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.