Information Studies


Yaming (Cindy) Fu


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I received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the Department of Information Studies in February 2021 which was funded by the China Scholarship Council (CSC). My PhD was about exploring information seeking behaviour and user experience design on digital library mobile applications and services. My research used mixed methods with ethnographic techniques and quantitative log analysis. I hold an MSc in Digital Library Management from the University of Sheffield with Distinction and a BA in Archival Science from Wuhan University in China.

I worked part-time as a Research Software UX/UI Designer at King's Digital Lab from January to July 2020. I used to work as the project leader of a mobile library development project "SmartLibrary: using cognitive mapping to promote UCL mobile library development", which was liaised with the UCL digital libraries team and was supported and funded by UCL ChangeMakers

I worked actively as a PGTA at DIS and had involved in the project "Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural differences in research, teaching and learning: a Digital Humanities case study", which was funded by UCL Global Engagement and also came under the UCL Connected Curriculum initiative. I had also worked as a teaching assistant for the modules: INST0018 Internet Technology and INST0032 XML.

Thesis title

Experiencing the academic library in the Digital Age: From information seeking and user experience to human information interaction 


Fu, Y*, Zhang, Y, Liu, W, Zhu, Q., Digital Storytelling as a Digital Humanities Method: The Status Quo and the Potential (in Chinese). Library and Information Service [图书情报工作], 66(14):10-19 (2022), DOI: 10.13266/j.issn.0252-3116.2022.14.002.

Fu, Y*, Lomas, E., and Inskip, C.,Cognitive mapping and its implication for understanding cultural behaviors and experiences in libraries. Library & Information Research, 44(3)(2022), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lisr.2022.101181.

Fu, Y*, Lomas, E., and Inskip, C., Library log analysis and its implications for studying online information seeking behavior of cultural groups. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 47(5)(2021), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2021.102421.

Mahony, S; Fu, Y*; (2021) Encouraging Diversity of Dialogue as part of the iSchools Agenda[C]. In: Proceedings of the iConference 2021. Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-71305-8_15.

Fu, Y; (2019) Exploring user experience on mobile library service by cognitive mapping[C]. In: CHIIR '19 Proceedings of the 2019 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval. (pp. pp. 397-400). ACM: New York, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.1145%2F3295750.3298968


July 2022, 'Reconstruction of cultural memory through digital storytelling: a case study of Shanghai Memory project', Short paper session, Digital Humanities 2022, Tokyo, Japan and online

June 2022, 'Digital storytelling in DH practice to encourage civil participation and reconstruction of the historical narrative', Session Session Parallel Paper Session: Theory of Storytelling, Part 1,  Storytelling - DARIAH Annual Event 2022, Athens, Greece and online, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.6609468

May 2022, 'Digital storytelling in DH practice to encourage civil participation and reconstruction of the vernacular history of Shanghai', Paper session 10B: Vernacular Digital Humanities, DH Unbound 2022, virtual conference sponsored by ACH & CSDH/SCHN

March 2020, 'Putting information behaviour on the cognitive map: exploring information seeking behaviours of academic researchers', Session for interaction and engagement (SIE), iConference 2020, Borås Sweden

October 2018, 'Cognitive mapping in exploring library experience', Flash Talk, the 9th Shanghai International Library Forum (SILF 2018), Shanghai China


Elizabeth LomasCharlie InskipJenny Bunn, Elizabeth Shepherd


Email: yaming.fu.17@ucl.ac.uk

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yaming-fu-0425275b/

ORCID: 0000-0001-9736-4916