Alistair McCleery is Co-director, with David Finkelstein, of The Scottish Archive of Print & Publishing History Records (SAPPHIRE). Projects include Scottish Readers Remember, the first sustained and focused attempt to record the reading experiences of Scots in the twentieth century and, from them, to analyse not only changing tastes, practices, and habits but also the contribution of reading to an individual and collective sense of identity. Transcribed interviews, spread across communities in Scotland, formed the core of evidence, complemented by use of archival and other sources.
Finkelstein and McCleery have also published The Book History Reader(Routledge, 2nd edn. 2006) and An Introduction to Book History (Routledge, 2nd edn. 2012).