Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Nina Jaswal at Online Information

Nina Jaswal, a student on the Department's BSc in Information Management, contributed to a panel session at this year's prestigious Online Information conference in London in December.

"I talked about communication tools used by Generation Y and how Generation X and Y diiffer. It was an interactive panel, with question and answer taking up most of the session. I discussed different ways tools such as social networking can be incorporated in organisations to help them be more effective."

Other panelists were from Chartered Institute of Management, TFPL and AAIPharma Deutschland GmbH.

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Mark Sanderson gives invited talks in Kolkata and Tokyo

Mark Sanderson is giving an invited talk at the 1st Forum for Information Retrieval Evaluation (FIRE) in Kolkata, India. The talk is on his recent work in diversity in search results.

Mark is then speaking at the NTCIR meeting in Tokyo.

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

FP7 project OrganiK now underway

FP7 project OrganiK, which aims at the development of a knowledge management framework and system for knowledge intensive SMEs in Europe, is now underway. DIS will be coordinating the activities involved in the state-of-the art review, qualitative case studies on collaborative work practices at SMEs and evaluation of project results.

DIS participation will be undertaken by KIM research group members Dr. Ana Vasconcelos (coord.), Dimitris Bibikas and Tim Zijlstra, in close collaboration with Dr. Iraklis Paraskakis at affiliated research centre SEERC in Greece.

Dimitris Bibikas is PhD candidate at DIS and research associate at SEERC, in Greece. The OrganiK project framework stems directly from some of his PhD results.

Tim Zijlstra has recently joined DIS as research assistant, having finished the MSc. in Information Management with distinction. Before coming to Sheffield he worked in various roles in libraries as well as working as an information manager in secondary education in the Netherlands.

More details on the project, its consortium and activities can be found at

MSc student publishes dissertation work

Monica Lestari Paramita has just had her paper accepted for the European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR 2009) one of the 3 best information retrieval conferences. The paper described her dissertation work on spatial diversity in search results.

Monica was a student on the MSc in Information Management.

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

PhD student, Richard Martin wins prize

Richard Martin won a best oral presentation prize at the Young Modeller's
Forum ( in London on Friday November 28th for his talk:

"Wavelet Compression of GRID Fields for Similarity Searching and Virtual Screening"

Close to 40 abstracts were submitted; 12 chosen for oral presentation; and 3 chosen
for prizes.

Well done Richard!

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Mark Sanderson speaks at the IRFS

Mark Sanderson will speak at the IRF Symposium 2008 in Vienna on Friday the 7th of November.

Friday, 31 October 2008

Virtual and physical appearances

On Wednesday, Sheila Webber contributed to a virtual world panel at the US EDUCAUSE conference, via her avatar Sheila Yoshikawa in the virtual world. Secomd Life. She has been invited onto a further panel session at the Digital Library Federation's (DLF) Fall Forum panel, entitled Taking the Next Step With Digital Collections: Innovative Teaching, Learning & Research in Virtual Worlds, November 13, 2008.
Outside the virtual world, she gave a keynote Information Literacy: an international perspective, at the conference, L'education à la culture informationnelle [Education for/in information culture], held in l’Université Charles de Gaulle Lille3, Lille, France, 16-18 October.

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Infolit iSchool Second Life Case Study

Sheila Webber, Director of the Department's Centre for Information Literacy Research, has been leading the University of Sheffield's explorations in Second Life by teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students in this virtual world as well as engaging in several research activities in SL.

A short account of her recent ventures in our Infolit iSchool can be found in the latest Higher Education Academy Information and Computer Science Subject Centre Newsletter. Open Issue 11 - Oct 2008 and turn to page 6 for the article; 'Second Life case study: Infolit iSchool'.

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Our students win SIFE European prize

A team of University of Sheffield students, including Information Studies undergraduate Jessica Butterfield, have won the SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) European Symposium.

More information

Jessica and the winning team with their SIFE award.

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Record intake of new undergraduate students

The Department has registered a record number of new undergraduate students this year; 30 to its single honours degree programme, and 40 to its two dual honours programmes. This is a significant increase on previous years, and outstrips the programmes' recruitment targets.

MA Librarianship Students win places at RLUK Conference

David Brown and Katie Fraser, who joined the Department's MA Librarianship programme last week, have both won free places at the 1st Research Libraries UK (RLUK, formerly the Consortium of University Research Libraries) Conference on 'The Power of Knowledge' to be held at the University of Leeds on 22-24 October.

The competition was sponsored by RLUK in association with the Department. Applicants were asked to explain why they wanted to attend the event and how it would help their career development. The standard of entries was so high that the Department has awarded additional prizes of books on academic librarianship to two runners-up, Samantha Abrahams and Chloe Furnival.

Monday, 29 September 2008

Maryam Nazari at City University

On Wednesday 1st October Maryam Nazari is visiting the giCentre (Department of Information Science) at City University, London, to talk about her Model of Geo/Spatial Information Literacy (MG/SIL): an innovative model for GI education and research.

Sunday, 14 September 2008

Thomas Arni to present at CLEF meeting

Sheffield summer intern Thomas Arni will be presenting his work at the international CLEF meeting in Aarhus, Denmark, September 16-19, 2008. Thomas has had an excellent summer, helping run the imageCLEFPhoto track of CLEF this year, which has had its most successful run ever.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Nazari presenting at EUGISES 2008

Maryam Nazari is presenting at the EUGISES 2008 Sixth European GIS Education Seminar taking place 11-14 September in Cirencester, U.K. The paper, based on her current doctoral research, is:
Nazari, M. and Webber, S. (2008) Model of Geo/Spatial Information Literacy (MG/SIL): an innovative model for transforming learning in GIS education.

Friday, 5 September 2008

Sanderson gives invited talk at MLMI 2008

Mark Sanderson is an invited speaker at the MLMI conference, held in early September in Utrecht in the Netherlands. The title of Mark's talk is "Measuring interactivity on search engines is hard, unless you're Yahoo, Microsoft, or Google".

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

DIS PhD student publishes at top GIS conference

Another one of our DIS PhD students, Rob Pasley, has been successful in publishing at a top international conference, this time in the field of GIScience. Rob has a full paper accepted at the 16th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM GIS 2008). This is quite an achievement with an acceptance rate of around 1:6 papers.

Pasley, R., Clough, P., Purves, R. and Twaroch, F. (2008) Mapping Geographic Coverage of the Web in Great Britian, In Proceedings of 16th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM GIS 2008), (in press).

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Centre for Information Literacy Research activities

The Department is currently being visited by Dr Yazdan Mansourian, a former doctoral student who is now Assistant Professor at Tarbiat Moallem University, Tehran, Iran. Yesterday he gave the keynote talk at a Centre for Information Literacy Research event here in Sheffield, with four other presentations from current or former postgraduate students. The photo shows (l to r) Yazdan Mansourian, Phussadee Dokphrom, Maryam Nazari and Pam McKinney (the remaining speaker was Helen Dobson).

There are two of the powerpoints online in pdf form: Dr Mansourian's Implications of the Information Visibility Model in Information Literacy Research and Practice at ) Pamela McKinney's Inquiry-based Learning and information literacy at

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Centre for Information Literacy Research: summer event

Centre for Information Literacy Research: summer event

Date: August 13th 2008, 1.30-4pm
Place: Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield, Regent Court building, Regent Street, Sheffield (see (Building 166 at G3) or (Multimap)

Description: This free half day event presents a keynote from a visiting academic plus reports on research and activities in progress. With a focus on higher education, the talks will appeal to anyone interested in information literacy in different disciplines and contexts. People can attend for just part of the programme if they wish. Please email if you would like to attend so that we can order the right number of teas and coffees for the break!

13.30 Welcome and keynote.

Welcome from the seminar chair: Sheila Webber (Director of the Centre for Information Literacy Research)

Dr Yazdan Mansourian, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Technology, Tarbiat Moallem University, Iran: Implications of the information visibility model in information literacy research and practice. Yazdan Mansourian, a former PhD student in the Department, will draw on his research and on his information literacy activities (see

14.20 Reports on ongoing research
Phussadee Dokphrom Information Literacy of undergraduate students in Silpakorn University Geography Department: emerging findings. Phussadee Dokphrom will report on findings from her doctoral research into information literacy at Silpakorn University (Thailand).

14.40 Tea/ Coffee break

15.00 Reports on ongoing research (continued)

Helen Dobson, University of Manchester Library and MA Librarianship programme Evaluating Information Literacy at the University of Manchester. Helen Dobson will present on research she has been undertaking for her Masters dissertation.

15.20 Maryam Nazari Conceptions of GIS (Geographic Information Systems/Science) and implications for information literacy. Maryam Nazari reports on one aspect of her doctoral research, which overall focuses on information literacy and learning needs in an international online distance learning programme.

15.40 Pam McKinney, Learning Development and Research Associate (Information Literacy), Centre for Inquiry Based Learning in the Arts and Social Sciences. Inquiry Based Learning and Information Literacy: a report on CILASS experiences. Pam McKinney will summarise information literacy activities in Inquiry Based Learning projects in a number of departments at Sheffield University.

16.00 Close

Recent talks on information literacy and Web 2.0

Recently Sheila Webber has given a number of presentations associated with information literacy and with Web 2.0.
"Fostering Lifelong Learning through Information Literacy education: Exploring conceptions in different disciplines and framing pedagogies for lifelong learning" (see the powerpoint here) and "Information Literacy and Second Life" on 16 June at the Lifelong Learning conference, Yeppoon, Australia
"Using inquiry-based approaches with first year undergraduates" on July 1st at the First Year Experience in Higher Education conference in Hobart, Australia.
Workshops on "Social networking: exploring the possibilities" at the ARLIS conference in Liverpool, 24 July: see the resource she created here
She also organised and led the Second Life track of the Learning Through Enquiry Alliance conference 2008: see the conference wiki for photos, commentary and transcripts

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Mark Sanderson to speak at the Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore

Mark Sanderson will give an invited talk at the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) in Singapore (July 25th, 2008). Mark the talk will be on evaluation of search engines entitled "Test collections for all".

IR group presenting 4 works at ACM SIGIR

Two full papers, a poster and workshop paper will be presented by members of the Sheffield IR group at the premier IR conference, ACM SIGIR 2008 in Singapore in July.

Monday, 14 July 2008

MSc in Health Informatics featured in the Independent

MSc in Health Informatics student James Duncan is one of several students interviewed in the Independant, for an article about the benefits of distance learning master's programmes.

"Distance learning is helping workers' careers – and their pockets, too"

In the article, James explains how the programme directly helped him in his career in healthcare consultancy communications.

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Sheila Corrall speaks at Strategic Leadership in Higher Education conference

Prof Sheila Corrall travels to Salford today to give a plenary address on Knowledge Management Strategies at a Conference on Strategic Leadership in Higher Education.

Friday, 27 June 2008

Paul Clough speaks at Cambridge University

Paul Clough has been invited to speak at a workshop entitled “Inspiration, Innovation, or Infringement: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Piracy and Copyright” to be held at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University on Tuesday 1st July. Paul will be talking on his PhD topic: text reuse in journalism. More details of the event can be found here:

Thursday, 26 June 2008

Departmental staff present at International Conference on Chemical Structures

Val Gillet, John Holliday and Peter Willett, along with nine members of the Chemoinformatics Research Group, attended the 8th International Conference on Chemical Structures in Noordwijkerhout, Holland (May 31st-5th June 2008).

This three-yearly meeting is the premier conference on research on computer methods for chemical structure handling. The group presented a paper - Hina Patel speaking on "Knowledge-based de novo design using reaction vectors" - and seven posters, and the conference was also attended by ten ex-members of the group who are still working in the field.

Friday, 20 June 2008

Birdi featured in L&I Update

Key findings from Briony Birdi and Kerry Wilson’s investigation of empathy in community librarianship, Public libraries and social inclusion: How empathic are we?, have just been published in the June issue of CILIP’s Library & Information Update. Their article has been selected as part of the online content featuring on this month’s Update website - see

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Peng and Nunes win Best Paper at EMCIS'08

Alex Peng and Dr. Miguel Nunes have been awarded the Best Practical Paper Award for their paper appearing at the EMCIS conference 2008, in Dubai.

The paper is entitled "Identification and Assessment of Risks to Successful Exploitation of ERP Systems in China". It presents and discusses the questionnaire findings derived from Alex's PhD research project, which is supervised by Miguel.

Friday, 30 May 2008

Rising star

Congratulations to Peter Stordy. Peter, University Teacher and DIS Learning & Teaching Advocate, is among a small group of only 5 university staff who have been chosen this year to receive a Senate Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching in the Rising Stars category. This award recognises excellence in teaching and/or learner support demonstrated by staff who have been involved in university teaching and/or learner support for a period of less than six years.

Phenomenographic presentation

Sheila Webber presented at the Special Interest Group Phenomenography conference, held in Kristianstad, Sweden on 22-24 May. The presentation was Variation theory as a basis for designing a module on teaching information literacy and was coauthored with Stuart Boon and Bill Johnston from Strathclyde University. One of Sheila's research students, Eva Hornung, was also able to participate in the conference. The presentation is on Slideshare here.

Sunday, 18 May 2008

Nazari wins John Campbell award

We congratulate Maryam Nazari, one of our doctoral students, who is investigating spatial information literacy. She is this year's recipient of the John Campbell Trust Scholarship award, administered by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, to support work on her PhD.

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

BAILER Heads Meet in Sheffield

Today, the Department welcomes colleagues from across the UK and Ireland who have travelled to Sheffield for the half-yearly meeting of the Heads of Schools and Departments Committee of the British Association for Information & Library Education and Research (BAILER). Prof Sheila Corrall is Chair of the BAILER Heads Committee.

Talk at Las Jornadas CRAI

Sheila Webber is in Pamplona, Spain, give an invited talk "What does Information Literacy mean? Some examples from different disciplines" at the Las VI Jornadas CRAI . She was invited by Rocio Serrano-Vicente (pictured) who graduated from our MA Librarianship programme and is one of the organisers. Rocio is now one of the deputies in the Science library at the University of Navarra.

Monday, 12 May 2008

PhD Graduate Secures Prestigious Appointments

Jesus Lau, PhD graduate of the Department, is the president-elect of the Mexican Library Association and has joined the Governing Board of IFLA.

Jesus graduated from the Department of Information Studies in 1988. His thesis was entitled "A study of selected social factors influencing information development in low, middle, and highly developed countries : an assessment for the period 1960-1977."

SLA Europe Dissertation Award Celebration

On Saturday 10 May, Prof Sheila Corrall travelled to London to take part in the second annual SLA Europe Dissertation Award event, celebrating the success of recent MA Librarianship graduate, Clare Sinclair, who won one of three prizes awarded this year. Clare’s dissertation was a case study of Knowledge Management in Government, based on the Department for Work and Pensions, and the expertise gained through this project helped her to get her current job as Knowledge Management Projects Officer at the Royal Institute of British Architects.

SLA Europe Board Members attending the event included Penny Leach (President) from Goldman Sachs International and Marie-Madeleine Salmon, from Publicis Conseil, who travelled from Paris to join the celebrations.

More info about SLA Europe’s student awards can be found at

Monday, 5 May 2008

Educational Informatics book

Professor Nigel Ford has just published a new book.
Ford, N. (2008) Web-Based Learning through Educational Informatics: Information Science Meets Educational Computing. IGI Global. ISBN: 978-1-59904-741-6. 406 pages.
"The book presents developments in “educational informatics”, which represents the fusion of key concepts from library/information science, education and computing. The book seeks to offer a rigorous definition of educational informatics (differentiating it, for example, from educational technology by highlighting library/information aspects), and goes on to develop a new integrated conceptual framework for this field." Foe full details (table of contents, exerpts, etc.) please see:

Inquiry Based Learning talks

Sheila Webber gave presentations last week at the ESCalate conference, held at Stirling University (on Inquiry Based Learning in a first year undergraduate class) and at the CLIASS Staf-Student Symposium, held here in Sheffield in the Information Commons (on Inquiring in Second Life). In the latter talk she was joined by Masters student Tim Zijlstra in real life, and by St Andrews University librarian Vicki Cormie in Second Life.
Sheila was also quoted recently in a Guardian feature discussing students' use of information (,,2274796,00.html ), with her Second Life avatar referred to as a "blue haired babe"!

Thursday, 17 April 2008

Head of Department Sheila Corrall speaks at Trinity College Dublin

Prof Sheila Corrall travelled to Ireland on Friday 4th April to participate in a one-day seminar organized by the Academic and National Libraries Training Co-operative, where she gave a presentation on aligning skills, abilities and competencies with the changing library environment. This event took place at Trinity College Dublin.

Head of Department Sheila Corrall briefs members of European Parliament

Prof Sheila Corrall travelled to Brussels on Wednesday 2nd April, to brief Members of the European Parliament on the impact of Digital Libraries on scientific research. The workshop was being organized as part of the EARNEST (Education and Research Networking Evolution Study) foresight study carried out within the GEANT2 project (Multi-Gigabit European Academic Network) funded by the Sixth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Two upcoming Second Life discussions

Two more discussions are taking place in Second Life (SL), the virtual world on the Department's island: you will need a SL avatar to attend. The first , Pitfalls for librarians in Second Life is on Thursday 17 April 2008, 12 noon SL time (8pm UK time), on Infolit iSchool (45, 202, 22). Discussion is led by Pam Dowsett (Pam Ribble in SL), who outlines some pitfalls for librarians setting up services in SL - and tips on how to avoid them! On Thursday 24th April, 12 noon SL time on Infolit iSchool (101, 211, 22) the topic is The role of libraries in reaching everyday SL users. Discussion is led by Margaret Ostrander (Testy Outlander in SL) who has spent the last two months conducting research about the information seeking habits of everyday Second Life (SL) users.

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Logo jury

Sheila Webber has been invited to be part of the jury judging the UNESCO-IFLA Information Literacy Logo competition: a competition to produce a logo that will represent information literacy internationally.

Saturday, 22 March 2008

Department at the top

A new paper ranking UK LIS academics shows Sheffield has 4 of the 10 most cited academics in the country. There are two other of our academics are in ranks 10-20. The paper will be published in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST). A pre-print of the paper can be downloaded from here.

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Sheila Webber/Yoshikawa interviewed by Metaverse TV

Sheila Webber has been interviewed by a Second Life television company, Metaverse TV, in the guise of her avatar, Sheila Yoshikawa. Second Life (SL) is a 3D virtual world, and Sheila has been leading teaching and continuing professional development activities on our SL island, Infolit iSchool. The 20 minute feature can be viewed on the web at

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

DIS at LILAC 2008

The Department will have a strong presence at LILAC 2008, the Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference, a major event in the information literacy calendar attracting an international audience, which this year is being held in Liverpool (Monday 17-Wednesday 19 March).

Prof Sheila Corrall will be presenting a paper on ‘Librarians as Teachers: the Pedagogical Knowledge and Development Needs of Subject Librarians’ which discusses the findings of an investigation conducted by former MA Librarianship student Laura Cox, who was awarded the Eduserv Prize for the best Information Literacy dissertation in 2007 and is now working at the University of Technology Sydney.

Prof Corrall is also presenting a poster on her own research on Developing an Evaluation Framework for Information Literacy Strategies and in addition she is co-presenting another poster on the work of the CILASS Information Literacy Network, a University interdisciplinary special interest group which she chairs on behalf of the Centre for Inquiry-based Learning in the Arts and Social Sciences.

At the same conference, Sheila Webber, Director of our Centre for Information Literacy Research, will be leading two workshops on ‘Out-genning the net generation: Second Life as a learning environment’, one of which is already fully booked. The workshop will report on Webber’s pioneering use of SL as an environment for learning and assessment for a level 1 undergraduate information literacy class, in collaboration with Lyn Parker (University Library) and a colleague from St Andrews University Library.

Thursday, 13 March 2008

Librarianship student Hammond wins Special Libraries Association award

Congratulations to Librarianship student Sarah Hammond, who has been awarded a student sponsorship to attend the Special Libraries Association Conference in Seattle, WA, USA at the Washington State Convention Center 15 - 18 June 2008.

"The conference will create an environment for networking, communication, learning and other developmental opportunities for information professionals".

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Birdi Public Library Journal article highlighted by Media Centre

Briony Birdi's recent Public Library Journal article, regarding ethics and intellectual freedom in the public library, has been picked up by the University's Media Centre.

Monday, 10 March 2008

Librarianship student Tam to attend UKSG 2008

Congratulations to Winnie Tam (MA Librarianship) who has been successful in securing student sponsorship to attend this year's UK Serials Group Annual Conference at the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay, 7-9 April.

Friday, 29 February 2008

CILR on Facebook

The Centre for Information Literacy Research is now a Group on Facebook (called simply: Centre for Information Literacy Research). Therefore if you are a Facebook user ( you can join up and be kept in touch with events, publications and any other conversation that comes up on the Group's wall. Currently it has details of the upcoming one day conference at Sheffield on 14th March and the Second Life discussion on Problem Based Learning in IL on the 13th March. 44 have joined the group so far!
This is in addition to the Centre's formal home at and its virtual home in Second Life on Infolit iSchool.

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Free Information Literacy seminars 14 March

Information Literacy: strategy and research is the title of a free seminar day on Friday 14th March 2008 in Sheffield. The seminars are organised by the Centre for Information Literacy Research, Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield. The morning seminar is Strategy for information literacy. The focus of the is session is on strategic issues, with a strong opportunities for participation in all three sessions.
- Professor Sheila Corrall: Strategic engagement with information literacy in higher education
- Sheila Webber and Bill Johnston: Towards an Information Literate University
- Strategic approaches for information literacy with Dr Patricia Senn Breivik.

The Afternoon seminar is Information literacy research. This session opens with a keynote setting the context for research and practice in information literacy. Presentations of research studies follow, highlighting three specialist areas and illuminating important areas of research in the workplace and in higher education. The afternoon concludes with a reflection and debate on the challenges and excitements of researching information literacy.
- Dr Patricia Senn Breivik: A global agenda for information literacy
- Chris Rhodes and James O’Brien: The IL research agenda as seen by legal information professionals: report on a Delphi study.
- Maryam Nazari: Conceptions of geospatial information and the implications for information literacy education
- Dr Alexis Smith Macklin: A Problem-based learning (PBL) approach for teaching complex information and communication technology (ICT) literacy skills.
- Professor Nigel Ford and Sheila Webber: Research approaches to information literacy: dilemmas, delusions and delights

More information at

How to book: You can apply for a place in the morning seminar, the afternoon seminar, or both seminars. There is a limit of 25 people in the morning and 40 in the afternoon. The morning numbers are more limited to encourage active debate in a smaller forum.
The seminars are free. Tea and coffee are provided as indicated, but lunch is not.
If you wish to attend, please email Maryam Nazari at, making it clear which part(s) of the day you wish to attend.

Saturday, 23 February 2008

Daniela Petrelli's paper wins honour

Daniela Petrelli has been awarded an honorable mention for her paper appearing in the premier research conference ACM CHI, 2008. The paper is entitled "AutoTopography: What Can Physical Mementos Tell us about Digital Memories?", the work is based upon research conducted during the Memoir project.

Monday, 18 February 2008

Peter Bath wins Brightman Trophy

Peter Bath has been awarded the Brightman Trophy for the best slide of Sheffield, its Life and Environs in the 2008 Annual Exhibition of the Sheffield Photographic Society. Peter’s picture is entitled “Early morning walk, Botanical Gardens” and was taken in October 2006. The exhibition is being held from 14th to 17th February 2008 in the new 1554 Gallery at Sheffield Cathedral. Admission is free. Further details are available at:

"Early morning walk, Botanical Gardens" - © Peter A Bath 2008

Copies of the print are available from Peter Bath

Friday, 15 February 2008

Librarian is one of "Best Careers"

US News includes Librarian in its shortlist of Best Careers 2008, occupations that "offer strong outlooks and high job satisfaction", due to the profession's cutting edge nature, variety, interest and excellent prospects.

Librarian Executive Summary from US News
See the full Best Careers 2008 list

Thursday, 14 February 2008

Postrgraduate Graduation 2008

Congratulations to all recent graduates on the Department’s postgraduate programmes in Librarianship, Health Informatics, Information Management, Information Systems.

The following photos were taken at the reception held for our graduates, at which students were awarded prizes for their performance on the programme.


Professor Sheila Corrall, Head of Department, presents Alexandra Pooley (left) with the Ann Percy Memorial Prize for the best dissertation in the field of library/information service management and organization.


Christopher Rhodes (left) and James O’Brien (centre) after receiving their Eduserv Information Literacy Prizes from Professor Nigel Ford, Director of Research, for the best post-graduate projects.


Christopher Rhodes (left) after receiving the Henry Heaney Memorial Prize for the best dissertation in the field of academic librarianship from Martin Lewis, Director of Library Services and University Librarian.


Elizabeth Chapman (left) after receiving the West Riding Country Library/Annenberg Award for outstanding performance in the field of public librarianship from Briony Birdi, Director of CPLIS and MA Librarianship programme co-ordinator.


Elizabeth Brewster (left) receives the SINTO Bob Usherwood Prize from Bob Usherwood, Chair of Executive Board, SINTO and Professor Emeritus in the Department.


Clare Sinclair (left) after receiving the ASLIB Northern Branch Prize from Barbara Sen, Lecturer in Librarianship. The prize is awarded for the best overall performance by part-time postgraduate students on the MA Librarianship or MSc in Information Management programmes.


Martin Lewis, Director of Library Services and University Librarian, Carl Clayton, Director of SINTO, Barbara Sen, Lecturer in Librarianship, Bob Usherwood, Chair of Executive Board, SINTO and Professor Emeritus in the Department and Professor Sheila Corrall, Head of Department, at the reception for postgraduate students.

Please note that prints of all photographs can be obtained by contacting Peter Bath (

Friday, 8 February 2008

Information Literacy/ Second Life

Last week Sheila Webber gave two presentations: one was at the SCONUL/CONUL conference in Dublin on 31st January, Information strategies for researchers, where she was giving a talk Information Literacy: a Researchers' perspective. The second was following the CILIP Commercial Legal and Scientific Information Group AGM, where she talked about Second Life and its uses. Both presentations are on Slideshare: go to
Also note that the Centre for Information Literacy Research now has a group on Facebook (search on the Centre's name: anyone can join the group). This will be used for news on events etc and for discussion.

Thursday, 7 February 2008

Professor Tom Wilson research seminar

Friday 8th February
Professor Tom Wilson

Mobile computing, information systems and the police

The police forces in the UK have many officers who are 'mobile workers' - their work involves community patrolling and traffic monitoring. They need information on the move and a variety of strategies are employed to present that information or to provide access when the information is needed. This presentation will present some case studies that illustrate the problems and issues faced in this context, within an activity theory framework.

Friday, 1 February 2008

Levy awarded personal chair

Dr Philippa Levy has been promoted to a personal chair, in recognition of her national and international profile for innovation, publication and enterprise in university teaching.

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Whittaker elected to SIGCHI Academy

Prof Steve Whittaker has been elected to the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction Academy, in recognition of his sustained research contribution to the field of Human Computer Interaction.

Whittaker talks in USA

Prof Steve Whittaker is currently in the USA, and is making presentations at the following Universities:

Thursday 10th January 08 - Northwestern University, Chicago - Digital Memories: Do We Need Them?
Monday 28th January 08 - Stanford University - Mobile Work

Monday, 14 January 2008

MBE for DIS graduate Carpenter

Miss Helen Carpenter, graduate of the Department's MA in Librarianship, has been awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours List 2007, "for services to Local Government", following her work as project co-ordinator for the Welcome to Your Library initiative.

New Years Honours List 2007 from the Goverment News Network

Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Second Life activities

Yesterday Sheila Webber hosted another discussion in Second Life (SL), the virtual world. This time the discussion was led by Oshun Akina, and it was about Samples and sampling in Second Life research. The transcript of the discussion is available at

The next meeting in Second Life in the Centre for Information Literacy Research Discussion Series is at 4pm UK time (8am SL time) on Thursday 17th January. Maggie Kohime (Lyn Parker in real life) will lead a discussion on Assessment of information literacy. The venue will again be Infolit iSchool (our island) in Second Life.

Later this week Sheila Webber will be leading a discussion in immersive learning experiences in virtual worlds, at the Power of immersive experiences conference being held at the University of Surrey.