Robert Newton
Title: Professor
First Name: Robert
Surname: Newton
Position: Associate Dean
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 263907

Duties and Responsibilities

Robert Newton is a Professor in Information Management and a Teaching Fellow of the University. Having previous experience as a course manager, programme manager and Associate Head at the Business School, he is now Associate Dean of Postgraduate Programmes. He has a background in working in academic libraries and also worked for some time as a systems analyst.

Research Interests

Professor Newton's research interests have in the past centred around the use of new technology in the effective delivery of information and education. In particular he has researched the evaluation of multimedia systems in delivering the curriculum in higher education and has been involved in a number of projects which contribute to a better understanding of both the pedagogical basis for implementing new technology into the curriculum in Higher Education and which have also promoted and facilitated use of such technologies. (In particular the NetLearn and ReMOTE web portal developments which deal respectively with accessing internet based teaching resources and Internet based resources for delivering Research Methods Instruction).

Current research interests are based around the potential for academic librarians to play a key role in the delivery of information skills – particularly with respect to the support and interaction they provide when dealing with distance learners and other off campus students. His interests also encompass the information seeking behaviour of users – particularly when using technology and the impact of cognitive and learning styles on how users approach searching and using information.

Main teaching areas (which have a synergy with research interests) have centred around Information Retrieval, Multimedia learning technologies, and Knowledge Organization.

He is a member of the AHRB peer review college and an associate editor for the journal Campus Wide Information.

External / Professional Roles

Professor Newton is a member of the AHRB peer review college and an associate editor for the journal Campus Wide Information.


Marcella, R. and Newton, R. A new manual of classification. Gower, 1994

Book Chapters
Newton, R., and Dixon, D. Subject access to quality assured World Wide Web resources. in Fletcher, P., and Bertot, J.C. World libraries on the Information Superhighway. 2000. Chicago: IDEAS Publishing. pp.202-220

Newton, R. Information Technology and new directions. in Marcella, R., and Maltby A. (ed.) The future of classification. Gower, 2000. Chapter 4, pp.43-57

Newton, R. Pre and post testing? Contributions to: Harvey, J. ed. Evaluation Cookbook. LTDI, 1998.

Papers in Refereed Journals
Newton, R and Doonga, N. Corporate e-learning: justification for implementation and evaluation of benefits. A study examining the views of training managers and training providers. Education for Information, 25 (2), 2007, pp. 111-130.

Newton, R. Developing Information Literate Off-Campus Learners: Pedagogical Issues and Current Practice. Libri, 57 (3), 2007, pp. 140-164.

Aberdeen Art Gallery Image Database Project - a Prototype Newton, R., and Dixon, D. Information for Scotland: a review. Library Review, 49 (1-2), 2000, 11-21

Gibson, A., Newton, R., and Dixon, D. Supporting open and distance learners: practice and policy across further and higher education libraries. Library Review, 1999 , 48 (5/6), 219-231

Newton, R., and Dixon, D. 'We other Victorians': library history, the emergence of electronic networking and the conditions of professional change. Education for information, 17 (4), 1999, 315-322

Newton, R., and Dixon, D. New roles for information professionals: user education as a core professional competency within the new information environment. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 40 (3), 1999, 151-160

Newton, R. et al. Netlearning: Creation of an online directory of Internet Learning Resources. British Journal of Educational Technology, 1998, 29 (2), 173-176

Newton, R. et al. Information Skills for Open Learning: a Public Library Initiative. Library Review, 1998, 47 (1/2), 125-134 (Awarded the Literati Club 1999 R.D. McLeod Award for Excellence)

Refereed Conference Papers

Newton, R. Staff attitudes to the importance of and development of information skills in Virtual Learning Environments. IT & ILit 2002: 1st International Conference on IT and Information Literacy, organised by the IT Education Unit, University of Glasgow, 20th - 22nd March 2002. Proceedings published by facet publications (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals).

Newton, R. et al. Development and Evaluation of WWW Resources to Support Research Methods and Electronic Engineering: a comparison. LTDI Evaluation Case Studies, 1998, Ch.8, pp.46-60 (Selected papers from the VALUE conference. LTDI, Edinburgh, 13th March 1998).

Newton, R. et al. Developing a WWW resource centre for acquiring and accessing open learning materials on research methods (remote). ED-MEDIA and ED-TELECOM '98: 10th World Conference on Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, Freiburg, Germany, June 1998. pp. 1024-1033.

Newton, R. Marcella, R.C., MacLennan, A., and Middleton, I. Using the Internet to support lifelong learning: the role of the librarian. in The challenge to be relevant in the 21st Century: IATUL Conference (International Association of Technological University Libraries), Pretoria, South Africa, June 1-5, 1998, Volume 18. 

Murdoch, J.W., Newton, R. and Anderson, F.D. Aberdeen Art Gallery Image Database project - a prototype project to create and maintain a low-cost art image database. 61st IFLA Conference (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions), Istanbul, 20-26 August 1995.

Anderson, F.D., and Newton, R. Evaluation of multimedia in Higher Education. Proceedings: the 1st British-Nordic Conference on Library and Information Studies, May 22-24, 1995 Copenhagen; edited by M. Hancock-Beaulieu and N.O. Pors. 1995. Copenhagen: The Royal School of Librarianship. pp.181-194

Contribution to Professional Literature

Harper, S., Newton, R., and Dixon, D. Instant Access - or filter? Public Library Journal, 14 (2), 1999, 46-7

Newton, R. Are we dreaming the impossible dream? Public Library Journal , 14 (2 ), 1999, 56

Newton, R. et al. Scottish Public Libraries and the Internet. Public Library Journal, Nov/December 1997, pp. 2-6.

Newton, R. et al. Aberdeen Art Gallery Image Database Project - a prototype project to create and maintain a low-cost art image database. INSPEL, 1996, 30(3), 251-258 (with J.W. Murdoch and F.D. Anderson)

Newton, R. Teaching technology. Scottish Libraries, 47, Sep/Oct 1994, 17 - 18.

Anderson, F.D., and Newton, R. Putting students in the picture. Education for Information, 11 (4), December 1993, 331-337.


Johnson, I.M., Reid, P.H. and Newton, R. Guidelines for e-reference library services for distance learners and other remote users. 2004. Paris: UNESCO. Available to view on-line at: UNESCO: Guidelines for e-reference library services

Newton, R. (2002) Staff perspectives on the use of technology in teaching and learning with specific reference to the development of virtual learning environments. A report for LTSN-ICS.

Newton, R., and Dixon, D. Subject gateways for art and design research: an evaluation of subject based information gateways relevant to art and design students, teachers and researchers in Higher Education. 2000. Aberdeen: The Robert Gordon University. (Report to the AHRB)

Newton, R, Williams, D, Anderson, F.D., and Dixon D. AENEAS report: Accessing Electronic Networks: Evaluation of Alternative Strategies, 1998. Scottish Library and Information Council Available on-line at: AENEAS Report

Newton, R. and Middleton, I. Report on the development and evaluation of ReMOTE. Report to the Violet Lessel Fund, 1997.

Newton, R. Multimedia learning resources. Report to the Faculty of Management. 1996.

Newton, R. et al. Aberdeen Art Gallery Image Database Pilot Project: Report for SLIC. 1995. Scottish Library and Information Council

Anderson, F.D., Blackadder, A., Newton, R., and Wood, N.V. Reading for the blind in Aberdeen City Libraries. Volume 1: Development of Kurzweil equipment; Volume 2: User guide to PC/KPR and JAWS. Aberdeen: Robert Gordon Institute of Technology, 1991.