Thursday, 25 August 2016

The Information School Scores 100% for Overall Student Satisfaction in National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.

The Information School has achieved a score of 100% for Overall Student Satisfaction in this year's National Student Survey (NSS) results.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Dr Elisa Serafinelli to present at the International Disaster Risk Management Conference, Davos, Switzerland - 31 August 2016

Information School Research Associate Dr Elisa Serafinelli will present at the International Disaster Risk Management Conference, Davos, Switzerland on 31st August 2016.

The title of Dr Serafinelli's presentation is: “SPEAK: Social media and crisis communication during cascading disasters”. Her talk will present the findings discussed in the final report of the research project CascEff and outlines the best practices for communication between key agencies and the public during disasters.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Webber and Lau present at IFLA's World Library and Information Congress #WLIC2016

Sheila Webber presented an invited talk on Information Literacy in Europe, MIL and Sustainable Development Goals, as part of the IFLA Information Literacy Section's session at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio, USA on 16 August. The powerpoint is embedded below.
Another invited presenter in the session was Dr Jesus Lau, Director, Research Center on Veracruzana University Documentation, México and an alumnus of the Information School's doctoral programme, who talked about the UNESCO Media and information literacy (MIL) assessment guidelines, and MIL in Latin America.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Batool and Webber win in ASIST paper contest

Syeda Batool and Sheila Webber were third place winners in the The Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) Special Interest Group on International Information Issues (SIG III) International Paper Contest for their paper (based on Batool's doctoral research): Mapping the information literacy situation in primary schools: A case of Pakistan. Syeda Batool (who is Assistant Professor at the University of the Punjab, Lahore) will be awarded a two-year individual membership to ASIST.

Friday, 5 August 2016

PhD student Wasim Ahmed delivers seminar to Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

Information School PhD student Wasim Ahmed from the Health Informatics Research Group delivered a research seminar to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Government Office in London early this week. The seminar was also broadcast to members from the DWP Office in Sheffield. 

The talk centred on social media analytics based on Wasim’s PhD work and covered applications such as Echosec, Visibrain, NodeXL, and DiscoverText.  Wasim is supervised by Professor Peter Bath, and Dr Gianluca Demartini.

Friday, 29 July 2016

Dr Paul Reilly to Present at the IAMRC Conference

Dr Paul Reilly from the Information School will be presenting two papers at the IAMRC conference, Leicester, 27-31 July 2016.

On 30 July 2016 Paul will present Participatory Media and Peacebuilding in Northern Ireland: Lessons from the 2014 Ardoyne parade dispute in Belfast Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Back, Looking Forward, International Association of Media and Communication Research, Leicester, UK, 27-31 July. 

On 31 July 2016 he will present Affective publics and the 2015 Channel Tunnel Fire.
Atanasova, D and Reilly, P. (2016). Affective publics and the 2015 Channel Tunnel Fire, Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Back, Looking Forward. International Association of Media and Communication Research, Leicester, UK, 27-31 July.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Free webinar on 26 June features 3 Sheffield staff and an iSchool alumna

Free IFLA/NPSIG/CPDWL Webinar, July 26 2016 (at 4pm UK time): Information Literacy in My Career (in Adobe Connect, link at the end of this message)

Speakers: Emily Wheeler, Sheila Webber, Pam McKinney, Liam Bullingham

IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section and IFLA New Professionals SIG have partnered with the American Library Association to present a one-hour webinar Information Literacy in my career. Professionals at different stages of their career will talk about what information literacy means to them, how they engage with it in their job, and how they see information literacy featuring in their future.

Keynote and moderator: Sheila Webber (@sheilayoshikawa)
Sheila is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Centre for Information Literacy Research in the Information School, University of Sheffield. She is a committee member of IFLA Information Literacy Section ( and interim co-chair of UNESCO’s GAPMIL (Global Alliance of partnerships on Media and information Literacy) European Chapter .
She blogs at The Information Literacy Weblog


Pamela McKinney (@ischoolpam). Pamela is a Lecturer in the Information School, University of Sheffield. Before joining the iSchool, she was a learning developer in the Centre for Inquiry-based Learning in the Arts and Social Sciences, and prior to that an academic librarian at Sheffield Hallam University

Liam Bullingham (@liamealbee). Liam is a Liaison Librarian at the University of Sheffield. Previous jobs included Information Adviser at Sheffield Hallam University, Knowledge Management Resources Assistant at DLA Piper and Graduate Trainee Library Assistant, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Emily Wheeler (@heliotropia). Emily is Learning Advisor at the University of Leeds. Previous posts include Library Graduate Trainee at Manchester Metropolitan University. She runs the CILIP Yorkshire and Humberside Member Network blog and co-organises the LISDIS (Library and Information Science Dissertations) conference

Date: July 26, 2016

Time: 10am Central Standard Time (Chicago, USA) / 11am Eastern Standard Time (NYC, USA) / 4pm British Summer Time (London, UK) / 5pm (Stockholm, Sweden)Times elsewhere

To join the webcast on July 26: Go to to access the live event. The webinar will be recorded and the recording will be made available online after the event.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Wasim Ahmed attends the CIFI Security Summit, London 2016

Earlier this month PhD student Wasim Ahmed attended the CIFI security summit endorsed by the Metropolitan Police and with speakers from the National Crime Agency (NCA), and participants including Barclays, HM Revenue and Customs, Royal Bank of Scotland, Counter Terrorism Command, US Air Force, and Unilever.

Wasim pictured here with the Echosec stand was able to provide an insight to delegates across security teams on the potential of location based social media, and of the potential of social media for security purposes more generally. 

Monday, 18 July 2016

Information School hosts Seventh Joint Sheffield Conference on Chemoinformatics

In association with the Chemical Structure Association Trust and the Molecular Graphics and Modelling Society, the School hosted the Seventh Joint Sheffield Conference on Chemoinformatics from the 4 to the 6 July 2016.  This triennial conference is now firmly established in the chemoinformatics calendar, and attracted 116 delegates from around the world.  The ten sessions included 37 poster and 28 oral presentations, with the conference dinner being held in the splendid surroundings of Sheffield Cathedral.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Professor Paul Clough organises Supporting Discovery of Archival Collections: Challenges and Opportunities workshop

A workshop on Supporting Discovery of Archival Collections: Challenges and Opportunities has been organised by Professor Paul Clough  of the Information School, along with Chris Hilton (Wellcome Trust) and Sarah Higgins and Pauline Rafferty (Aberystwyth University).

This one-day meeting is being held 10am-4pm 8th July 2016, Wellcome Trust, London and includes attendees from BBC Archives, The British Library, Bletchley Park and Houses of Parliament.

The one day meeting is for representatives from library and archives communities will discuss the issues surrounding the provision of effective access to digital archives and/or online archives catalogues. It will provide an opportunity to share and discuss discovery challenges and new ways of designing the archives search experience, such as: identifying user groups, their information needs and tasks; the provision of information access to digital collections beyond the search box; helping users make sense of results (especially hierarchical delivery and display) ); and the kinds of features that would help engage users and facilitate learning . Through attendee presentations and small-group discussions we aim to develop an experience based roadmap for follow-up activities regarding the re-design of  archives resource discovery.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Information School PhD student present at CoLIS conference

Information School PhD student Syeda Hina Shahid attended the CoLIS 9 confererence, Uppsala, Sweden, 27-29 June 2016.

Syeda Hina Shahid presenting at CoLIS conference

Syeda presented a paper: "Conceptions of school libraries and the role of school librarians: findings from case studies of primary schools in Lahore".

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

The Information School - Class of 2016 - Summer Social

Information School Students are cordially invited to The Information School Class of 2016 Summer Social. 

The Summer Social event will be held in the iSpace, 2nd Floor, Regents Court on Thursday 14 July from 12:30-3:00pm. There will be the chance to socialise with your classmates and sample some international food.

The event is free and you can book your place on eventbrite

Monday, 4 July 2016

Webber chairs and presents at UNESCO-sponsored European MIL Forum

Sheila Webber chaired the opening session of the 2nd European Media and Information Literacy Forum, sponsored by UNESCO in Riga last week, and she also presented at the first plenary session. The opening session included a welcome from the Speaker of the Latvian Parliament, Ināra Mūrniece. A key message of Sheila's own presentation (embedded below) was picked up in the title of a news report: Media and Information Literacy is a tool that enables life. Sheila, who is interim co-chair of the European Chapter of the Global Alliance for Partnerships in Media and information Literacy, was also part of the drafting committee for the Riga Recommendations on Media and Information Literacy in a Shifting Media and Information Landscape, which were published at the end of the conference.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

iSchool Research Seminar - MEM0R1ES: Memory-based Information Systems

MEM0R1ES: Memory-based Information Systems

Dr. Michele Catasta
EPFL, Switzerland

Thursday 7th July | 12 noon (coffee from 11.30am) | Room 204, Information School, Regent Court

In this talk I will discuss the feasibility of memory-based information systems, namely, systems that take into account the idiosyncrasies of human memories. Departing from classical integrated
infrastructures providing static views over heterogeneous sources, we propose to mimic the way our brain stores and accesses information in order to provide a more natural extension of our cognitive functions when it comes to tap into the chaotic piles of digital information that we generate daily.
First, I will present our effort in redefining 3 fundamental information systems, taking into account the way in which human memories work. Namely, we rethought a search architecture over personal data, we devised a new crowdsourcing paradigm (leveraging the Transactive Memory paradigm), and we envisioned a novel Database Management System. In the second part, I will briefly introduce our long-term efforts to gain insights on the human memories in a non-invasive way, by developing appealing software applications that could reach thousands of users. Such work-in-progress has a fundamental importance when it comes to design novel information systems, because it allows us to rank the information based on its memorability. In what is currently called the “information era”, showing only what is memorable to the user could become the key feature to tame the deluge of data we are exposed to daily.

Michele Catasta is a research scientist and lecturer in Data Science at EPFL, Switzerland. During his PhD (EPFL, 2015), he let human memories and information systems have their first dance. To make this debut happen, he added new bells and whistles (human computation, machine learning, psychology) to his original researcher hat (big data analytics, information retrieval, semantic technologies). Michele was in the founding team of, the largest Semantic Web search
engine (now SIREn Solutions). He also worked for MIT Media Lab, Google and Yahoo Labs. In the past years, he received several awards and recognitions - among them, a focused grant from Samsung Research USA.
This event is free and there is no need to register.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Information School at CoLIS conference in Uppsala, Sweden

The Information School has been involved in the CoLIS 9 confererence, 27-29 June 2016.
PhD student Jess Elmore presented a poster on her doctoral research "English as a Second Language learners' information practices: Communicating research to participants."

Jess Elmore at CoLIS 9 conference
Dr Andrew Cox was involved in organising a panel on "What every body knows: the body in information behaviour and information practice", and participated in another entitled "Is there a need for re-claiming search in information literacy practices research?"

Conceptions of Library and Information Science (CoLIS) is a series of international conferences aiming to provide a broad forum for the exploration and exchange of ideas in the field of Library and Information Science, Information Studies, and related disciplines.

More information on the CoLIS 9 conference can be found on their website here.