I speak regularly at conferences and academic events about critical librarianship and open-licensing in education. My speaking on digital privacy and encryption in librarianship has helped inform the practice of several library services and the Carnegie UK Trust. If you’d like to request a speaking engagement, please get in touch.


Larose, K., & Bowie, S., 2019, ‘inclusion and diversity in critical UX research’, keynote and workshop presented to CLAUD Summer Study Day, Bath, UK, 8th July 2019, <https://www.slideshare.net/simonxix/inclusion-and-diversity-in-critical-ux-research/>.

Bowie, S., & Sanders, K., 2019, ‘Open or ajar?: ‘openness’ within the neoliberal academy’, paper presented to Open Repositories 2019, Hamburg, Germany, 10th–13th June 2019, <https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/31178/>

Bowie, S., 2019, ‘a brief examination of Bowsette: memes and fandom under late capitalism’, paper presented to Fantastic! Conference 2019, Sheffield, UK, 25th–26th April 2019, <https://medium.com/@SimonXIX/bowsette-anti-capitalist-icon-1c988a5c51ed>

Bowie, S., 2018, ‘systems of revolt: open systems for open knowledge’, paper presented at Open Access Week at Birkbeck, University of London, London, UK, 23rd October 2018.

Barron, S., 2018, ‘systems of revolt: open systems for open knowledge’, paper presented to UKSG 41st Annual Conference and Exhibition, Glasgow, UK, 9th–11th April 2018, <https://simonxix.wordpress.com/2018/04/12/systems-of-revolt/>

Mendias, C., & Barron, S., 2018, ‘New directions for discovery services’, paper presented to OCLC EMEA Regional Council Meeting 2018, Edinburgh, UK, 20th–21st February 2018.

Barron, S., 2017, ‘cosmic autumn rebellion: digital privacy and libraries’, presentation delivered to NLPN Info 2017, Manchester, UK, 18th November 2017.

Larose, K., & Barron, S., 2017, ‘How white is your UX practice?: inclusion and diversity in critical UX research’, paper presented to UXLibsIII, Glasgow, UK, 6th–7th June 2017, <https://simonxix.wordpress.com/2017/06/02/uxlibs3/>.

Barron, S., 2017, ‘opening the black box: ethical issues in systems librarianship’, presentation delivered to City University London LIS students, 2017-02-06.

Barron, S., 2016, ‘rebel, rebel…: an outsider’s approach to management’, presentation delivered to UCL Department of Information Studies, 2016-01-19. <https://simonxix.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/blackstar/>

Barron, S., 2015, ‘Using Free and Open Source Software to open data’, paper presented to Internet Librarian International 2015, London, UK, 19th–21st October 2015 <https://www.slideshare.net/simonxix/using-free-and-open-source-software-to-open-data>

UX in libraries: designing library systems for library users‘ presented to UCL Department of Information Studies students on 2015-03-09 and to City University London LIS students on 2015-03-16.

Digital librarianship: the life of a systems librarian‘ presented at the BIALL/SLA Europe/CLSIG Graduate Open Day on 2014-04-10.

‘An introduction to digital librarianship’ presented at University of East London training event on 2013-09-13 and at a Manchester New Library Professionals Network event on 2013-10-19.

Rise of the cyborgs: the growth of librarian-IT hybrids‘ presented at CILIP’s Umbrella Conference 2013 on 2013-07-02.

Digital librarianship‘ presented at the BIALL/CLSIG/SLA Europe Open Day on 2013-04-18.

(With Anneli Sarkanen) ‘60 apps and sites in 60 minutes‘ presented for SLA Europe on 2013-03-19.

The fundamental interconnectedness of all things: the impact of networked knowledge systems on cataloguing‘ presented at the CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group Conference 2012 on 2012-09-10.

E-resources for Dummies‘ presented at the first event of the Manchester New Library Professionals Network on 2012-06-30.

(With Ian Anstice) ‘Making our voices heard‘ workshop on communication and the media delivered at the CILIP in Wales Conference on 2012-05-18.

(With Abby Barker) ‘Have you tried logging out and then in again?‘ workshop on e-resource work in libraries delivered at the CILIP New Professionals Day on 2012-05-11.

Voices for the Library and the campaign for public libraries‘ presented to MMU librarianship postgraduate students on 2011-11-23.

(With Alice Halsey) ‘Getting involved: activism for new professionals’ workshop delivered at the CILIP New Professionals Conference on 2011-06-20.

The Tragedy of the Mundaneum‘ presented at the CILIP Library and Information History Group Conference on 2011-05-25.