Below are details of selected publications and writings around issues across the library and information profession, education and public services more broadly.

Journal Articles (Refereed)

Sosu, E.M., Smith, L.N., Santoro, N. and McKendry, S. (2018). Addressing socioeconomic inequality in access to university education: an analysis of synergies and tensions in Scottish policy. Palgrave Communications, 4 (article number 152). 

Smith, L.N. and McMenemy, D. (2017). Young people’s conceptions of political information: a personal construct analysis. Journal of Documentation, 73(6), pp.877-902.

Smith, L.N. and McMenemy D. (2017). Enhancing agency through information: A phenomenographic exploration of young people’s political information experiences. Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology.

Smith, L.N. (2016). School libraries and political information and information literacy provision: findings from a Scottish study. Journal of Information Literacy, 10(2), pp.3-25.

Lawson, S., Sanders, K. and Smith, L. (2015). Commodification of the information profession: A critique of higher education under neoliberalism. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 3(1).

Smith, L. (2014). Critical Information Literacy for the Development of Political Agency. IFLA WLIC 2014 Information Literacy Satellite, August 2014.

Smith, L. (2013). Towards a model of critical information literacy for the development of political agency.  Journal of Information Literacy, 7(2), pp.15-32.

Invited Opinion Pieces and Conference Proceedings

Smith, L.N. and Hanson, M. (2019). Communities of Praxis: Transforming Access to Information for Equity. The Serials Librarian, 76(1), pp.42-49. (available via Edinburgh Research Explorer)

Barron, S., Clark, I., McDonald, S-L., Jones, R., Smith, L. (2017). Radical Librarians Collective Gathering 2016, Brighton. Journal of Radical Librarianship, 3, pp. 4-13.

Smith, L.N. (2016). Information literacy as a tool to support political participation. Library and Information Research, 40(123), pp.14-23.

Smith, L. (2009). How can libraries help communities during the economic downturn?. Public Library Journal, 24(3).


Williams, N., McMenemy, D., Smith, L. (2018). Scottish Chilling: Impact of Government and Corporate Surveillance on Writers. 

Sosu, E., Smith, L.N., McKendry, S., Santoro, N., Ellis, S. (2016). ‘Widening Access to Students from Economically Disadvantaged Backgrounds: What works and why?’ Glasgow: University of Strathclyde.

Smith, L. (2015). ‘Results on the Your Views Survey for the National Library Strategy for Scotland’. Glasgow: Scottish Library and Information Council.

Smith, L. (2011). ‘Next Gen. Librarians’. Post-Lib, 60 (April 2011). pp.7-8.

Smith, L. & Morton, J. (Eds.) (2010). Fines & Charges in Public Libraries in England & Wales: 2010. Sheffield: SINTO: the Information Partnership for South Yorkshire & North Derbyshire. ISBN13: 9780863212611

Smith, L. (2010). Conference Report: Edge 2010. Public Library Journal (25)2.

Book Reviews

Smith, L. (2015). Book review of Ishiyama, J., Miller, W.J. and Simon, E. (eds). 2015. Handbook on teaching and learning in political science and international relations. Cheltenham: Elgar. Journal of Information Literacy, 9(2), pp. 140-141.

Smith, L. (2013). Book review of Pateman, J. and Williment, K. 2013. Developing Community-Led Public Libraries: Evidence From the UK and Canada. London: Routledge. Focus on International Library and Information Work, 44(1).

Book Chapters

Smith, L., Clark, C., Green, G., Wylie, A. and Roper, T. (2014). The importance of libraries. In Walsh, A., Green, G. and Filhol, J., Library A to Z. Huddersfield: Innovative Libraries.

Smith, L. (2012). Case study: Professional involvement for personal development. In Ruddock, B. (Ed.), The New Professional’s Toolkit. London: Facet Publishing, pp.208-11.

Selected Professional Publications and Media Articles

Smith, L. (2016). Scotland’s libraries: cornerstones of democracy in schools and communities. Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals (Scotland) blog

Smith, L. (2016). ‘Widening access to higher education’. International Public Policy Institute blog.

Smith, L. (2012). Our issues: saving our libraries. The Big Issue, 27th February, p.13.

Smith, L. (2011). After the protests. Literature Professional, Issue 13, April.

Smith, L. (2011). Resources of hope. Adults Learning, National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, February.

Smith, L. (2010). Doncaster library cuts are cultural vandalism. The Guardian, 18th August.

Doctoral thesis

Smith, L. (2016). Critical information literacy and political agency : a critical, phenomenographic and personal construct study of young people’s experiences of political information. University of Strathclyde. / 

Masters dissertation 

Smith, L. (2010). A cradle of democracy: democratic engagement and public libraries. University of Sheffield.