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

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

I am gradually adding some of my work to our CityLIS group repository on Humanities Commons.

My conference and other presentations are listed here.


Robinson L and Bawden D (2017). ‘The story of data’: a socio-technical approach to education for the data librarian role in the CityLIS library school at City, University of London. Library Management, doi: 10.1108/LM-01-2017-0009

Moore C and Robinson L (2017). The Monty Hyams Archive: a new resource for the information history of the late 20th century. Journal of Documentation, 73(2), 357-367,  doi: 10.1108/JD-10-2016-0127


Robinson L (2016). Between the deluge and the dark age; perspectives on data curation. Alexandria, 26(2), 73-76, doi: 10.1177/0955749016661067

Robinson L (2016). The literature of national libraries: a bibliographic snapshot for 2014-15. Alexandria, 26(2), 77-90, doi: 10.1177/095574901665899

Vilar P, Šauperl A, Semlič Rajh Z, Robinson L and Bawden D (2016). Information competencies of historians as archive users: A Slovenia/UK comparison. Paper presented at the European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL 2016), 10-13 Oct 2016, Prague, Czech Republic.

Robinson L and Price L (2016). Fanfiction in the Library. Blog post about our presentation at Fanstudies Network Conference 2016.

Price L and Robinson L (2016). “Being in a knowledge space”: information behaviour of cult media fan communities. Journal of Information Science, doi: 10.1177/0165551516658821

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: 10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2016.05.012

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.

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, 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 and Bielby J (ed.), Springer, 31-43.

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, 180-196.

Bawden D and Robinson L (2016). ‘An intensity around information’: the changing face of chemical information literacy. Journal of Information Science, 43(1), 17-24, doi: 10.1177/0165551515616919

Bawden D and Robinson L (2016). Information and the gaining of understanding. Journal of Information Science, 42(3), 294-299, doi: 10.1177/0165551515621691

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: 10.1002/9781118766804.wbiect11


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

Robinson L (2015). Are the digital humanities and library & information science the same thing? Blog post.

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, doi: 10.1016/j.acalib.2015.03.008

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, doi: 10.1108/JD-01-2015-0023

Bawden D and Robinson L (2015). ‘Waiting for Carnot’: Information and complexity. JASIST 66(11), 2177-2186, doi: 10.1002/asi.23535

Bawden D and Robinson L (2015). “A Few Exciting Words”: information and entropy revisited. JASIST 66(10), 1965-1987, doi: 10.1002/asi.23459

Robinson L (2015). When you die, who gets your Facebook? City University News.

Haynes D and Robinson L (2015). Defining User Risk in Social Networking Services. Journal of Information Management 67(1), 94-115. doi: 10.1108/AJIM-07-2014-0087

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, doi: 10.1108/JD-09-2014-0121

Robinson L (2015). Immersive information behavior; using the documents of the future. New Library World 116(3/4), 112-121, doi: 10.1108/NLW-07-2014-0093

Robinson L (2015). Multisensory, Pervasive, Immersive: Towards a new generation of documents. JASIST 66(8), 1734-1737, doi: 10.1002/asi.23328

Bawden D, Robinson L and Siddiqui T (2015). Potentialities of possibilities: Towards quantum information science? JASIST 66(3), 437-449, doi: 10.1002/asi.23192


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

Margree P, MacFarlane A, Price L and Robinson L (2014). Information behaviour of music record collectors. Information Research, 19(4), paper 652.

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

Robinson L (2014). Review of Stock WG and Stock M Handbook of Information Science, Berlin, de Gruyter, 2013. Journal of Information Science, 40(2), pp. 264-266, doi: 10.1177/0165551513515119

Bawden D and Robinson L (2014). As long as we don’t pretend that it is science. Journal of Documentation, 70(1), 2-3, doi: 10.1108/JD-10-2013-0135

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, doi: 10.1108/JD-08-2013-0111


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. DOI:


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.