I am a film reviewer for TAKE ONE magazine and regularly write about cinema and culture for various publications.
My writing on librarianship and digital culture covers a range of librarianship issues. I specialise in critical approaches to systems librarianship and library practice with a particular focus on advocating use of open-source systems in education.
My fiction has been published in various art publications and in New Scientist as the winner of their 2009 flash fiction competition.
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selected essays and articles:
Barron, S., 2011, ‘Lost in Paradise: the Total Library as mirror of reality’, Panlibus Magazine, no. 22.
Barron, S., 2011, ‘The Man Who Described the Universe’, The British Wittgenstein Society.
Barron, S., 2011. ‘Google can’t be trusted with our books’, The Guardian’s Comment is Free, 26th April 2011 <http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/apr/26/google-books-videos>
Barron, S., 2010. ‘Borrowing ebooks beyond a library’s walls’, The Guardian’s Comment is Free, 7th November 2010 <http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2010/nov/07/ebooks-library-borrowing>
My writing on librarianship is available at https://simonxix.wordpress.com/posts.
Barron, S., & Preater, A., 2018, ‘Critical systems librarianship’, in K. P. Nicholson & M. Seale (eds.), The politics of theory and the practice of critical librarianship, Library Juice Press: Sacramento, CA, 2018, pp. 87–113. <http://eprints.rclis.org/32467/>
Larose, K., & Barron, S., 2017, ‘How white is your UX practice?: inclusion and diversity in critical UX research’, in A. Priestner (eds.), User experience in libraries: yearbook 2017, UX in Libraries: Cambridge, 2017, pp. 23–33. <http://eprints.rclis.org/32461/>
Schneider, L., & Barron, S., 2015, ‘The hybrid librarian/systems specialist’, in K. Schopflin (eds.), A handbook for corporate information professionals, Facet Publishing: London, 2015, pp. 45–56.
Barron, S., Clark, I., McDonald, S., Jones, R., & Smith, L., 2017, ‘Radical Librarians Collective Gathering 2016, Brighton’, Journal of radical librarianship, vol. 3, pp. 4–13 <https://journal.radicallibrarianship.org/index.php/journal/article/view/19>
Barron, S., 2015, ‘Implementing Kuali OLE at SOAS Library’, Ariadne, no. 74 <http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue74/barron>
Barron, S., 2015, ‘A radical publishing collective: the Journal of Radical Librarianship’, In the library with the lead pipe <http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2015/a-radical-publishing-collective-the-journal-of-radical-librarianship/>
Barron, S., 2013, ‘Rise of the cyborgs: the growth of librarian-IT hybrids’ in Cilip Umbrella Conference 2013 Conference Proceedings, Cilip: London, 2013 <https://archive.cilip.org.uk/sites/default/files/Beyond%20Information%20Matters%20-%20Simon%20Barron.pdf>
Barron, S., 2013, ‘Social cataloguing: a discussion on LibraryThing and Goodreads’, Catalogue & Index, no. 171, June 2013, pp. 36–40 <https://archive.cilip.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Catalogue%20and%20Index%20issue%20171%2C%20June%202013.pdf>
‘Five go to Chicago’ in CILIP Update, 2012-11.
Barron, S. 2011, ‘Why we need a UK National Digital Library’, CILIP Update, March 2011, pp. 34–35.
Barron, S., 2011, ‘A social-networking success story’, ORG Zine, 9th February 2011 <https://zine.openrightsgroup.org/comment/2011/a-social-networking-success-story>
‘Foreword to Volume 421’ in Perigee: Publication for the Arts, no. 28.
‘Eduard Aster and the Möbius Play’ in blankpages, no. 21.
‘Last Orders’ in First Edition Magazine, no. 10.
‘Body Search’ in New Scientist 2739 – winner of the New Scientist flash fiction competition judged by Stephen Baxter.