Department of Information Management
Top in the UK for Librarianship and Information Management * The logical choice for all levels of professional education and development in information and library management.
We offer a professionally-accredited Masters course in Information Management and Information and Library Studies as well as our MBA Information Management and Graduate Certificate Information Studies which is available for those who seek an access course for entry to our Masters programmes. Our new MSc Digital Curation course has been developed in recognition of the need to ensure long term maintenance and preservation of digital assets (first intake January 2014).
The department has 20 full and part-time doctoral students who study either PhDs or on the professional Doctorate of Information Science DInfSci Programme
The Department works closely with the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) which accredits our MSc courses, and has strong links with practitioners and fellow academics throughout the UK and beyond.
The Department of Information Management is the home of the Information: Interactions and Impact (i3) Conference.
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The course will enable you to obtain a professional qualification accredited by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and recognised by the profession worldwide.
Develop academic knowledge and relevant practical skills for a career in information management.
“The course provided me with the right balance of theory and practice across core areas of librarianship. It was both challenging and stimulating and I was not disappointed.”
Elaine Shalcross - Information Consultant, Law and Business Studies Information and Library Studies MSc
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The Department has an excellent record of academic success as shown by its position within UK university rankings. This success is reflected in our courses which are designed in consultation with practitioners and the professional bodies.
Our teaching is designed to encourage reflective and creative thinking and to produce innovative practitioners and researchers in the field. We regularly review and update our courses, liaising closely with professionals and academics in the information management sector.
We have recently launched an MSc Digital Curation which has been developed in recognition of the need to ensure long term maintenance and preservation of digital assets. Digital Curation facilitates user participation and co-production of content and presents new opportunities to add value to digital data throughout its lifecycle to ensure that it can be ‘stored, accessed, reused and transformed for future research, business and socio-cultural activities’ (Digital Curation Centre, 2013). Digital Curation has relevance to multiple areas in the public, private and third sectors including: digital data management in business, innovation in the creative and cultural industries, academic research data management in education, and open government data.
Other MSc courses are:
The Graduate Certificate Information Studies has been designed as an access route for those with work experience in the sector who do not currently have the necessary educational qualifications in this area. It allows them to gain access to Masters Degree courses in Information and Library Studies, Information Management and Digital Curation.
We also offer short courses for professional development such as the Document Control Foundation course which has been developed for new entrants to the Document Control function in the Oil and Gas sector.
Information Management Research recognised in 2008 RAE
Our Research Mission
The Research Mission of the department of Information Management is to develop understanding of the use and impact of information and knowledge, leading to information solutions that empower individuals, organisations and communities. We are committed to:
- The pursuit of excellence in information and knowledge management research of relevance to social, cultural and economic development;
- Undertaking research in:
User Behaviours and Skills – integrates long-standing interests in information literacies, information behaviour and knowledge management.
Managing Information Assets – the role of information as an organisational or societal asset, and issues affecting its application.
Information Environments – the examination of specific information-centric contexts, such as libraries and publishers, as well as online and workplace environments.
- Effective dissemination and knowledge transfer to inform research, policy and practice such as the i3 Conference.
We undertake research funded by a variety of agencies including ESRC, AHRC, UNESCO, EU, Scottish Government, ITSN, NHS Scotland, and private sector. To find out more about our specific research studies and publications please click on the research themes above. There you will also find more details on the staff and research students who make up our vibrant research community.
The department of Information Management supervises doctoral studies in a wide range of user-focused topics. We are also proud members of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (ESRC Doctoral Training Centre in Scotland) and its Information Science pathway.
The international Information: Interactions and Impact (i3) Conference is organised by the Department of Information Management and the Institute for Management, Governance and Society (IMaGeS). This biennial conference is held at Robert Gordon University.
The department also help to organise the Making Connections events. This occasional series of presentations and workshops bring researchers and practitioners together to explore the implications of research into information literacy.
Our teaching staff are research active in the areas of information management and information and library studies. They also teach on the management, communication and law programmes.
Head of Department
Professor Reid is Head of the Department of Information Management. His principal research interests are Local Studies Librarianship, Historical Bibliography and library history, Reference and Enquiry Services and Digital Reference Services.
Dr Simon Burnett is Research theme leader for Governance and Society within IMaGeS. His interests are in the importance of the knowledge economy and its development.
Graeme Baxter is a Research Assistant within the Department of Information Management.
Sylvie Davies is Course Leader for the Graduate Certificate Information Studies and teaches in Information Society module on the course.
Alan Hunt is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Management with responsibility for Programme Leadership of the Department’s postgraduate programme. He is also Course Leader for BA Management Studies.
Linda Jenkins is Lecturer in the Information Management department.
Dr Alan MacLennan is Course Leader for the MSc in Information Management and teaches modules in Relational Databases, Information Dissemination and Records Management on the course.
Konstantina Martzoukou is the Course Leader for the MSc Information & Library Studies.
Dr Muir is a Senior Lecturer (Knowledge Exchange) in the Department of Information Management. Her research interests include Perceptually Optimised Video Communication Systems, Information Systems Design and Usability and Information Accessibility.
Roderick Smith is Lecturer in the Department of Information Management and Aberdeen Business School Learning Enhancement Co-ordinator for e-Learning.
Dr Elizabeth Tait is Lecturer in the Department of Information Management and Aberdeen Business School . She is course leader for the MSc Digital Curation and MBA Information Management. She is also the Research Degree Coordinator for the DinfSc and PhD programmes within the department.
Caroline Whitehead is a part time Lecturer in the Department of Information Management.
Director of the IMAGES Research Institute, and Theme Leader for the Business & Enterprise and Information & Communication research themes. The focus of her research interests are around information literacy, and impact of information and information services.
Department of Information News
06, March, 2014 MSc Fashion Management Students Visit Milan Fashion Week
Post-graduate Fashion Management students have returned from the trip of a life-time to Milan Fashion Week, incorporating the beautiful city of Florence.
14, February, 2014 RGU strengthens links with Algeria as it welcomes the UK Ambassador
RGU welcomed the UK Ambassador for Algeria to its Garthdee campus this week.
14, February, 2014 Experienced business leader shares wealth of knowledge with MBA students
Industry leader Ian Marchant shares his knowledge of business strategy with MBA students.
23, December, 2013 Balmoral Offshore Engineering rewards MSc Project Management students
Three RGU students have benefited from a £5,000 sponsorship package from Balmoral Offshore Engineering.
13, December, 2013 Scott isn’t just getting a degree for Christmas as his wife is weeks away from having their first child
Scott Stephen is leaving university on a high – not just because he’s graduated with a Business Management degree but also because he is expecting his first child in a matter of weeks.
11, March, 2014 Quality Strategies for Business Seminars
The theme for the Quality Strategies for Business Spring Seminar 2014 being held at the Aberdeen Business School on the 11 March 2014 at 2pm is “Quality a tool for reducing risk and improving competency”
Find out about the student experience at Robert Gordon University. This event will cover all Aberdeen Business School subjects.
11, March, 2014 Arbitration in Scotland Lecture
As part of a series of events to mark the success of law teaching at RGU, the Law School is holding an inaugural lecture by the Rt. Hon Lord Hamilton, (former Lord President of the Court of Session) on arbitration.
09, April, 2014 SLSA Conference 2014
Aberdeen Business School hosting the Socio-Legal Studies Association 2014 conference.
09, April, 2014 Professorial Lecture: Going to the Market?
The Principal of RGU, Ferdinand von Prondzynski, is to deliver a Professorial Lecture focussed on markets.
Professorial Lecture to be delivered by Ken Russell, Associate Dean of Aberdeen Business School.
23, May, 2014 MBA Leadership Week 2014
MBA Leadership Week brings together our entire MBA programme cohort for an intensive combination of academic and practical workshops at Aberdeen Business School.