Christine Irving, part-time Research Fellow in the Centre for Social Informatics (CSI) at Edinburgh Napier University, is currently working on a thesis, provisionally entitled The development of a model of information literacy from a lifelong learning perspective, for the award of PhD by Published Works. This work will draw on Christine’s long track record of research and development work on information literacy and lifelong learning undertaken between 2004 and 2010 as part of the Scottish Information Literacy Project (2004-2010), and which continues with the Scottish Information Literacy Community of Practice The right information: information skills for a 21st century Scotland. I am Christine’s Director of Studies, and Dr Alison Brettle of the University of Salford is her second supervisor. Christine is required to submit her 25,000 word thesis by September 2015.
In completing a PhD Christine will be adding to her Master of Science (MSc) in Lifelong Learning and Development awarded by Glasgow Caledonian University in 2007, and her Honours Degree in Information Management awarded by Queen Margaret University in 2001.
Since 2001 Christine has worked on a number of library and information science projects that have included writing courses in information handling skills, and developing the National Information Literacy Framework (Scotland).
Within the Centre for Social Informatics Christine has been involved in a range of projects including: DREaM (funded by the AHRC and supported by the Library and Information Science Research Coaltion); Research in librarianship – impact evaluation study (funded by the Library and Information Science Research Coalition), and Training provision for the library, information and knowledge sector (funded by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)).
Christine is currently working with other members of the CSI team and colleagues in the Employment Research Institute on the Mapping the workforce project. This work was commissioned by CILIP and the Archives and Records Association (ARA) in August 2014, and is due to report in July 2015.
Christine is a Chartered member of CILIP, and Secretary of the professional body’s Library and Information Research Group (LIRG). She also works part-time as a freelance information professional, and has developed and delivered reflective practice workshops for CILIP’s Career Development Group in this role.