Successful submissions to #isic2018 for the Centre for Social Informatics

#ISIC2018 logoCongratulations to Alicja Pawluczuk and Lyndsey Middleton (née Jenkins) on the recent news that the conference submissions that they made in March this year to Information Seeking in Context (ISIC) 2018 have been accepted. The conference takes place in Kraków, Poland, 9-11 October 2018.

Alicja‘s contribution to the conference will be a full paper entitled ‘Digital youth work: the youth worker’s balancing act between digital innovation and digital literacy insecurities‘. At the conference Alicja will present an analysis of data that she collected by interview with 20 digital youth workers in 2017 on the ways in which they perceive, and evaluate, the social impact of their work. The main finding to be shared is that externally-governed evaluation practices fail to engage digital youth workers in the development of the skills necessary for the assessment of the impact of the interventions that they manage. For example, rather than being encouraged to evaluate the changes that arise from their work, they are more focused on identifying evidence of impact.

Alicja has completed this research as part of her doctoral study. For further information about Alicja and her PhD research, which is co-supervised at Edinburgh Napier University by Dr Gemma Webster, Dr Colin Smith and me, please see https://www.alicjapawluczuk.com.

Lyndsey‘s contribution to the conference will be a poster entitled How do we use information to help us learn to innovate in the workplace? A case study of a Scottish University. This has been accepted on the basis of an abstract that includes details of 33 interviews and 8 focus groups that Lyndsey conducted at a Scottish university in 2017. These generated data for analysis that have allowed for the exploration of the relationship between (a) information behaviours and (b) the use that employees make of information when learning how to innovate. The main findings to be presented in the poster are that: (1) information literacy contributes to the initiation of workplace learning; (2) information sources (primarily external information, internal databases and people) are important to workplace learning; and (3) ease of access to information, as well as information sharing, facilitate the learning of innovative work behaviours in the workplace.

Lyndsey has completed this research as part of her ESRC and Skills Development Scotland funded doctoral study. For further information about Lyndsey and her PhD research, which is co-supervised by Professor Robert Raeside, Dr Laura Muir and me, please see https://lyndseyjenkins.org.

Alicja Pawluczuk and Lyndsey Middleton

#isic2018 presenters Alicja Pawluczuk and Lyndsey Middleton

Measuring the social impact of digital youth participation: new paper available on OnlineFirst

The seventh (and final) article that I recently co-authored for publication in the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science (JoLIS) has now been published as an OnlineFirst paper. Entitled ‘Youth digital participation: measuring social impact‘, the content of the article concerns scholarly debate around digital participatory youth projects, and approaches to their evaluation. My co-authors Alicja Pawluczuk, Colin F Smith, Gemma Webster and I 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. Continue reading

Alicja Pawluczuk presents at Transmedia Literacy International 2018 #Transliteracy2018

Alicja Pawluczuk presents her slides (Photo credit Angélica Elisa)

Transmedia Literacy International 2018 is currently taking place in Barcelona, Spain. This afternoon at the conference, Centre for Social Informatics PhD student Alicja Pawluczuk presented a paper (co-authored with her supervisors Dr Colin Smith, Dr Gemma Webster and Professor Hazel Hall) on perceptions of social impact held by youth workers, and processes for the evaluation of digital youth projects. Continue reading

Social impact evaluations of digital youth work: paper acceptance at Transmedia Literacy International #TransmediaLiteracy

Alicja Pawluczuk

Alicja Pawluczuk

Congratulations to Centre for Social Informatics PhD student Alicja Pawluczuk on the acceptance of the paper that she recently submitted to Transmedia Literacy International 2018. This conference takes place in Barcelona, Spain next month between 22nd and 24th March.

The paper, which Alicja co-authored with her PhD supervisors Dr Colin Smith, Dr Gemma Webster and Professor Hazel Hall, is entitled ‘Social impact evaluations of digital youth work: tensions between vision and reality‘. Its content is concerned with the perceptions of social impact held by youth workers, and processes for the evaluation of digital youth projects. The conference programme shows that Alicja will present this work in the ‘Methodologies and interventions’ session on Friday 23rd March between 14:00 and 16:00 Spanish time. Continue reading

Centre for Social Informatics at the ‘Ways of being in a digital age’ review conference

Ways of Being in a Digital AgeThe Ways of being in a digital age review conference is currently underway at the University of Liverpool. The conference closes the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) project Ways of being in a digital age. The project was commissioned by the ESRC in 2016 to help identify and prioritise future areas and methods for research on the social, economic, political, psychological and cultural impacts of digital media and technologies.

Amongst the delegates at the conference is Centre for Social Informatics PhD student Alicja Pawluczuk. At the conference Alicja is presenting a paper that she has co-authored with the members of her supervision team: Dr Gemma Webster, Dr Colin Smith and myself. The paper is entitled ‘Digital culture co-creation: capturing the social impact of small-scale community projects’. The slides are available on SlideShare and below.

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