Most of my recent publications can be downloaded from the City University London open access repository, City Research Online.

Below is a complete listing of all my books and papers. A selection of key publications can be seen in each of my main research areas.

My conference and other presentations are listed here.



Moore C and Robinson L (2016). The Monty Hyams Archive: a new resource for the information history of the late 20th century. Journal of Documentation.  DOI: .

Robinson L (2016). Between the deluge and the dark age; perspectives on data curation. Alexandria, 26(2), 73-76. DOI:

Robinson L (2016). The literature of national libraries: a bibliographic snapshot for 2014-15. Alexandria, 26(2), 77-90. DOI:

Robinson L and Price L (2016). Fanfiction in the Library. Paper presented at Fanstudies Network Conference 2016. Available at:

Price L and Robinson L (2016). “Being in a knowledge space”: information behaviour of cult media fan communities. Journal of Information Science. DOI:

Haynes D, Bawden D and Robinson L (2016). A regulatory model for personal data on social networking services in the UK. International Journal of Information Management  36 (2016), 872-882. DOI:

Bawden D and Robinson L (2016). “A different kind of knowing”: speculations on understanding in light of the philosophy of information, paper presented at the 9th CoLIS Conference, Uppsala University, Sweden, June 2016. Available at:

Robinson L and Bawden D (2016). Into the infosphere: theory, literacy and education for new forms of document, in Festchrift in honour of Professor Tatjana Aparac-Jelusic, University of Zadar Press, pp. 177-186.

Bawden D and Robinson L (2016). Super-science, fundamental dimension, way of being: Library and information science in an age of messages, in Information cultures in the digital age: a festschrift in honor of Rafael Capurro, Kelly M (ed.), Springer, in press.

Bawden D and  Robinson L (2016), Information’s magic numbers: the numerology of information science, in Theories of Information and Scholarly Communication, festschrift in honour of Professor Blaise Cronin, Sugimoto CR (ed.), de Gruyter: Berlin, pp. 180-196.

Bawden D and Robinson L (2016). ‘An intensity around information’: the changing face of chemical information literacy. Journal of Information Science. In press.

Bawden D and Robinson L (2016). Information and the gaining of understanding. Journal of Information Science 42(3), 294-299.

Bawden D and Robinson L (2016). Library and Information Science. In: Encyclopedia of Communication Theory and Philosophy, Jensen KB and Pooley J (Eds.) Wiley. DOI:


Robinson L (2015). Beyond the Word. Keynote paper presented at INFORUM 2015, May 26-27th 2015, Charles University Praha, Czech Republic. Available at

Robinson L, Priego E and Bawden D (2015). Library and information science and digital humanities: two disciplines, joint future? In Re-inventing information science in the networked society, Pehar F, Schlögl C and Wolff C (eds.), Glückstadt: Verlag Werner Hülsbusch, pp 44-54.

Tury S, Robinson L and Bawden D (2015). The Information Seeking Behaviour of Distance Learners: a Case Study of the University of London International Programmes. Journal of Academic Librarianship 41(3), 312-321.

Robson A and Robinson L (2015). The Information Seeking and Communication Model: a study of its practical application in healthcare. Journal of Documentation 71(5), 1043-1069.

Bawden D and Robinson L (2015). ‘Waiting for Carnot’: Information and complexity. JASIST 66(11), 2177-2186.

Bawden D and Robinson L (2015). “A Few Exciting Words”: information and entropy revisited. JASIST 66(10), 1965-1987.

Robinson L (2015). When you die, who gets your Facebook? City University News. Available at,-who-gets-your-facebook-do-we-need-a-digital-legacy-letter

Haynes D and Robinson L (2015). Defining User Risk in Social Networking Services. Journal of Information Management 67(1), 94-115.

Dulaymi STH, and Robinson L (2015). The Individual and the Collective: factors affecting knowledge sharing in Saudi Arabian companies. Journal of Documentation 71(1), 198-209.

Robinson L (2015). Immersive information behavior; using the documents of the future. New Library World 116(3/4), 112-121.

Robinson L (2015). Multisensory, Pervasive, Immersive: Towards a new generation of documents. JASIST 66(8), 1734-1737.

Bawden D, Robinson L and Siddiqui T (2015). Potentialities of possibilities: Towards quantum information science? JASIST 66(3), 437-449.


Robinson L (2014). Planning for Unreality: the future of documents. City University News. Available at

Margree P, MacFarlane A, Price L and Robinson L (2014). Information behaviour of music record collectors. Information Research, 19(4), paper 652 [online]. Available at http://

Robinson L (2014). 80 moments that shaped the world: Wikipedia. British Council blog. Available at

Bawden D and Robinson L (2014). As long as we don’t pretend that it is science. Journal of Documentation, 70(1), 2-3.

Poirier E and Robinson L (2014). “Informational balance: Slow principles in the theory and practice of information behaviour. Journal of Documentation 70(4), 687-707.


Bawden D and Robinson L (2013). “Deep down things”: in what ways is information physical, and why does it matter for LIS? Information Research 18(3), paper C03 [online]. Available at

Poirier E and Robinson L (2013). Slow Delphi: An investigation into information behaviour and the slow movement. Journal of Information Science 40(1), 88-96.

Mayor C and Robinson L (2013). Ontological realism, concepts and classification in molecular biology: development and application of the Gene Ontology. Journal of Documentation 70(1), 173-193.

Mayor C and Robinson L (2013). Ontological realism and classification: structures and concepts in the Gene Ontology. JASIST 65(4), 686-697.

Bawden D and Robinson L (2013). No such thing as society? On the individuality of information behaviour. JASIST 64(12), 2587-2590.

Robinson L and Bawden D (2013). Mind the gap: transitions between concepts of information in varied domains. In: Theories of information, communication and knowledge. A multidisciplinary approach. Ibekwe-SanJuan F and Dousa T. (Eds.) Springer.

Robinson L and Bawden D (2013). So wide and varied: the origins and character of British information science. Journal of Information Science 39(6), 754-763.

Crawford-Franklin C and Robinson L (2013). “Even in an age of wonders”: Radio as an information resource in 1920s America. Journal of Documentation 69(3), 417-434.

Robson A and Robinson L (2013). Building on models of information behaviour: linking information seeking and communication. Journal of Documentation 69(2), 169-193.


Ship M and Robinson L (2012). Permeating all community activities? Comparing events and programming in Westminster and Tower Hamlets public libraries. Library and Information Research vol 36(113), 114-126.

Pietras M and Robinson L (2012). Three views of the ‘musical work’: bibliographical control in the music domain. Library Review vol 61(8/9), 551-560.

Bawden D and Robinson L (2012). Introduction to Information Science. Facet: London.

Robinson L and Bawden D (2012). Brian Vickery and the Foundations of Information Science. In: Facets of Knowledge Organization. Proceedings of the ISKO UK Second Biennial Conference, 4th-5th July 2011, London. Eds. Gilchrist A and Vernau J. Emerald Group Publishing.


Bawden D and Robinson L (2011). Individual differences in information-related behaviour: what do we know about information styles? In: New Directions in Information Behaviour. Eds. Spink A and Heinstrom J. Emerald Group Publishing.

Bawden D and Robinson L (2011). Digital literacy and the dark side of information: enlightening the paradox. In: Pursuing Digital Literacy in Compulsory Education. Eds. Stergioulas LH and Drenoyianni H. Peter Lang: Oxford.

Robinson L and Bawden D (2011). Information domains: subject specialism in masters courses. Cilip Update with Gazette February 2011, 28.


Robinson L and Bawden D (2010). Information (and library) science at City University London; fifty years of educational development. Journal of Information Science vol 36, 631-654.

Robinson L and Karamuftouglu M (2010). The Nature of Information Science: changing models. Information Research vol 15(4), paper colis717. Available from:

Robinson L (2010). Teaching reference and information services at City University London. REFER vol 26(2), 10-12.

Bawden D and Robinson L (2010). Pharmaceutical information: a thirty year perspective on the literature. Annual Review of Information Science and Technology vol 45 (2011) 63-119.

Robinson L and Vozga R (2010). Renewing Albania’s Libraries. Journal of Documentation vol 66(5), 775-779.

Mason M and Robinson L (2010). The information-related behaviour of emerging artists and designers: inspiration and guidance for new practitioners. Journal of Documentation vol 67(1), 159-180.

Bawden D, Calvert A, Robinson L, Urquart C, Bray C and Amosford J (2010). Understanding our value: assessing the nature of the impact of library services. Library and Information Research vol 33 (issue 105), 62-89.

Robinson L (2010). Understanding Healthcare Information. Facet: London

Robinson L and Maguire M (2010). The rhizome and the tree; changing metaphors for information organisation. Journal of Documentation vol 66(4), 604-613.


Robinson L (2009). Information Science: the information chain and domain analysis. Journal of Documentation vol 65(4), 578-591.

Bawden D and Robinson L (2009). The dark side of information: overload, anxiety and other pathologies. Journal of Information Science vol 35, 180-191.


Bawden D, Robinson L, Anderson T, Bates B, Rutkauskiene U, and Vilar P (2007). Curriculum 2.0? Changes in information education for a Web 2.0 world. Seljan S and Stancic H (eds.), InFuture 2007: Digital information and heritage (Zagreb, 7-9 November, 2007) Zagreb: Philosophy Faculty of Zagreb University, isbn 978-953-175-305-0, 27-40.

Robinson L and Bawden D (2007). Evaluation of outreach services for primary care and mental health; assessing the impact. Health Information and Libraries Journal vol 24 issue s1, December, 57-66.

Robinson L and Glosiene A (2007). Continuing professional development for library and information science: case study of a network of training centres. Aslib Proceedings vol 59 issue 4/5, 462-474.

Robinson L (2007). Impact of digital information resources in the toxicology literature. Aslib Proceedings vol 59 issue 4/5, 342-351.

Robinson L and Bawden D (2007). Measuring the impact of healthcare information services. Lithuanian Journal of Information Sciences vol 40, 95-103.


Robinson L and Bawden D (2006). Evaluation of the impact of primary care and mental health outreach services. Report produced for London Health Libraries. Available from


Robinson L and Charles P (2005). Tai Chi – to improve movement and balance in the elderly (part 2). Tai Chi and Alternative Health vol 44, 8 – 11.

Robinson L and Charles P (2005). Tai Chi – to improve movement and balance in the elderly (part 1). Tai Chi and Alternative Health vol 43, 6 – 9.

Robinson L and Charles P (2005). Tai Chi – helping prevent falls in the elderly. Tai Chi and Alternative Health vol 42, 6 – 9.

Robinson L et al. (2005). Healthcare librarians and learner support: competencies and methods. Health Information and Libraries Journal vol 22, 42 – 50.


Bawden D and Robinson L (2002). Promoting literacy in a digital age: approaches to training for information literacy. Learned Publishing vol 15(3), 1 – 5.

Robinson L and Bawden D (2002). Distance Learning and LIS professional development. Aslib Proceedings vol 54(1), 48 – 55.

Bawden D and Robinson L (2002). Internet subject gateways revisited. International Journal of Information Management vol 22(2), 157 – 162.


Bawden D and Robinson L (2001). Information Sources, chapter 2 of Pharmaceutical and Medicines Information Management, Principles and Practice. Robson A, Bawden D and Judd A (eds.), Churchill Livingstone, London 4-16.

Robinson L and Bawden D (2001). Libraries, information and knowledge in open societies. Nordinfonytt vol 2, 21-30.

Robinson L and Bawden D (2001). Libraries and open society; Popper, Soros and digital information. Aslib Proceedings vol 53(5), 167 – 178.


Anderson C, Copestake P, and Robinson L (2000). A specialist toxicity database (TRACE) is more effective than its larger, commercially available counterparts. Toxicology vol 151, 37-43.

Robinson L et al. (2000). Libraries and the Internet: a multinational training course. Program vol 34(2), 187-194.

Robinson L et al. (2000). Comparative Evaluation of the Performance of Online Databases in Answering Toxicology Queries. International Journal of Information Management vol 20, 79-88.

Bawden D and Robinson L (2000). A Distant Mirror? The Internet and the Printing Press. ASLIB Proceedings vol 52(2), 51-57.

Robinson L (2000). A Strategic Approach to Research using Internet Tools and Resources. ASLIB Proceedings vol 52(1), 11-19.

1999 and earlier

Robinson L and Bawden D (1999). Internet Subject Gateways. International Journal of Information Management 19(6), 511-522.

Robinson L (1998). Using Word 97 to Create Documents for an Intranet. Managing Information 5(4) 30-33.

Robinson L (1997). IT in Hungary – The Librarian’s Perspective. Managing Information 4(6), 40-42.

Robinson L and Bawden D (1995). Internet: the way forward. Managing Information 2(3) 20-22.

Robinson L (1995). Installing a Local Area Network, ASLIB Know How Guides Series.