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.