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Prof Julie McLeod

Professor in Records Management

Department: Computer and Information Sciences

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I joined Northumbria University in 1994 after a career in industry delivering and managing information, library and records management services for research and development scientists in the electronics, coatings and pharmaceutical sectors. I am currently Professor of Records Management in the iSchool at Northumbria.

I have published many articles, authored, co-authored and co-edited several books and conference proceedings, including the unique Northumbria University Records Management Witness Seminar series.




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BSc Hons, MSc, PhD, PG Cert UTL, MCLIP, Fellow IRMS

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research interests lie in the transition to digital recordkeeping, exemplified by the AC+erm (Accelerating positive change in e-records management) project. This 3-year international study that highlighted the centrality of people issues and led to a re-conceptualisation of the ERM challenge and the development of a strategic framework for addressing it (McLeod & Childs, 2013; Childs & McLeod, 2013). Its impact has been international and I have applied the people-focused proportionate, risk-based approach, in research data management projects (DATUM) in collaboration with the Digital Curation Centre and Digital Preservation Coalition. In the RecordDNA international network I am exploring the concept of the digital record and the implications for the usability and functionality of the future evidence base. This is a grand challenge that requires a range of research and collaborative partnerships. As a member of the InterPARESTrust project I have explored the use of economic models and issues of trust in storing records in the cloud.

My primary teaching responsibilities are records management and information governance. I have developed innovative work-based and distance learning training and education programmes for students and organisations such as the BBC, The National Archives and the European Central Bank, and have collaborated with others to deliver work-based learning for TNT and a large financial group. Programmes have included an MSc Information & Records Management and BSc (Hons) Information & Records Management programmes, the first distance learning programmes of their type in the UK.




Sponsors and Collaborators

I am a member of the BSI and ISO Committees which developed ISO 15489, the international records management standard, and author of BIP 0025:2 (2003) on its implementation. From 2006-2008 I was a member of the AHRC Peer Review Panel for Librarianship, Information and Museum Studies and now a member of the AHRC Peer Review College. I acted as one of three advisors evaluating the IRMS member accreditation scheme proposals launched in 2011.

I was an Editor of the Records Management Journal from 1996-2016and was acclaimed a Leading Editor in the publisher’s Literati Network 2011 Awards for Excellence. I am now the journal’s Consulting Editor and am also on the Editorial Boards of Aslib Journal of Information Management, J. of Documentation and Archives and Records.

In 2014 I was appointed as the first Dodson Visiting Professor in Archival Studies at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and in the same year received the Emmett Leahy award for my contributions and accomplishments in the records and information management profession.



Current/Recent Projects

Co-Investigator, AHRC funded 2-year GCRF research network NetDiploma: Network for a Digital Public Library of Modern Africa

Principal Investigator, AHRC funded 12-month research network RecordDNA: Reconceptualising the life of digital records as the future evidence base (2017-18)

Project Director, InterPARES Trust study Economic models for storage of records in the cloud (StAAS) – a critical review of the literature and empirical investigation (2015-16)

DATUM in Action: Supporting researchers to plan and manage their research data. JISC (2011-12). Project Director.

DATUM for Health: Research data management training for health studies. JISC (2010-11). Project Director.

Investigation into the uptake and use of Microsoft SharePoint by Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Eduserv (2009). Project Director.

Accelerating the pace of positive change in electronic records management: understanding issues and developing practical approaches. AHRC (2007-09). Principal Investigator.

Key Publications

McLeod, J & Gormly, B. (2018). Records storage in the cloud: are we modelling the cost? Archives and Manuscripts, DOI: 10.1080/01576895.2017.1409125

Lomas, E & McLeod, J. (2017). Engaging with change: information and communication technology professionals’ perspectives on change in the context of the ‘Brexit’ vote. PLOS One .

McLeod, J & Gormly, B. (2017). Using the cloud for records storage: Issues of trust. Archival Science, V17(4), pp 349-370.

Childs S, Mcleod J, Lomas E & Cook G. (2014). Opening research data: issues and opportunities. Special Issue of Records Management Journal on Big data, open data, V24 (2), pp.142-162

McLeod, J. (2014). Rethinking archival methods: reconceptualising electronic records management as a wicked problem. Special Issue of Archives & Manuscripts, V42 (2), pp. 93-96

Childs S, McLeod J & Hardiman, R. (2013). Multiple methods for information science research: A systematic literature review, Delphi studies and digital dissemination strategy. SAGE Research Methods Cases

McLeod, J. & Childs, S. (2013). The Cynefin framework: A tool for analyzing qualitative data in information science? Library & Information Science Research, v35

Childs, S. & McLeod J. (2013). Tackling the wicked problem of ERM: using the Cynefin framework as a lens. Records Management Journal, V23(3). pp. 191 - 227.

McLeod, J. & Childs, S. (2013) A strategic approach to making sense of the "wicked" problem of ERM, Records Management Journal, V23(2), pp.104 - 135.

McLeod J, Childs S & Lomas, E. (2013). Research data management. Chapter in: Pickard, AJ. Research methods for information. 2nd ed. Facet.

McLeod J (2012) On being part of the solution, not the problem: taking a proportionate approach to managing records. Records Management Journal, 22(3), p. 186-197.

McLeod J, Childs S & Hardiman R. (2011). Accelerating positive change in electronic records management: headline findings from a major research project. Archives & Manuscripts, 39(2):66-94.


Further Information

My research profile is on Google Scholar

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