Prof David Ellis

BA, MA, PhD, MIinfSc

Prof David Ellis


Department of Information Studies

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I graduated with a BA from Durham University and an MA and PhD in Information Studies from the University of Sheffield. I was first lecturer and then senior lecturer in the Department of Information Studies in Sheffield from 1984 to 2000. I took up the post of Professor in the Department of Information and Library Studies, Aberystwyth University in 2000.

I enjoy travel and sunshine, and first came to Aberystwyth as an external examiner in the mid 1990s. I was very impressed by the collegial atmosphere of the Department and quality of the work here, and so was pleased to have the opportunity to join the staff of the Department in 2000.

Additional Information

Professional Activities

  • Member of the international conference committee of the Conceptions of Library and Information Science Conferences 1998-
  • Member of international conference committee of the Information Seeking in Context Conferences 1998-
  • Member of the AHRB Peer Review Panel for Archives Library and Information Science 2000-
  • Member, Editorial Board, Aslib Proceedings, 2000-
  • Member, Editorial Board, New Review of Information Behaviour Research, 2000-
  • Member, Editorial Board, New Review of Document and Text Management, 1993-
  • Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Information Management, 1985-
  • External Examiner for several Departments of Information Studies in the UK

Research Group

Knowledge Management


Chair, Research Strategy Committee; Member UWA Management Information Committee



Information and knowledge management; information needs; user studies; information retrieval; academic communication; communication in organizations; non-technical aspects of information systems; information policy and strategy; information and communication audits.


Idrees, IA, Vasconcelos, AC & Ellis, D 2018, 'Clique and elite: inter-organizational knowledge sharing across five star hotels in the Saudi Arabian religious tourism and hospitality industry' Journal of Knowledge Management, vol. 22, no. 6, pp. 1358-1378.
Ellis, D, Foster, A & Shehata, AMK 2017, 'Changing styles of informal academic communication in the age of the Web: orthodox, moderate and heterodox responses' Journal of Documentation, vol. 73, no. 5, pp. 825-842.
Limwichitr, S, Broady-Preston, J & Ellis, D 2016, Developing a model for investigating academic libraries as learning organisations. in T Jackson & C Coombs (eds), IDIMC 2016 Exploring our digital shadow: from data to intelligence: Conference Proceedings Loughborough University, 12&13 January 2016. Loughborough University, Loughborough, pp. 54-65.
Limwichitr, S, Broady-Preston, J & Ellis, D 2015, 'A Discussion of Problems in Implementing Organisational Cultural Change: Developing A Learning Organisation in University Libraries' Library Review, vol. 64, no. 6/7, pp. 480-488.
Thatcher, A, Vasconcelos, AC & Ellis, D 2015, 'An investigation into the impact of information behaviour on information failure: The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power disaster' International Journal of Information Management, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 57-63.
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