A. Patricia Lawton, B.Sc.(Hons), M.Sc., M.I.Inf.Sc.

Position: Knowledge Services Manager

Company: Building Research Establishment Ltd




B.Sc. (Hons) in Human Sciences (Psychology), University of Surrey, 1979

M.Sc. in Information Science, The City University, 1987.

Career in Information Work:

Date Company Position

Nov. 1998 - date Building Research Knowledge Services

Establishment Ltd Manager

Sep. 1993 - Oct. 1998 Taylor Woodrow Construction Ltd Information Manager

Apr. 1991 - Sep. 1993 RIBA Services Ltd Technical Editor

May 1989 - Apr. 1991 Building Design Partnership Librarian

Oct. 1987 - May 1989 Hanscomb Ltd Librarian

Feb. 1986 - Oct. 1987 Deloitte, Haskins & Sells Information Assistant

At BRE Ltd, I am responsible for the provision of library and information services throughout the company. I manage the Library of six staff which provides a technical and business enquiry service both for BRE staff and for external clients, and loan and purchasing services for staff. The Library prepares abstracts of BRE publications and journal articles for the BRIX and FLAIR databases which are available externally on EINS. I am developing knowledge management databases for internal use and an intranet service. I am also starting up and managing an Open Learning Centre for the company.

In previous posts, I have had experience of running a company Project Archive and in instigating an electronic photographic library.

I have also been involved in Global Engineering Networking Intelligent Access Libraries (GENIAL) – an EU funded project to devise a pan-European web based information system for the construction industry.

Professional involvement:

Member of the Institute of Information Scientists (since 1990)

Member of the Library Association, including its Industrial Group (since 1987)

Member of the Society of Archivists (since 1998)

Meetings Organiser of the (1994-7)

Vice Chairman of the (since 1997)