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.

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

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

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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Calling social science PhD students in Scotland! Register now for adaptability skills training event on 10th February 2021

Changing research plans SGSSS training logoChanging research plans: how to move forward in times of uncertainty is a half-day interactive online training event for PhD students funded by the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science. It takes place on the morning of February 10th 2021 (09:00-13:00). The event has been organised by Centre for Social Informatics PhD students Marina Milosheva and Thokozani Kachale. Continue reading

Farewell 2020

Social Informatcis staff and students all centre meeting December 2019

The way we were, December 2019. L to R: John Marshall, Peter Cruickshank, Lyndsey Middleton (now graduated with PhD), Katherine Stephen, Rachel Salzano, Marina Milosheva, Laura Muir (now retired), Hazel Hall, Leo Appleton (now graduated with PhD), Ella Taylor-Smith, David Haynes, David Brazier, Frances Ryan (now Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen), Colin Smith, Wegene Demeke, and Bruce Ryan.

Just over a year ago, on 22nd December 2019, I summarised the the previous six months of activities of the members of the Centre for Social Informatics. I illustrated this account with a jolly photograph of us all bunched closely together around the table a few days earlier in room C34a of Edinburgh Napier University’s Merchiston campus. Continue reading

Information Research December 2020 issue available with six contributions from the Centre for Social Informatics

Information Research logoThe December 2020 issue of Information Research is now available. Alongside the ‘regular’ papers and book reviews, this issue incorporates all the papers and posters from the Information Seeking in Context (ISIC) conference hosted online by the Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa in September. Continue reading

iConference acceptances for Marina Milosheva and Rachel Salzano #iConf2021 #iconf21

Last week two of our Centre for Social Informatics PhD students learnt that they will be contributing to iConference 2021. Continue reading

Research group highlights of 2020, and hopes for 2021

This time last year on 18th December 2019, following our usual tradition, the Centre for Social Informatics staff and students marked the end of the year with an ‘All centre’ celebration of their achievements of the previous six months. This kind of get-together is completely impossible under the current pandemic restrictions. So, instead of the usual hilarity in room C34a of Napier’s Merchiston campus, during which I use my enormous egg timer to time five minute updates from everyone around the table over the course of two hours (glass of wine in hand), yesterday afternoon we gathered online for just 30 minutes of social fun. Continue reading