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Ms Nazlin Bhimani
Newsam Library and Archives
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way, London
  • Research Support and Special Collections Librarian
  • Library Services
  • VP: Research

I am the Research Support and Special Collections Librarian at the UCL Institute of Education. I support the students at the Centre for Doctoral Education and researchers at the Institute and I am also in charge of the Newsam Library's Special Collections which has a focus on the history of education in England.

I have a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario in Canada and a Masters in Music from the University of British Columbia, Canada.  More recently, I was awarded a Masters in the History of Education from UCL Institute of Education.  My dissertation topic was the writings of a schools inspector (HMI), F. H. Hayward (1872-1954), who was active between the two wars and who was passionate about moral education.  He was a founding member of the Moral Instruction League and was the author of many books and pamphlets held at the IOE in the Special Collections.  I am continuing the research on teacher training and education for citizenship during the interwar years for my PhD.

I also have a PGCertHE from Middlesex University where I was a Teaching Fellow and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  I have worked in different types of libraries, including special and academic libraries in different subject areas, supporting students and staff at all levels.  I was at the Royal Academy of Music and the BBC Music Library when it was part of Radio Three and at Middlesex University where I supported Film and Interactive Arts, Engineering and Information Science and Work-Based Learning. Prior to taking up my post at the Institute of Education, I was the College Librarian at Christ's College, Cambridge where I was responsible for both the working collection and the special collections and archives.

Research Summary

I have been involved in a number of externally funded research projects involving the study of user behaviour in online environments, search technologies and the cataloguing and publication of historical materials.  The most recent project was funded by JISC and involved studying the digital literacies of postgraduate students. The outcomes of this project have been summarised at http://libguides.ioe.ac.uk/digital_literacies

I am interested in educational technologies, particularly their use in research and also in promoting historical collections.  I often write for the Library's blog Newsam News and have recently had a chapter published on e-learning and libraries for the second edition of the Sage Handbook on Learning. My research in the history of education focuses on teacher training during the interwar years and the emergence of a curriculum for citizenship education.

Teaching Summary

I am a tutor on the Information and Literature Searching module which is offered to students registered on the MPhil/PhD and MRES programmes.  I also teach on the Professional Doctorate programmes -  the EdD (Home and International) and DPsyc programmes.

More recentlyI have been teaching on several new programmes at the Institute including the Diploma in Social Science Research (DipSSR) and an undergraduate programme that has focused on developing students' digital literacies. These students work on creating digital essays using some of the special collections held at the IOE. I have also collaborated with colleagues based at the IOE's Academic Writing Centre and held object-based learning workshops which use materials from the historical collections.  

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