Martin Nail

Curriculum vitae


I retired from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council in March 2007, having worked there since April 2000, when the former Library and Information Commission was absorbed by the new body. I worked for ten years for the Library and Information Commission and its predecessors the British Library Research and Innovation Centre and the British Library Research and Development Department: for most of that time I had responsibility for funding research in image handling and retrieval and in information retrieval. I was also Secretary of the British National Bibliography Research Fund.

I joined the Brtish Library from the British National Bibliography when it was absorbed into the Library in 1974. I worked for many years in the application of the PRECIS subject indexing system, and subsequently with the Dewey Decimal Classification as well. For a time I was Secretary of the Library Association Dewey Decimal Classification Committee. I was then involved in standardisation work, including membership of various British Standards Institution committees, and carried out an investigation into the feasibility of adding of contents page data to bibliographic records. Later I took part in work to develop the Library's performance measures and other management information.

I have a degree in philosophy from the University of Cambridge, where I was at Gonville and Caius College, and a postgraduate diploma in librarianship from the Polytechnic of North London (now London Metropolitan University). I am a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (MCLIP) and was for many years a member of the CILIP/Society of Indexers Joint Selection Panel which at that time selected the winnwr of the annual Wheatley Medal for an outstanding index.



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