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Mr David McMenemy


Computer and Information Sciences

Personal statement

I am Lecturer in Information Science, and Deputy Director for Postgraduate Teaching.

My research interests encompass issues around information law and ethics, including intellectual freedom, and freedom of expression, freedom of access to information, privacy, and the philosophy of information.  I have also extensively researched around public library policy and development in the UK.

I am author of The Public Library (Facet, 2009) and was Editor of Library Review between 2006-2011 as well as co-author of Librarianship: an introduction (2008), and A Handbook of Ethical Practice (2007).


Character building in children's online information behaviours : applying a virtue epistemology perspective to information literacy
McMenemy David, Buchanan Steven
European Conference on Information Literacy 2018, (2018)
The hollowing out of children's public library services in England from 2010-2016
Robertson Catriona, McMenemy David
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, (2018)
Young people's conceptions of political information : insights into information experiences and implications for intervention
Smith Lauren N., McMenemy David
Journal of Documentation Vol 73, pp. 877-902, (2017)
Digital Ethics : A UKeiG White Paper
McMenemy David
Enhancing agency through information : a phenomenographic exploration of young people's political information experiences
Smith Lauren, McMenemy David
Proceedings of the 79th ASIS&T Annual Meeting, (2016)
Rights to privacy and freedom of expression in public libraries : squaring the circle
McMenemy David
IFLA World Library and Information Congress, pp. 1-9, (2016)

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I teach several modules at both postgraduate and masters level:

CS 955 - Information Law

CS 211 - Professional Issues in Computing 

CS978 - Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues for the Information Society


Research interests

  • Information law and policy, especially around issues regarding freedom of access to information and freedom of expression, and privacy.   
  • Information ethics
  • Philosophy of information
  • Public library policy and development

Professional activities

Privacy and the library patron: an ongoing ethical challenge
Privacy, surveillance and the information profession: challenges, qualifications, and dilemmas?
The ethics of our profession and sustaining our common values

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Self-censorship and surveillance concerns of Scottish writers
McMenemy, David (Principal Investigator)
In the human rights and free expression communities, it is a widely shared assumption that the explosive growth and proliferating uses of surveillance technologies must be harmful—to intellectual freedom, to creativity, and to social discourse. But how exactly do we know, and how can we demonstrate, that pervasive surveillance is harming freedom of expression and creative freedom? We know—historically, from writers and intellectuals in the Soviet Bloc, and contemporaneously from writers, thinkers, and artists in China, Iran, and elsewhere—that aggressive surveillance regimes limit discourse and distort the flow of information and ideas. But what about the new democratic surveillance states? The question of the harms caused by widespread surveillance in democracies, is underexplored. In partnership with Scottish PEN, we are conducting a survey of Scottish writers to better understand the specific ways in which awareness of far-reaching surveillance programs influences writers’ thinking, research, and writing.
Period 01-Sep-2016 - 01-Sep-2017
AHRC Capacity Building Scheme | Liddle, Calum Douglas
McMenemy, David (Principal Investigator) Liddle, Calum Douglas (Research Co-investigator)
Scotland finds itself so often in receipt of praise for having a stronger freedom of information regime. Media narration of high profile refusal notices south of the border, disclosures and, of course, any ensuing scandal which follows have been, perhaps, matters key to this all-too-common view. Are the overtures made to Scottish FOI otherwise justified? How the legislative differences play out on the ground is unknown: the consequences, if any, unheard. The Scottish provisions do, in actual fact, legislate for far stronger information rights for the applicant but there is, put plainly, a distinct paucity in any research which concerns comparative law and practice. The research offered a comparative study of the home nation FOI regimes; it afforded an investigation of the diverging trajectory in operational practicality. The analysis of the statutes was complemented by case law, qualitative inquiry, the application of FOI as a sui generis research method and a nod to contemporaneous events and official information which, in all the circumstances, looked to suggest that UK reverse-engineering is weakening the operational practicality of FOIA 2000 while FOISA 2002, to the contrary, maintains stronger information rights for the applicant in real-world practice. PhD thesis will soon be available from the Andersonian Library, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.
Period 01-Oct-2012 - 01-Oct-2015
Scottish ESRC Doctoral Training Centre DTG 2011 | Robinson, Elaine
McMenemy, David (Principal Investigator) Robinson, Elaine (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 01-Oct-2017
Scottish ESRC Doctoral Training Centre DTG 2011 | Smith, Lauren
McMenemy, David (Principal Investigator) Gibb, Forbes (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2012 - 20-May-2016
Epsrc Doctoral Training Grant | Imperatore, Gennaro
Dunlop, Mark (Principal Investigator) McMenemy, David (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2012 - 03-Oct-2016
Buchanan, Steven (Principal Investigator) McMenemy, David (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Apr-2012 - 02-Jun-2016

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Computer and Information Sciences
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