Dr Chern Li Liew - Associate Professor

Senior Lecturer · Associate Professor from January
School of Information Management


Chern Li's research interests are centred around the social studies of information, documentary heritage and cultural heritage, with a focus on users, communities, engagement and impact. Topics she is investigating include:

  • Cultural heritage, memory, identity and social cohesion
  • Participatory cultural heritage and community-centred archiving
  • Dialogic engagement and co-design in the cultural heritage domain
  • Digital ecosystems and impact studies in the cultural heritage domain
  • Cultural heritage’s materiality through digital technologies
  • Public interest technology in the cultural heritage domain
  • Sustaining and preserving digital cultural heritage
  • The morals and the ethics in cultural heritage Web and Social Web preservation and archiving

Chern Li welcomes research collaborations in these areas. She is also open to inquiries (by email) for PhD/ Masters by Research supervision in these areas.

Chern Li serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Online Information Review, International Journal of Digital Library Systems and The Electronic Journal of Information Systems Evaluation. Chern Li is a Foreign Research Fellow (Gaikokujin Kenkyuin) of University of Tsukuba (Japan).

She has a profile on ResearchGate and on Google Scholar

Current Research Projects

  • Digital te reo Māori repositories: An examination of creative use, innovative cultural knowledge transmission and their impact on cultural identity, whanaungatanga and social cohesion (Principal Investigator. Funded by VUW Foundation Digital Innovation Fund)
  • From shoeboxes to shared spaces: Participatory and community-oriented cultural heritage via digital platforms (PI. Funded by VUW - Wellington School of Business and Government Faculty Small Grant)
  • Let’s talk about risk: Social media risk preparedness and management in cultural heritage institutions (PI. Funded by VUW - Wellington School of Business and Government Faculty Small Grant)
  • Hidden heritage: Preserving, presenting and reusing person collections (PI: Maja Krtalić; funded by VUW University Research Fund)

Academic Qualifications

BA (Hons) University of Brighton (UK), MSc Loughborough University (UK), PhD Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

Administrative roles

  • Member of the Steering Committee of the International Conference on Asia-Pacific (Asian) Digital Libraries (ICADL)
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the Asia-Pacific Library & Information Education and Practice (A-LIEP)
  • Member of the New Zealand Open Polytechnic Information & Library Studies Advisory Committee

Current PhD students

Selected publications

Liew, C. L. (2019). Digital audio-visual heritage: an exploration of challenges and a community-based approach to preservation. Proceedings of 9th International Conference on Communities & Technologies (ACM), Vienna, Austria, 3-7 June (pp. 76-80).

Dowdell, L. and Liew, C.L. (2019). “More than a shelter”: public libraries and the information needs of people experiencing homelessness. Accepted for Library and Information Science Research, 41(4).

Tasker, G. and Liew, C. L. (Published online: Aug 2018). ‘Sharing My Stories’: Genealogists and participatory heritage. Information, Communication and Society (Taylor & Francis).

Misilei, J. and Liew, C. L. (2018). Perceived value of digital components in library programmes. Library and Information Science Research, 40(3/4), 219-236.

Zeng, M., Qin, J., Sugimoto, S., Lin, H., Liew, C. L. and Wang, X. (2018). Metadata modelling, deep image annotation and KOS vocabulary development for digital collections of cultural objects. NKOS/DCMI Regional Workshop at 20th International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries (ICADL), Waikato, NZ, 19-22 November.

Goulding, A., Liew, C. L. and Tait, E. (2018). Exchange, Evidence, Experience, Expertise: Exploring practitioners’ experiences with digital cultural heritage through a knowledge exchange workshop. 2018 RAILS Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 28-30 November.

Liew, C.L., Oliver, G. and Watkins, M. (2018). Insight from social media use by memory institutions in New Zealand: participatory vs curatorial culture. Online Information Review. 42(1), 93-106.

Goulding, A., Chawner, B., Campbell-Meier, J., Calvert, P. and Liew, C. L. (2018). Location, location, location: The impact of organisational structure on library and information studies programmes. Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association (Taylor & Francis).

Campbell-Meier, J., Chawner, B., Goulding, A., Calvert, P. and Liew, C. L. (2018). Developing a framework for educating and training mid-career LIS professionals. Proceedings of ALISE 2018 Conference, Denver, Colorado (USA), 6-9 February (pp.61-65).

Liew, C. L., Calvert, P., Goulding, A., Chawner, B. and Campbell-Meier, J. (2017). Location, Location, Location: How does organisational structure affect information studies programmes? 2017 RAILS Conference, Adelaide, Australia, 28-30 November.

Boamah, E. and Liew, C. L. (2017). Conceptualising the digitization and preservation of indigenous knowledge: The importance of attitudes. Proceedings of 19th ICADL, Bangkok, Thailand, 13-15 November (pp.65-80).

Liew, C. L. and Harjadinata, J. (2017). Patient portal service: an exploration of patients' experience and perception. Proceedings of 11th International Conference on Digital Society and e-Governments (ICDS), Nice, France, 19-23 March (pp.87-98).

Morishima, A., Rauber, A. and Liew, C. L. (2016). Digital libraries: Knowledge, information and data in an open access society. Proceedings of 18th ICADL, Tsukuba, Japan, 7-9 December. Springer: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) 10075.

Liew, C. L. and Chowdhury, G. G. (2016). Digital cultural heritage and social sustainability. Journal of Community Informatics, 12(3), 173—196.

Boamah, E. and Liew, C. L. (2016). Involving source communities in the digitization and preservation of indigenous knowledge. Proceedings of 18th ICADL, 21-36.

Liew, C. L. (2016). Social metadata and public-contributed contents in memory institutions: ‘crowd voice’ vs ‘authenticated heritage'? Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture (PDTC), 45(3), 122-133.

Liew, C. L. and Cheetham, F. (2016). Participatory culture in memory institutions: Of diversity, ethics and trust? D-Lib Magazine, 22(7/8). http://www.dlib.org/dlib/july16/liew/07liew.html

Murphy, J. and Liew, C. L. (2016). Reflecting the science of instruction? Screen-casting in academic libraries. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 42(3), 259–272.

Crookston, M., Oliver, G., Tikau, A., Diamond, P., Liew, C. L. and Douglas, S-L. (2016). Kōrero Kitea: Ngā hua o te whakamamatitanga/The impacts of digitised te reo collections. https://interparestrust.org/assets/public/dissemination/Korerokiteareport_final.pdf

Liew, C. L. (2015). Collaborative construction of digital cultural heritage: a synthesis of research on online sociability determinants. D-Lib Magazine, 21(11/12).http://www.dlib.org/dlib/november15/liew/11liew.html

Liew, C.L., Wellington, S., Oliver, G. and Reid, P. (2015). Social media in libraries and archives: Applied with caution. Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science(Special issue on Archives, libraries and museums in the era of the participatory social Web), 39(3/4), 377-396.

Liew, C.L., King, V and Oliver, G. (2015). Social media in archives and libraries: A snapshot of planning, evaluation and preservation decisions. Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture (PDTC), 44(1), 3-11.

Siddall, B. and Liew, C. L. (2014) Seeking out collective wisdom: cataloguers’ use of social media. The Electronic Library, 32(5), 670-687.

Wellington, S., Oliver, G. & Liew, C.L. (2014). The allure of wine and cheese: exhibiting the archive. Presented at the 2014 Joint ARANZ /ASA Conference, Christchurch (NZ), 30 September – 3 October.

Liew, C. L. (2014) Participatory cultural heritage: A tale of two institutions’ use of social media. D-Lib Magazine, 20 (3/4). http://www.dlib.org/dlib/march14/liew/03liew.html

Liew, C. L. (2014) Towards dynamic and evolving digital libraries. The Electronic Library, 32(1), 2-16. (2015 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence – Highly Commended Paper of 2014)

Liew, C. L. (2013) Digital cultural heritage 2.0: a meta-design consideration. Information Research, 18(3). http://www.informationr.net/ir/18-3/colis/paperS03.html#.WUb9qMuweUk

Sugimoto S., Urs S., Chowdhury G., Ke H., Khoo C., Liew C. L. & Wuwongse V. (2013) Collaboration efforts among Information Schools in Asia-Pacific. Workshop on Global Collaboration of Information Schools at 79th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, 2-10.

Liew, C. L. (2013) Vision, passion and compassion: social sustainability for digital resources. Presented at 5th TELDAP International Conference, Taipei, 14-16 March.

Liew, C. L. (2012) Towards accessible and inclusive digital libraries. In Chowdhury, G. and Foo, S. (Eds.), Digital Libraries and Information Access: Research Perspectives (pp. 97-111). Facet Publishing.

Burt, M. & Liew, C. L. (2012) Searching with clustering. Online Information Review, 36(2), 278-298.

Stanton, K. & Liew, C. L. (2012) Open access theses in Institutional Repositories: An exploratory study of the perceptions of doctoral students. Information Research, 17(1).

Ooi, K. & Liew, C. L. (2011) Selecting fiction as part of everyday life information seeking. Journal of Documentation, 67(5), 748-772.

Liew, C. L. (2011) Help with health information on the Web. The Electronic Library, 29(5), 621-636.

Lim, S. & Liew, C. L. (2011) Metadata quality and interoperability of GLAM digital images. Aslib Proceedings:New Information Perspectives, 63(5), 484-498.

Liew, C. L. (2010) Digital libraries for cultural heritage. In Mel Collier (Ed.), Business planning for digital libraries (pp. 195-205). Leuven University Press.

Lim, S. & Liew, C. L. (2010) GLAM Metadata Interoperability. Proceedings of International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries (ICADL) (at the Joint JCDL/ICADL 2010 International Digital Libraries Conference), Queensland, Australia, 21-25 June, 140-143.

Liew, C. L. (2009) Digital library research 1997-2007: Organisational and people issues. Journal of Documentation, 65(2), 245-266.

Francis, K. D. & Liew, C. L. (2009) Policy and protocols for digitised indigenous knowledge in cultural heritage organisations in Australia and New Zealand. Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) 2009 Annual Meeting: Thriving on Diversity - Information Opportunities in a Pluralistic World. 6-11 November 2009, Vancouver, Canada (pp. 37-54).