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Emeritus Professor Paul Sturges OBE

Emeritus Professor of Library Studies

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Professor Paul Sturges, Emeritus Professor of Library Studies, Department of Information Science, Loughborough University, was awarded the OBE for services to Libraries in the UK and Overseas in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2010.

Prof Sturges was also awarded the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)'s Medal at the closing ceremony of the annual congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico, August 18th 2011, for 'Significant contributions to IFLA, and international leadership in upholding IFLA's core values of freedom of access to information and freedom of expression'.

Chair of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)’s Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) core activity (2003-2009).

Has also worked on African library and information-related issues since 1984. Book available on-line, The Quiet Struggle: information and libraries for the people of Africa, 1998.

Exploring and discussing aspects of intellectual freedom, through a series of conference papers and journal articles on topics including the rationale for intellectual freedom, tolerance and freedom of expression, the role of transparency in combating corruption and comedy as freedom of expression.

Consultant to Nottingham University’s JISC funded JoRD Project, on journal policies regarding the sharing of research data, Sept-Dec 2012.

Fellow of CILIP (FCLIP)

Allen Smith Visiting Scholar, SimmonsCollege, BostonUSA, February-March 2015.

Professor Extraordinary, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Frequent speaker at international conferences and participant in seminars and workshops.

Member of the Gates Foundation’s Access to Learning Award (ATLA) Jury 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Conferences etc 2015 in Jimma (Ethiopia), Brno (Czech Republic), Edinburgh, Sarajevo, Tokyo and Kyoto, Cape Town, Tallinn, Zadar (Croatia).

Consultant to the INASP (International Network for Access to Scientific Publications) LIS Curriculum Development programme, 2013-2015 

‘Research data sharing: developing a stakeholder-driven model for journal policies’. With M. Bamkin, J. Anders, B. Hubbard, A. Hussain and M. Healey. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), 66(12), (2015) pp.2445-2455.

‘Career development in African librarianship’. Library Trends, 64(1), (2015), pp.42-52.

‘The production of comedy: the joke in the age of social media’. Sage Open, Oct-Dec 2015, pp.1-7. DOI: 10.1177/2158244015612521

‘Limits to freedom of expression? The problem of blasphemy. IFLA Journal, 41(2), (2015), pp.112-119.


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