Seven JoLIS paper acceptances for CSI #i3rgu

File:Journal of Librarianship and Information Science.jpgLast summer members of the Centre for Social Informatics delivered nine papers at Information: interactions and impact (i3) 2017. Following the conference, we were given the opportunity to develop this work into submissions for the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science (JoLIS). We took up this offer by working seven of the nine conference papers up to full journal article manuscripts. These were all submitted by the deadline of September 30th 2017. Following peer review and revisions all seven were accepted, and they will be published in JoLIS in due course. The manuscripts for all accepted articles have now been added to the Edinburgh Napier repository, and can be downloaded by clicking the article titles below.

UK public library roles and value: a focus group analysis
By Leo Appleton, Hazel Hall, Alistair Duff and Robert Raeside
Results from a longitudinal study on the role of the public library in the twenty-first century are analysed. Amongst active public library users there is a strong sense of the epistemic role of public libraries, conceived as safe, welcoming spaces that belong to local communities. Here public library users learn new skills, further their education, develop their careers, and make new contacts. Public library use also facilitates participation in society, and provides resources to allow individuals and communities to fulfil their societal obligations.

Tacit knowledge sharing in online environments: locating ‘Ba’ within a platform for public sector professionals
By Iris Buunk, Hazel Hall and Colin F Smith
With reference to the concept of Ba (Nonaka and Konno, 1998), and based on new empirical research conducted in the UK public sector, the authors draw two main conclusions. First, online social platforms play a strong role in the facilitation of tacit knowledge sharing, and this leads to outcomes of learning, expertise sharing, problem solving, and innovating. Second, such platforms are important to the initiation of discussions among experts, the fostering of collective intelligence, and making tacit and personal knowledge visible and accessible quickly, with minimal effort.

Practices of community representatives in exploiting information channels for citizen democratic engagement
By Hazel Hall, Peter Cruickshank and Bruce Ryan
Explored in the article are the practices of elected (yet unpaid) community councillors in Scotland as they exploit information channels for democratic engagement with citizens. The main finding of this CILIP-ILG group sponsored study is that community councillors engage with a range of information sources and tools in their work, the most important of which derives from local authorities. Recommendations from the analysis relate to (i) information literacy training; (ii) valuing information skills; and (iii) the role of the public library service in supporting community council work.

Applications and applicability of Social Cognitive Theory in Information Science research
By Lyndsey Jenkins, Hazel Hall and Robert Raeside
The origins and key concepts of Social Cognitive Theory (SCT) are introduced, and illustrated, with examples from the broad range of subject domains to which it contributes. A detailed analysis of SCT’s contribution to Information Science research is then given. The article concludes with reference to the part that SCT plays in an ESRC-funded study of employee-led workplace learning and innovative work behaviour.

Job search information behaviours: an ego-net study of networking amongst young job-seekers
By John Mowbray, Hazel Hall, Robert Raeside and Peter Robertson
Drawing on findings from an ERSC-funded study that deployed social network analysis, the authors argue that network contacts play a role in job-seeking that extends beyond the simple diffusion of information about employment opportunities. The outcomes of the work demonstrate the utility of studying job search from an information perspective, and generate recommendations for implementation at national policy levels.

Youth digital participation: measuring social impact
By Alicja Pawluczuk, Colin F Smith, Hazel Hall and Gemma Webster
Scholarly debate around digital participatory youth projects, and approaches to their evaluation, are explored to reveal (1) an over-reliance on traditional evaluation techniques for such initiatives, and (2) a scarcity of models for the assessment of the social impact of digital participatory youth projects.

Blurred reputations: managing professional and private information online
By Frances Ryan, Peter Cruickshank, Hazel Hall and Alistair Lawson
Through a discussion of results from research on patterns of information behaviour and use on social media platforms conducted as a study of Everyday Life Information Seeking (ELIS), it is concluded that: (1) the portrayal of different personas online contribute to the presentation (but not the creation) of identity, (2) information sharing practices for reputation building and management vary from platform to platform, and (3) the management of online connections and censorship are important to the protection of reputation.

For links to all the i3 conference paper abstracts, slides, liveblogs, and project blogs for the work cited above, please see the table at the blog post Information: interactions and impact (i3) 2017 review #i3rgu, published on July 18th 2017.

Looking forward to i3 and iDocQ 2017 #i3rgu #iDocQ2017

i3 logoEvery other year the Information: interactions and impact (i3) conference brings an international community of academic and practitioner researchers together in Aberdeen to explore the quality and effectiveness of the interactions between people and information, and how such interactions can bring about change. In the years in which it takes place, i3 is one of the highlights of the conference season. (For a flavour of the event please see my review from two years ago, and the others to which I link in my 2015 post.) Continue reading

Congratulations Leo Appleton: winner of the LIRG LIS Researcher Practitioner Award 2016

Congratulations to Leo Appleton, who was awarded the 2016 Research Practitioner Excellence Award by the Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) at the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) 2016 New Professionals Day in London last Friday 28th October 2016.  Leo is Associate Director of Library Services at the University of the Arts, London, and a part-time PhD student within the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, where I am his Director of Studies.

Leo Appleton LIRG Research Practitioner Excellence Award

Leo Appleton at the awards ceremony in London on Friday 28th October 2016 (photo credit LIRG)

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Centre for Social Informatics at #ASIST2016, Copenhagen

ASIST logoNext week I will be attending the 2016 Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) Annual meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark. On the evening of Tuesday 18th October there will be a University reception at the conference. I have created a flyer to distribute at this event with Frances Ryan (one of my PhD students, whose participation at the conference is supported by the John Campbell Trust). The flyer provides details about the Centre for Social Informatics (CSI) at Edinburgh Napier University. Continue reading

Social media for academic profile: a presentation to HATII at the University of Glasgow

HATII signLast Tuesday I was a guest of colleagues at the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII) at the University of Glasgow. They invited me over to give a presentation on social media for academic profile building along the lines of previous talks that I have given on the subject. It was Dr Ian Anderson who suggested me as a speaker having attended a training session on this theme that I ran at iDocQ in 2014. 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