenue (Formerly the Address Dubai Mall), Dubai, UAE

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Prof. David Baker

David is JISC’s deputy chair and chair of JISC’s transition group moving was previously the Chair of the JISC Content Services committee. He became Principal of the College of St Mark and St John, Plymouth in July 2003 and retired in 2009. David has published widely in the field of Library and Information Studies with 14 monographs and some 100 articles to his credit. In recent years, his particular professional interest has been in the strategic management of technology. He gained an MBA degree from the Open University in this subject area in 2002.

David Baker was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, in 1952. By the time that he was 16, he was an Associate of the Royal College of Organists. He gained his Fellowship the following year. In 1970 he was elected Organ Scholar of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, graduating with a First Class Honours degree in Music three years’ later. He took an MMus degree from King’s College, London in 1974. He then moved into Library and Information Services, taking a Master of Library Studies degree in 1976 and a PhD in 1988. In recent years, his particular professional interest has been in the strategic management of technology. He gained an MBA degree from the Open University in this subject area in 2002. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

After a number of library and lecturing posts, he became Chief Librarian of the University of East Anglia, Norwich, in 1985. He was promoted to Director of Information Strategy and Services in 1995, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor in 1997. He became Principal of UCP Marjon in 2003 and, in addition, was appointed Professor of Strategic Information Management there in July 2006. He was also Chair of Universities South West, comprising the 13 higher education institutions in the region, and also of GuildHE. He has long been associated with the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).

David Baker has published widely in the field of Library and Information Studies, with fourteen monographs and some 100 articles to his credit and also in musicology and music criticism, with a further three monographs and over 100 articles and 200 reviews. He has spoken at numerous conferences, led workshops and seminars and has undertaken consultancy work throughout the European Union, and in Ethiopia, Kuwait, Nigeria, South Africa, the Sudan.

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