Dr Pauline Margaret Rafferty

MA (Hons)(Glasgow); MSc (Strathclyde); PhD (Nottingham); PGCED (Northumbria); MCLIP

Dr Pauline Margaret Rafferty

Senior Lecturer

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I joined the Department in January 2007. Before that I taught in the Department of Information Science, City University, London, and in the School of Information Studies and Department of Media and Communication at the University of Central England, Birmingham. My first teaching post was in the University of Northumbria. Before moving into teaching I worked in information research and media librarianship.

I read H.G. Wells, George Orwell, Roland Barthes, and golden age detective fiction. I listen to Steely Dan, The Blue Nile, Capercaillie and anyone singing Cole Porter, and I love the night train from London to Scotland, particularly when I end up in Kilchattan Bay.

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Professional Activities

Member of CILIP and ISKO



My current teaching and research interests are in the areas of image analysis, multimedia information retrieval and indexing, social tagging, and critical communication and information studies, particularly subject analysis, interpretation and semiotics; representations of knowledge, and classification theory; structuralist and semiotic approaches to modelling culture as "human sciences". I am also interested in critical theory approaches to popular culture.


TaggingRafferty, P. 2017 ISKO Encylopedia of Knowledge Organization.
Managing Digital Cultural Objects: Analysis, discovery and retrievalFoster, A. (ed.) & Rafferty, P. (ed.) 2016 London: Facet Publishing. 224 p.
Managing, searching and finding digital cultural objects: putting it in contextRafferty, P. 2016 Managing Digital Cultural Objects: Analysis, discovery and retrieval. Foster, A. & Rafferty, P. (eds.). London: Facet Publishing, p. 3-2320 p.
Cross-language information seeking behaviour English Vs ArabicAl-Wreikat, A., Rafferty, P. & Foster, A. 2015 In : Library Review.64, 6-7, p. 446-467
FRBR, Information and IntertextualityRafferty, P. 2015 In : Library Trends.63, 3, p. 487-511
‘Is There Nothing Outside the Tags?: Towards a Poststructuralist Analysis of Social Tagging’,Murphy, H. & Rafferty, P. 2015 In : Journal of Documentation.71, 3, p. 477-502
Genette, intertextuality and KORafferty, P. 2014 Knowledge Organization in the 21st Century: Between Historical Patterns and Future Prospects. Babik, W. (ed.). Ergon, p. 351-358
A tale of two images: the quest to create a story-based image indexing systemRafferty, P. & Albinfalah, F. 2014 In : Journal of Documentation.70, 4, p. 605-621
Open Source, Open Minds?: An Investigation into Attitudes towards Open Source Library Management Systems in UK Higher Education Libraries’Rafferty, P. & Dalling, J. M. 2013 In : Program.47, 4, p. 399-423
Towards the Disintermediation of Creative Music Search: Analysing Queries To Determine Important FacetsInskip, C., MacFarlane, A. & Rafferty, P. M. 2012 In : International Journal on Digital Libraries.12, 2-3, p. 137-147
Biases in the Classification of Welsh Art Material: Dispersion, Dilettantism and DepreciationRagaller, I. & Rafferty, P. 2012 In : Aslib Proceedings.64, 3, p. 262-273
Approaches to fiction retrieval research: from theory to practice?Rafferty, P. & Vernitski, A. 2011 Innovations in Information Retrieval: Perspectives for Theory and Practice,. Foster, A. E. & Rafferty, P. (eds.). Facet Publishing, p. 49-6719 p.
Informative Tagging of Images: The Importance of Modality in InterpretationRafferty, P. 2011 In : Knowledge Organization.38, 4, p. 283-29816 p.
Innovations in Information Retrieval: Perspectives for Theory and PracticeFoster, A., Rafferty, P., Foster, A. (ed.) & Rafferty, P. (ed.) 2011 Facet Publishing. 156 p.
Facets of User-Assigned Tags and Their Effectiveness in Image RetrievalRansom, N. & Rafferty, P. 2011 In : Journal of Documentation.67, 6, p. 1038-1066
Inter-indexer Consistency in Graphic Materials Indexing at the National Library of WalesHughes, A. V. & Rafferty, P. M. 2010 In : Journal of Documentation.67, 1, p. 9-32
Genre Theory, KO and FictionRafferty, P. 2010 Paradigms and Conceptual Systems in Knowledge Organization, Proceedings of the Eleventh International ISKO Conference, Rome, Italy.p. 254-2618 p.
Organising music for moviesInskip, C., MacFarlane, A. & Rafferty, P. 2010 In : Aslib Proceedings.62, 4-5, p. 489-50113 p.
Informative Tagging of Images: The Importance of Modality in Interpretation in New Perspectives for the Organization and Dissemination of KnowledgeRafferty, P. 2009 New Perspectives for the Organization and Dissemination of Knowledge: Proceedings of the IX Congress of the Spanish Chapter of ISKO, Valencia, 11-13 March 2009, Part 2: Representation of Knowledge: Quantitative Modelling.p. 70-8314 p.
Making the Long Tail Visible: Social Networking Sites and Independent Music DiscoveryGaffney, M. & Rafferty, P. M. 2009 In : Program.43, 4, p. 375-39117 p.
Identifying Diachronic Transformations in Popular Culture Genres: A Cultural-Materialist Approach to the History of Popular Literature PublishingRafferty, P. M. 2008 In : Library History.24, 4, p. 262-27211 p.
Meaning, Communication, Music: Towards a Revised Communication ModelInskip, C., MacFarlane, A. & Rafferty, P. M. 2008 In : Journal of Documentation.64, 5, p. 687-70620 p.
Constructing an image indexing template for the Children's Society: Users' queries and archivists' practiceConduit, N. & Rafferty, P. 2007 In : Journal of Documentation.63, 6, p. 898-91922 p.
Flickr and democratic indexing: dialogic approaches to indexingHidderley, R. & Rafferty, P. 2007 In : Aslib Proceedings.59, 4-5, p. 397-41014 p.
Indexing multimedia and creative works: The problems of meaning and interpretationHidderley, R. & Rafferty, P. 2005 Taylor & Francis.
The representation of knowledge in library classification schemesRafferty, P. 2001 In : Knowledge Organization.28, 4, p. 180-19213 p.