Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Professor Philip Hider

Professor Philip Hider

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

Prof 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's book, Information Resource Description, was published by Facet and ALA Editions in 2012. He recently led a metadata project funded by the Australian government's Office for Learning and Teaching and is currently seconded on a part-time basis to the OLT. He was appointed the inaugural Head of the CSU Virtual Campus in 2014 and has been serving as the Acting Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Education since June 2015. Click here to visit Philip's personal website.

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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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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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Principal supervisor

  • Bacic, Marijana. PhD. In progress. 'Academic library portals.' 
  • Burford, Sally. PhD. 'The practice of Web information architecture in large organisations'. Completed, 2010.
  • Coe, Mary. PhD. In progress. 'Indexing of e-books.' In progress.
  • Bacic, Marijana. PhD. 'Academic library portals'. In progress.
  • Gao, Lily PhD 'Information seeking and use of Chinese offshore students studying in Australian university programs.' Completed 2014.
  • Kartus, Ebe. PhD.  'Concepts underpinning Resource Description and Access.' In progress
  • Narayanan Rakunathan. PhD. 'Citation practice amongst university students'. In progress.


  • Ruthven, Joan. DInfoMgt. 'Characteristics, preferences and needs of adult Internet users in a New South Wales public library environment'. Completed, 2009.

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

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Hider, P. (in press). The functional requirements for community information. Journal of Documentation.

Hider, P., Spiller, B., Mitchell, P., et al. (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).

Hider, P., Spiller, B., Mitchell, P., et al. (2015). Towards a new library of resources for higher education learning and teaching. Presented at the THETA 2015 Conference, Gold Coast, Australia.

Hider, P., Liu, Y.H., Gerts, C., et al. (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., Hider, P., et al. (2014). Education for Australia's information future. Higher Education Research & Development, 34(3), 458-471.

Partridge, H., Hider, P., Burford, S., et al. (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. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 51(8), 857-872.

Hider, P. (2012). Information Resource Description. London: Facet; Washington, DC: ALA Editions.

Williamson, K., Qayyum, A., Hider, P., et al. (2012). Young adults and everyday life information: the role of news media. Library & Information Science Research, 34(4), 258–264.

Hider, P., Kennan, M-A., Hay, L., et al. (2011). Moving from LIS to IS+L: curriculum renewal at Charles Sturt University. Australian Library Journal, 60(3), 205-217.

Hider, P. & Liu, Y-H. (2011). The actual importance of RDA elements in supporting key user tasks. Presented at Information Online, Sydney.

Hider, P. & Freeman, A. (2009). A comparison of ScoT and SCISSH as subject retrieval aids in school library catalogues. Access, 23(4), 14-22.

Hider, P. (2009). Library resource categories and their possible groupings. Australian Academic & Research Libraries, 40(2), 105-115.

Hider, P. (2009). A comparison between the RDA taxonomies and end-user categorizations of content and carrier. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 47(6), 544-560.

Hider, P., Burford, S. & Ferguson, S. (2009). The use of supporting documentation for information architecture by Australian libraries. Journal of Web Librarianship, 3(1), 55-70.

Hider, P. (2008). Using the contingent valuation method for dollar valuations of library services. Library Quarterly, 78(4), 437-458.

Hider, P. (2008). How much are technical services worth? Using the contingent valuation method to estimate the added value of collection management and access. Library Resources & Technical Services, 52(4), 254-262.

Hider, P. & Tan, K-C. (2008). Constructing record quality measures based on catalog use. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 46(4), 338-361.

Pymm, B. & Hider, P. (2008). Research literature and its perceived relevance to university librarians. Australian Academic & Research Libraries, 39(2), 92-105.

Hider, P. & Pymm, B. (2008). Empirical research methods reported in high-profile LIS journal literature. Library & Information Science Research, 30(2), 108-114.

Hider, P. (2008). Catalogue use at the State Library of Victoria. Australian Academic & Research Libraries, 39(1), 14-25.

Ferguson, S., Hider, P. & Lloyd, A. (2008). Are librarians the ultimate knowledge managers? A study of knowledge, skills, practice and mindset. Australian Library Journal, 57(1), 39-62.

Hider, P. (2008). Comparison of the new RDA carrier and content typologies with end-user categorizations. Presented at the ALIA Biennial Conference, Alice Springs, Australia.

Hider, P., & Harvey, R. (2008). Organising knowledge in a global society. Rev. ed. Wagga Wagga: Centre for Information Studies. 

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