Alan MacLennan
Title: Dr
First Name: Alan
Surname: MacLennan
Position: Course Leader
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 263910

Duties and Responsibilities

Dr Alan MacLennan is Course Leader for the MSc in Information Management and teaches modules in Databases, Networking and Records Management on the course.

His teaching areas span both "traditional" librarianship - cataloguing to AACR2R2 and MARC, and some classification - and topics in the forefront of today's Information revolution, such as networking, the Internet, the World Wide Web and HTML authoring and page design.

Academic Background

Since he gained an MA (General Hons) at Edinburgh University, Alan has had a varied career, including periods in programming, catering and psychiatric Occupational Therapy. He completed a postgraduate diploma and linked Master's in Librarianship and Information Studies at Robert Gordon University working for a time at the University's library, and has been lecturing since 1993.

Research Interests

His academic interests include programming, Artificial Intelligence, the Internet, and virtual worlds. His PhD study looked at user preferences and using virtual worlds for information retrieval.


MacLennan, A., 2014. Information Governance and Assurance : reducing risk, promoting policy. London : Facet.

MacLennan, A., 2007. Design of virtual worlds for accessing information [online] : discovery of user preferences. PhD thesis, Aberdeen : Robert Gordon University. Available from:

Journal Articles

MacLennan, A., 2012. Immersed in cyberspace : an evaluation of a grounded theory approach to a study of user preferences.  Library and Information Research Vol 36, No 112 (2012): Research methodology in library and information studies (LIS) pp. 55 - 71.

Maclennan, A., 2005. Had we but world[s] enough, and time? Library and Information Research, LIRG (ISSN: ISSN 0141-6561), 29(93), pp. 16 - 25.

Williams, D., Wavell, C., Baxter, G., Maclennan, A., & Jobson, D., 2005. Implementing impact evaluation in professional practice: a study of the support needs within the museum, library and archive sector. International Journal of Library Management, 25, pp. 533-548.

Maclennan, A., 2005. Welcome to my worlds: user preferences in cyberspace. In e-MMITS Newsletter of the Multimedia Information and Technology Group, CILIPS, Glasgow (ISSN: ISSN 1743-4793), 1(4), pp. 7-11. [Available from:]

Leow, K.M. and MacLennan, A., 2000. Intranets in UK retail banking. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 32, pp.135-146.

Newton, R., MacLennan, A. and Allison, J.D., 1998. Public Libraries on the Internet. Public Library Journal, 13(1), pp.2-7. ISSN 0268-893X

MacLennan, A., 1998. Interesting times. Library Review, 47(2), pp.106-109. ISSN 0024-2535

MacLennan, A., 1996. Fiction selection - an AI at work? New Library World, 97(1126), pp.24-32. ISSN 0307-4803