Introducing Dr Laura Muir, Dr Gemma Webster, and Dr Tom Kane

Welcome to Dr Laura Muir, Dr Gemma Webster, and Dr Tom Kane, who have all recently joined the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. I am looking forward to working with them as members of my research group (the Centre for Social Informatics within the Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation), and as fellow colleagues within the Information Systems teaching group, which is led by Dr Colin Smith.

Dr Laura Muir and Dr Gemma Webster

Laura Muir and Gemma Webster

Dr Laura Muir joins us as an Associate Professor in Information Systems. She was previously a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Management at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Laura’s research is focussed on user-centred design of information systems and services. Laura brings to her new role substantial experience of working with industry on a number of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and consultancy projects.

Dr Gemma Webster previously worked at the University of Aberdeen, where she was a Research Fellow within the dot.rural Digital Economy Research Hub. At Edinburgh Napier University Gemma’s new role is Lecturer in Information Systems. As well as contributing to teaching and research activities, Gemma will also be working on the e-Placement Scotland project. e-Placement Scotland offers paid work placement opportunities for students currently studying computing in universities and colleges across Scotland.

Dr Tom Kane

Tom Kane

Dr Tom Kane’s recent teaching experience has been within Stirling University’s School of Management, where he delivered courses on information systems management and project management. Tom’s research interests are related to open source software, online presence, and artificial intelligence. In his new role at Edinburgh Napier University Tom will be teaching modules on project management, and systems analysis and design.

A week in Aberdeen at iDocQ and i3 2015 #iDocQ2015 #i3rgu

Seven weeks of dissemination

When Leo Appleton presents the slides for our joint-authored paper on the value and impact of public library services on citizenship development at the 11th Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services today, this will mark the end of a busy conference season for the staff and research students in the Centre for Social Informatics. Continue reading

Digital storytelling: an opportunity for libraries to lead in a digital age

Dr Brian Detlor

Brian Detlor

The Centre for Social Informatics is currently hosting a visit of Dr Brian Detlor of McMaster University. Yesterday Brian gave a talk on his research and involvement with the Love your city, share your stories (LYCSYS) digital storytelling initiative in Hamilton, Canada. This initiative is led by the Hamilton Public Library, McMaster University Library, and the City of Hamilton.

Brian explained how LYCSYS involves the capture and dissemination of digital stories from Hamilton citizens. The stories relate to significant cultural and historical icons in a wide variety of digital formats, and the use of library resources (for example, photographs, geo-coded digital maps, archival material) to enrich and support the digital stories produced. The initiative is viewed as a critical community-based mechanism by which to promote the City of Hamilton’s cultural identity, and to contribute to the preservation of Hamilton’s history. Continue reading

DREaM Again moves into the data analysis phase

DREaM logoSince the end of May my colleague Dr Bruce Ryan and I have been investigating the long-term impact of the AHRC-funded DREaM project (for which I was Principal Investigator in 2011 and 2012), and the forms that such impact has taken.

As part of this work we have been considering what ‘impact’ means in the context of library and information science (LIS), and how this relates to conceptions of the term in other domains where there is a perceived research-practice gap, such as policing, social work and nursing. This first part of the study has been based on an analysis of the extant literature. We intend to write this up as a review paper.

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Congratulations Dr Louise Rasmussen and Dr Hannah Rudman

Dr Hannah Rudman and Dr Louise Rasmussen

Dr Hannah Rudman and Dr Louise Rasmussen in their graduation robes

Congratulations to Louise Rasmussen and Hannah Rudman who were awarded their PhDs at the Edinburgh Napier University graduation ceremony at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh today.

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Love your city, share your stories: Hamilton’s digital storytelling initiative presentation by Dr Brian Detlor, 16th July

Love your city, share your stories

An invitation

On Thursday 16th July 2015 the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University is hosting a seminar led by Dr Brian Detlor on digital storytelling and libraries.

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Incorporating a research-minded approach to professional practice: opening keynote at EAHIL 2015 #researchminded

EAHIL tote bag logoOn 10th June 2015 I had the honour of opening the The European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL) conference, held in Edinburgh in collaboration with the International Conference of Animal Health Information Specialists (ICAHIS) and the International Clinical Librarian Conference (ICLC). This event is one of a series of biennial workshops and other related events designed to support healthcare librarians and information professionals in their work.

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