Applications sought for funded PhD studentship jointly supervised by colleagues from the University of Glasgow, Edinburgh Napier University, and the National Library of Scotland

SGSAH Gaelic logoWith colleagues Dr Paul Gooding (University of Glasgow) and Amina Shah (National Library of Scotland), Dr David Brazier of the Centre for Social Informatics has been awarded an Applied Research Collaborative PhD Studentship by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH).

This award will provide 3.5 years of funding (7 years part-time) for a doctoral student to undertake a study entitled Not participating, not Included: towards inclusive assessment practices in the Scottish library sector.

The main research question to be addressed in the study is ‘How might we transform assessment practices to include previously under-represented communities in the evaluation and assessment of library services?’ The work to be undertaken for the study will include the development of a critical framework for library services in Scotland to engage with non-users for the purpose of developing and assessing their services and collections.

Applications are invited from candidates keen to work with the University of Glasgow, Edinburgh Napier University, and the National Library of Scotland on this exciting project from October 2022; deadline midday Friday 27th May.

For further details of the project and information on how to apply, please see the advertisement for the studentship on the University of Glasgow web site.

The public library as public sphere: new article accepted for publication in the Journal of Documentation

Journal of Documentation 2021The public library as public sphere: a longitudinal analysis has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Documentation. I recently co-authored this article with Dr Leo Appleton (Senior University Teacher at the University of Sheffield).

In the article, Leo and I discuss the role of the UK public library as a public sphere, and the ways in which this role relates to the epistemic, community, and political functions of public libraries. The article is a major output from Leo‘s doctoral research, which he completed part-time in the Centre for Social Informatics. The findings presented in the article derive from the analysis of empirical data that Leo collected in 24 focus groups with active public library users over a period of four years. Continue reading

‘New information literacy horizons: making the case for career information literacy’: new paper published in Proceedings of 7th European Conference on Information Literacy

#ECIL2021 European Conference on Information Literacy 2021 conference proceedingsSelected papers from the European Conference on Information Literacy 2021 (ECIL2021) are now available in a set of conference proceedings published by Springer. Amongst these is the conference contribution co-authored by Edinburgh Napier University colleagues Marina Milosheva, Hazel Hall, Pete Robertson, and Peter Cruickshank on career information literacy (CIL), and distinctions between CIL and the concepts of workplace information literacy (WIL) and employment information literacy (EIL). Continue reading

Strong showing from the Centre for Social Informatics at the ASIST 24-hour Global Conference

The two-day ASIST 24-hour Global Conference opens today across all time zones. Five members of the Centre for Social Informatics (CSI) will be presenting their research completed within the Centre in four presentations as part of the the Europe/Africa programme tomorrow (27th April 2022). They are: Continue reading

Platform to Platform project progress March 2022

There has been some great progress over the past month on our AHRC Creative Informatics project Platform to Platform (P2P), particularly in respect of gathering content for the main output of the project: the non-fiction narrative podcast series based on the World War II diary of Malvern resident Lorna Lloyd, previously published online as the Blipfoto journal ‘LornaL’.

Platform to platform, P2P, Bethany Ray, Andras Peter, David Graham, James Eddowes, Michael Suttie, Alex Gencs

Actor Bethany Ray with Platform to Platform student team members Andras Peter, David Graham, James Eddowes, Michael Suttie, and Alex Gencs

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Paper acceptance at #CoLIS11 for Rachel Salzano and her supervision team

Rachel Salzano

Rachel Salzano

Centre for Social Informatics PhD student Rachel Salzano is looking forward to travelling to Oslo at the end of May to present a paper accepted for Conceptions of Library and Information Science CoLIS 2022.

Co-authored with her supervision team (myself, Dr Gemma Webster and Dr David Brazier) Rachel’s paper is concerned with the findings from an element of the empirical work that she has undertaken for her doctoral study: an analysis of documents gathered from Scottish local authorities on strategies to support the integration of newcomer populations who have entered the country as a result of forced migration. The specific focus of this piece of research is the perceived role of Scottish public libraries in such efforts. Continue reading

Updated Centre for Social Informatics flyer (v15) now available

A new version (V15) of the Centre for Social Informatics flyer is now available from the Social Informatics blog on the Edinburgh Napier University web pages

Please follow the link to read about the work of our research group, including details of research expertise, funders, recent PhD completions, and recent publications. The flyer also profiles the academic and research staff within the research group, alongside our current research students. Continue reading

Four new projects for the Centre for Social Informatics

Social informatics research group blog headerCongratulations to Centre for Social Informatics colleagues Dr Peter Cruickshank, Dr David Haynes, Dr Bruce Ryan, and Dr Frances Ryan on securing internal Edinburgh Napier University funding for four new research projects. Continue reading

Goodbye 2021, hello 2022

fireworksEdinburgh Napier University opened its doors again this morning after the Christmas break. This, however, is metaphorical reopening for me. As record numbers of Covid19 cases are reported in Scotland (and the UK as a whole), I will be continuing my research and PhD supervision activities off-campus from home. Continue reading

Applications open for 8 fully-funded PhD studentship places within the School of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University

PhD supervisors Dr Frances Ryan, Dr David Haynes, Debbie Meharg, Dr David Brazier

PhD supervisors of the Centre for Social Informatics invite applications from new students

The School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University is currently advertising eight fully-funded PhD studentships across a wide range of subjects, from sound technologies to cybersecurity. Amongst these are four proposed by Centre for Social Informatics colleagues: Continue reading