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 Data Foundry at the National Library of Scotland: a presentation by Dr Sarah Ames

Data Foundry National Library of Scotland Last Wednesday on 9th December the Digital Scholarship Librarian at National Library of ScotlandDr Sarah Ames – was a visiting speaker at the weekly (online) gathering of staff and PhD students of the Centre for Social Informatics. On this occasion we were also joined by some of our other colleagues from the wider School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. Continue reading

RIVAL network event 3: preview

RIVAL logoAfter two postponements and a decision to move to virtual delivery, we (myself, Dr Bruce Ryan and our Edinburgh Napier PhD student helpers Rachel Salzano and Katherine Stephen) will (finally) be hosting the third RIVAL network event next week on Thursday 19th November 2020. Continue reading

Research Impact and Value in LIS: introducing the RIVAL network

This afternoon I’m speaking at the Edge conference in Edinburgh about a new project, as summarised in the slide below.

RIVAL launch poster We started work on Research Impact and Value and LIS (RIVAL) on 1st February 2019. The Royal Society of Edinburgh has awarded us a grant to create a collaborative network of Scotland-based library and information science (LIS) researchers and library and information professionals interested in maximising the value of LIS research. This work builds on the pilot RIVAL event that we hosted at Edinburgh Napier University on 11th July last year. 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

Do you have the facts on Wikipedia?

Wikipedia logoDr Ally Crockford works as the Wikimedian in Residence at the National Library of Scotland (NLS). This post is the first its kind in Scotland, and is part of an attempt by the NLS to lay the groundwork to improve open access to the library’s resources.

Last night Ally gave a presentation on her work at an SLA Europe event that was sponsored by Springer and hosted by the NLS. Her focus was the “real facts” about Wikipedia.

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Open Knowledge Foundation meet-up, Edinburgh 24th January 2013

OKFN logo, Open Knowledge Foundation logoLast Thursday I attended an evening meet-up of the Open Knowledge Foundation Network (OKFN) Edinburgh, along with Peter Cruickshank (one of my colleagues from the Centre for Social Informatics).

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