I am a qualified librarian with a Master’s degree in Library and Information Management from Manchester Metropolitan University. For many years, I worked in systems librarianship with expertise in designing search and discovery interfaces for libraries and cultural institutions, designing systems integrations linking library systems to other IT systems, working with bibliographic or archival metadata, software development against library system APIs, and enhancing data security in libraries. My speaking on digital privacy and encryption in librarianship has helped inform the practice of several library services and the Carnegie UK Trust. In 2012, I was awarded an SLA Europe Early Career Conference Award specifically the Diane K. Foster International Student Travel Award sponsored by the Science-Technology Division.


I am an editor for the Journal of Radical Librarianship, an open access journal publishing high quality, rigorously reviewed and innovative scholarly work in the field of radical and critical librarianship. I am also the server administrator for the journal’s Open Journal Systems site.


For many years, I campaigned on behalf of UK public libraries including as part of the advocacy group, Voices for the Library. The group promoted the value of the UK’s public libraries, presented the stories and views of library users and librarians, and protested the extensive public library closures planned by local councils in the UK.

publications and presentations

This list of publications and presentations is auto-generated from my Zotero library using the Zotero API.

Bowie, Simon. 2024. ‘The British Library Hack Is a Warning for All Academic Libraries’, LSE Impact of Social Sciences <https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2024/03/19/the-british-library-hack-is-a-warning-for-all-academic-libraries/>
Sanders, Kevin, and Simon Bowie. 2020. ‘Open or Ajar? Openness within the Neoliberal Academy’ (Preprints) <https://doi.org/10.20944/preprints202001.0240.v1>
Larose, Karine, and Simon Bowie. 2019. ‘Inclusion and Diversity in Critical UX Research’ (presented at the CLAUD Summer Study Day, University of Bath) <https://www.slideshare.net/simonxix/inclusion-and-diversity-in-critical-ux-research/>
Bowie, Simon, and Kevin Sanders. 2019. ‘Open or Ajar?: “openness” within the Neoliberal Academy’ (presented at the Open Repositories 2019, Hamburg, Germany) <https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/31178/>
Bowie, Simon. 2018. ‘Systems of Revolt: Open Systems for Open Knowledge’ (presented at the Open Access Week at Birkbeck, University of London, London, UK) <https://blog.simonxix.com/systems-of-revolt/>
Barron, Simon. 2018. ‘Systems of Revolt: Open Systems for Open Knowledge’ (presented at the UKSG 41st Annual Conference and Exhibition, Glasgow, UK) <https://blog.simonxix.com/systems-of-revolt/>
Mendias, Claudia, and Simon Barron. 2018. ‘New Directions for Discovery Services’ (presented at the OCLC EMEA Regional Council Meeting 2018, Edinburgh, UK)
Barron, Simon, and Andrew Preater. 2018. ‘Critical Systems Librarianship’, in The Politics of Theory and the Practice of Critical Librarianship (Sacramento, California: Library Juice Press), pp. 87–113 <https://doi.org/10.17613/4fex-9p24>
Larose, Karine, and Simon Barron. 2017. ‘How White Is Your UX Practice?: Inclusion and Diversity in Critical UX Research’, in User Experience in Libraries: Yearbook 2017, ed. by Andy Priestner (Cambridge: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform), pp. 23–33 <https://doi.org/10.17613/44rb-ms91>
Barron, Simon. 2017. ‘Cosmic Autumn Rebellion: Digital Privacy and Libraries’ (presented at the NLPN Info 2017, Manchester, UK)
Barron, Simon, Ian Clark, SarahLouise McDonald, Rebecca Jones, and Lauren Smith. 2017. ‘Radical Librarians Collective Gathering 2016, Brighton’, Journal of Radical Librarianship, 3: 4–13 <https://journal.radicallibrarianship.org/index.php/journal/article/view/19>
Barron, Simon. 2017. ‘Opening the Black Box: Ethical Issues in Systems Librarianship’ (presented at the Lecture for City University London LIS students, London, UK)
Barron, Simon. 2016. ‘Rebel, Rebel…: An Outsider’s Approach to Management’ (presented at the Lecture to UCL Department of Information Studies students, London, UK) <https://blog.simonxix.com/blackstar/>
Barron, Simon. 2015. ‘Using Free and Open Source Software to Open Data’ (presented at the Internet Librarian International 2015, London, UK) <https://www.slideshare.net/simonxix/using-free-and-open-source-software-to-open-data>
Barron, Simon. 2015. ‘A Radical Publishing Collective: The Journal of Radical Librarianship’, In The Library With The Lead Pipe <https://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2015/a-radical-publishing-collective-the-journal-of-radical-librarianship/>
Barron, Simon. 2015. ‘Implementing Kuali OLE at SOAS Library’, Ariadne <http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue/74/barron/>
Schneider, Linda-Jean, and Simon Barron. 2015. ‘The Hybrid Librarian/Systems Specialist’, in A Handbook for Corporate Information Professionals (London, UK: Facet Publishing), pp. 45–56
Barron, Simon. 2013. ‘Rise of the Cyborgs: The Growth of Librarian-IT Hybrids’, in Cilip Umbrella Conference 2013 Conference Proceedings (presented at the Cilip Umbrella Conference 2013, Manchester, UK)
Barron, Simon. 2013. ‘Social Cataloguing: A Discussion on LibraryThing and Goodreads’, Catalogue & Index: Periodical of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) Cataloguing & Indexing Group: 36–40 <https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.cilip.org.uk/resource/collection/F71F19C3-49CF-462D-8165-B07967EE07F0/Catalogue_and_Index_issue_171,_June_2013.pdf>
Barron, Simon. 2011. ‘Google Can’t Be Trusted with Our Books’, The Guardian, section Opinion <https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/apr/26/google-books-videos>
Barron, Simon. 2011. ‘Why We Need a UK National Digital Library’, CILIP Update, pp. 34–35
Barron, Simon. 2011. ‘A Social-Networking Success Story’, ORG Zine <https://zine.openrightsgroup.org/comment/2011/a-social-networking-success-story>
Barron, Simon. 2011. ‘Lost in Paradise: The Total Library as Mirror of Reality’, Panlibus Magazine
Barron, Simon. 2010. ‘Borrowing Ebooks beyond a Library’s Walls’, The Guardian, section Opinion <https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2010/nov/07/ebooks-library-borrowing>