EBLIP comes to Scotland in 2019 #eblip10

Glasgow city chambers

The Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (EBLIP) conference will take place next year in Glasgow, Scotland. This news was announced earlier this week by Dr Rebekah (Becky) Willson and Dr Diane Pennington, who together led the bid for Glasgow to host the event in 2019. Becky and Diane are lecturers in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde.

This will be the third time that the biennial conference has been hosted in the UK: in 2001 the first conference in the series took place in Sheffield; then it came to Salford in 2011. The venues of other previous EBLIP conferences are Edmonton (Canada, 2003), Brisbane (Australia, 2005 and 2015), Chapel Hill (USA, 2007), Stockholm (Sweden, 2009), Saskatoon (Canada, 2013), and Philadelphia (USA, 2017). Continue reading

iDocQ Information Science doctoral colloquium 2016 #idocq2016: a review

iDocQ 2016 – the sixth annual Information Science doctoral colloquium – took place on Thursday 23rd June at Strathclyde University in Glasgow. Twenty-eight delegates from Scottish and English universities enjoyed a varied programme on the day. This included: Continue reading

Last chance to register for #iDocQ6 in Glasgow, 23rd June 2016

iDocQ bannerThere are still a few places available for iDocQ6 on Thursday 23rd June in Glasgow – but hurry to ensure that you register by the final deadline of Thursday 16th June! Continue reading

Submit to iDocQ 6: deadline Friday 13 May 2016

Calling all doctoral students in Information Science and related subjects! There is still time to submit an abstract for a 20×20 presentation at the 6th Information Science Doctoral Colloquium iDocQ 6, which takes place in Glasgow at Strathclyde University on Thursday 23 June 2016.

  • Abstract submission deadline: email 250 words to idocq2016@gmail.com by this Friday 13 May 2016
  • Notification of acceptance: by Friday May 20  2016
  • Presentation submission deadline: upload PowerPoint slides to EasyChair by Friday June 10 2016

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Invited keynote presentation at #QQML 2016

QQML logoI have recently accepted an invitation to give the closing keynote paper at the 8th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (QQML 2016) on Friday 27th May at Senate House, London.

The main theme of my presentation, entitled What happens next? Strategies for building and assessing the long-term impact of research projects, will be the impact of research and its measurement. Continue reading

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

DREaM Again project launch

DREaM again bannerIn 2011/12 I was Principal Investigator (PI) on the AHRC-funded DREaM project. The aim of this work was to develop a formal UK-wide network of Library and Information Science (LIS) researchers. The project ran from January 2011 to August 2012, and was supported by the Library and Information Science Research Coalition. We reported the initial successes of the DREaM project in a paper that I co-authored with Alison Brettle and Charles Oppenheim and presented at QQML 2012. Three years later, we are interested in any further lasting impacts of the project.

To this end I am working with my colleague Dr Bruce Ryan on a follow-up study that investigates any longer-term impact of DREaM, and the forms that such impact (if it exists) has taken. I mentioned these plans earlier in the month in a presentation at the Third International Seminar on LIS Education and Research, and then during my recent opening keynote paper at the 2015 EAHIL conference (the format of which was inspired by the DREaM project, and the event masterminded by Marshall Dozier, who was a member of the DREaM cadre).

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