An afternoon with the UK Electronic Information Group (UKeIG) #iishistory #ukeigmembersday2021

UKeIG logoYesterday afternoon I participated in an online meeting of the UK Electronic Information Group (UKeIG). At one time I was heavily involved in the work of this group – I served as its Honorary Secretary for a while early in my career – but this was my first attendance at such an event for some time. The two presentations that sandwiched the 2021 UKeIG AGM were my main motivation for attending the meeting.

The first presentation was about mapping information landscapes. It was delivered by Andrew (Drew) Whitworth of the University of Manchester. Drew started by explaining that his interest in this topic was inspired by the work of Annemaree Lloyd. He drew attention to the metaphor of the ‘information landscape’ as introduced in Lloyd’s 2010 book, and the argument that people need to understand their positioning within such landscapes so that they gain a sense of place before they are able to develop information literacy. (Lyndsey Middleton and I also deploy the information landscape metaphor with reference to the work of Lloyd in our recent paper Workplace information literacy: a bridge to the development of innovative work behaviour.)

The second presentation was delivered by two eminent information scientists – Martin White and Sandra Ward. They have been working on a project that they describe as their ‘private passion’ with two other well known figures in the field of Information Science: Charles Oppenheim and Val Skelton.

Spreading the news of RIVAL at the 2021 CILIPS and SCURL conferences #cilips21

RIVAL logoFollowing the completion of our Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) funded Research Impact Value and Library and Information Science (RIVAL) project at the end of March 2021, Dr Bruce Ryan and I are each pleased to have an opportunity to speak about this work at two different conferences this week. The first is the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals Scotland (CILIPS) annual conference, which opened today. The second is the annual conference of the Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL), which takes place on Wednesday. Continue reading

Dr Bruce Ryan to speak at CILIPS Annual Conference 2021 #CILIPS21

CILIPS Scotland logoMy Centre for Social Informatics colleague Dr Bruce Ryan has recently been confirmed as a speaker at this year’s annual conference of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals Scotland. The 2021 conference is a two-day online event on June 7th and 8th. It will bring together library and information professionals from across Scotland and beyond to share knowledge and engage in professional development. Continue reading

Farewell 2020

Social Informatcis staff and students all centre meeting December 2019

The way we were, December 2019. L to R: John Marshall, Peter Cruickshank, Lyndsey Middleton (now graduated with PhD), Katherine Stephen, Rachel Salzano, Marina Milosheva, Laura Muir (now retired), Hazel Hall, Leo Appleton (now graduated with PhD), Ella Taylor-Smith, David Haynes, David Brazier, Frances Ryan (now Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen), Colin Smith, Wegene Demeke, and Bruce Ryan.

Just over a year ago, on 22nd December 2019, I summarised the the previous six months of activities of the members of the Centre for Social Informatics. I illustrated this account with a jolly photograph of us all bunched closely together around the table a few days earlier in room C34a of Edinburgh Napier University’s Merchiston campus. Continue reading

Catching up with conferences in autumn 2020

autumn, trees, bruntsfieldIt currently feels like we have reached the peak of the autumn conference season. An array of events of interest to those of us working in Social Informatics and related areas are taking place this week. These include: Continue reading

RIVAL event 2: review and resources

#lisrival bagsLast month Dr Bruce Ryan and I hosted the second of four Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) funded Research Impact Value and Library and Information Science (RIVAL) network meetings. This event took place on Thursday 7th November 2019 at St Cecilia’s Hall in central Edinburgh.

It was an excellent day that prompted great feedback on the programme content on the day: ‘exciting’, ‘fantastic’, ‘fascinating’. Continue reading

#EBLIP10, Glasgow, June 2019: programme available and registration open

Dr Bruce Ryan

Dr Bruce Ryan

The full draft programme for the 10th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference (EBLIP10), which takes place in Glasgow between 17th and 19th June 2019, is now available on the conference web site.

This includes details of conference keynotes: David Stewart, President of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals; Donna Scheeder Past President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions and of the Special Libraries Association; and Frankie Wilson, Head of Assessment at the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. 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

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

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