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.

Links go to open-access versions in the Humanities Commons. Anyone wanting the full-text of any dissertation not available in this way is welcome to contact me.


To what extent do library and information professionals actively manage change? An investigation into organisations based in London and surrounding areas [Sharon Stewart]

Information provision in the agile world: does information provision in law firms change in an agile environment? [Timonie Green]

How to explain information to a dead hare: Floridi’s approach to information and its relevance to art practice [Gordon McQueen]

A case-study on the sustainability of digitized collections in academic libraries [Sayeeda Ahmed]

Can enhanced library analytics improve the understanding of user behaviours at City, University of London? [Christine Goodson]

‘Ladies and gentlemen, the school library has left the building’: an investigation into school libraries, their efficacy, successes and dillemmas [Petra Killoran]

Alternative applications for blockchain technology in library sciences [Olivia Nesbitt]

Research methods and resources in LIS and law: a study aimed at the presentation and comparison of methods and resources used in both fields [Ilias Paraskevopoulos]

Information for the Streets: An Investigation on Public Library’s Engagement with those Experiencing Homelessness [Laurel Plapp]

The forgotten corners of the Internet – a social media analysis [Matthew Rudd]

Library classification and zoological books: the relationships between zoological taxa and ways of grouping in libraries [Daniel Shindler]

Libraries on social media tools: a case study comparing universities in London and Hong Kong [Kit Tsui]


Building with information management: the impact of managing information within and between multi-disciplinary design teams [Oz Ablett]

Joint use libraries and widening participation: Investigating the merit and viability of a library access scheme for the Southern Universities Network [Nancy Beckett-Jones]

The Impact Digitisation has had on the presentation, organisation, and future direction of Archives and Special Collections in Greater London [Sam Butler]

Can Mendeley reader counts be used as an early indicator of impact for arts and humanities books? [Eoin Davies]

Horizon spotting: future trends in information services in special libraries [Jessica Leedham]

Recreational reading collections in academic libraries [Isabel Martinez Carrasco]

(Wo)man versus machine: An investigation into the quality of automated sentiment analysis, compared to its manual counterpart [Amy Rees]

Mass surveillance or licence to operate: a critical discourse analysis of UK newspapers reporting on The Investigatory Powers Act 2016 [Stephen Reid]

Academic librarian engagement with open access in the UK: support, advocacy and education [Natasha Suri]

Neutrality and social responsibility as ethical values in librarianship [Louise Wallace]

Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society (MIAS) library catalogue: evaluating the society’s digital archive project [Ziyad Wanis]

The effect of information literacy on Kuwaitis in sending and receiving information using ICT [Eman Alali]

Investigating the information context and practices of digital nomads in Sultanate of Oman [Nehad Alhadi]

The role of public libraries in developing children’s education and skills: investigating the King Fahad public library in Jeddah [Reham Alharbi]

Promoting digital literacy in Kuwait schools [Reham Alhuraiti]

Information security of smartphone users: an empirical study on the students of University Dhaka, Bangladesh [Shohana Nowrin]

Information Seeking Behavior of Teenagers: A Comparative Study of Toronto, Ontario and London, England [Amina Yusuf]


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]


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

Libraries’ involvement in copyright clearance of reading list provision in the top 20 UK business schools [Ha Riley]

Shadowing the shadowers: Carnegie shadowing – an investigation [Kate Ereira]

Arrival cards: a survey of their use for data collection at border crossings [Naama Zohn]

Point of conception: a study of women’s information behaviour during pregnancy [Tess Stackley]

Video games – reinvented storytelling [Joanna Babicz]

It’s a reading room, but not as we know it: A case study of the Reading Room at the Wellcome Collection to explore the impact of an innovative, hybrid space on the existing research Library [Nicola Cook]

A Case Study of a Digital Image Collection Belonging to a Charity [Isobel Ramsden]

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]


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]


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]


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]


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


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]


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]


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]


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]