Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Professor Philip Hider

Professor Philip Hider

BSc(Hons), MLib, PhD, FCLIP, AALIA

Professor Philip Hider has been Head of the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University since 2008. He holds an Honours degree in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics, a Masters of Librarianship from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and a PhD from City University, London. Philip worked at the British Library from 1995-1997, and in Singapore from 1997-2003. He publishes and researches in the areas of information organisation, retrieval and architecture, and served on the Australian Committee on Cataloguing from 2004-2009. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and an Associate Member of the Australian Library and Information Association. Philip served as the Acting Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education from June 2015 until July 2016, when the Faculty, and School, moved into the new Faculty of Arts and Education. Philip was also the inaugural Head of the CSU Virtual Campus from 2014-15, and seconded on a part-time basis to the Federal Government's Office for Learning and Teaching in 2016. Visit Philip's personal website.

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Research

Philip's research is primarily in the field of information (and knowledge) organisation, and in cognate fields such as information retrieval and information architecture. It is focused on the uses and value of metadata in the context of various kinds of retrieval system, including library catalogues, bibliographic databases and scholarly repositories. Philip has conducted research in and for a range of institutions, including the National Library Board of Singapore, the National Library of Australia, the State Library of Victoria and the Australian government's Office for Learning and Teaching. He has published many research and scholarly articles in a wide range of international Library and Information Science journals.

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Teaching

Philip has taught information and bibliographic organisation for many years, and his texts are used widely in the field. He also teaches in areas such as information architecture and information retrieval, and has conducted over 50 short courses in various elements of library cataloguing.

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Supervision

  • Bacic, Marijana. PhD. In progress. 'Academic library portals.' (Principal supervisor.)
  • Burford, Sally. PhD. 2010. 'The practice of Web information architecture in large organisations.' (Principal supervisor.)
  • Coe, Mary. PhD. In progress. 'Indexing of e-books.' (Principal supervisor.)
  • Gao, Lily. PhD. 2014. 'Information seeking and use of Chinese offshore students studying in Australian university programs.' (Principal supervisor.)
  • Kartus, Ebe. PhD. In progress. 'Concepts underpinning Resource Description and Access.' (Principal supervisor.)
  • Narayanan Rakunathan. PhD. In progress. 'Citation practice amongst university students.'(Principal supervisor.)
  • Ruthven, Joan. DInfoMgt. 2009. 'Characteristics, preferences and needs of adult Internet users in a New South Wales public library environment.' (Co-supervisor.)

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Professional Engagement

In addition to serving on numerous committees in CSU, Philip serves on several editorial boards, including those for Library Management, Library Trends, LIBRES, Open Information Science, and Synergy, and the publisher, Facet. He writes book reviews for The Electronic Library and reviews manuscripts for a range of Library and Information Science journals., and has also examined doctoral theses from various universities.

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Selected Publications

  • Hider, P. (2017). A critique of the FRBR user tasks and their modifications. Cataloguing & Classification Quarterly, 55(2), 55-74.
  • Hider, P. (2016). Developing an effective, accessible and sustainable digital repository of OLT learning and teaching resources: Final report. For the Office for Learning & Teaching. Available online.
  • Hider, P., Dalgarno, B., Bennett, S., Liu, Y-H., Gerts, C., Daws, C., Spiller, B., Mitchell, P., Parkes, R. & Macaulay, R. (2016). Reindexing a research repository from the ground up: adding and evaluating quality metadata. Australian Academic & Research Libraries.
  • Hider, P. (2016). The functional requirements for community information. Journal of Documentation, 72(1), 81-102.
  • Hider, P., Spiller, B., Mitchell, P., Parkes, R. & Macaulay, R. (2016). Enhancing a subject vocabulary for Australian education. The Indexer, 34(1), 25-33.
  • Hider, P. (2015). A survey of the coverage and methodologies of schemas and vocabularies used to describe information resources. Knowledge Organization, 42(3). (Best Paper for 42, 2015.)
  • Hider, P., Liu, Y.H., Gerts, C., Daws, C., Dalgarno, B., Bennett, S., Spiller, B., Parkes, R., Knight, P., Mitchell, P., Macaulay, R. & Carlson, L. (2015). Developing a schema for describing the contents of the Office for Learning and Teaching's resource library. Australian Academic & Research Libraries, 46(2), 1-15.
  • Burford, S., Given, L. & Hider, P. (2015). Fragmented practice: creating and maintaining information-rich websites in SMEs. LIBRES: Library & Information Science Research,25, 1-15.
  • Hider, P. (2014). Contemporary cataloguing policy and practice in Australian libraries. Australian Research & Academic Libraries, 45(3), 193-204.
  • Hider, P., Given, L., & Scifleet, P. (2014). Community information portals: content and design issues for information access. Library Hi-Tech, 32(3), 435-449.
  • Burford, S., Partridge, H., Brown, S., Hider, P. & Ellis, L. (2014). Education for Australia's information future. Higher Education Research & Development, 34(3), 458-471.
  • Partridge, H., Hider, P., Burford, S. & Ellis, L. (2014). Who are Australia's information educators? Australian Library Journal, 63(4), 275-291.
  • Hider, P. & Liu, Y-H. (2013). The use of RDA elements in support of FRBR user tasks. Cataloguing & Classification Quarterly, 51(8), 857-872.
  • Hider, P. (2012). Information resource description. London: Facet; Chicago: ALA Editions. 

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