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School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering

Library & Information Science research

Suggested areas for PhD research

Title: Theories of Information
Supervisor: David Bawden

Philosophical and conceptual analyses of the idea of information: particular interest in the relations between information as understood in the physical and biological sciences and as understood by library and information science.

Title: Information behavior
Supervisor: David Bawden

Studies of the information behaviour of individuals and groups; particular interest in individual differences in information behaviour, through personality and similar factors, and in the idea of information styles. Also of the concept of digital literacy, and its promotion.

Title: Browsing and creativity
Supervisor: David Bawden

Studies of informal information seeking, serendipitous information, browsing, and use of information systems and services for supporting creativity and innovation.

Title: Information Resources
Supervisor: Lyn Robinson

Information resources are at the heart of library and information science, but developments in scholarly communication and advances in technology are challenging our traditional definition of the document. As innovations such as pervasive networking and multisensory technology encourage augmented and virtual reality, and we witness the convergence of texts with games, theatre and films, we need to update our understanding of the nature of resources, not only in science, medicine and engineering, but also in humanities, fashion, media music and marketing.

Doctoral studies in this arena, could inform libraries, archives, museums and galleries with regard to collections and service provision, and also provide us with a better understanding of information literacy for the 21st century.

Title: Human Information Behaviour
Supervisor: Lyn Robinson

As technology advances, new forms of documents are emerging. Multisensory and pervasive computing have promoted interaction to the level of participation, where readers or users no longer face separation from narrative content, and they are able to become immersed in an unreal world. The line between the realms of books, video games, theatre and films are converging, and we need to understand the subsequent impact on human information behavior. Coupled to the advances in technology is humankind’s willingness to engage with virtual or augmented worlds and we need to redefine the literacies needed to support evolving information behaviours.

There are implications for librarianship, information management, journalism, scholarship, teaching, training, marketing, and entertainment. Doctoral research in this area could address one or more of these areas.

Title: Information History
Supervisor: Lyn Robinson

Documents and collections underpin the existence of civilized society. Doctoral study has much light to shed on the development of informational objects within specific subject or geographical areas, and their subsequent impact on knowledge and understanding.

Research within this area would inform information communication within a subject area of interest.

Title: Comics Studies and Library and Information Science
Supervisor: Ernesto Priego

Studies of how comics scholarship and/or creative and publishing practices interact with the topics covered by the disciplines of Library and Information Science; representation of libraries, libraries and/or information management and knowledge organisation in comics; challenges and opportunities of production, dissemination, and engagement with comics in the digital age; comics collections and use in galleries, libraries and museums.

Title: Open Access
Supervisor: Ernesto Priego

Studies on the historical development and adoption of open access publishing, including open access national mandates and institutional policies; open access in the context of other forms of scholarly communication in the digital age such as social media and mechanisms to measure and understand its impact (for example altmetrics); open access, open data and research data management.

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