The logical choice for all levels of professional education and development in information and library management.

iSchool LogoThe Department of Information Management is an iSchool -  the world's leading group of Information Science departments.  The department has 20 full and part-time doctoral students who study either PhDs or on the professional Doctorate of Information Science DInfSci Programme .  

We work 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 is a corporate member of The International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO) and is the home of the Information: Interactions and Impact (i3) Conference.

Graduate employment success rates are good - as The Sunday Times University Guide noted, "a degree from Robert Gordon University is as near to a guarantee of a job as you can get" and we have been rated "Top university in the UK for graduate employment” (HESA, 2015). Our courses are ranked within the top universities by the  Complete University Guide and The Guardian University Tables.


Information Management includes Librarianship, Knowledge and Information Management, our degrees are designed in consultation with practitioners and professional bodies.

Providing relevant industry knowledge and skills, our courses are ranked within the top Universities by the Complete University Guide and The Guardian University Tables.

Information Management courses include:

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 and Information Management.

We also offer the Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Data Management course.

Professional Development
We also offer short courses for professional development, such as Document Control.


The iSchool RGU can support your professional development via short courses and modules to help you: develop your skills, transition into a different area of library and information work or learn something new.

We have a range of short courses which are available to study. Many of the modules from our MSc courses can be taken as stand-alone professional development at a cost of around £900 per module. All our modules are CILIP accredited and delivered as online distance learning.  The available modules are:

Information and Library Studies

Information Management

For further information about the iSchool RGU professional development opportunities please contact Dr Elizabeth Tait email e.j.tait@rgu.ac.uk


Our research is recognised as being of international quality with the majority rated as being internationally excellent or world leading.

 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;

We undertake research funded by a variety of agencies including ESRC, AHRC, UNESCO, EU, Scottish Government, ITSN, NHS Scotland, and private sector.

The international Information: Interactions and Impact (i3) Conference is organised by the Department of Information Management and research staff at ABS. 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 main research themes are:

Digital Cultural Heritage

We undertake  innovative interdisciplinary research into the development and use of digital technologies for cultural heritage. In collaboration with colleagues from Computing Science and the Scott Sutherland School for Architecture and the Built Environment we are investigating how technologies such as laser scanning, 3D visualization, gaming technologies and digital archives can be used for:  preservation, curation and user engagement with cultural heritage. Recent projects include ‘Bring Your Own Heritage’ funded under the  IT as a Utility RCUK Digital Economy Network+ which is being conducted in collaboration with Elgin Library and the Scottish Textile Archive (STAr) project which was funded under the AHRC Digital Transformations theme.

Key Staff contacts: Dr Elizabeth Tait, Professor Simon Burnett, Professor Peter Reid, Andy Grinnall

Information Literacy

Our research focuses on the characteristics, development and impact of information literacy in different contexts including schools, Higher Education, corporate and professional workplace environments. Our information literacy research has been supported by grants from a wide range of sources including ESRC, SES, Re:source, Scottish Government and ITSN-ICS and is published in peer-reviewed journals in information and education disciplines.  Previous research projects have examined, among others, citizenships’ information seeking behaviour and needs, the effective use of information within small and medium sized enterprises, the use of research information by teachers addressing issues of information literacy, access and attitudes and the complexity of developing information literacy for secondary school students. Read more about information literacy research via the Making Connections programme.

Key staff contacts: Dr Konstantina Martzoukou, Professor Dorothy Williams,  Katie Cooper, Professor Rita Marcella, Hayley Lockerbie

Information Usability and Accessibility

Our research in information usability and accessibility has been published and presented internationally and been supported by Scottish Enterprise funding, industry awards and research grants. The outputs have included a patented method for sign-language video communication systems for Deaf people, culturally-sensitive prostate cancer information and a typology of academic e-book interactions for application to the design of e-book content and features and to academic/library instruction programmes for the use of e-books. Our staff have provided expertise on advisory groups including the OFCOM Advisory Committee on Older and Disabled People and the Scottish Government cross-party working group on Digital Participation.

Key staff contact: Dr Laura Muir

Knowledge Management

The department established a Centre for Knowledge Management in 2000, as a response to industry demand for tools and techniques to aid in the management of intellectual capital. This long-term interest has resulted in a number of engagements with client organisations (many from the oil and gas industry) such as Shell, BP, Senergy, as well as public sector clients such as NHS Scotland and the United Nations. Work in this area has been published and presented internationally, and has focused on the development of methodological approaches to knowledge auditing and mapping, and the use of narratives for knowledge transfer.

Key staff contacts: Professor Simon Burnett, Dr Roddy Smith, Lyndsay Bloice

Knowledge Organisation

The department is currently a corporate member of the International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO), UK chapter, with active involvement in the Executive Committee. Educational aspects of Knowledge Organization (learning KO) is a theme that the department will focus on for the session 2014-15 in partnership with other academic institutions also involved in the teaching of Knowledge Organization. Following the delivery of workshops on how to build corporate taxonomies within the oil and gas industry, the department has now secured a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Aberdeen Harbour Board to develop an Information and Records Management (IRM) system which will handle items of corporate memory, archives, records of past and current activities and all other documents pertaining to the activities and function of the company. Sylvie Davies is currently Associate Editor of the Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) and contributes regularly to the bulletin Extensions and Corrections for the UDC. Professional development in the application of the UDC in libraries is being developed in collaboration with the UDC Consortium.


Key staff contacts: Sylvie Davies, Dr Alan MacLennan

Social Media for Political Engagement

We have a strong and growing body of expertise in the research area investigating the impact of social media on Political Engagement. A number of projects have been conducted to investigate social media during electoral campaigns, most recently during the Scottish Independence Referendum. Another project investigating digital engagement of young people in post-referendum Scotland has been funded by the Communities and Culture RCUK Digital Economy Network+

Key staff contacts: Dr Graeme Baxter, Professor Simon Burnett, Dr Elizabeth Tait

Further enquiries can be made to the Information and Communications theme leader Professor Simon Burnett.

Doctoral Study

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.

In addition to the traditional PhD route, we offer a DInfSc- the first professional doctorate in Information Science to be established in the UK. Our doctoral students’ research represents a continuum of interests across information management related subjects. We are particularly interested in receiving proposals for doctoral study in the following areas:

  • Cultural heritage (including digital cultural heritage and local studies)
  • Digital Curation (including research data management; creative and cultural resources and business data)
  • Information seeking behaviour
  • Information and digital literacy
  • Information and publishing law
  • Information for Political Engagement (including social media and political participation)
  • Information ethics
  • Organisational Learning ( including Communities of Practice and Workplace Democracy)
  • Preservation of intellectual heritage
  • Value and Impact of Public Libraries
  • The development of new information professionals (including CPD and online learning spaces)

All applications should be made via the University's application form for research students. Informal enquiries can be made to the Research Degree Co-ordinator, Dr Elizabeth Tait 

Further information about PhD and DInfSc degrees;

Current Doctoral Students

  • Hyder Abbas

    My research looks at societal influences on early ‘public’ libraries in Dublin between c.1650-1860  

  • Lyndsay Bloice

    Lyndsay Bloice

    Lyndsay Bloice is a Research Assistant within the Institute for Management, Government and Society(IMaGeS) and the Department of Information Management.  

  • Paul Cleverley

    Creating sparks: comparing search results using discriminatory search term word co-occurrence to facilitate serendipity in the enterprise.  

  • Katie Cooper

    Katie Cooper

    Katie Cooper is a lecturer in the Department of Information Management. Katie teaches on a number of courses, including the MSc Information and Library Studies.  

  • Chikezie Daniel Emele


  • Michael Frelas


  • Ian Johnson

    My research identifies factors that are critical to the successful development of professional education in other developing countries seeking to install or strengthen the foundations of professional education for library and information services.  

  • Patrice Landry

    The aim of my research project is to investigate the best practice of conducting systematic performance and outcome assessment of national libraries.  

  • Gratiela Lobo

    My research aims to evaluate the current academic e-book content delivery system, and develop a conceptual new e-book model that meets the needs of all e-book stakeholders (including creators, distributors, and users).  

  • Mazni MD Yusof

    The aim of my research is to identify and explore the discourse of academic library value from the perspective of university management through communication between academic library and the university management.  

  • Paul Stevenson

    My research study examines different methods of presenting, disseminating and packaging information to facilitate uptake and integration into the decision making process within the NHS.  

  • Staff

    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

  • Peter H Reid

    Prof Peter Reid

    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.  

  • Research Co-ordinator

  • Simon Burnett

    Simon Burnett

    Prof 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.  

  • Academic Staff

  • Graeme Baxter

    Graeme Baxter

    Graeme Baxter is a Research Assistant within the Department of Information Management.  

  • Katie Cooper

    Katie Cooper

    Katie Cooper is a lecturer in the Department of Information Management. Katie teaches on a number of courses, including the MSc Information and Library Studies.  

  • Fionnuala Cousins

    Fionnuala Cousins

    Fionnuala is a lecturer in the Department of Information Management, and is also course leader for the Petroleum Data Management course.  

  • Alan MacLennan

    Alan MacLennan

    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

    Konstantina Martzoukou

    Dr Konstantina Martzoukou is the Course Leader for the MSc Information & Library Studies.  

  • Adrienne Muir

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    Adrienne Muir is Professor of Information Management in the Department of Information Management. She is an active researcher in the fields of information and publishing law, ethics and preservation.  

  • Elizabeth Tait

    Elizabeth Tait

    Elizabeth is the course leader for the MSc Digital Curation and she teaches several modules on MSc Digital Curation including Concepts and Theories of Digital Curation and User Engagement and Participation.  

  • Caroline Whitehead

    Caroline Whitehead

    Caroline Whitehead is a part time Lecturer in the Department of Information Management.  

  • Dorothy Williams

    Professor Dorothy Williams

    Professor Dorothy Williams is Emeritus Professor of Information Science in the Institute for Management Governance and Society (IMAGES) Research Institute, a multi-disciplinary research institute attached to Aberdeen Business School. Prior to 2014 she was the inaugural director of IMaGeS.  

  • Research Staff

  • Lyndsay Bloice

    Lyndsay Bloice

    Lyndsay Bloice is a Research Assistant within the Institute for Management, Government and Society(IMaGeS) and the Department of Information Management.  

  • Andy Grinnall

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    Andy is a Research Assistant within the Institute for Management Governance and Society (IMAGES) Research Institute.  

  • Hayley Lockerbie

    Hayley Lockerbie

    Hayley is a Research Assistant within the Institute of Management, Government and Society (IMaGeS) and the Department of Information Management.