Heads of School

Professor Philip Hider

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

Head of School, School of Information and Communication Studies
Wagga Wagga
Building 5, Room 314

Professor Philip Hider has been Head of the School of Information and Communication Studies at Charles Sturt University since 2008, as well as the Faculty of Arts and Education’s Associate Dean Research since April 2020 (and acting ADR from July-December 2019). 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 inaugural Head of the CSU Virtual Campus from 2014-15, and as the Acting Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education from June 2015 until July 2016; he was seconded on a part-time basis to the Federal Government's Office for Learning and Teaching in 2016, and was the Deputy Presiding Officer of CSU’s Academic Senate from 2018-20. The second edition of his best-selling text, Information Resource Description, was published in 2018. Visit Philip's personal website.


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.


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.


Bacic, Marijana. PhD. 2020. “A study of undergraduate student uptake of library discovery tools." Principal supervisor

Bodhinayaka, Dilini. PhD. In progress. “Use of social media and gaming in academic libraries.” Co-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

Khan, Arif. PhD. In progress. “LIS practicum supervision.” Co-supervisor

Ruthven, Joan. DInfoMgt. 2009. “Characteristics, preferences and needs of adult Internet users in a New South Wales public library environment.” Co-supervisor

Professional Engagement

In addition to serving on numerous committees in CSU, Philip serves on several editorial boards, including those for the Journal of Documentation, Library Management, Library Trends, LIBRES, Open Information Science, and Synergy, and chairs the Board for the Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association (JALIA). He writes book reviews for The Electronic Library and reviews manuscripts for a range of Library and Information Science journals, and has examined doctoral theses from various universities

Selected Publications

Hider, P. & Spiller, B. (2020). Fiction genres in bookstore and libraries: A comparison of commercial and professional classificationsCataloging & Classification Quarterly, 58(8), 664-682.

Hider, P. (2020). Towards a sociology of KOS and more basic KO researchKnowledge Organization, 47(6), 501-510.

White, H. & Hider, P. (2020). How we talk about the movies: A comparison of Australian, British and American film genre termJournal of the Australian Library & Information Association, 69(3), 345-356.

Hider, P. & Coe, M. (2020). Disciplines in the organisational context: Mapping Australian faculty structures to the ASCED and ANZRSC fields of education and researchAustralian Universities Review, 62(1), 10-17.

Hider, P. & Kennan, M-A. (2020). How far apart are L and M? The institutional and publishing disconnects between LIS and Museum StudiesJournal of Education for Library and Information Science, 61(1), 48-63.

Hider, P., White, H. & Jamali, H. (2019). Minding the gap: Investigating the alignment of information organization research and practiceInformation Research, 24(3).

Hider, P., Mitchell, P. & Parkes, R. (2019). Measuring the value of professional indexingInformation Research, 24(3).

Hider, P. (2019). From Anderson to ORDAC: A history of bibliographic policy discussion in AustraliaJournal of the Australian Library & Information Association, 68(1), 3-17.

Hider, P. (2018). Information Resource Description. 2nd edn. London: Facet; Chicago: ALA Editions.

Hider, P. (2018). The terminological and disciplinary origins of information and knowledge organizationEducation for Information34(1), 135-161.

Hider, P. (2017). A critique of the FRBR user tasks and their modificationsCataloging & Classification Quarterly, 55(2), 55-74.

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 metadataAustralian Academic & Research Libraries, 47(2), 61-75.

Hider, P. (2016). The functional requirements for community informationJournal of Documentation, 72(1), 81-102.

Hider, P., Spiller, B., Mitchell, P., Parkes, R. & Macaulay, R. (2016). Enhancing a subject vocabulary for Australian educationThe Indexer, 34(1), 25-33.

Hider, P. (2015). A survey of the coverage and methodologies of schemas and vocabularies used to describe information resourcesKnowledge Organization, 42(3). (Best Paper for 42, 2015.)

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