Masters dissertations

This is a selection of some of Masters dissertations which I have supervised in recent years, from students on Library / Information Sciences at City, University of London. For City students, they give an indication of the range of topics I am able to supervise; for others, they show the range of work done by our students.

Anyone associated with City, University of London should be able to find the full-text of these dissertations in the dissertation repository [if not, contact me]; anyone else interested is welcome to contact me.

2016

Commoner’s knowledge: a study of the cultivation of a radical political knowledge commons [Kristina MacDonald]

An examination into the ways that academic libraries can use social media to support information literacy training [Amy Rippon]

Discovering digitized special collections: an investigation of researchers’ practices and priorities [Emma Stanford]

Resisting digital archive fever: a critical investigation into the management of QTIPOC cultural heritage in the digital environment [Melissa Steiner]

The impact of the international conventions on the flow of information: United Kingdom and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia [Norah Alotaibi]

The information seeking behaviour of postgraduate law students: a case study of LLM Maritime Law students at the University of Southampton [Gayoung Kim]

The treatment of books and libraries in the nineteenth century English fiction [Sheena Poulouse]

The use of web technologies in UK academic libraries and what this could mean for user engagement [Sharayne Kerr]

2015

Planning a holiday: exploring tourists’ information behaviour and the information architecture of destination marketing websites [Alexandra Radloff]

Cloud computing and its effects on academic libraries in Barbados [Lamar Nicholls]

A study into the level of information literacy skills and usage of information systems among Saudi Arabian postgraduate students studying in the UK [Maryam Alzahrani]

E-learning versus in class training: comparing delivery methods of “finding the evidence” training” [Elisabeth Chalmers]

Preservation of audiovisual and digital media in tropical climates: a case study of the University of Guyana Library [Clyden Harris]

Chamomile – a document [Petr Vlcek]

Information and Physics: a match made in reality [Aqil Zahid]

Nesting chains: An introductory approach to information dwelling [Eleazar Rodriguez]

The great public libraries debate: do bricks and mortar still matter? A case study of Canada Water Library, Southwark, London [Alison Martino]

Teachers in practice: an account of how primary classroom teachers develop information literacy [Anne Lloyd]

The Asiatic society of Bengal Library: Its Evolution and Contribution to the Formation of Knowledge about Asia 1784-1940 [Sudakshina Roy]

Mapping Classical Shan Literature [Jotika Khur-Yearn]

A Study into the use of Enterprise and Federated Search in UK Law firms [Michael Price]

2014

How information behaviour changes in individuals who transform a hobby into a profession [Kathryn Drumm]

Libraries and Propaganda: An analysis of censorship in twentieth and twenty-first century libraries [Samantha Clary]

The library as imperialist: an examination of nineteenth-century collections of non-Western materials [Kendra Speedling]

Reporting Privacy in the Internet Age [Hannah Seward]

The essential digital literacy skills for librarians in the digital age in developing countries: case study in the Academic Resource Centre of Courts of Justice and Library of the Administrative Court in Thailand [Apantree Kandet]

A study of e-book usage in Brunei [Norliyama Mohammed Salleh]

“You can’t read that!” A review of censorship activity within libraries [Helen Cargill]

Feasibility of consolidating and digitizing Arabic and Islamic collections: a critical case study of the British Library and Qatar Foundation partnership [Aysha Al-Ansari]

A citation analysis of UCL Africanist archaeologists’ publications [Lucia Cavorsi]

Information literacy and the general public: a survey of public libraries in London [Cameron Eeles]

The classification and genres of popular music, its relevance in museums and an examination of its documentation practices [Howard Hennessy]

The Impact of Digital Technologies on Special Libraries in the United Kingdom [Debora Hodgson]

Internet access in the public library: significance and perceptions [Alexandra Jacobsen]

‘Reclaiming Joyce: the National Library of Ireland’s digitisation of James Joyce’s manuscripts’ [Niall Keegan]

Classification and the domain of history of art [Jennifer Laurenson]

UK higher education libraries in the 21st century; analysis of job descriptions [Chris Li-In-On]

Public libraries and the provision of music scores and books in an age of austerity [Tony McDonald]

Evaluation of London health libraries [Oskar Orlygsson]

The artist, the muse and the library: Exploring ‘inspiration’ and the library’s potential role in the creative process [Cait Peterson]

Birkbeck students’ use of social media at Birkbeck College: a case study [Renata Roscelli]

Digital sheet music – a serious alternative for orchestral performance? [Dorothea Stawenow]

Moyes Classification and Thesaurus for legal materials 5th edn; a review of the changes [Anna Steele]

Information and Knowledge in non-state, non-agrarian societies and how it can inform our understanding of the Information Society [Robert Turner]

2013

Are e-books suitable for use by legal practitioners? A study of the legal library/information service in the UK [Kim Austin]

“Juveniles, women and the working classes”: a review of access to information in public libraries in nineteenth century England [Monica Deacy]

Linnaean legacy: authoritative mapping of information [Cherie McCabe]

The Space adventure: archive futures and the future of memory [Ewan O’Neill]

Bridging the gap: how do the Shakespeare authorship theories affect the information behaviours of Shakespeare scholars? [Gemma Sansom]

Is the information of reality the reality of information? [Tyabba Siddiuqi]

IRANMARC and UNIMARC: a compare and contrast analysis of their formats for serials [Afagh Ghareh Veisi]

2012

Factors that hinder Saudi Arabia from investing in scientific research [Ohoud Alabdali]

Use and applications of social networking in Qatar University library [Asma Al–Buainian]

The governments’s laptop initiative and school libraries in the republic of Trinidad and Tobago [Cleopatra Assing]

Carnegie library philanthropy in Great Britain and Canada [Gregory Cadge]

A critical foundation for information science [Alexandra Harris]

Development of the Information Society in the Czech Republic [Iva Heroutova]

The Frith Archive: theoretical and practical issues raised by the construction of a personal archive [William Man]

How effective is the parish church as a library of community history? [Chris Serbutt]

The benefits of crowdsourcing for creating descriptive metadata [Joey Sheffield]

Development of Dewey decimal classification in light of cultural changes [Alessandra Vetrugno]

Getting to the core. A comparative study of library and information science degree programmes [Brenda Welch]

What is knowledge, and can it be managed? a study in a central government department [Kay Young]

2011

Classical sanctuary or Piranesi nightmare: an exploration of representations of the library in faction [Emma Bahar]

Blurred boundaries: exploring interaction between managerial, economic and information objectives in UK specialist collections [Rosella Black]

Importance of information and knowledge in the annual reports of FTSE 250 companies [Marcin Boczkowski]

Written in stone: the longevity of information [Venus Clark]

Information networks and communication channels of the eighteenth century anti-slavery and abolition campaign in London and the Royal Borough of Greenwich [Helen Dummett]

Information overload: exploring the ‘generation gap’ [Tony Dykes]

Museum libraries in the digital age [Natasha Edmonds]

Information literacy support in a Greater London FE/HE college [Neil Raj]

A view of the future of academic librarianship: a modified Delphi study [Rachael Hartiss]

Investigating roving in the academic library: a case study [Sarah Hawton]

Let’s talk about privacy: how an analysis of the political debate can lead to a more balanced privacy policy [Sophia Hendrikx]

Reaching out beyond the library: proposals for innovative outreach activities in Hertfordshire Libraries [Phoebe Hornby]

Libraries and librarians in the contemporary novel: do modern novels continue to perpetuate the stereotypical image of the profession? [Caroline Horne]

The Polish eBook market, its origin, development and its influence on Polish studies in the UK [Wojciech Janik]

Protecting intellectual property on the Internet. Is the Digital Economy Act 2010 a proportionate response? [Ronan Plunkett]

Managing information overload in the House of Commons: a case study [Daniel Rogers]

From ‘user education’ to ‘informed learning’: the continuing debate about information literacy [Iqbal Siddiqui]

Accounting for information – take two: information assets within the annual reports of the S&P companies in comparison to the FTSE 100 [Alexandra Simpson]

An investigation into the relevance of the history and original aims of the UK public library service to current discussions about the future of the service [Rebecca Lacey]

A study of the use and effectiveness of UK genealogy resources in the genealogy community [Samantha Pett]

What is the relation between the way subscription and circulating libraries operated in the 19th century, and fear of information as a way of empowering women and the working classes? [Lindsay Robinson]

The social and cultural impact of printing in China during the Song dynasty (960-1279) [Melanie Strong]

Library history and the roots of libricide.An exploration of the history and philosophy of the destruction of books and libraries [Matthew Ward]

What is the future role of the publisher? A literature review of attitudes towards an alternative publishing model [Matthew White]

Teaching information literacy to Art and Design students [Antonia Williamson]

The Sophists and the First Information Revolution: The emergence of literacy and the philosophy of information [Dominic Wilson]

Seekers and searchers: observing student information behavour [Samantha Tator]

Health information seeking in the information society [Abir Mukherjee]published as A Mukherjee and D Bawden, Health information seeking in the information society, Health Information and Libraries Journal, 2012, 29(3), 242-246

Once materia medica, now ethnobotany: a domain analysis of British herbalism. [Erin Michaels]

In search of our roots: black women seeking hair information [Tieska McDowell]

An investigation into the information needs and sources of farmers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines [Pearl McMaster]

Complement or competition?: Public and professional opinions on e-books, e-readers, and the future of the physical book and the public library in a digital age [Kelsey Hibbard]

Anticipating the information society: the cultural resilience of German-Jewish refugees in the UK [Jeanette Danzer]

[Mis]Classification and the Art/Craft division [Suzanne Cowan]

An examination of London borough library services [Paul Bartholow]

University libraries and the postgraduate student: an exploration of how provision of physical and online space meets needs and expectations [Colin Beard] published as C Beard and D Bawden, University libraries and the postgraduate student; physical and virtual spaces, New Library World, 2012, 113(9/10), 439-447

2010

The library as a reflection of current art theory: investigating the pe-modern, modern and post-modern library [Sara Ahmad]

The use of telecommunications in mental health care [Glenna Awbry]

Institutional repositories and the dissemination of humanities scholarly research: the Oxford perspective [Mark Bainbridge]

Collections and use in early medieval libraries: England and the continent in the eighth century [Katherine Carter]

The future of information provision and management: a view from senior finance professionals in the City of London [Maria Efstathiou]

Public libraries and the public sphere: a Habermasian approach for the 21st century [Josephine Grahl]

The role of school libraries in supporting independent learning [Alan Green]

The filmed library [Gino Malone]

The Semantic Web: a look at theory and practice in organising information [Alison McGrath]

The future of history: preservation in the digital age and implications for historical research and study [Lena Roland]published as L Rowland and D Bawden, The future of history: investigating the preservation of information in the digital age, Library and Information History, 2012, 28(3), 220-236

An analysis of the relevance of social epistemology to the roles and practices of the library and information professional in the twenty-first century [Kate Williams]

Putting digital documents to use: wikis in museums [Emily Wilson]

An audit of special terminology used on UK university library web sites [Alexander Allen]

Can Discovery Centres be used as an example of society’s progression into an information age? [Laura Gittins]

Changing and adaptable skills: a librarian’s perspective [Emma-Louise Jones]

The book as object: depictions of the bound volume in modern Western art [Laura Miller]

Information and knowledge in the context of children’s picturebooks [Robin O’Brien]

A study of public library services in Great Britain during the two World Wars [Susannah Oswald]

An audit of SOAS institutional repository using the Drambora tooolkit [Joanna Tate]

The future of classification within British healthcare libraries [Emma Watson]

A study of overload and other problems in legal information provision [Beverley Woolfson]

2009

Evolutionary changes: a review of UK and US public and academic libraries [Kelley Amirault]

Designing libraries in the 21st century: an information history approach [Christopher Arnsby]

“Being awake but unfocused”: a study into the information needs and information seeking behaviour of practising visual artists in London [Sian Aynsley]

On the advantages of history for the philosophy of information [Alan Bracey]

Information overload and its impact upon Cambridge University Library [Annette Brighton]

Tags and relevance: a study of users’ perceptions of folksonomies as useful descriptions of information content [Christopher Brown]

Accounting for information: the value of information to FTSE 100 companies [Joanna Cummins] published as J Cummins and D Bawden, Accounting for information: information and knowledge in the annual reports of FTSE 100 companies, Journal of Information Science, 2010, 36(3), 283-305

Access to biomedical literature for both doctors and patients: a changing role for the medical librarian? [Susan Ellison]

State-run school libraries: a comparative study between the US and the UK [Elizabeth Faux]

Folksonomies versus expert-led indexing for image collections [Camilla Griffiths]

An exploration of the eighteenth century information culture [Eric Howard]

The library as place: an investigation into physical collection space in a digital age [Russell Kennedy]

“Developing world” participation in the global scientific knowledge base [Emma Lewis]

An investigation into intelligence information management strategies employed by secret services past and present [Anne Maskell]

The future of the House of Commons Library [Susannah Racher]

The Renaissance of the e-book {Helen Smith]

Public libraries: more than Libros? [Donna Spivey]

Abstracting and Indexing: past, present and future [Glyndwr Williams]

Information visualization and the library OPAC [Judith Wilson]

2008

The many routes to fiction retrieval [Lucy Ashdown]

The use of Web 2.0 in public libraries: a modern reality or an academic fantasy [Louise Green]

E-resources for study and research in music [Clemens Gresser]

E-journals – the future: a case study as Cass Buiness School Library [Emily Houghton]

Why we are talking about information: a MediaHistorical genealogy [Jacob Houx]

The use and value of a oral history archive department in modern libraries [Nikolaos Kareklas]

Investigating Arrayexpress, a data repository: sharing and accessing community-derived data in the biomedical sciences [Charlie Mayor] extended into doctoral study

Art libraries in the US and UK: a compare and contrast analysis of institutional culture [Leah McGowan]

The Anglo-American model of the public library in perspective: a comparative study of public library developments in England and Italy [Valeria Padalino]

Beyond the slow movement? A critical literature review of speed and control in contemporary information environments [Elizabeth Poirier] extended into doctoral study

The Library of Alexandria throughout the ages: legends, legacy and lessons [Andrew Regan]

Information and learning resources in further education: a review [Vimal Shah]

An investigation into the relationship between university and library in Cambridge and Oxford 1450-1550 [Catherine Sutherland]

2007

The United Kingdom legal deposit system: past, present and future [Simon Barlow]

“If I had a hammer”: adapting and testing a health sector tool to assess outcomes and impacts in a public library [Andew Calvert] presented as D Bawden, L Robinson and A Calvert, Value and impact: new trends in evaluating library and information services, 3rd joint conference of Slovene Special and Academic Libraries, Ljubljana, October 2008 and published as D Bawden, A Calvert, L Robinson, C Urquhart, C Bray and J Amosford, Understanding our value: assessing the nature of the impact of library services, Library and Information Research, 2009, 33(issue 105), 62-89, available online here

The use of podcasting in postgraduate education [Vennesse Croasdaile]

Meeting users’ needs in the digital age: the collection development issues [Lesley-Ann Daniel]

Fictional narratives and the imagining of digital landscapes: predictions, potentials and problems of an information age [Harpreet Dhillon]

An investigation into libraries and the information society in Latvia [Caroline Jago]

Vilem Flusser and the technical image: of benefit to the theory and pratice of image indexing and retrieval [Marie Lagerwall]

Managing indigenous knowledge in Africa [Bernadette Martin]

An organised Holocaust: the influence of the Final Solution on information management [Amber Mooney]

Art databases: the Internet and the London art market [Saven Morris]

Bad news has wings: a study of the public response to risk information, with a case study of avian influenza [Katherine Nower]

The decline of the newspaper – should we be worried [Evelyn O’Connor]

Open access and social justice: investigating moral justifications for open access to scholarly communications, with particular reference to developing countries [Joanne O’Flannagan]

Can MySpace also be LibrarySpace? [Vanessa Wright]