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Personal Statement

I am a Lecturer in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences where I also serve as Deputy Director for Postgraduate Teaching, and Course Director for the MSc courses in Advanced Computer Science, Advanced Computer Science with Big Data, and Advanced Software Engineering.

My research interests encompass information law and ethics, including intellectual freedom, and freedom of expression, freedom of access to information, privacy, and the philosophy of information.  I have also extensively researched around public library policy and development in the UK.

Recent research outputs have included a report in collaboration with Scottish PEN on the impact of government and corporate surveillance on Scottish writers, an exploration of how character building can be incorporated into information literacy education models, a white paper on digital ethics, and a paper on how the hollowing out of public library services has impacted the service in England.  

I am author of The Public Library (Facet, 2009) and was Editor of Library Review between 2006-2011 as well as co-author of Librarianship: an introduction (2008), and A Handbook of Ethical Practice (2007).

Research Interests

  • Information law and policy, especially around issues regarding freedom of access to information and freedom of expression, and privacy.   
  • Information ethics
  • Philosophy of information
  • Public library policy and development

Academic / Professional qualifications

BA (Hons) English Studies (Strathclyde)

MSc Information and Library Studies (Strathclyde)

MA Philosophy (Open University)

LLM Internet Law and Policy (Strathclyde)

PhD Computer and Information Sciences (Strathclyde)

MCLIP (Chartered Member of Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals)

FHEA (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy)

FRSA (Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts)

Industrial Relevance

I was a Trustee and member of the Board of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) betweeb 2014 and 2016, and was also a member of CILIP's Policy Committee, and Ethics Committee.

Teaching Interests

I teach several modules at both postgraduate and masters level, including on the department's graduate apprenticeship schemes:

CS 955 - Information Law

CS 211 - Professional Issues in Computing 

CS 978 - Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues for the Information Society

CS 800 - Health Information Governance

CS 812 - Information Security Fundamentals (Graduate apprenticeship - MSc Cyber Security)

CS 255 - Professional Issues (Graduate apprenticeship - BA IT: Software Development)


External positions

Member of PRC, AHRC Peer Review College

1 Mar 2017 → …

Trustee and Board Member, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

1 Jan 201431 Dec 2016

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Projects 2012 2019

Self-censorship and surveillance concerns of Scottish writers

McMenemy, D., Smith, L. & Williams, N.


Project: Non-funded projectResearch

Scottish ESRC Doctoral Training Centre DTG 2011 | Robinson, Elaine

McMenemy, D. & Robinson, E.

ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)


Project: Research Studentship - Internally AllocatedResearch Studentship (Internally Allocated)

Research Output 1999 2019

Character building in children's online information behaviours: applying a virtue epistemology perspective to information literacy

McMenemy, D. & Buchanan, S., 20 Feb 2019, Information Literacy in Everyday Life: 6th European Conference, ECIL 2018, Oulu, Finland, September 24–27, 2018, Revised Selected Papers. Kurbanoğlu, S., Špiranec, S., Ünal, Y., Boustany, J., Huotari, M. L., Grassian, E., Mizrachi, D. & Roy, L. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: Springer, p. 73-82 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book


Governance of public library services: how philosophical approaches to a public service impact on practice

McMenemy, D., 30 Nov 2019, Public Library Governance: International Perspectives. Abbott-Halpin, E. & Rankin, C. (eds.). [Berlin], (IFLA Publications; no. 176).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

public service
political philosophy


Elsevier/CILIP Library and Information Research Group Research Award

David McMenemy (Recipient), 30 Jun 2006

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Emerald Literati Highly Commended Paper Award - New Library World

David McMenemy (Recipient), 31 Jan 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2017 2018

  • 3 Invited talk

Privacy and the library patron: an ongoing ethical challenge

David McMenemy (Speaker)
10 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Privacy, surveillance and the information profession: challenges, qualifications, and dilemmas?

David McMenemy (Speaker)
28 Nov 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk