Professor Anne Goulding

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Professor School of Information Management

Research interests

Public libraries, library management, library policy and governance.


Anne Goulding is Professor of Library and Information Management. Her research interests lie primarily in the area of the management of library and information services and her main focus is on the management of public libraries. She has a particular interest in how library and information services demonstrate the impact of their programmes and services.  In recent years, Anne has undertaken research into storytime programmes in public libraries and how they contribute to community-based print and digital literacy. She also has an interest in teaching and learning in the information studies field, including the continuing professional development of librarians and information workers.

Anne is Editor of The Journal of Librarianship and Information Science which is one of the foremost journals in the librarianship field.   She has published widely in refereed journals and edited works and has given conference presentations on the topic of public library services.

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BA(Hons), University of Leeds; MA, PhD, University of Sheffield


Editor, Journal of Librarianship and Information Science

Editorial Board Member, IFLA Journal, Public Library Quarterly, Sage Open

Current PhD students


In the following video clip, Anne talks about a project researching early literacy skills that investigates story-telling programmes in New Zealand libraries.

Recent selected publications

Campbell-Meier JL, Chawner B, Calvert P, Goulding A, Liew C. Developing a framework for educating and training mid-career LIS professionals. Association of Library and Information Science Education Annual Conference, Denver, 06 Feb 2018 - 09 Feb 2018. Proceedings of the Association for Library and Information Science Education Annual Conference: ALISE 2018. 01 Feb 2018

Goulding A, Shuker MJ, Dickie J. Apps on laps: digital storytimes in public libraries in Aotearoa New Zealand Library Hi Tech 36(2):252-269 01 Jan 2018

Goulding A, Chawner B, Campbell-Meier J, Calvert PJ, Liew C. Location, location, location: The impact of organisational structure on library and information studies programmes Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association 2018

Goulding A, Shuker M, Dickie J. Media mentoring through digital storytimes: the experiences of public libraries in Aotearoa New Zealand 83rd IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Wrocław, 19 Aug 2017 - 25 Aug 2017. IFLA. 1-9. 19 Aug 2017

Goulding A, Crump A. Developing Inquiring Minds: Public Library Programming for Babies in Aotearoa New Zealand Public Library Quarterly 36(1):26-42 2017

Goulding A, Dickie J, Shuker M. Observing preschool storytime practices in Aotearoa New Zealand's urban public libraries Library and Information Science Research 39(3):199-212 2017

Bamkin M, Maynard S, Goulding A. Grounded theory and ethnography combined: A methodology to study children’s interactions on children’s mobile libraries Journal of Documentation 72(2):214-231 2016

Calvert P, Goulding A. Narratives and stories that capture the library’s worth: A qualitative approach to measuring value and impact in New Zealand’s libraries Performance Measurement and Metrics 16(3):276-288