This is really getting to be a most diverse and interesting list.
So what about me.
My career has been in the library sector predominantly, having worked in FE,
HE, Public Library commercial and private sector libraries. Until last year
I was Director of Laser, a London based Regional Library Service, a Company
with Charitable status, and limited by guarantee. This company was
transferred to a grant making Trust, the Laser Foundation, as of 1/10/01,
and I am Company Secretary. Laser provided a whole range of services ,
around resource sharing, to libraries in London and the Southeast, and
across the UK and the world! We also had a high profile R and D profile,
and specialized also in Ethnic language materials, and numerous other
activities, but with a high ICT focus.
I have a long time interest in learning, both as a learner with first hand
experience in part time, distant, and, to an extent e-learning. I have
taught part time and as a 'guest' lecturer in FE and HE.
My main interest in this group is in my role as a board member of
Ufi/LearnDirect, which as you will know is at the forefront of e-learning. I
hope therefore to learn from you all, and to bring some experience to the
I have a number of other commitments, being a JP, being on the UKOLN
Managment Board, and the FDIG (Full Disclosure Implementation Group), as
well as a number of other activities.
I think the cross domain/cultural aspects and wide diversity of knowledge of
this group will be useful and stimulating in this growing and vital area.
---- Original Message -----
From: "Ron Cookson" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2002 4:07 PM
> This looks as though it could be a really helpful group - especially to
> someone like me, working in the volunrtary sector!
> My name is Ron Cookson; I am Chairman of Trustees of a newly established
> educational trust called "The Mills Archive Trust", currently based in
> We are developing a number of innovative web-based approaches to the uses
> archive material to improve awareness of traditional mills and milling.
> important aspect of this is the e-learning environment and the opportunity
> to use architectural, engineering and social history aspects to enhance
> educational process. We have the added incentive of wishing to encourage
> more interest in sonme of the disappearing crafts such as millwrighting. I
> have not yet set up a proper website but have placed a place-holder at
> Early days for us yet, but I have "retired" into this role from 30 years
> so in medical education. For the last 10-15 I have been harnessing
> to this task and most recently have been working with IT colleagues on
> developing corporate Intranets.
> I look forward to playing an active part in this cross-cultural forum and
> learning a great deal in the process!
> Ron Cookson
> The Mills Archive Trust
> 0118 947 8284