Dr Allen Foster BA, MSc, PhD, PGCTHE, FHEA

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Information Management, Libraries & Archives

Postal address
Aberystwyth University
Llanbadarn Fawr
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Phone: 01970 622189

Research interests

Human Information Behaviour: Information Needs, Information Seeking and Searching Behaviour, Serendipity, Interdisciplinarity, Information Literacy and Information Skills, Knowledge Management, Technology and Communication, Mediated Communication, Information ProblemsResearch related activities: Joint Editor in Chief, Journal of Information Science Joint Regional Editor (Europe & UK), The Electronic Library: Member, Comite Cientifico, Revista Ciencias De La Documentation. Member, Editorial Board, Aslib Journal of Information Management.


I have specialised in information management and information behaviour and my teaching and research reflects these areas, I enjoy research methods and helping to work out research problems and my PhD supervision is enjoyable as my students and I explore a range of related topics including cybersecurity, scholarly communication, knowledge management and aspects of ICT infrastructure, and behaviour.


Teaching in a number of areas including Information Retrieval, Information Services, Information Literacy.