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Centre for Information Science

Based in the Department of Library and Information Science, the Centre for Information Science (CIS) is our vehicle for research and scholarship. CIS continues the tradition of information science as an academic discipline, which has been present at City, University of London since the teaching of this subject was established in 1961.

As the contemporary world faces unprecedented changes in our information and knowledge environment, our research studies the impact of technology, economics, and socio-cultural values on the processes of information communication, so that we can understand how people, organisations and communities can benefit from access to, and understanding of information, to support fair and prosperous societies.

We study the processes of information communication in the context of different domains, and as influenced by developing technologies. Specific interests are: documents and documentation, information literacy, information behaviour; information organisation and retrieval; information history and philosophy; scholarly communication, dissemination and publishing; digital ethics.

Information science is a broad, interdisciplinary field of study, which has relevance to all disciplines, and to any organisation that creates, stores, manages, and uses information.

Members of our research team come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, bringing a wide range of experience, methods and perspectives to our teaching, research and outreach. Research is carried out through funded projects, personal research and scholarship, and through supervision of doctoral students registered for the Library and Information Science PhD/MPhil.

Great emphasis is placed on the integration of research with our masters-level education programme, and we have numerous publications based on masters dissertations. We have an internationally recognised leading role in curriculum development and in research/practice integration for the library/information sector.

Our work falls into three main areas:

  • Foundations of the information sciences. This includes: the nature of information, links between physical, biological and social conceptions of information; library and information history, and philosophy of information.
  • Questions of documents and documentation. Here we focus on changes in the processes of documentation, the way information is organised and communicated in the move to a largely digital information environment. This work includes: the changing nature of documents and information resources; changes in scholarly communication and dissemination, and the consequences for information specialists; and representation, organisation and retrieval of information and knowledge.
  • Information behaviour - of individuals and groups, and within society. Here we consider: models and concepts of information behaviour; information behaviour associated with emerging technologies and new media; behaviour associated with non-traditional realms exemplified by leisure and virtual communities; information/digital literacy; and digital ethics.

Research Ethics

Current projects

Current research students

  • Zaki Abbas: Information seeking behaviours of law students using smartphones to access library resources
  • Owen Ablett: Building documents: the built environment as document
  • Ohoud Alabdali: Development of information society in Saudi Arabia
  • Jerald Cavanagh: Impact Evaluation of Information Literacy Initiatives: Case study of EU Erasmus+ projects in the Western Balkans
  • Dominic Dixon: The Philosophy of Information and LIS.
  • Shohana Nowrin: Information literacy in multilingual and multicultural environments
  • Ian Rodwell: Liminal stories: a comparative exploration of how storytelling is used to make sense of liminal states in two contrasting, high performance environments
  • Chris Serbutt: The Changing Place Of Information. An examination and evaluation of how context affects the information conveyed by objects.

Successfully completed research students