Rooney-Browne, Christine

main content

Contact Details

Christine Rooney-Browne

PhD Student


Tel : +44 141 548 4301



BA (Hons) 1st Class: Marketing and Communications
MSc Distinction: Information and Library Studies
Academic Awards:
Emerald Awards for Excellence (2011) – Outstanding Paper Awards (New Library World). Public libraries as impartial spaces in a consumer society: possible, plausible, desirable? Christine Rooney-Browne and David McMenemy.
Chartered Institute of Marketing (Scotland) Award for Top Student in Marketing (1998).
CILIP Library and Information Research Group Scan Award to perform a review of existing quantitative and qualitative methods for demonstrating the value of public libraries, 2010.
Euan Minto Award for Best Graduate Student Paper (University of Strathclyde, Dept of Computer & Information Sciences) (2009).
University of Strathclyde Student Poster Prize (Research Day 2009).
My article "Rising to the challenge: a look at the role of public libraries in times of recession" was selected by The Informed Librarian Online as a Featured Article in their July 2009 issue.
Arts and Humanities Research Council Full Doctoral Award, 2007.
Chartered Institute of Marketing (Scotland) Award for Top Student in Marketing (1998).

BA (Hons) 1st Class, MSc (Distinction)

Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)
American Library Association (ALA)

PhD Start Date:
1st October 2007

PhD Topic:
Towards an Appropriate Model for Measuring the Social Value of Public Libraries

Overview of Research
The role of the public library in society can be a subjective concept and the impact that a visit to the public library can have on the life of the individual and the community can be remarkable. Despite this there has been limited research conducted to determine the social value of public libraries. Currently, the performance of libraries is determined by quantitative outputs, e.g. book issues or visitor figures, rather than qualitative outcomes, such as improved self esteem of individuals, and impact on communities.

It is hypothesised that judging the success of a public library based on its outputs rather than its impact means that the social value of a public library is overlooked.

Research Objectives
1. Determine the social value placed on public libraries by stakeholders.

2. Develop and implement a novel methodology for investigating the social value of public libraries.

PhD Supervisors:
David McMenemy Steven Buchanan

Full/Part Time PhD:
Full time

Research Interests:
I passionately believe in the potential of public libraries to educate, challenge and inspire. I am also interested in issues related to:
Public library evaluation, social auditing, marketing and management of public services, virtual libraries, information seeking behaviour, cataloguing the web, web 2.0, web 3.0, social media, futurology, community engagement; and the nature of public library services in the twenty-first century.

Research Affiliations:

Libraries, books, reading, red wine, chocolate.

Library Review:
Student Contributor Liaison

Professional Experience:
East Renfrewshire Council Audience Development Officer (07)
Newsquest Herald & Times Events Executive (02-06)
Scottish Media Group Marketing Assistant (01-02)
Waterstone's Booksellers Brand Marketing Assistant (98-00)

Consultancy Work:
Edinburgh City Libraries
Tales of One City Social Media Project (09)
Scottish Library & Information Council
Web 2.0 Guidelines (09) (Contributor)
East Renfrewshire Council
Evaluation of The Storytelling Festival (07)

Vist me on the web...:
Visit my blog: Library of Digress
Follow me on Twitter
Join my LinkedIn network

Photo of Christine Rooney-Browne