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.

For further information about the call for papers and the conference (venue, travel and accommodation, committees, schedule and registration) please see the EBLIP10 web site.

For a flavour of EBLIP, read about the conference when it was last held in the UK at Salford University in 2011. Daily blogged reviews of EBLIP6 can be found on the Library and Information Science Research Coalition web site:

Rebekah (Becky) Willson & Alison Brettle

Rebekah Willson, Co-chair, Local Organising Committee #EBLIP10, and Alison Brettle, Chair, International Programme Committee #EBLIP10 (photo taken at #LIS_RIVAL held at Edinburgh Napier University on 11th July 2018)

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

Congratulations to Associate Professor Dr Colin F Smith

Dr Colin F Smith, Edinburgh Napier University

Colin Smith

Congratulations to Dr Colin F Smith on his recent promotion to the post of Associate Professor at Edinburgh Napier University.

Colin is a member of the Centre for Social Informatics. His research interests include the role of the Internet for political parties in contemporary democratic practices, digital delivery platforms for public services, and the use of new technology by parliamentarians.

Colin also supervises the doctoral work of three of the PhD students in our group: Najla Almari on interactive education for female students in Saudi Arabi; Iris Buunk on tacit knowledge sharing supported by online social platforms;  and Alicija Pawluczuk on the social impact of digital youth projects.

Journal of Librarianship and Information Science #i3rgu 2017 special issue published

i3 logoThe September 2018 issue of the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science (50(3)) has just been published. This is a special issue that brings together ten expanded versions of conference papers that were presented at Information: interactions and impact (i3) 2017 in June last year (2017).

Amongst this collection are two articles by Edinburgh Napier University colleagues: Continue reading

Research Impact Value and LIS #LIS_RIVAL: resources and review

#lis_rival delegate packsTwo weeks ago on 11th July 2018 my Centre for Social Informatics colleague Dr Bruce Ryan and I hosted Research Impact Value and LIS (#lis_rival).

This was a lively, sell-out one-day event on the theme of library and information science (LIS) research impact and value at Edinburgh Napier University’s Craiglockhart campus.

#lis_rival brought together 33 delegates from a range of stakeholder groups including academic, health, national, prison, public, and special librarians, as well as LIS academics, officers from the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP – the main UK professional body for information and knowledge workers), and independent consultants. Continue reading

Social media by proxy: a Carnegie Research Incentive Grant for Dr Gemma Webster

Dr Gemma Webster

Dr Gemma Webster

Congratulations to my Centre for Social Informatics colleague Dr Gemma Webster, who has recently been awarded a Carnegie Research Incentive Grant (RIG). Such grants are offered to make it possible for Early Career Researchers like Gemma to undertake a short project as a Principal Investigator.

Gemma‘s application for funding is one of 59 that were successful from a total of 131 submissions in the last RIG application round (as noted in the Carnegie Trust’s analysis of RIG outcomes for the March 2018 deadline).

Gemma‘s project is entitled ‘Social media by proxy: strategies for managing the online profiles of adults with dementia’. Continue reading

Workforce Mapping Project report now available for download

The full output of the Workforce Mapping Project that I led in 2014/15 as commissioned research for the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and the Archives and Records Association (ARA) has been released. This is now available as a download from CILIP and from ARA (free of charge for members, £40 for others). Continue reading