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Professor Peter Reid

Post Nominals BA Hons, PhD, FRSA, FSA Scot.
Biography Peter Reid is a Professor of Librarianship and his work covers a wide range of cultural and cultural heritage related topics. He teaches Library Management, Cultural Heritage, Cultural Tourism and Media History. He has taught at Robert Gordon University since 1998.
Research Interests Peter’s research interests cross a wide range of cultural and cultural heritage fields. He is particularly interested in culture and heritage in the North-East of Scotland. In particular, his work often examines the work of community-based heritage groups, the potential for local heritage of social media, user engagement and storytelling. Additionally, he is interested in how heritage can be used as vehicle for economic growth or sustainable regeneration in communities. In this latter aspect, he was involved in the Heritage Lottery Fund project Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere in Elgin.

• His own PhD examined the development of a national heritage strategy for country house libraries and he maintains a strong active interest in historical bibliography and the history of libraries (being, inter alia, the editor of the journal Library and Information History).

• The management and quality of public libraries in particular and cultural services in general are also areas of interest. He developed the quality standards used by Scottish public libraries How good is our public library service? alongside Caroline Whitehead and continues to convene Peer-Assessor Panels for this.

• Local studies collection in public libraries which he has described as “our other national library” and how digital developments can enhance their work. This also includes work into the scope, purpose, uniqueness and contribution to local, regional and national identity and collective or cultural memory of local collections.

In 2018, he led the Little Norway project which told the story of the Norwegian and Danish refugees who came to Scotland during the Second World War and which was awarded a European Year of Cultural Heritage Artist Residency.

In the same year, he also had a grant from Scottish Library and Information Council for the creation of the Doric Literature Portal which has put online many of the hitherto neglected jewels of Doric writing.
Teaching and Learning Peter teaches the Management of Library Services, Media History, Critical Approaches to Cultural Studies, Digital Libraries, Research Methods and supervises dissertations, both undergraduate and masters.
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