Professor Julie McLeod


Julie was an information and records manager before joining the iSchool at Northumbria University in 1994 as Professor in Records Management. Her research interests focus on electronic records management and research data management. She is currently working on the use of economic models in decision-making for the cloud for records storage as a member of the InterPARES ITrust project team.

She has spoken extensively at conferences as well as having published a large volume of papers.

Julie is editor of the Records Management Journal  and was Dodson Visiting Professor in Archival Studies (2014-15) at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.


Recent Publications

McLeod, J & Lomas, E. (2015). Records Management. Entry for the Encyclopaedia of Archival Science, L Duranti & P Franks (eds), Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.

Pickard A, McLeod J & Chowdhury, GG. From professional qualifications to ischool@northumbria: a 65 year journey. IFLA 40th anniversary of the Section on Education and Training. Forthcoming

Childs S, Mcleod J, Lomas E & Cook G. (2014). Opening research data: issues and opportunities. Special Issue of Records Management Journal on Big data, open data, V24 (2), pp.142-162

McLeod, J. (2014). Rethinking archival methods: reconceptualising electronic records management as a wicked problem. Special Issue of Archives & Manuscripts, V42 (2), pp. 93-96

Childs S, McLeod J & Hardiman, R. (2013). Multiple methods for information science research: A systematic literature review, Delphi studies and digital dissemination strategy. SAGE Research Methods Cases

Casselden, B, Pickard, A & McLeod, J. (2014). The challenges facing public libraries in the Big Society: The role of volunteers, and the issues that surround their use in England. of Librarianship & Information Science. DOI: Published online 5 Feb 2014.

McLeod, J. & Childs, S. (2013). The Cynefin framework: A tool for analyzing qualitative data in information science? Library & Information Science Research, 35, pp. 299–309

Childs, S. and McLeod, J. (2013). Tackling the wicked problem of ERM: using the Cynefin framework as a lens. Records Management Journal, V23(3). pp. 191 – 227.

McLeod, J. & Childs, S. (2013) A strategic approach to making sense of the “wicked” problem of ERM, Records Management Journal, V23(2), pp.104 – 135.

McLeod J, Childs S & Lomas, E. (2013). Research data management. Chapter in: Pickard, AJ.Research methods for information. 2nd ed. Facet.

McLeod, J. (2012). On being part of the solution, not the problem: taking a proportionate approach to managing records. Records Management Journal, v22(3), pp. 186-197

McLeod, J. (2011). DATUM in Action. Research data management training for health studies. JISC Final Report. Northumbria University.

McLeod J, Childs S & Hardiman, R. (2011). Accelerating positive change in electronic records management: headline findings from a major research project. Archives & Manuscripts, V39(2), pp. 66-94

McLeod, J. (2011). DATUM for Health. Research data management training for health studies. JISC Final Report. Northumbria University.

McLeod, J. (2011). Technology trends- Keeping the curriculum current and contemporary. ARC Magazine (Society of Archivists), No 257, p. 24-25.

McLeod J, Childs S, Lappin J & Siggers G. (2010). Investigation into the Use of Microsoft SharePoint in UK Higher Education Institutions. In: J.E. Quintela Varajão et al. (Eds.): CENTERIS 2010, Part II, CCIS 110, pp. 335–344, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

McLeod, J., Childs, S. & Hardiman, R. (2010). AC+erm project. Final project report. School of Computing, Engineering and Information Science, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon

McLeod, J and Hare, C. (2010).Development of RMJ: a mirror of the development of the profession and discipline of records management. Records Management Journal, v20(1), p 9-40.

McLeod J, Childs S and Hardiman R (eds) (2010). ‘AC+erm Project: Transforming information and records management through research and development’, Proceedings of the 3rd Northumbria Witness Seminar Conference, 4 March 2010, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, available at

Lappin J and McLeod J. (2010). Investigation into the use of Microsoft SharePoint in Higher Education Institutions: Final Report. Northumbria University available at

Childs, S. McLeod, J & Hardiman, R. (2009). Accelerating positive change in electronic records management – an empirical toolkit of solutions. Paper submitted to UKAIS Conference, 31 March – 1 April 2009, Oxford.

Hardiman, R. Childs, S and McLeod, J. (2009). Transformation through research? The AC+erm project and electronic records management. Records Management Society Bulletin, 151, p3-7.

McLeod, J. (2009). Developing a research agenda for records management: a short story. ARC Magazine (Society of Archivists), No 233, p. 18-19.

McLeod, J. (2009). Accelerating positive change in e-records management: the AC+erm project at Northumbria University. ARC Magazine (Society of Archivists), No 233, p. 24.

McLeod, J. (2008). Records management research – perspectives and directions Society of Archivists, V29(1), p. 29-40.

Childs, S, Hardiman, R, Hay-Gibson, N, Lomas, E & McLeod, J (2008). Examining the issues & challenges of email & e-communications. 2nd Northumbria Witness Seminar Conference, 24-25 Oct 2007 Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Lomas, E., McLeod, J. and Mereweather, S. (2008) ‘Records Management’, National Council on Archives’ Parliamentary Briefing Note Series. Available at:

McLeod, J. (2007). Informaton governance toolkits. Socitim News, 97, p 6.

McLeod, J, Childs, S and Heaford, S. (2007). Records management capacity and compliance toolkits: a critical assessment. Records Management Journal, v17(3), p 216-232. DOI1108/09565690710833116

McLeod, J and Childs, S. (2007). Consulting Records Management Oracles – a Delphi in Practice.Archival Science, v7(2), p. 147-166

Childs, S, Heaford, S & McLeod, J. (2006). Exploring the essence of reords management: engaging with experts. Procedings of the 1st Northumbria International Witness Seminar Conference, 4-5 May 2006, Newcastle. School of Computing, Engineering & Information Sciences, Northumbria

McLeod, J. and Hare, CE. (2006). How to manage records in the e-environment. Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

McLeod, J.,Childs, S. and Heaford, S. (2006). A guide to records management capacity and compliance toolkits and recommendations for their practical use. (Project funded by the AHRC Grant No. AN112347). Northumbria University.

McLeod, J.,Childs, S. and Heaford, S. (2006). A Critical Assessment of Records Management Capacity and Compliance Toolkits. Final project report. (Project funded by the AHRC Grant No. AN112347).

McLeod, J. and Childs, S. (2005). Assessing the impact of ISO 15489 in the UK: the first international standard for records management. Final project report. (AHRC Grant No. RG/AR 16349).

McLeod, J. (2005). 2 Effective records management – Practical implementation of ISO 15489.  SAI Global. (Previously published as BIP 0025-2: 2002. BSI).

McLeod, J and Hare, C (eds). (2005). Managing electronic records. Facet.


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