Dr. S. M. Zabed Ahmed

PhD Information Science, Loughborough University, UK
Detailed Profile: 

Academic qualifications
PhD (2002) Information Science, Faculty of Science, Loughborough University, UK
Dissertation title: A user-centred design of a web-based interface to bibliographic databases
Supervisors: Prof Cliff McKnight and Prof Charles Oppenheim

MA (1992) Library and Information Science, University of Dhaka (First Class - 1st position)
BA (Hons.) (1991) Library and Information Science, University of Dhaka (First Class - 1st position)

Postdoctoral research
A framework for designing user-centred digital library interfaces, Centre for Information Management, School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University, UK (Oct–Dec 2013)
Measuring performance and impact of rural community libraries in Thailand, Institute of East Asian Studies, Thammasat University, Thailand (Nov 2008-Jul 2009)

Research interests
My research interests revolve around human use of electronic information products and services. I am particularly interested in exploring the factors affecting end-users’ searching of information retrieval (IR) systems and in adopting a user-centred approach in designing user interfaces. My recent research also includes digital libraries, bibliometrics, service quality assurance and impact assessment of rural information provisions.

Teaching areas
Basics of Information Science; Information Retrieval Techniques; Advanced Bibliography; Literature Searching; Bibliometrics; Applied Statistics and Documentation

Recent publications
Hossain, M.E. and Ahmed, S.M.Z. (2016). Academic use of smartphones by university students: a developing country perspective, The Electronic Library, 34(4) [in the press] [UK]
Yesmin, S. and Ahmed, S.M.Z. (2016). University students’ preferences for searching the library catalogue: OPAC or discovery tool? The Electronic Library, 34(4) [in the press] [UK]
Ferdows, J. and Ahmed, S.M.Z. (2015). An empirical investigation of information skills among undergraduate students at Dhaka University, Library Review, 64(4/5), 274-284 [UK]
Ahmed, S.M.Z. (2014). The use of IT-based information services: an investigation into the current status of public universities in Bangladesh, Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems, 48(2), 167-184 [UK]