Paula Goodale


BA (Coventry), MSc (Leeds Metropolitan), MA (Sheffield)

Paula Goodale

I began my career in the business sector working for organisations offering innovative digital and information-based products and services (including Bureau van Dijk, News International, EMAP and TMP Worldwide, and dot com start-ups). In 2003, I took some time out to do a masters degree in Information Management at Leeds Metropolitan University, and this led to my first academic post as a Senior Lecturer in E-Business and Information Management at the University of Huddersfield. After 5 years in a mainly teaching role, I then decided to move towards a more research-focused career, and joined the Information School, initially as a student on the MA Librarianship programme. I have since worked as a researcher in the school on several projects, including PATHS (EU/FP7), Search25 (JISC), The Secret Life of a Weather Datum (AHRC), and, A Taxonomy of Search Sessions (Google), whilst also undertaking my PhD on a part-time basis. I was appointed as a Lecturer in the Information School in September 2016, teaching in areas related to leadership and management, digital libraries and information users, and, researching information users and information environments.

University Responsibilities

  • Module Coordinator
  • Personal and Professional Development (INF6501)
  • Leadership Strategy & Change (INF6513)
  • Deputy Director of PGT Recruitment (Information School)