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Professor Philip Hider has been working in the field of library and infromation management for 30 years. 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 in Information Science from City University, London. Philip worked at the British Library from 1995-1997 and in Singapore from 1997-2003, after which he joined CSU, and was Head of the School of Information (and  Communication) Studies from 2008-2023. He publishes and researches in the areas of information organisation, retrieval and architecture, and in various other topics in the broader library and information science field, including the role of public libraries. He served on the Australian Committee on Cataloguing from 2004-2009, and chaired the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association from 2017-2023. 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 also 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 as the Associate Dean Research of the Faculty of Arts and Education from 2020-21. He was also seconded on a part-time basis to the Australian Government's Office for Learning and Teaching in 2016. The second edition of his best-selling text, Information Resource Description, was published in 2018. 

Research Interests

Philip's research is primarily located in the field of information (and knowledge) organisation, and in cognate fields such as information retrieval and information architecture. It examines the way information resources are described and categorised, and how these descriptions and categorisations (i.e., metadata) can be used to retrieve resources in optimal ways. 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, the State Library of NSW, and the Australian government's Office for Learning and Teaching. He has generated over $1M of grant income, and is currently leading a large-scale project funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage grant. Philip has published around 100 scholarly articles in a wide range of Library and Information Studies journal and co-leads CSU’s Libraries Research Group. He currently serves on several editorial boards, including those for the Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association, Journal of Documentation, Library Management, LIBRES, and Open Information Science.


Philip has been involved in the teaching of Library and Information Studies (LIS) for many years. His text, Information Resource Description, is used in many information and knowledge organisation courses around the world. He has also published various papers on the teaching of both information organisation and LIS more generally, and previously conducted many short courses on different aspects of library cataloguing.

Professional Information

Philip has served on various professional committees, such as the Australian Committee on Cataloguing, and is currently a member of the Subject Analysis and Access Section of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. He also has a lengthy consulting record and has written many book reviews for The Electronic Library and other journals.  

Subject keywords

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


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