Prof David Ellis

BA, MA, PhD, MIinfSc

Prof David Ellis

Professor

Institute Director of Research

Contact Details

Profile

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

Responsibilities

Chair, Research Strategy Committee; Member UWA Management Information Committee

Teaching

Research

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.

Publications

Ellis, D, Wilson, T, Foster, A & Ford, N 2002, 'Information seeking and mediated searching Part 4: Cognitive styles in information seeking' Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, vol 53, no. 9, pp. 728-735. DOI: 10.1002/asi.10084
Foster, A, Wilson, T, Ellis, D & Ford, N 2002, 'Information seeking and mediated searching. Part 5: User intermediary interaction' Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, vol 53, no. 11, pp. 883-893. DOI: 10.1002/asi.10133
Shehata, AMK, Ellis, D & Foster, A 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. DOI: 10.1108/JD-06-2016-0083
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.
Shehata, AMK, Ellis, D & Foster, A 2015, 'Scholarly communication trends in the digital age: Informal scholarly publishing and dissemination, a grounded theory approach' Electronic Library, vol 33, no. 6, pp. 1150. DOI: 10.1108/EL-09-2014-0160
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. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2014.10.002
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. DOI: 10.1108/LR-10-2014-0116
Mawby, J, Foster, A & Ellis, D 2015, 'Everyday life information seeking behaviour in relation to the environment: disposable information?' Library Review, vol 64, no. 6-7, pp. 468-479. DOI: 10.1108/LR-10-2014-0120
Shehata, AMK, Ellis, D & Foster, A 2015, 'The impact of information and communication technologies on informal scientific communication: a naturalistic inquiry approach' Library Review, vol 64, no. 6-7, pp. 428-445. DOI: 10.1108/LR-09-2014-0102
Cox, L & Ellis, D 2015, 'The impact factor: a case study of medical journals' Library Review, vol 64, no. 6-7, pp. 413-427. DOI: 10.1108/LR-10-2014-0110
Foster, AE & Ellis, D 2014, 'Serendipity and its study' Journal of Documentation, vol 70, no. 6, pp. 1015 - 1038. DOI: 10.1108/JD-03-2014-0053
Ellis, D, Vasconcelos, A, Rosa, A & Sen, B 2013, Elaborations of Grounded Theory in Information Research: Arenas/social worlds theory, discourse and situational analysis. in A Clarke & K Charmaz (eds), Grounded Theory and Situational Analysis. 1 edn, vol. 4, SAGE Benchmarks in Social Research Methods, SAGE Publications, UK, pp. 309-334.
Ellis, D 2012, Research Assessment and the Shaping of Library and Information Research in the United Kingdom. in J Heinström & A Spink (eds), Library and Information Science Trends and Research: Europe. vol. Volume 6, LIS research in Europe, Library and Information Science, vol. 6, Emerald Group Publishing, United Kingdom, pp. 143-168. DOI: 10.1108/S1876-0562(2012)0000006010
Vasconcelos, A, Sen, B, Rosa, A & Ellis, D 2012, 'Elaborations of Grounded Theory in Information Research: Arenas/social worlds theory, discourse and situational analysis' Library and Information Research, vol 36, no. 112, pp. 120-146.
Ellis, D 2011, The emergence of conceptual thinking in information behaviour research. in A Spink & J Heinstrom (eds), New Directions in Information Behaviour. Library and Information Sciences, Emerald Group Publishing, pp. 17-35. DOI: 10.1108/S1876-0562(2011)002011a005
Ellis, D & Vasconcelos, A 2010, Knowledge management. in H Bidgoli, D Ellis & A Vasconcelos (eds), Handbook of Technology Management. vol. 1, Handbook of Technology Management, Wiley, pp. 132-143.
Ellis, D 2010, Social science literatures and their users. in M Bates (ed.), Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, Taylor & Francis, 2010.. Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, Taylor & Francis, pp. 4848-4856.
Vasconcelos, A, Ellis, D & Oldridge, R 2004, Community and virtual community. in Annual Review of Information and Science and Technology, Vol. 38. Information Today, Inc., pp. 145- 186.
Bonthron, K, Urquhart, CJ, Thomas, RE, Armstrong, C, Ellis, D, Everitt, J, Fenton, R, Lonsdale, R, McDermott, E, Morris, H, Phillips, R, Spink, S & Yeoman, AJ 2003, 'Trends in use of electronic journals in higher education in the UK - views of academic staff and students' D-Lib Magazine, vol 9, no. 6.
Ellis, D, Spink, S, Foster, A, Wilson, TD & Ford, N 2002, 'Information seeking and mediated searching study. Part 3: Successive searching' Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, vol 53, no. 9, pp. 716-727. DOI: 10.1002/asi.10083
Ellis, D, Ford, N, Spink, S, Foster, A & Wilson, T 2002, 'Information seeking and mediated searching. Part 1: Theoretical framework and research design' Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, vol 53, no. 9, pp. 695-703. DOI: 10.1002/asi.10081
Ford, N, Ellis, D, Wilson, T & Foster, A 2002, 'Information seeking and mediated searching. Part 2. Uncertainty and its correlates' Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, vol 53, no. 9, pp. 704-715. DOI: 10.1002/asi.10082