Lyndsey Middleton represents the Centre for Social Informatics at #ASIST2018

ASIST 2018 Vancouver banner #asist2018The Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology 2018 (ASIST 2018) takes place this week in Vancouver, Canada. Representing the Centre for Social Informatics at the conference is PhD student Lyndsey Middleton. Lyndsey took part in the conference doctoral colloquium on Sunday, and tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10:30 Vancouver time (18:30 in the UK) she will be presenting a full paper as a contribution to the main conference programme.

The paper, which Lyndsey co-authored with her PhD supervisors (myself, Robert Raeside and Laura Muir) is one of 69 that were accepted from 142 submissions made in spring 2018. It is entitled ‘The interaction between people, information and innovation: information literacy to underpin innovative work behaviour in a Finnish organisation‘. The paper content is concerned with the role of information literacy in the learning of innovative work behaviour in the workplace, and associated information behaviours required for innovative work behaviour to develop. The findings derive from an analysis of interview data collected from workers in a Finnish organisation in 2017. Three main themes are discussed in the paper: (1) the need for the development of information literacy as a prerequisite for workplace learning; (2) the use of information in multiple ways to support the learning of innovative behaviour; and (3) the deployment of different information sources in learning how to behave in an innovative manner.

For further information about Lyndsey’s participation in ASIST2018, please see the recent post on Lyndsey’s blog. Her ASIST2018 presentation slides can also be found on SlideShare and below.

Congratulations Dr John Mowbray!

PhD graduate Dr John Mowbray with his Director of Studies Professor Hazel Hall

PhD graduate Dr John Mowbray with his Director of Studies Professor Hazel Hall

Congratulations to Dr John Mowbray, who was awarded his PhD at the Edinburgh Napier University graduation ceremony at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh yesterday. I was John’s Director of Studies, and his second supervisor was Professor Robert Raeside.

John’s PhD was funded by an ESRC Skills Development Scotland Collaborative studentship. Robert and I won the grant for the award through a competitive process administered by the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science in spring 2014, and John came to us later in the October of that year having applied for the PhD studentship that we advertised in June 2014. Continue reading

Ada Lovelace Day 2018 at Edinburgh Napier University #ALD18

Ada Lovelace Day logoEach year on the second Tuesday of October we mark Ada Lovelace Day at Edinburgh Napier University as part of the worldwide celebration of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. The purpose of this activity is to showcase role models who will encourage more girls into careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), and to support women who are already working in STEM. Continue reading

Vacancy: full time, permanent, Lecturer in Information Systems, Edinburgh Napier University

The School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University is currently recruiting. Please pass the message on!

We are seeking to fill a vacancy for a full-time permanent lecturer post (grade 6, £38,183-£46,924). The job is advertised on jobs.ac.uk as ‘Lecturer in Information Systems’, and on the Edinburgh Napier University careers page, with a deadline for applications of Sunday 28th October 2018. Continue reading

Contributions from the Centre for Social Informatics to #ISIC2018

#ISIC2018 logo Information Seeking in Context (ISIC) 2018 takes place in Kraków, Poland, this coming week from 9th to 11th October 2018. Representing Edinburgh Napier University’s Centre for Social Informatics at the conference will be third year PhD students Alicja Pawluczuk and Lyndsey Middleton (née Jenkins). Continue reading

Call for papers: #EBLIP10 Glasgow 2019

Poster display at EBLIP6, when the conference was last hosted in the UK

The #EBLIP10 committee, led by Professor Alison Brettle, has issued the call for papers for the tenth Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP) conference. This event will take in Glasgow from 17th to 19th June 2019.

Submissions for papers and posters that fit with the broad theme of ‘Using evidence in times of uncertainty’ are invited via EasyChair. Abstracts of a maximum of 350 words (for both types of submission) are due by 30th November 2018. The submissions will be subject to double blind peer review by members of the International Programme Committee, with decisions communicated to authors by 15th January 2019. Continue reading

Opportunity for LIS academics to contribute to BAILER response to #REF2021 consultation: London 26th September 2018

REF2021 logoThis post is about the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. If you are a UK academic who undertakes research in Library and Information Management (as covered in Unit of Assessment 34), this is for you. Continue reading