Centre for the Public Library and Information in Society
Public librarianship (general), management, staffing, user communities
Within the general field of public librarianship research, our work could be grouped into a number of different areas, each focusing on a different aspect of the public library within society:
- General public librarianship
- Cuts, closures
- Family, local, oral history
- Interlending and resource-sharing
- Management, leadership, staffing, training
- Politics and government policy
- Users, non-users and communities
Snapshot from recent research
Opinion among our participants was divided over the extent to which public libraries operated under a moral imperative to offer interlending. We generally observed three broad perspectives on this issue. Some identified strongly with the moral argument, and viewed the provision of interlending as the realisation of a duty to meet any and all needs of library users. A larger group shared this perspective in principle, but were more pragmatic about the likelihood of interlending being sustained in a harsh economic environment. A final group might be characterised as rejecting entirely the notion of a moral imperative to offer interlending. A natural question of great significance to the future of interlending is the extent to which any one of these viewpoints represent a majority opinion at an appropriately senior level.’ [Birdi, B., Pinfield, S., Rutter, S. and Wakeling, S. (2015). Investigating interlending: a scoping study of resource discovery, sharing and cooperation The University of Sheffield, for TCR (The Combined Regions).
Garland, R. and Willett, P. (2009). We want you back. Public Library Journal, 24(2), pp.19-21, 25.
Grace, D. and Sen, B. (2013). Community resilience and the role of the public library. Library Trends, 61(3), pp.513-541.
Listwon, A. and Sen, B. (2009). Public library services and the Polish community in England: case study. Library Review, 58(4), pp.290-300.
Pooley, A. and Birdi, B. (2008). How ethical are we? Public Library Journal, 23(1), pp.12-15.
Sen, B. (2010). Theory, research and practice in library management and market orientation. Library Management, 31(4-5), pp.344-353.
Usherwood, B., Wilson, K. and Bryson, J. (2005). Relevant repositories of public knowledge? Libraries, museums and archives in the information age. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 37(2), pp.91-100.
Wilson, K. and Corrall, S. (2008). Developing public library managers as leaders: evaluation of a national leadership development programme. Library Management 29(6/7), pp.473-488.
Wilson, K. and Train, B. (2006). Business information service delivery within a regional context: the role of public libraries. Business Information Review, 23(1), pp. 50-57.
Birdi, B., Pinfield, S., Rutter, S. and Wakeling, S. (2015). Investigating interlending: a scoping study of resource discovery, sharing and cooperation. The University of Sheffield, for TCR (The Combined Regions). Executive Summary| Final Report
Bryson, J., Usherwood, B. and Proctor, R. (2003). Libraries must also be buildings? New Library Impact Study. The University of Sheffield. Final Report
Linley, R. and Usherwood, B. (1998). New measures for the public library: a social audit of public libraries. The University of Sheffield, funded by the British Library Research and Innovation Centre (report 89). Executive Summary | Final Report
Proctor, R., Lee, H. and Reilly, R. (1998). Access to public libraries: the impact of opening hours reductions and closures 1986-1997. The University of Sheffield, funded by the British Library Research and Innovation Centre (report 90). Final Report
Proctor, R., Usherwood, B. and Sobczyk, G. (1996). What do people do when their public library service closes down? An investigation into the impact of the Sheffield Libraries strike. University of Sheffield, funded by the British Library Research and Development Department (report 6224). Final Report
Simmons, S. and Proctor, R. (1997). People, politics and hard decisions: an investigation into the management of public library closures. The University of Sheffield, funded by the British Library Research and Innovation Centre (report 132). Final Report
Streatfield, D., Wilson, K., Corrall, S. and Usherwood, B. (2007). Evaluation of leading modern public libraries. With Information Management Associates, funded by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. Final Report
Usherwood, B., Wilson, K. and Bryson, J. (2005). Relevant repositories of public knowledge? Perceptions of archives, libraries and museums in modern Britain. The University of Sheffield, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board. Final Report
Usherwood, B., Proctor, R., Bower, G., Coe, C., Cooper, J. and Stevens, T. (2001). Recruit, retain and lead: the public library workforce study. The University of Sheffield, funded by Resource: the Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries. Final Report
Wilson, K. and Train, B. (2005). Libraries are good for business. The University of Sheffield, with SINTO on behalf of the Yorkshire Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (YMLAC). Final Report
Wilson, K. and Train, B. (2005). North West Public Libraries Joint Commissioning Project. The University of Sheffield, funded by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council North West. Final Report
Calixto, J. (2002). The educational roles of public libraries in Portugal. Political and professional perceptions. Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Sheffield.
Cowan, B. (1998). Public libraries, training and the impact of information technology: a comparative study of public libraries in Canada and England. Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Sheffield.
Jones-Evans, A. (1995). The marketing of public library services for a profit. Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Sheffield.
Kim, Y-S. (2004). The public library and its support groups: in what way and to what extent do Friends influence public library policy? Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Sheffield.
Lilley, E. (1999). The relationship between expectations and the public’s perceptions of public library services. Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Sheffield.
Muela Meza, Z. (2009). An application of community profiling to analyse the information needs and community issues affecting the people in Broomhall, Sheffield, and to evaluate the roles of their information providers. Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Sheffield.
Sen, B. (2014). Market orientation as a strategic option for libraries. Unpublished PhD thesis, University of Sheffield.
Masters dissertations (in date order)
Carl, M. 2014 There and Back Again: A Public Library History 1850-1914
Priestley, P. 2011 An investigation into attitudes towards personalization in the museum and library sector: a case study and survey to assess the level of interest in the implementation of personalization in museums and libraries
Williams, L. 2011 Exhibitions in libraries: the role of the information professional
Hartley, J 2005 Tower Hamlets Idea Stores: are they working?
Family, local, oral history
Fraser, M. 2015. Connections between the British and Canadian Early Public Library Movements: 1845-1914
Management, leadership, staffing, training
Ishikawa, N. 2014 Public library professional issues in Japan and the UK under economic depression
Turner, C. 2014 Evaluation of the Libraries and Information East Midlands (LIEM) Motivate, Learn, Lead Programme.
Tsilimagou, D. 2013 Library Leaders as Social Entrepreneurs
Fuidge, V. 2010 The role of the music specialist librarian
Politics and government policy
Barstow, T. 2013 Does the Use of Occupations in Campaigns to Protect Public Libraries Risk Inadvertently Promoting "Big Society" Ideas?
Hague, D. 2004 Numbers, trust and (over) evaluation: librarians and their elected members' views on the culture of accountability. Not on CPLIS, is on pubs database
Karagianni, F. 2014 The Use of Social Media in Engaging with Users in Nottinghamshire Country Public Libraries: Current Practices, users' Approach, Recommendations for Development.
Cox, D. 2013 An Exploratory Study into the Introduction of Fees and Charges for ICT Services Within Public Libraries
Osborne, M. 2004 Motivating people to use IT in libraries.
Piasecki, R. 2004 An investigation into the impact of ICT on small branch libraries.
Norris, I. 2003 Equipping public library staff with information skills: a key requirement of the "IT for Me" project.
Users, non-users and communities
Cook, R. 2013 Anti-Social Behaviour in Public Libraries - A Scoping Study
Seals, E. 2012 Community Information or Community Representation? An Investigation into the Link Between Information and Media Representations of Broomhall, Sheffield.
Garland, R. 2008 Engaging lapsed users.
Conder, K. 2002 The social role of the local library: the case of Gloucestershire.
Coughlan, R. 2001 An investigation into the non-borrowing use of public library services.