Information Studies


Frederick Nesta

Honorary Associate Professor


Frederick Nester

Dr Frederick Nesta joined UCL in 2013 as an Associate Professor and degree coordinator to establish the MA in Library and Information Studies programme in Qatar in association with the Qatar Foundation. The programme graduated just over 100 professional librarians before the end of the UCL contract in 2020. Dr Nesta's library career has included supervisory positions at major research libraries, including New York Public Library and Columbia University Library, as well as experience in corporate and special libraries, and directorships at academic libraries in New York, London, and Hong Kong. From 2004 to 2011 he was University Librarian at Lingnan University in Hong Kong.

Dr Nesta holds an MLS from Columbia University and a PhD from the Department of Information Studies of Aberystwyth University.  His research interests include the history, economics, and marketing of late Victorian books; the history and culture of the book in China; and the interactions between people and digital and printed texts. He lives in Athens, Greece.

Selected Publications:

Published This Day: Marketing the Novel in Victorian England.  Brighton, England: Edward Everett Root, 2021 (monograph in progress).

George Gissing, Grub Street, and the Transformation of British Publishing. Brighton, England: Edward Everett Root, 2020.

‘The Book in the World: Teaching a Global History of the Book’ in Teaching the History of the Book, edited by Matteo Pangallo and Emily Todd. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2021.

‘Consortia: A brief history and a call for the future’. Library Management. v. 40, no 1/2, 2019, p. 12-22. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/LM-02-2018-0006

‘Pierre Coustillas: a scholar and a mentor to many’.  Supplement to The Gissing Journal, October 2018, p. 31-32.

Fletcher, Richard N.; Carter, Robert A.; Nesta, Frederick. ‘Use of archival aerial photographs for archaeological research in the Arabian Gulf’. Proceedings of The Seminar For Arabian Studies, Vol 48, London, Archaeopress, 2018

‘Gissing and Advertising’. The Gissing Journal, April 2017, p. 29-36.

‘The Book in China and Modern Western Book History’. Nederlandse Boekhistorische Vereniging. Jaarboek voor Nederlandse Boekgeschiedenis, no 20, 2013, pp. 48-58

‘Monograph Circulation over a Fifteen-Year Period in a Liberal Arts University’.

[with Sheila Cheung and Terry Chung] Library Management, vol. 32, no.6/ 7,

2011. pp. 419-434

‘The Series as Commodity: Marketing Fisher Unwin's Pseudonym and Autonym Library’ in The Culture of the Publisher's Series, vol. 1: Authors, Publishers and the Shaping of Taste. Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, pp. 171-187

‘Library 2.0 or Library III: Using Resources to Lead, not Follow’ [with Jia Mi]. Library Management, vol. 32, no.1/ 2, 2011, pp. 85-97

‘Könyvtár 2.0 vagy Könyvtár III: visszavenni az irányítást’ [Hungarian translation of ‘Library 2.0 or Library III: Using Resources to Lead, not Follow’], Tudomanyos es Muszaki Tajekoztatas, vol. 58, no. 10, 2011, pp 452-455.

Contributor, Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism, London: British Library and Academia Press, 2009 (entries on Jerome K. Jerome, T.P. O’Connor, Walter Paget, Henry Paget, Sidney Paget, and the journal ‘MAP: Mainly About People’ 

对网络一族的图书馆服务营销 [with Jia Mi: Chinese translation of “Marketing Library Services for the Net Generation”] 图书馆管理 的特刊中文= Library Management Chinese Special Issue, vol. 29, no. 6/7, 2008 pp. 35-44

بازاريابي خدمات كتابخانه براي جذب نسل‌نت [with Jia Mi: Persian translation of “Marketing Library Services for the Net Generation”], Iranian Journal of Information Science and Technology, v. 23, Spring 2008, pp: 119-141

‘The Myth of the Triple-Headed Monster: The Economics of the Thre-volume Novel.’ Publishing History vol. 61, 2007 pp. 47-69

‘Bentley’s Emancipated Profit.’ Gissing Journal, (44/2) April 2008, p. 25-28

‘Managing Across Cultures: The Experiences of Three Hong Kong Academic Library Directors’ [with Anthony W. Ferguson and Colin Storey]. Library Management vol. 28, no. 4/5, 2007 pp.  213-223

‘Marketing Library Services for the Net Generation’ [with Jia Mi]. Library Management vol. 27, no. 6/7, 2006 pp. 411-422

‘Google Your Library’s Mission: What Librarians can learn from Google's Corporate Philosophy’. Library Journal, June (2006): 36-37

‘Digital Libraries: the Human Dimension’ [With Jia Mi]. The International Journal of the Book, vol. 3, no. 2, 2006, pp. 113-117

‘Smith, Elder & Co. and the Realities of New Grub Street’, John Hinks & Catherine Amstrong (Eds.), Worlds of Print: Diversity in the Book Trade (pp. 207-219). London: The British Library and Oak Knoll Books, 2006, p. 207-219

‘The Missing Link: Context Loss in Online Databases’ [With Jia Mi]. Journal of Academic Librarianship, vol. 31, no. 6, November 2005. pp. 578-585

‘George Gissing, International Copyright and Late Victorian Publishing’. The Gissing Journal, October 2004. p.13-19

‘The Thyrza Contract and Two Unpublished Gissing Letters’. The Gissing Journal, January 2004. p.35-42

‘Plexus and Nexus, From Ramelli to Zappa and Beyond’,  in Musings, Meanderings, and Monsters, too: Essays on Academic Librarianship. Edited by Martin Raish, Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2003. p. 117-123

‘The Remote Reference Room’ in IOLS'98: Integrated Online Library Systems, Proceedings-1998: Embrace and Extend ed. by P. R. Cibbarelli and C. Nixon, Medford: Information Today Inc, 1998, p. 121-130