Dr Leo Appleton
I have recently published
a new paper on research methods in Library and Information Science (LIS) research with Dr Leo Appleton of the Information School at Sheffield University.
This work is concerned with the data collection phase of
Leo‘s part-time doctoral study completed in 2020 within the Centre for Social Informatics. For this, Leo deployed a novel multi-location longitudinal focus group method. Fifty-three participants took part in three rounds of focus group meetings in eight public library authorities in England and Scotland over a period of three years. Continue reading
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Tagged Centre for Social Informatics, doctorate, Edinburgh Napier University, focus groups, Information School, information science, iSchool, Leo Appleton, libraries, library and information science, LIS, PhD, public libraries, QQML, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries, research, Sheffield, University of Sheffield |
This year’s annual conference of the Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL) takes place online on Wednesday 9th June 2021. Registration are free of charge on EventBrite.
The conference will bring together
SCURL members to share ideas and experiences to shape library services in the future. There will be a particular focus on adaptations and innovations across SCURL libraries during the past year, taking into account the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on library service delivery. Continue reading
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Tagged #CILIPS2021, Bruce Ryan, Centre for Social Informatics, conference, Edinburgh Napier University, impact, Information Professional, librarians, LIS, research, RIVAL, Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries, SCURL, value |
Following three days of virtual pre-conference workshops and the annual doctoral colloquium, the annual meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology 2020 ‘proper’ opens today. The opening keynote speaker is Houman Haddad, Head of Emerging Technologies, United Nations World Food Programme ( Nobel Peace Prize winner). He will present to the online audience on blockchain technology for humanitarian assistance at 09:00 EDT (13:00 GMT in the UK).
Several members of the
Centre for Social Informatics are making co-authored contributions to ASIST 2020: Continue reading
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D r Bruce Ryan and I have recently added new content about network members to the Research Impact Value and LIS (RIVAL) project web site. This includes:
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Tagged #lisrival, Bruce Ryan, directory, impact, information, library, LIS, map, people, research, RIVAL, science, value |
This Wednesday 8th November I will be the opening speaker at ‘
Themes and trends in library and information research‘, a one-day conference hosted by CILIP in Kent at Canterbury Christ Church University. Entitled ‘Practitioner research: value, impact, and priorities’ my presentation covers four mains themes:
The long-identified (and debated) research-practice gap in library and information science research
The case for research-led practice and practitioner-led research
Access to current research in library and information science research in the UK
Means of generating new research ideas
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Tagged #libresearch17, Centre for Social Informatics, CILIP, DREaM, Edinburgh Napier University, impact, Kent, librarianship, libraries, library, LIS, LIS Research Coalition, practitioner, practitioners, priorities, research, researchers, RiLIES, value |
Since the end of May my colleague Dr Bruce Ryan and I have been investigating the long-term impact of the AHRC-funded DREaM project (for which I was Principal Investigator in 2011 and 2012), and the forms that such impact has taken.
As part of this work we have been considering what ‘impact’ means in the context of library and information science (LIS), and how this relates to conceptions of the term in other domains where there is a perceived research-practice gap, such as policing, social work and nursing. This first part of the study has been based on an analysis of the extant literature. We intend to write this up as a review paper.
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Tagged AHRC, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Bruce Ryan, cadre, Developing Research Excellence and Methods, DREaM, Edinburgh, Journal of Documentation, librarians, Library and Information Science Research Coalition, LIS, London, Louise Cooke, NoviSurvey, SNA, social network analysis, workforce mapping project |
In 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 , and the forms that such impact (if it exists) has taken. I mentioned these plans earlier in the month in a DREaM 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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The Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation (IIDI) is currently advertising three funded PhD places to start in early 2015 (on a date between January and March). The full advertisement can be found at jobs.ac.uk and on the Edinburgh Napier University vacancies web site. The closing date for applications is 21st November 2014, with interviews expected to take place in early December 2014.
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Tagged Centre for Social Informatics, CSI, doctoral studies, doctorate, e-democracy, e-governance, e-participation, Edinburgh Napier University, IIDI, information risk and governance, information risk and governance; the Information Society; library and information science research; knowledge management; and sociotechnical project evaluation, information society, Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation, KM, knowledge management, library and information science research, LIS, sociotechnical project evaluation |