Mr David McMenemy


Computer and Information Sciences

Personal statement

I am Lecturer and course Director for the MSc in Information and Library Studies. I had a decade of work experience in public libraries before moving to academic life in 2001.

My research interests encompass issues around information and library policy, including information ethics, intellectual freedom, and freedom of expression, and the philosophy of information.

I am author of The Public Library (Facet, 2009) and the forthcoming work, Information Ethics: reflection and practice, which will be published by Facet in late 2016

I 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).


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)
A Scottish freedom of information regime for a denationalised environment : rhetorical or authentically practical?
Liddle Calum, McMenemy David
Information and Communications Technology Law Vol 24, pp. 225-241, (2015)
The cost exemption in the freedom of information regimes of the United Kingdom and Scotland : A comparative analysis
Liddle Calum, McMenemy David
Legal Information Management Vol 15, pp. 195-202, (2015)
Management of acceptable use of computing facilities in the public library : avoiding a panoptic gaze?
Gallagher Christine, McMenemy David, Poulter Alan
Journal of Documentation Vol 71, pp. 572-590, (2015)
Towards a public library standard for acceptable use of computing facilities
McMenemy David
IFLA World Library and Information Congress. 80th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, (2014)

more publications


CS962 - Libraries, Information and Society

CS 955 - Information Law


Research interests

  • Information policy, especially around issues regarding freedom of access to information and freedom of expression.   
  • Information ethics
  • Philosophy of information
  • Public libraries


Self-censorship and surveillance concerns of Scottish writers
McMenemy, David (Principal Investigator) Smith, Lauren (Co-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
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
PAUL: Policy-development for Acceptable Use in Libraries
McMenemy, David (Principal Investigator)
Period 02-Jun-2014 - 27-Feb-2015
Epsrc Doctoral Training Grant | Imperatore, Gennaro
Dunlop, Mark (Principal Investigator) McMenemy, David (Co-investigator) Imperatore, Gennaro (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2012 - 03-Oct-2016
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

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Computer and Information Sciences
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