Prof Peter Reid
Title: Professor
First Name: Peter H
Surname: Reid
Position: Professor
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 263927

Duties and Responsibilities

Peter Reid is a Professor of Librarianship and Information Management. He is also a former President of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professional Scotland He is responsible for the academic direction of the Information Management discipline within the University. He leads the Managing Library Services module to students on MSc Information and Library Studies.  He is an active researcher in the fields of library history and historical bibliography as well as local studies librarianship.  He has taught at Robert Gordon University since 1998.

Areas of Expertise

  • Libraries & librarianship
  • Library history
  • Information governance
  • Local history
  • Genealogy

Research Interests

Peter is a member of the Information & Communication research group within Aberdeen Business School. His principal research interests are in:

  • Historical bibliography: particularly the history of libraries, focusing on the history of the country house / private library and the (historical) book collecting of individuals and families.
  • Local studies / local history collections within libraries: their scope, purpose, uniqueness and contribution to local, regional and national identity and collective or cultural memory.
  • Management and quality of public libraries; he has recently led the review and revision of the Public Library Quality Improvement Matrix which is used to measure the quality of Scottish public libraries on behalf of the Scottish Library and Information Council.
  • Digital developments in (library) heritage provision: examining utilization of online technologies to bring together virtual representations of the past (including e-genealogy and the "ancestral cultural tourist).

Research Supervision

Peter is currently principal supervisor for doctoral research students (PhD and DInfSc) - Ian JohnsonHyder AbbasPatrice Landry and Paul Stevenson.

And he has supervised on the research projects such as: 
(i) The role of evidence-based decision and information literacy in the National Health Service (D. Inf. Science) 
(ii) User interaction with sources of and services for e-genealogy in the UK (funded by Robert Gordon University Research Development Initiative) 
(iii) Purpose and scope of local studies collections in academic libraries in the UK (funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council)

Peter also supervised the research project, 'Within their sphere': women correspondents to the Aberdeen Free Press and Daily Journal 1900-1918' (completed 2004).

External / Professional Roles

2013 Member, Update Editorial Advisory Board, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

2013 Past President, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland and Chair of Board of Trustees (Policy and Resources Committee)

2013 Member, International Programme Committee, iconference

2013 Judge, Student Awards for LILAC

2012 President, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland

2011 External Examiner, (Library and Information Management) School of Computing, Engineering and Information Science, University of Northumbria

2011 Member, Sub Panel 36 (Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management) of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework

2011 External Reviewer (Information Management) Liverpool John Moores University

2011 Member, iDocQ, Scottish Information Science Doctoral Colloquium

2011-12 Vice President, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland; Chair of Policy and Resources Committee

2011 Charity Trustee, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

2010 External Examiner, (Information and Library Studies) Department of Computer and Information Science, University of Strathclyde

2010 Member, Cross University Executive, Information Science Pathway, Scottish Doctorial Training Centre, Economic and Social Research Council

2010 Member, Peer Review College, Arts and Humanities Research Council

2009 Member, Editorial Board, Library Review

2009 Member, Editorial Board, New Review of Academic Librarianship

2007 Member, Local Organising Committee and Refereeing Panel for iconference

2003 Member, Executive Committee, Grampian Information


REID, Peter H. and MOLLOY, Margaret.  Church and State: politics, religion and censorship in the library service of Co. Mayo.  Library and Information History, June 2013. 

REID, Peter H.  “It is ridiculous that the Borough Librarian of Croydon should decide the policy of the Scottish Education Department”: the establishment of Scotland’s second library school.  Library and Information History. Volume 28(4), 2012, pp. 257-271.

REID, Peter H. and CAIRNS, Audrey M. The historical development of the library of St Mary’s College, Blairs, Aberdeen, 1829 to 1986. Library History, 25(4), December 2009, pp.247-264.

SKED, Katrina and REID, Peter H. The people behind the philanthropy: an investigation into the lives and motivations of library philanthropists in Scotland between 1800 and 1914. Library History, 24(1), March 2008, pp.49-64.

ROBINSON, Catherine and REID, Peter. Do academic enquiry services scare students. Reference Services Review, 35(3), 2007, pp.405-425.

REID, Peter H. and MACAFEE, Caroline. The philosophy of local studies in the interactive age. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 39(3) Sept 2007, pp.126-142.

REID, Peter H. Information is the currency of democracy. Keynote address at Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries / National Library of Scotland 5th Annual E-Books Conference, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, 14th October 2005.

NOLAN, Marie E. and REID, Peter H. Pride and Glory: Aberdeen Public Library during the Second World War. Library History, 21(1), March 2005, pp.9-28.

JOHNSON, I.M., NEWTON, R., and REID, P.H. Management and development of e-reference services: some implications for education and training of library staff. in: City development and library services – proceedings of the second Shanghai International Library Forum, October 12-15 2004, Shanghai, China. 2004. Shanghai, China: Shanghai Scientific and Technological Literature. pp. 166-174.

NEWTON, Robert, JOHNSON, Ian and REID, Peter. Pedagogical issues relating to developing and supporting e-reference services. LTSN-ICS 5th Annual Conference, Belfast, 31 August – 2nd September 2004.

Johnson, I.M., REID, P.H. and Newton, R. E-reference library services for distance learners and other remote users. 2004. Paris: UNESCO. Available to view on-line at: UNESCO: Guidelines for e-reference library services

REID, Peter H. The digital age and local studies. Oxford: Chandos, 2003.

REID, Peter H. Proto-bibliophiles amongst the English Aristocracy, 1500-1700. Library History, 18 (3), March 2002, pp25-38.

REID, Peter H. The decline and fall of the British country house library, 1850-2000. Libraries and Culture, 36(2) Spring 2001, pp.345-366.

REID, Peter H. ‘The Finest Private Library in Europe’: a brief history of the Spencer of Althorp. Library History, 14(1), May 1998, pp.65-72.

Peter's publications can also be found in the Robert Gordon University Open Access Institutional Repository, OpenAir.