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Personal profile

Professor Philip Hider has been Head of the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University since 2008. He holds an Honours degree in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics, a Masters of Librarianship from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and a PhD from City University, London. Philip worked at the British Library from 1995-1997, and in Singapore from 1997-2003. He publishes and researches in the areas of information organisation, retrieval and architecture, and served on the Australian Committee on Cataloguing from 2004-2009. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and an Associate Member of the Australian Library and Information Association. Philip served as the inaugural Head of the CSU Virtual Campus from 2014-15, as the Acting Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education from June 2015 until July 2016; as the Deputy Presiding Officer of CSU’s Academic Senate from 2018-2020, and is currently the Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Arts and Education. He was also seconded on a part-time basis to the Federal Government's Office for Learning and Teaching in 2016. The second edition of his best-selling text, Information Resource Description, was published in 2018. Visit Philip's personal website.

Research Interests

Philip's research is primarily in the field of information (and knowledge) organisation, and in cognate fields such as information retrieval and information architecture. It is focused on the uses and value of metadata in the context of various kinds of retrieval system, including library catalogues, bibliographic databases and scholarly repositories. Philip has conducted research in and for a range of institutions, including the National Library Board of Singapore, the National Library of Australia, the State Library of Victoria and the Australian government's Office for Learning and Teaching. He has published many research and scholarly articles in a wide range of international Library and Information Science journals. He is currently Leader of CSU's Libraries Research Group.


Philip has many years' involvement in the teaching of information organisation and related courses, and LIS programs more broadly, and had published on various aspects of IS and LIS education. His texts are used in North America, the UK and elsewhere, as well as in Australia. In earlier years, he conducted over 50 short courses in various elements of library cataloguing.

Professional Information

n addition to serving on numerous committees within CSU, Philip serves on several editorial boards, including those for the Journal of Documentation, Library Management, Library Trends, LIBRES, Open Information Science, and Synergy, and chairs the Board for the Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association (JALIA). He writes book reviews for The Electronic Library and reviews manuscripts for a range of Library and Information Science journals, and has examined doctoral theses from various universities. He is also a member of ALIA’s International Relations Advisory Committee.

Subject keywords

  • information organisation
  • knowledge organisation
  • cataloguing
  • bibliographic organisation
  • classification
  • metadata
  • libraries


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