Here is a list of the CityLIS masters dissertations that I have supervised at City, University of London. I am pleased to have had the chance to work with all of the authors – our students’ research makes a significant contribution to the discipline and practice of LIS.
This listing serves as an historical record of LIS research interests over the years, and also gives current students who are about to embark on the dissertation module, (with CityLIS or elsewhere), some ideas about previous titles and topics. Useful for spotting an area for follow-up perhaps.
CityLIS full-time students submit their dissertation in September, results being confirmed at the November exam board. Part-time students do not submit until January the following year, so I usually update this list after the final exam board, which takes place around the end of March. The next update to this list will be for those studying with CityLIS during 2021-2022, in March 2023.
David Bawden also keeps a list of CityLIS dissertations which he has supervised, on his blog.
In March 2017, we set up an open access, repository collection for CityLIS on Humanities Commons. The aim is to disseminate our collective works as widely as possible, including MA/MSc dissertations, PhD theses, key publications and significant blog posts. We encourage all CityLIS members (past, present and future) to contribute to, and to explore works available from our collection.
You do not have to be a member of Humanities Commons to search for and download publications. Additionally, there are many collections and works of interest to the LIS community, beyond those created by members or CityLIS.
To share your CityLIS dissertation or thesis as part of our group, (we suggest you have a mark of 60% or above for the dissertation), you just need to register with Humanities Commons, and then upload your work, usually as a PDF file. The CORE repository accepts files of many kinds, including books, book chapters, journal articles. blog posts, data sets, presentations, images, visualisations, videos. Remember to add the tag CityLIS to the group field in the metadata. Please note that no grading, or assessment related comments should be included in the disseminated versions of your work. Once you have received grading comments, you are welcome to incorporate the feedback into your research before sharing publically as a PDF file. When uploading your file, please state Dissertation (masters) or Thesis (PhD) for the document type.
We strongly encourage all CityLIS students to share their dissertation via Humanities Commons. Remember also to join our CityLIS group!
See this brief blog post for further background to our collection.
The web is alive with the sound of music. An analysis of the history and future of virtual ensemble performances as performance documents.
The art of preparation. What is the online information behaviour of visual artists during the preliminary stages?
How does the operation of copyright affect YouTubers?
Trapped at the Agora: how the public spaces of the internet influence our offline selves
Is that a librarian? A study of libraries and librarians in popular culture and how it relates to reality
Examining analogue film’s viability as a preservation method for film archives
How have lockdown measures affected library services and usage, and what changes to library services should be carried forward to the “new normal”? A case study of the libraries at City, University of London
The lines between streamed and live theatre: documenting performances, what could be lost?
Exploring the change and growth of monastic libraries in Anglo-Saxon England
The Healthcare Worker’s “Secret Weapon”: Exploring the Professional Identity of Health Librarians in England
‘Ni de aqui, ni de alla’: investigating the impact of documentation on Chicanx youth subcultures
‘You literally can’t put a stand-up performance itself into an archive’: the present and future of documenting British stand-up comedy
Investigating the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the legal library and information science community
A study of information behaviour in the Fantasy Premier League community
Circulating libraries and the rise of women readers and writers in 19th century Norway
Information Overload: how outrage porn feeds our information addictions
The role of international library partnerships in cultural heritage protection: three libraries’ experience
Ideology in the stacks: the effect of communism, fascism and democratic capitalism on public libraries in the twentieth century
Exploring the impacts of artificial intelligence on digital reading in the context of library services
Picture Book Librarians
Information behaviour in Serious Leisure: building understanding from hobbyist book collectors
A Pigment of the Imagination: in what ways is colour information?
Cataloguing Songs at the Marx Memorial Library: creating an identity for items of musical works within a non-musical special collection
Free Access to UK Case Law: a comparative study of the jurisdications of Scotland and England and Wales
Documenting Fashion: The documentation and preservation of fashion pieces
Cataloguing the Hammersmith and Fulham Early Children’s Book Collection (University of Roehampton): exploring the challenges and potential of “modern special collections”.
The Trend Towards Diversification of Services offered by Public Libraries: comparison between Japan and England
A Document-centred Investigation into the Physical, Social and Cognitive Aspects of Digital Bible Apps.
Something Old, Someting New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue: a marriage of the Toile de Jouy and document theory.
Information Literacy to Smart City: whether we need a new understanding of information literacy in the context of the smart city?
Luces Aeternae or Lucidae Siderae? How do the repective physical properties of the Barberini and the Lindisfarne Gospel manuscripts impact upon the procedures for digitization?
The Prince and the Librarian: the context and significance of the reforms to the Royal Library at Windsor Castle under Prince Albert
Preparing our youth to vote: civic information behaviour of MDUSD graduates
Contemporaneous censorship of children’s literature in the UK: a conceptual analysis of the form censorship takes against the backdrop of a post-digital revolution era
An investigation into the information behaviour of console gamers when looking to purchase a new console
Volunteer libraries: A mixed method exploratory report investigating voluntary libraries and the impact they have on society
A comparative study of the information behaviour of higher education applicants in different London boroughs
Where are all the orphans? How effective is current legislation in enabling cultural heritage institutions to make orphan works available online?
Lucia Lopez Garcia
Social Media in Art Galleries
A Cross-Section of Music Libraries in England
Digital and Tangible: the collection and accessibility of sketchbooks in UK galleries, libraries, archives and museums
The Photobook in the Face of Pervasive Digital Resources: is there an enduring need for the physical book amongst students of photography?
Too Much Information? Have we reached the point of information overload? A comparative case study from an LIS perspective
The Public Libraries of London Collection: oral history in the digital age
Digital Shoe Boxes: the history and future of personal performance archiving
Library makerspaces: evaluating the value of digital marketing in a UK public library setting
How are new media artists working with cultural institutions to document the creation and authenticity of their work for future access and use? A comparative case study of two digital media residencies at the British Library and the Victoria and Albert Museum
Giving Gaming a 1-Up: An Investigation into Video Game Archiving and its Associated Culture
Fear and loaning in North Carolina: the availability and use of LGBTQ materials in North Carolina public high school libraries
Misinformation online: how is it addressed by the library?
Classifying materials libraries in the UK: an exploratory study
Robots in the Library: gauging attitudes towards developments in robotics and AI, and the potential implications for library services
Has the Internet changed the way we think? The effect of the network on user behaviour
A battle for identity: public libraries in England and Wales 1850-1943
Discovering digital art: examining digital art as a new form of document
Information and the creation of new music: to what extent is here a role for information services?
Impossible mission: in search of a viable platform for the access of Chinese theological materials in China among the theological educators, theological students and practicing pastors of the Protestant tradition
Information behaviour of Korean Studies researchers in the UK
A Library Love Triangle? : An analysis of the relationship beween data, information and knowledge in Library and Information Studies (or, Pullman’s Dust : A new model for data, information and knowledge).
The Monty Hyams archive: a new resource in information science history
Inform to perform: using domain analysis to explore amateur athlete information resources and behaviour
City University London students’ preferences for printed or electronic reading material when reading for academic purpose
A comparative analysis of library and information science postgraduate education in China and UK
Crowdsourcing at the National Army Museum: a case study
Immersive and interactive e-book applications: collection review and opportunities for use
Anticipating the Internet: how the predictions of Paul Otlet, H.G. Wells and Vannevar Bush shaped the digital information age
An investigation of information architectures on UK university library websites
The Online Afterlife: Inheritance and preservation of digital information after death
How can law librarians most effectively provide legal research training?
A Politically Controlled Vocabulary: Bias in the Library of Congress Subject Headings.
The House of Life: an exploration of library and information society in Ancient Egypt.
Tweet at the Museum: What Twitter Strategies are Museums Using?
“Read all about it – Newspaper reporting of library cuts in England after the implementation of post-2010 government austerity programmes”
The information seeking behaviour of photography students.
“An Leabharlann Phoibli” (The public library): An investigation into the factors affecting the slow development of a public library service in Ireland.
An Investigation into the outreach activities provided by public libraries in the Metropolitan Borough of Stepney, 1900-1965.
An Investigation into possible futures for public libraries in Greece: new challenges, roles and projects.
Does the popularity of an academic course affect the growth of literature?
An analysis of the relationship between student numbers and literature counts.
To what extent has the integration of the GLAM sector affected the working practices of archivists?
Nursing Students’ e-book survey: a mixed methods approach.
Informational Interfaces: A case study of the impact of discovery systems on biodiversity research and search at the Natural History Museum, London, UK.
… and the crowd goes ‘Shhh’: a study of the possible effects crowdfunding platforms have on public libraries and self-publishing.
Gender and Library and Information Science: What is the balance of published academic work within Library and Information Science?
The role of earned income in archive funding.
Buildings as ‘documents’? Cities as ‘information visualisation’? Reconceptualising urbanism as an instantiation of the information chain.
Aztec past, contemporary continuities: the role of context in understanding the information behaviour of contemporary indigenous communities in Mexico.
Barely Scratching the Surface: Vinyl records, their history and evaluating the value of re-including them within UK Public libraries.
Digitising Middle Temple Library’s William Harvey collection.
Using mind mapping in libraries and information services.
Art in the library: do the arts have a role to play in defining the public library of the future?
Authority, rhetoric and social transformation: the self-representation of printer-publishers in early modern literary prefaces.
Maintaining privacy: the Patriot Act, its possible effect on US libraries.
Psychology journal literature: a domain analytical approach.
Reading through wartime: Bethnal Green tube shelter library.
Bibliographic control through national bibliography and its impact on academic research.
Exploitation of information and knowledge in the law domain.
History, classification and documentation: a domain analysis of dance.
Historical perspective on the changing role of librarian as gatekeeper of knowledge.
How are terminologies produced within a social context?
Guidebook culture: a history of modern guidebooks and the challenges they are facing.
Domain Analysis of Genealogy.
An assessment of the current archiving processes relating to Carnival within Trinidad and Tobago: the use, its value, how it has evolved and what changes are necessary.
An information audit of a running club.
Securing the future of knowledge: digital preservation in Latvia and the UK.
Marketing successes and failures within various public libraries.
Wisconcin public libraries: the challenges, significance and future of small town libraries.
Ana Cristina de Lion
Epistemology of cool: information behaviour in fashion forecast.
Web 2.0 vs the OPAC: how can the public library catalogue engage the twenty-first century reader.
The Sims as resource: a virtual ethnography evaluating the concept of information culture in the gaming world.
Classification of fashion information for designers.
Origins of Libraries.
Information communication in Christianity: from oral tradition to mass media.
Social media in UK academic libraries: a study of social media use compared with social media wants
e-books in schools: how educators can effectively use technology to boost student achievement
The information landscape of developmental biology: a domain analytical approach
Image digitisation: an examination of four London archives and their individual approaches to the process of image collection digitisation
Radio in the United States: a study of the use of information resources in 1920s America
The use of e-books in UK law firm libraries
Networking and the future of ministerial libraries: the case of Namibia’s ministerial libraries
Promoting the library’s Facebook page: an analysis of academic library websites and Facebook profiles
Why we go: a domain analysis of travel
The information seeking behaviour of animation artists in the arts and media enterprises in the digital age
Building an organisational taxonomy using bibliographic tools: a case study of a further education college library
The classification of religions: a domain-analytic examination of the history and epistemology of the classification of religions within the Religious Studies discipline
Three views of the ‘musical work’: a study of conceptualisations in philosophical, bibliographical and editorial contexts within the domain of music
What social roles do minority community archives have? Examining the importance of black and LGBT minority archives
The loss of heritage: an investigation into the impact of orphan works and potential solutions
Approaches to electronic resource management in libraries: professional practices versus academic libraries
Aquiles Alencar Brayner
Web archiving initiatives in the UK and US – a comparative analysis
Professionalism and identity in librarianship/information
Contrasting the role of bioinformatics and bioinformatics librarians in libraries in the UK and the USA
A domain analysis of botanical information using an historical analysis approach
How much subject knowledge is needed in special librarianship?
How have new ICTs affected the handling of artists’ books in art libraries?
A subject gateway for Mesoamerican studies
The future role of libraries in civil society
How are ‘memory organizations”, libraries, museums and archives integrating access to folklore collections: a comparative study of Greece and the British Isles
From pen and paper to the internet – a study of the communication chain and information management over 30 years, as a healthcare professional
Modern information management for businesses (through the world wide web)
The school library: “to be or not to be?” – a literature review of CILIP’s Library and Information Manifesto 2010, to make school libraries statutory
Investigating the occupational therapy journal literature and its usage by British occupational therapists: a bibliometric study and questionnaire survey approach
What’s on at Tower Hamlets and Westminster libraries: a study of the Idea Store service model vs the traditional public library service model
Web archiving – what should be saved?
Information literacy in primary schools
Disposable media? An investigation into the archiving of videogames
What effect has the move from tape-based storage to file-based technology had on the information life cycle in video libraries?
2008 – 2009
Ana Moreno Antoranz
Handling information for unlicensed and newly licensed drugs.
UK Politicians and Web 2.0 Technologies: a best practice proposal on the use of these technologies for the communication and exchange of information.
The information needs of a medical research group, based at the Royal Marsden Hospital.
Clinical Knowledge Management in the new NHS – a crisis of control?
Public library services for looked-after children in England and Wales.
Beatrice Gilpin (Shared the R T Bottle Prize)
The disabled child and the library: a case study in Sierra Leone.
Helen Mason (Shared the R T Bottle Prize)
The information behaviour of emerging artists.
- Mason H and Robinson L (2010). The information-related behaviour of emerging artists and designers: inspiration and guidance for new practitioners. Journal of Documentation (in press).
How can libraries successfully design effective spaces for face-to-face support and advice services?
A domain analysis of the fine art information-communication chain.
The use of Web 2.0 in academic libraries.
Innovation in UK university libraries: the case of library web services.
2007 – 2008
The impact of the National Library for Health’s new Search 2.0 on the staff and users of an NHS hospital library.
The second coming of the Web: Do public libraries have to adapt?
Is the school library effective: does the school library impact on pupil’s learning and development? A survey of the opinions of students, the users of the school library.
RFID in public libraries.
The Books on Prescription Scheme: a qualitative evaluation and assessment of its implementation and use in Hertfordshire public libraries.
Society’s perception of information communication technologies.
Social bookmarking and online subcultures.
Michael Maguire (Shared the Catherine Hamilton Prize)
Philosophical concepts and their relationship and influence on Information Science and Knowledge Management.
- Robinson L and Maguire M (2010). The rhizome and the tree; changing metaphors for information organisation. Journal of Documentation (in press).
Open access through self-archiving
Can Libraries reach excluded communities and How? An examination of Islington Libraries Community project ” New Horizons”.
The United Kingdom Research Reserve (UKRR) project and its effects on research libraries.
Investigation into setting up an intranet-based information resource for an out-of hours GP service.
2006 – 2007
Information literacy at Imperial College London.
Liaison between librarians and lectures regarding information literacy: a case study of some academic libraries.
Informal co-operation between libraries, their staff and other organisations.
Marketing of specialist libraries.
Prison service librarians: Changing roles … changing information needs?
A domain analysis of the music discipline: an examination of history and epistemology of the discipline, and its journal production and use.
Clinical librarianship from three perspectives.
Regitze Glahn Ren
Data sharing in R&D: a pharmaceutical data warehouse model.
The future of the book in the digital world: a study of awareness of and attitudes to the e-book.
2005 – 2006
Meeting Diverse User Groups’ Library Needs: the case of a mental health library.
Information needs of paediatricians for the practice of evidence-based child health.
The issues, promises and functionality of library management systems in school libraries: an assessment and usability focused evaluation.
Transforming the personal into the public. Information issues raised by the acquisition and digitisation of personal papers: a case study focusing on the Francis Crick Papers at the Wellcome Library.
The People’s Network – boom or bust?
Palliative medicine: its knowledge base and impact.
2004 – 2005
A Comparative Information Needs Analysis of Health Workers in the Field of HIV/AIDS in London and Philadelphia.
Evidence-based practice in Primary Care: a study of UK general practitioners’ attitudes, awareness and use of evidence-based medicine.
How well do GP trade magazines meet the needs of GP’s? Content analysis of GP trade magazines.
Toxicology Information Resources.
The role of health related information web resources on health care practice in the U.K and Sub-continent(Pakistan- India).