Poster presentation in Copenhagen: Mapping the UK Information Workforce at #asist2016

Heering Copenhagen

Some colour under a cold grey sky in Copenhagen

I’ve been in Copenhagen since the end of last week, participating at the 79th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology. I’ve been enjoying the presentations – from Greg Welch‘s keynote on telepresence to Debbie Rabina‘s account of research of prisoners’ information needs examined through discourse analysis – and catching up with colleagues from around the world.

There’s some really interesting work being conducted in Information Science across the globe, and I’ve learnt about some tempting job opportunities too. For example, if you’re functionally bilingual in English and French, and looking for a tenure-track position in North America, the University of Ottawa’s School of Information Studies – l’École des sciences de l’information (ÉSIS) – is hoping to recruit an Associate Professor who can make contributions to teaching and research in  library and information management. Do contact Mary Cavanagh (,@mfcavanagh) if this is of interest to you. I’ve also managed to play tourist a little with a short visit the city (in the cold and grey) on Sunday morning with my Finnish colleague Gunilla Widen.

I’m making two contributions at this event: (1) on Saturday I delivered a keynote presentation; (2) this evening I will be taking part in the conference poster session. My poster presents the findings of the Workforce Mapping Project that my group undertook with colleagues in Edinburgh Napier University’s Employment Research Institute in 2014/15.

This work was commissioned by the Archives and Records Association (ARA) and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) with the overarching aim of profiling the UK workforce in libraries, archives, records, information management, and knowledge management.

The empirical work focused on two main activities. The first was an analysis of the (limited) secondary data on this particular workforce in the Labour Force Survey. The second comprised the analysis of 9,103 usable returns from a survey distributed to workers in the five employment areas in spring 2015.

From this we calculated an estimated workforce size of 86,376 individuals, the majority of whom are based in England. The workforce is ageing and lacks diversity (e.g. in terms of gender and race). It is highly qualified, but there is evidence of low pay for the level of qualifications offered. Although women dominate these professions, the senior and better paid roles tend to be occupied by men.

This project was the first ever national workfroce mapping study of its kind worldwide. It has already been used to inform the strategy of ARA and CILIP, and as an evidence base for advocacy work. For example, it has led to a call for a National Library and Information Skills Strategy, and contributed to a UK government consultation on the future of libraries. Further details of the Workforce Mapping Project can be found in the full text submission for the poster submission. This is available (with all other successful poster submissions) in the online conference proceedings for ASIST2016 as Poster 37.

ASIST2016 continues until Tuesday evening. Follow the conference on Twitter at #asist2016.

Call for applications for PhD student bursaries to attend ASIST-sponsored event, Edinburgh, 30th November 2016 #asist_al16

Are you a student based outside Scotland studying for a PhD in Information Science or a related discipline? If so, this is for you!

Apply for a bursary award to support attendance at the ASIST Annual Lecture 2016 and an Information Science Masterclass at Edinburgh Napier University on Wednesday 30th November 2016. Continue reading

Watching the workers: keynote presentation at #siguse16 #asist2016

ASIST 2016 logoToday I’m giving the opening keynote presentation in Copenhagen at the SIG USE Information Behavior in Workplaces. This is one of a series of workshops taking place as part of the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST2016). It has been organised by the SIG/USE Symposium Chairs:

The title of my presentation is ‘Watching the workers: researching information behaviours in, and for, workplaces‘. The slides are available on SlideShare and below.

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Centre for Social Informatics at #ASIST2016, Copenhagen

ASIST logoNext week I will be attending the 2016 Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) Annual meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark. On the evening of Tuesday 18th October there will be a University reception at the conference. I have created a flyer to distribute at this event with Frances Ryan (one of my PhD students, whose participation at the conference is supported by the John Campbell Trust). The flyer provides details about the Centre for Social Informatics (CSI) at Edinburgh Napier University. Continue reading

Ada Lovelace Day 2016 in Edinburgh #ALD16

adalovelaceday_indieevent_whiteToday is Ada Lovelace Day, a worldwide celebration of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. Across Edinburgh there are a number of events to mark the day.

Edinburgh Napier University is hosting a public lecture this evening at its Craiglockhart Campus. The speaker is Professor Caroline Wilkinson, Director of the Face Lab at Liverpool John Moores University. Caroline will discuss her varied career and how it has combined science with a number of disciplines including art, forensics, computing and anatomy.  She will also make the case for women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM). This event is chaired by Dr Sandra Cairncross, Assistant Principal at Edinburgh Napier University and Chair of Equate Scotland. I will be giving the vote of thanks and chairing the Q&A session following Caroline’s talk. Continue reading

What does it mean to be a dangerous woman? Profiling Linda Norgrove

What does it mean to be a ‘dangerous woman’?

This is the question posed by the Dangerous Women Project, a one-year initiative of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, led by Professor Jo Shaw. Between International Women’s Day 2016 and International Women’s Day 2017 contributions that respond to the question are being collected and curated on the project web site as a series of daily blog posts. These cover a range of themes:Dangerous Women project cakes

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Call for submissions to #eblip9, Philadelphia, USA, June 2017

EBLIP9 logoThe call for paper and poster proposals for the 9th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP9) conference is now live.The conference takes between June 18th and 21st 2017 in Philadelphia, USA.

Submissions are invited on the broad conference theme of ’embedding and embracing evidence’. 300 word abstracts are invited for two types of contribution: (1) full papers (to be delivered in a 30 minute slot at the conference); and (2) posters. Those whose work is accepted for a paper presentation will also be encouraged to submit a full paper to the journal Evidence Based Library and Information Practice following the conference. Continue reading