Public library digital service use during COVID – David McMenemy

Exploring the new normal: early findings exploring public library digital service use during COVID – Dr David McMenemy

This presentation explores early findings from the AHRC-funded project exploring the impact of the compelled use of third-party digital services in public libraries during COVID. The presentation will consider issues of informed consent, privacy, and digital exclusion citizens face when compelled to use digital services delivered by commercial third parties.



Dr David McMenemy is a Lecturer in the University of Strathclyde Department of Computer and Information Sciences and is also an affiliate member of SCILP.

His research interests encompass information law and ethics, including intellectual freedom, and freedom of expression, freedom of access to information, digital citizenship, privacy, and the philosophy of information. He has also extensively researched around public library policy and development in the UK.

He is Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded project, “Downloading a new normal: Privacy, exclusion, and information behaviour in public library digital services use during COVID”, which runs from December 2020 to February 2022.

Other recent research outputs have included a report in collaboration with Scottish PEN on the impact of government and corporate surveillance on Scottish writers, an exploration of how character building can be incorporated into information literacy education models, a white paper on digital ethics, and a paper on how the hollowing out of public library services has impacted the service in England.

He is 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).

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Jul 02 2021


7:00 am - 8:00 am

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