Two contributions from the Centre for Social Informatics accepted at European Conference on Information Literacy #ECIL2021

The European Conference on Information Literacy 2021 (ECIL2021) will be hosted by University of Bamberg as an online event between 20th and 23rd September 2021. Six members of the Centre for Social Informatics (CSI) have contributed to two outputs accepted for the conference.

Dr David Brazier will present a poster entitled ‘Information literacy workshops: trials and tribulations of public engagement within a pandemic’, co-authored with CSI colleagues Rachel Salzano and Dr Bruce Ryan. David will report on the team’s experience of transforming a project built around the delivery of in-person workshops on information literacy and online search best practice in a public library setting so that it could still be completed successfully during the first period of pandemic lockdown in 2020. David will also discuss the outputs of the transformed project: a series of video-tutorials that can be used in future in-person information literacy workshops. An abstract of the poster is available from the Edinburgh Napier repository.

Marina Milosheva will deliver a paper entitled ‘New information literacy horizons: making the case for career information literacy’. This work is co-authored with her PhD supervisors Professor Hazel Hall and Peter Cruickhank (CSI), and Dr Pete Robertson (of Edinburgh Napier’s School of Applied Sciences). Marina will present an analysis of the extant literature on information literacy and employability in general, and information literacy for the purposes of career development and learning in particular, to argue that ‘career information literacy’ should be incorporated as an additional and separate strand of information literacy scholarship. An abstract for the paper is available from the Edinburgh Napier repository.

Peter Cruickshank appointed to the programme committee of 10th International Conference on Electronic Government and the Information Systems Perspective (EGOVIS2021)

Peter Cruickshank of the Centre for Social Informatics has been appointed to the programme committee of the 10th International Conference on Electronic Government and the Information Systems Perspective (EGOVIS2021). This appointment recognises Peter’s established track record of research in e-government, particularly on e-participation at hyperlocal levels. See, for example, Cruickshank, Hall & Ryan (2020). Continue reading

Culture and public library use amongst newcomer populations: two contributions from Rachel Salzano at #iconf21

Rachel Salzano

Rachel Salzano

In Week 2 of the 2021 iConference, Rachel Salzano will be the second of our Centre for Social Informatics PhD students to make contributions to the event. Like first year Marina Milosheva, second year Rachel is delivering two formal presentations, as well as participating as a delegate in a range of conference sessions.

Rachel will take the stage (or rather the screen) for the first time at the iConference today in Doctoral Colloquium Session 2. Here Rachel will discuss the progress of her doctoral study on the effect of culture on public library use in newcomer populations. Her focus will be the pilot study completed in preparation for the main empirical component of her doctorate. Continue reading

Knowledge co-creation, and career information literacy: two contributions from Marina Milosheva at #iconf21

iConference 2021 launched yesterday, and the first of the two Centre for Social Informatics PhD students who will be making contributions to the event is about to take the (online) stage.

PhD student Marina Milosheva will be available to answer questions about her poster The socio-material nature of careers work: an exploration of knowledge co-creation amongst career practitioners in the conference chatroom at the first of three poster sessions today (with the others taking place next week on 24th and 26th March). 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

Work essential or extra workload? The value of creating a personal professional web presence

This afternoon my Centre for Social Informatics colleague and PhD student Marina Milosheva and I are running a session on the value to academics of creating a personal professional web presence. This is one of a series of researcher development events offered through Edinburgh Napier University’s Research, Innovation and Enterprise unit. Our colleague Dr Sophie Morris is the organiser. Continue reading

Two fully-funded PhD studentship opportunities: (1) labour market intelligence and machine learning; (2) gendered career choices

Merchiston Tower spring

The successful candidates will be based at Edinburgh Napier University’s Merchiston campus

Applications are invited for two fully-funded PhD studentships within the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University. These are:

  1. Enhancing labour market intelligence using machine learning to be supervised by Dr David Brazier, Dr Dimitra Gkatzia, Dr Matthew Dutton, and Alistair Lawson
  2. Gendered information landscapes and their impact on routes into, and through, apprenticeships to be supervised by Dr Ella Taylor-Smith, Professor Sally Smith, and Dr Colin Smith

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Katherine Stephen and Marina Milosheva contribute to CDI Student Conference Scotland 2021 #CDIScotConf

CDI, Napier UWS, SDS, bannerThe 2021 Career Development Institute Student Conference Scotland takes place (online) today. Organised collaboratively by the Career Development Institute, Edinburgh Napier University, University of the West of Scotland, and Skills Development Scotland (SDS), the conference theme is ‘Responding to COVID-19: changing labour markets, changing practice’. The Conference Chair is Dr Pete Robertson of Edinburgh Napier University. Continue reading

Centre for Social Informatics staff contribute to new paper on the study of workplace information literacy

Peter Cruickshank Bruce Ryan

Peter Cruickshank and Dr Bruce Ryan

My Centre for Social Informatics colleagues Dr Bruce Ryan and Peter Cruickshank have recently contributed to new paper on methods for studying workplace information literacy. The manuscript is now available as a pdf download from the Edinburgh Napier repository.

Entitled ‘Workplace information literacy: measures and methodological challenges’, the work on the paper was led by Professor Gunilla Widén of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Business and Economics, Information Studies at Åbo Akademi University. The other co-authors are Gunilla’s former colleague Dr Farhan Ahmad (now at the University of Turku) and Dr Shahrokh Nikou, who works alongside Gunilla at Åbo. Continue reading

Risks of disclosing personal information online: new paper by Dr David Haynes (Napier) and Dr Lyn Robinson (City)

Congratulations to my Centre for Social Informatics colleague Dr David Haynes and his co-author Dr Lyn Robinson of City University on the ‘online first’ publication of their paper ‘Delphi study of risk to individuals who disclose personal information online’. In their paper, the authors identify four priority areas for research into personal online risk: (1) personalisation versus privacy; (2) responsibility for privacy on social networks; (3) measuring privacy risk, and (4) perceptions of powerlessness and resulting apathy. Continue reading