Meet you in St Louis? ASIST 2015 call for papers

ASIST 2015 logoThe 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) takes place between 6th and 10 November this year in St Louis, Missouri, USA.

I’m pleased to be working as a member of the conference programme committee alongside Lisa Given of Charles Sturt University (conference chair), Heather O’Brien of the University of British Columbia and Alison Brettle of Salford University (panel co-chairs), and Lynn Westbrook of the University of Texas and Michael Khoo of Drexel University (poster co-chairs).

My own role on the programme committee is to serve as papers co-chair with Dr Brian Detlor of McMaster University. Brian and I have enjoyed working together since I made a study tour of Canada in 2009. Although much of the work that we have undertaken has been at a distance, we have also been able to meet at various conferences in recent years, including the Sixth Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference (EBLIP6), which was hosted by the University of Salford in 2011.

Brian Detlor & Hazel Hall

Brian Detlor & Hazel Hall at EBLIP6

In recognition that research is inspired by, and/or connected to, information practice contexts, the ASIST annual meeting theme this year is the impact of information science research, with a focus on its application in practice. The call for conference contributions therefore encourages submissions that present theoretical or applied research with results that demonstrate impact – be this on individuals, organisations, systems/technology and/or society – in a range of contexts, such as business, education, the environment, health, law etc.

The submission date for papers, panels, workshops and tutorials is 30th April 2015. For posters, demos and videos it is July 1st 2015. Full details of how to submit, including submission forms, are available from ASIST 2015 web pages.

Supporting the ‘research-minded’ librarian

EAHIL/ICAHIS/ICLC conference logoThe European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL) will be holding a workshop in Edinburgh this summer in collaboration with the International Conference of Animal Health Information Specialists (ICAHIS) and the International Clinical Librarian Conference (ICLC). This event forms one of a series of biennial workshops and other related events designed to support healthcare librarians and information professionals in their work.

The workshop, which runs from Wednesday 10th to Friday 12th June, aims to enhance delegates’ appreciation and understanding of research methods. This goal relates primarily to supporting the improvement of library and information services provision for user communities. In addition to this, the organisers hope that the ideas and experiences shared at the event will help delegates identify new means of analysing their own services and practices in robust ways, and encourage them to conduct and publish good quality research.

Dr Alison Brettle

Dr Alison Brettle

I have accepted an invitation to present the opening keynote paper at this event on Wednesday 10th June. Dr Alison Brettle, Reader in Evidence Based Practice at Salford University, will lead a second keynote session on Thursday 11th. Between us we plan outline the rationale for incorporating a research-minded approach in professional practice, linking this to themes such as reflective practice and evidence-based librarianship.

I will be arguing that research is not just something that ‘other’ people removed from everyday services delivery do, but an activity that underpins a range of library and information practices such as the evaluation of services, strategic thinking, and the measurement and communication of service value. I will be referring to the findings of a number of initiatives and research projects in my presentation, including the Library and Information Science Research Coalition, the two Research in Librarianship Impact Evaluation Studies (RiLIES) projects, and Developing Research Excellence and Methods (DREaM). In her keynote presentation Alison will focus on methods, methodology and epistemology, and why we should care about these concepts.

Early bird registration for the workshop opens on 9th February 2015 (£280), with full fee registration from 16th March (£330).

LIS Research Coalition DREaM RiLIES logos

Looking forward to the Third International Seminar on LIS Education and Research (LIS-ER), Barcelona, June 4-5 2015

Third Seminar on LIS Education and Research logo The Third International Seminar on Education and Research (LIS-ER) is organised this year by the Faculty of Library and Information Science at the University of Barcelona as part of its centenary celebrations. The meeting is supported by the European Association for Library and Information Education and Research (EUCLID) and the Red Universitaria de centros de Información y Documentación (RUID). It takes place 4-5 June 2015 on the University of Barcelona campus.

The focus of the meeting is education and research in library and information science. The programme comprises conference presentations, panels, and a poster session.

I am pleased to have been invited as one of the speakers, joining a number of others including Dr Blaise Cronin, Visiting Professor to the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University.

I have been asked to speak on the theme of challenges in LIS research. The organisers have made a particular request that I draw on my experience of leading the implementation of the UK Library and Information Science Research Coalition between 2009 and 2012.

If you would like to contribute to the poster session, submissions are due by Friday 30th January. Early bird registration for the event is open until 3rd April 2015 (120€).

Applications invited for ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Doctoral Training Centre studentship competition

Scottish Graduate School of Social Science logoAs a member of the Information Science Pathway of the ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (SGS-DTC) Edinburgh Napier University is currently inviting applications for this year’s studentship competition.

Information Science Pathway logoI would be pleased to hear from eligible candidates who would like to apply for a PhD place at Edinburgh Napier under this scheme, and whose interests match the focus of the Information Science pathway within the broader context of the ESRC SGS-DTC. The key areas of interests of the Information Science pathway are:

  • the social and economic impact of information;
  • the legal and regulatory context for the collection and use of information;
  • the technologies for the management of information;
  • information policy and strategy.

Applicants are expected to (a) already hold a Masters degree or (b) be on target to complete a Masters degree before the start of the academic year 2015/16. The Masters degree should be in a relevant subject, for example: Information Science; Information Management; Information Studies; Information Systems; Knowledge Management; Records Management; Science and Technology Studies. Ideally the Masters degree undertaken should be ESRC-approved. In addition, all candidates should hold a good first degree. Research proposals submitted as part of the application process should align with the key areas of interest of the Information Science Pathway, and the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University.

In the first instance, interested candidates should contact me by e-mail at Then we can arrange a telephone or Skype call to discuss research proposal ideas, and potential supervision arrangements at Edinburgh Napier. The conversation will also provide an opportunity for me to explain in further detail the application process. This initial contact should be made by Monday 12th January 2015 at the latest (and preferably sooner).

Candidates whose research ideas and academic profile are deemed suitable will then be asked to complete a standard Edinburgh Napier PhD research proposal for an advertised PhD (see the Word document under the heading “How to apply for advertised studentship vacancies” on this page) to be submitted directly to me ( by midday on Monday 19th January 2015. (The application should not be sent to the general research degrees admissions e-mail address.)

Interviews will be held at the Merchiston campus of Edinburgh Napier University on Wednesday 28th January 2015. Decisions on who will be invited to take their applications to the next stage will be made by Monday 2nd February 2015.

Candidates who pass the internal Edinburgh Napier application process will then be authorised to start the application process on the ESRC SGS-DTC system: initial registration needs to be made by Friday 6th February 2015. Following ESRC elibility checks, candidates will then be invited to submit their full applications to the ESRC SGS-DTC system by Friday 20th February. The outcome of these applications is expected to be known by May 2015.

IIDI logoCandidates who are considering making an application to Edinburgh Napier University through this scheme are encouraged to explore how their research interests align with those of the staff and research students within the Centre for Social Informatics. This can be done by checking the Centre’s pages on the web site of the Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation. From here you will see that we carry out research that is broadly concerned with the intersection of people, communities and technologies, and that incorporates themes such as: digital economies; e-democracy and e-participation; e-health; information governance and risk; information science; the information society; knowledge management; librarianship; and project management. Our recent and current research students within the Centre for Social Informatics engage in a range of doctoral studies on topics that include:

A visit from Dr Christina Banou and Dr Petros Kostagiolas

Dr Christina Banou and Dr Petros Kostagiolas

Dr Christina Banou and Dr Petros Kostagiolas

Yesterday afternoon I had the pleasure of meeting Dr Christina Banou and Dr Petros Kostagiolas for the first time. Both Christina and Petros work in the Department of Archive and Library Science at Ionian University, Corfu in Greece.

Christina’s work focuses on book publishing and book policy. Petros’ research interests include information seeking behaviour and use, intellectual capital management, and the contribution of information services to economic sectors such as healthcare and transportation. He is the author of Managing intellectual capital in libraries: beyond the balance sheet. In the course of our conversation we identified many shared interests, and I was particularly thrilled to discover that Petros is a graduate of the University of Birmingham, like me.

Petros' book

Petros’ book

Christina and Petros are currently on sabbatical and have chosen to spend part of their time away from their home institution here in the UK. They have recently visited colleagues in the Department of Information Management at Robert Gordon University. While they were in Aberdeen Petros gave a keynote speech on intellectual capital management for libraries at Grampian Information Conference 2014 (the slides for which can be found below).

Christina and Petros plan to spend early 2015 in Spain. They then hope to return to the UK in the summer to participate in the i3 conference (for which there is a current call for papers) at the end of June and the The 11th Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services (also currently calling for papers) at the end of July.

Yesterday we discussed plans for them to visit the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University in July 2015 in the period between the two conferences. This would be a great opportunity for Christina and Petros to meet other colleagues in Edinburgh, including the research students whose doctoral work has overlaps with their research interests. Christina and Petros are keen to widen their network of professional contacts in the UK and I am hopeful that this activity will help them meet this aim.

i3 2015: call for papers

i3 logoSince 2011 I have served on the international programme committee of i3, the conference that brings together academic and practitioner researchers from across the world interested in exploring the quality and effectiveness of the interaction between people and information, and how this interaction can bring about change.

The conference is held every two years in Aberdeen, hosted by colleagues within the Institute for Management Governance and Society (IMAGES) and the Department of Information Management. In 2015 i3 takes place between Tuesday 23rd and Friday 26th June (with the Information Science doctoral colloquium iDocQ likely to be scheduled on Monday 22nd June, the day before the conference starts).

The call for papers for i3 2015 has recently been announced. This draws attention to the four conference themes of:

  • the quality and effectiveness of user/information interactions (e.g. information literacies)
  • patterns of information behaviour in different contexts (e.g. creativity, ethics, surveillance, ownership, information recycling/reuse)
  • the social, cultural and economic impacts of engagement with information, including the assessment of impact
  • the value of information and knowledge as enablers of resilience and change in organisations and communities.

Three types of submission are invited: (1) short paper; (2) full paper; and (3) round table discussion. There will be an opportunity for those whose full papers are accepted to develop their work for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Information Science in Spring 2016.

The submission deadline is Monday 19th January 2015  has been extended to Wednesday 28th January. For further details of submission requirements and where to send your work, please see the full call for papers. Submissions should be made by completing this form and sending it to

I have always very much enjoyed my participation at i3, and I’m already looking forward to being part of this excellent conference again in 2015.

To get a flavour of i3 and previous iDocQ events, please see:

Connecting with Edinburgh’s social media community

Napier Connect pensLast night I attended a Napier Connect event. Napier Connect is the networking group for female students studying computing, engineering and built environment subjects at Edinburgh Napier University. Its members get together regularly throughout the academic year to meet inspiring women from industry and potential employers – and to socialise. The events are organised by my colleague Student Project Officer Debbie Ratcliffe.

I’d been looking forward to this particular event for a while because I was involved in inviting the speakers for the evening. All seven women come from Edinburgh’s professional social media community. They did a fabulous job, each hosting a table where they spoke for around 5 minutes at a time to groups of students and staff about their work and their careers, in speed dating style.

It was a really fun evening, with a great mix of staff, students, and guests enjoying the experience of learning from one another in a sociable environment. The two key learning points that I took away from the evening are that you don’t necessarily need a highly technical background to get started in a career with social media, and many of the best career opportunities come through networking – both in person and online.

Speakers at the Connect social media event

Speakers Jennie Stamp, Beryl Preuschmann, Samantha Currie, Kelly Forbes, Darcie Tanner, Nadine Pierce and Wiebke Burnett

The evening’s speakers were Jennie Stamp, Beryl Preuschmann, Samantha Currie, Kelly Forbes, Darcie Tanner, Nadine Pierce and Wiebke Burnett (pictured above).

Jennie Stamp works at FreeAgent as the company’s Outreach Manager. She is involved in content creation, building relationships with partners and bloggers, and raising awareness of FreeAgent. Jennie herself is a former Edinburgh Napier student: she graduated with a BSc Information Systems from the School of Computing in 2011. Follow Jennie on Twitter at @jenniestamp.

Beryl Preuschmann works for spintopMEDIA. She is also the founder and Managing Director of, a personal travel concierge service. Beryl relocated to the UK from Germany in 2007, and has previously worked for the NHS, VisitScotland and SkyScanner. Follow Beryl on Twitter at @Miss_Beryl.

Samantha Currie works for Edinburgh-based company Optimise Limited, where she works on the blog Listening into Action, and runs the Twitter account @LiAJourney. Samantha started working in social media last year after 17 years as an IT trainer and eLearning author for a number of large companies including Computacenter and AstraZeneca. Follow Samantha on Twitter at @SamCurrie.

Kelly's sweets

Kelly shared supplies of museum rock

Kelly Forbes is Digital Engagement and Communications Manager at Museums Galleries Scotland. Her work includes social media training and helping museums and galleries to develop digital engagement strategies. Kelly also produces social media content for campaigns such as The Festival of Museums. Like Jennie Stamp, Kelly is a graduate of Edinburgh Napier University. Follow Kelly on Twitter at @Macfack.

Darcie Tanner is Head of Social Operations at Lost Boys, a global marketing and technology agency. She leads work related to new business, resources, client services, budgets, campaigns and projects. Darcie has recently written about her role on the Lost Boys web site in the post What the fk is social operations? Follow Darcie on Twitter at @darcie.

Nadine Pierce has recently been appointed as Marketing Manager for creative agency Tayburn. In addition she is the British Interactive Media Association’s representative in Scotland. This role involves running a number of events specifically for the digital community. Nadine also has interests in the food industry: she runs the popular Eating Edinburgh blog and chefr, and is a foodie writer for other publications. Follow Nadine on Twitter at @nadinepierce.

Wiebke Burnett recently worked alongside Andrew Burnett at with clients ranging from Channel 4 to the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra keen to encourage visitors to their web sites and increase their social media hit rates. Wiebke currently project manages new e-commerce stores for eBay UK Merchant Development. Follow Wiebke on Twitter at @wiieb.

Discussions of social media work with members of Connect

Discussions of social media work with members of Connect