All set for #asist20

ASIST2020 logoFollowing 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:

Tomorrow on Monday 26th October at 11:00 EDT (15:00 GMT in the UK), our Visiting Professor Brian Detlor of McMaster University Canada is presenting a poster entitled ‘Success factors affecting digital literacy training initiatives’ led by local community organizations’. His poster co-author is Professor Heidi Julien of the State University of New York at Buffalo (and visitor to our research group in 2016). The work to be presented concerns an in‐progress research study in which are investigated the factors that affect the success of digital literacy training initiatives led by local community organisations, including public libraries. The full text of the poster is now available in the conference proceedings.

On Wednesday 28th October at 11:00 EDT (15:00 GMT in the UK) PhD student Rachel Salzano is presenting a poster co-authored with two of the supervisors of her doctoral study (myself and Dr Gemma Webster). Entitled ‘Corralling culture as a concept in library and information science research’, the content of the poster is concerned with some of the main findings from the literature review that Rachel has completed for her doctoral study:

    • While culture is cited in the as an important influence on resource use in the library and information science literature, few researchers define culture as a concept in their work, nor do they explore in detail the factors that the term comprises.
    • In this work culture is used primarily in two ways: (1) to differentiate groups of library users; and (2) to draw attention to questions of integration.

The full text of this poster is already available in full text in the conference proceedings, and the manuscript is also held in the Edinburgh Napier repository.

My own contribution to ASIST 2020 is also on Wednesday 28th October. At 16:30 EDT (20:30 in the UK) I will be delivering a paper entitled ‘Research Impact Value and Library and Information Science (RIVAL): development, implementation and outcomes of a Scottish network for LIS researchers and practitioners’. In this paper, which I co-authored with my colleague Dr Bruce Ryan, I will discuss the implementation of the RIVAL project, its outcomes to date, and its anticipated future outcomes in respect of theory and practice. The full text of our paper can also be found in the conference proceedings, with the manuscript available from the Edinburgh Napier repository. The slides can also be viewed on SlideShare.

 

Meet the RIVAL network: members, skills, and locations all mapped

RIVAL logoDr 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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Bookings fill up fast for RIVAL events 2, 3 and 4

RIVAL logoFollowing the success of the ‘taster’ Research, Impact, Value and Library and Information Science (RIVAL) project event on July 11th 2019, most of the places for the set of three network events on 7th November 2019, 19th March 2020, and 9th July 2020 have been booked. 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

Follow #lis_rival for updates on Research Impact Value & LIS at Edinburgh Napier today

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Today we are hosting a one-day event on the theme of library and information science (LIS) research impact and value at Edinburgh Napier University’s Craiglockhart campus. My Centre for Social Informatics colleague Dr Bruce Ryan is the main organiser of this event.

We’re pleased that Research Impact Value and LIS (#lis_rival) has sold-out, and that we will have representation from across the LIS communities at Edinburgh Napier University today. Amongst the delegates to be welcomed are academic, health, national, prison, public, school, and special librarians, as well as LIS academics, professional body officers, and independent consultants. Continue reading

UK public library roles and value: paper available on OnlineFirst

The third of the seven articles that I recently co-authored for the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science (JoLIS) has now been published as an OnlineFirst paper. The article is entitled ‘UK public library roles and value: a focus group analysis‘. Part-time PhD student, and award-winning practitioner-researcher, Leo Appleton is the first author of this article. Continue reading

Register now for Research Impact Value and LIS (RIVAL) #lis_rival, Wednesday 11th July 2018, Edinburgh

RIVAL logoAll interested in library and information science (LIS) research are invited to register free of charge for a community event on the theme of LIS research impact and value to held in Edinburgh on Wednesday 11th July 2018. Continue reading

Practitioner research: value, impact, and priorities #libresearch17

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:

  1. The long-identified (and debated) research-practice gap in library and information science research
  2. The case for research-led practice and practitioner-led research
  3. Access to current research in library and information science research in the UK
  4. Means of generating new research ideas

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