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Dr Biddy Casselden

Senior Lecturer

Department: Computer and Information Sciences

Biddy -CasseldenI have worked at Northumbria University for over 20 years, but have a link with the institution that spans 30 years, having originally studied here in 1986.  I have a broad initial work based experience which included stints in local government, the civil service and as a secondary school teacher.  I then focussed my career by taking a Masters in Information and Library Management, and worked in a variety of posts including research associate, resources support officer, newspaper library information manager, study skills centre manager and academic librarian, before finally taking up a lecturing post at Northumbria in 2001.

My teaching interests are wide ranging, but I currently lecture in the areas of management, marketing and research methods across a range of courses.

I have recently successfully completed my Professional Doctorate in Information Science, which examined stakeholder opinions regarding the use of volunteers in public libraries. I am particularly interested in research areas including the longevity of volunteer use in public services in libraries, the public library as an inclusive space, information literacy topics, student engagement with ebooks, and the future of the library profession’.


I am a chartered member of CILIP, and involve myself professionally at a regional level through membership of the NE CILIP ARLG Committee (Academic and research Library Group).  

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A case study of Singapore Management University Libraries: Adopting a mixed methods approach towards collection evaluation, Lim Li Min, S., Casselden, B. 1 May 2021, In: Journal of Academic Librarianship
  • Diversifying the curriculum: Understanding students’ approaches to reading lists and developing student curator roles, Stockdale, K., Casselden, B., Sweeny, R. 1 Sep 2021
  • Using student focus groups and curators to diversify reading lists at Northumbria University, Casselden, B., Stockdale, K., Sweeny, R. 6 May 2021, CALC2021
  • Higher Education student pathways to ebook usage and engagement, and understanding: Highways and cul de sacs, Casselden, B., Pears, R. 1 Jun 2020, In: Journal of Librarianship and Information Science
  • Keeping the Doors Open in an Age of Austerity? Qualitative Analysis of Stakeholder Views on Volunteers in Public Libraries, Casselden, B., Pickard, A., Walton, G., McLeod, J. 1 Jan 2020
  • A Bibliometric Analysis of Journal of Higher Education Management (JHEM) from 2007 to 2016, Antia-Obong, S., Casselden, B., Pickard, A. 16 Sep 2019, In: Library Philosophy and Practice
  • Feeling connected: qualitative analysis of social and digital inclusion experienced by digital champion volunteers at Newcastle City Library, Casselden, B., Dawson, L. 1 Nov 2019, In: Voluntary Sector Review
  • Keeping the doors open in an age of austerity? Qualitative analysis of stakeholder views on volunteers in public libraries, Casselden, B., Pickard, A., Walton, G., McLeod, J. 1 Dec 2019, In: Journal of Librarianship and Information Science
  • LIS students: fears and hopes for the future of profession, Casselden, B. 12 Sep 2018

Professional Activity

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Participating in a conference, workshop, ...: Beyond the Horizon: CILIP NE conference 2021
  • Other: Member of CILIP professional knowledge skills base expert working group 2020
  • Examination: External Examiner 2020
  • Publication Peer-review: iConference 2020 (Event) 2019
  • Publication Peer-review: iConference 2019 (Event) 2018

PGR Supervision

  • Edward Hyatt An autoethnography of Pacific Crest Trail thru-hiker information behaviour Start Date: 24/11/2020
  • Kahina Le Louvier Between exclusion and inclusion: the information experience of people going through the UK asylum system Start Date: 10/02/2020 End Date: 15/07/2020


  • Information Science PhD January 01 2017
  • Social Studies/Science PGCE January 01 1998
  • Information Science MA (Hons) June 30 1994
  • Politics BA (Hons) June 01 1989
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA 2005
  • Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals MCLIP 1998

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