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

RGU Information Management CoursesWe 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.

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 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, 2014). Our courses are ranked within the top universities by the Complete University Guide subject tables.

  • MSc Digital Curation Degree | Masters Digital Curation

    The CILIP accredited MSc Digital Curation course has been designed to equip students with the knowledge and practical skills to ensure the preservation and maintenance of digital data and information.

  • MSc Organisational Learning | Organisational Development Degree

    Enhance your Learning & Development career with our Online MSc in Organisational Learning.

  • “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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    Information Management encompasses the disciplines of Librarianship, Knowledge and Information Management, our courses are designed in consultation with practitioners and professional bodies.

    We have recently launched an MSc Organisational Learning course. In this part time online course, you will study organisational learning – a growing area within organisational theory. The course teaches the theory and practice of exploiting digital and information technologies within organisations, and utilising the knowledge embedded within the experiences of individuals to further organisational development and manage change.

    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.

    Professional Development
    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.


    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 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 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.

    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:

    • Organisational Learning, including Communities of Practice and Workplace Democracy
    • Information seeking behaviour and information and digital literacy
    • Information services and systems evaluation, design, usability and accessibility
    • Digital Curation
    • Usability and Accessibility of academic e-book content
    • Information Management Benchmarking
    • Quantifying the value of information assets (infonomics)
    • The development of new information professionals, CPD and online learning spaces
    • ICTs for Political Participation
    • Digital cultural heritage (with a specific interest in 3D gaming, laser scanning and semantic web)
    • Virtual worlds and AI, Semantic web and Open source software.

    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


  • Linda Jenkins

    Linda Jenkins

    Linda Jenkins is Lecturer in the Information Management department.  

  • 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

    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.  

  • 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.  

  • Sylvie Davies

    Sylvie Davies

    Sylvie Davies is Course Leader for the Graduate Certificate Information Studies and teaches in Information Society module on the course.  

  • Alan Hunt

    Alan Hunt

    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.  

  • 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.  

  • Laura Muir

    Laura Muir

    Dr Laura Muir is a Senior lecturer in the department of Information Management with departmental responsibility for knowledge exchange activity and a member of the Institute of Management, Governance and Society (IMaGeS).  

  • Roderick Smith

    Roderick Smith

    Roderick Smith is a lecturer in the Information Management Department and Course Leader for MSc Organisational Learning.  

  • Elizabeth Tait

    Elizabeth Tait

    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

    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.  

  • News & Events

    Department of Information News & Events


    1. 29, April, 2015 North East Business Week Undergraduate Placement Fair

      Riverside East

      Come along to this event which forms part of North East Business Week.  

    2. 13, May, 2015 Professorial Lecture: Fa Div Ye Think Ye Are?

      Peter Reid, Head of the Department of Information Management at RGU, will deliver a professorial lecture in Doric, examining various aspects of the region's local culture and heritage.  

    3. 14, May, 2015 Postgraduate Open Evening

      Postgraduate Study 2014

      There has never been a better time to embark on a postgraduate course. Find out more at our open evening.  

    4. 22, May, 2015 MBA Leadership Week 2015

      MBA Leadership Week brings together our entire MBA programme cohort for an intensive combination of academic and practical workshops at Aberdeen Business School.  

    News RSS

    1. 27, March, 2015 RGU delivers bespoke training to global energy services company

      EnerMech has teamed up with RGU to develop key staff in to leading project managers.  

    2. 26, March, 2015 RGU students put on casino and cocktail night for CLAN

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      A group of Event Management students at RGU are hosting a ‘1920’s Crystal Club’ themed Casino night to raise money for CLAN Cancer Support.  

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