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Associate Professor Spencer Lilley PhD, Dip. Lib, MA (Hons), BA, , ASIST, LIANZA
Associate ProfessorSchool of Humanities Media and Creative Comm
Dr Lilley has primary research interests in Māori/indigenous information behaviour, with a specific focus on indigenisation of cultural heritage institutions and professions, He is the recipient of a Marsden Fast Start Grant for 2019-2021, which focuses on the role that Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums play in the revitalisation of te reo Māori, (Māori language). His teaching focuses on New Zealand race and ethnic relations, indigenous research methodologies and how information technology is contributing to innovation in the organisation, dissemination and expression of indigenous knowledge. He identifies as a bi-cultural New Zealander, with genealogical affiliations to Māori (Te Atiawa, Muaupoko and Ngapuhi), Samoa and the United Kingdom. Prior to commencing his academic and research career, he worked as a library professional for 23 years in special and academic libraries. Dr Lilley is a former President of the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA). In recognition of his outstanding service to LIANZA and the wider library and information profession he was awarded a Fellowship in 2010. He is also a founding member, and honorary life member of Te Ropu Whakahau (Māori in Libraries and Information Management) and a professional member of the Association for Information Science & Technology.
Dr Lilley has resigned from Massey University to take up a new position at the School of Information Management at Victoria University of Wellington. This provides him with an excellent opportunity to build on his primary research interests in Māori/indigenous information behaviour, specifically focusing on indigenisation of cultural heritage institutions and professions , He identifies as a bi-cultural New Zealander, with genealogical affiliations to Māori, Samoa and the United Kingdom. He has 30 years experience in libraries and academia and has published in leading national and international journals and delivered research presentations at major international conferences.
Location: 1.02, Te Pūtahi a Toi
- Doctor of Philosophy - Massey University (2011)
- Diploma of Librarianship - Victoria University (1988)
- Master of Arts (Honours) - University of Auckland (1987)
- Bachelor of Arts - University of Auckland (1985)
Fellowships and Memberships
- Member, Association for Information Science and Technolgy (Full) (2015)
- Member, Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (Fellow) (1988)
- Member, Te Ropu Whakahau (Senior Member/Fellow) (1992)
Indigenous Information Access
Indigenous Library and Information Management Issues
21st Century Citizenship
Area of Expertise
Field of research codes
Human Information Behaviour (080703): Information And Computing Sciences (080000): Library and Information Studies (080700):
Race and Ethnic Relations (160803): Sociology (160800): Studies In Human Society (160000)
Dr Spencer Lilley is a Senior Lecturer (Māori Education) and Associate Head of School at Te Pūtahi a Toi. He identifies as a bi-cultural New Zealander, with affiliations to Te Āti Awa, Muaūpoko, Ngāpuhi, Samoa and the United Kingdom. Dr Lilley's main areas of teaching are related to race and ethinic relations, indigenous research methods, and the interface between indigenous knowledge and information technology. His research focuses on Māori information behaviour, bicultural evaluation, and the impact that social media has on race relations discourse in New Zealand. He is highly regarded in the national and international library and information studies research community, having been the recipient of awards from Fulbright - Nga Pae o te Maramatanga and the Claude McCarthy Trust. In the last quarter of 2015, Dr Lilley was appointed as the Dodson Visiting Professor in Indigenous Information at the School of Library, Archical and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia, Dr Lilley has had his research published in leading national and international journals and has presented and shared his work at major international conference and leading universities.
Summary of Research Projects
Project Title: The role of Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAMS) in revitalising te reo Maori
Date Range: 2019 - 2022
Funding Body: Royal Society of New Zealand
- A/Pro Spencer Lilley - Project Leader
Teaching and Supervision
Current Doctoral Supervision
Main Supervisor of:
Doctor of Philosophy
Te reo Māori revitalisation in Aotearoa New Zealand's galleries, libraries, archives and museums.