Friday, 31 July 2009

Paul Clough gives invited talk at OCLC

Paul gave a talk about his work on the Multimatch project at OCLC headquarters in Dublin Ohio.

Congratulations to Eva Hornung!

She has been awarded a Research Excellence award for her paper to be delivered to:

IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Bologna
Well done Eva!

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Free afternoon event 6th August in Sheffield: Reports from 4 information literacy projects

Centre for Information Literacy Research event: IL in strategies; thesauri; inspiration; schools: project reports
Free afternoon with presentations on three information literacy projects completed earlier this year, and a report of ongoing doctoral work.

When: Thursday 6 August 2009: 1.45pm-4.20pm (Registration from 1.15)
Where: Room 204, Regent Court, Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield (map at
How to register: This event is *free* but please EITHER notify us on, OR go to and join the Ning community to RSVP, if you want to attend

1.15pm Registration and tea/coffee
1.45 pm Sheila Webber. Introduction: Information Literacy, an evolving concept
2pm Kate Coleson and Chloe Furnival. Developing a thesaurus for information literacy
2.30pm Samantha Abrahams and Hannah Wood: Analysis of Departmental Learning Teaching and Assessment Strategies’ (DLTAS) treatment of information literacy
3pm Tea/coffee break
3.20 David Brown and George Davies: LILAC delegates’ influential books, articles & web resources
3.50 3.50 Shahd Salha: Information Literacy in school libraries in Syria
4.20 Close

Monday, 27 July 2009

Sheffield people presenting at top search conference

ACM SIGIR, the leading information retrieval conference had presentations from four Sheffield people this past week: a full paper, a poster, a doctoral consortium presentation and a workshop paper. The work was all from members of the Sheffield IR group.

Monday, 13 July 2009

Activities this week

This week Sheila Webber and Professor Sheila Corrall will again be contributing to a number of events.
Tuesday 14 July
Sheila Corrall is chairing a panel session on The future of professional education in which representatives of different LIS sectors will debate the fitness for purpose of current provision and priorities for the future at the Umbrella conference.
Sheila Webber is presenting a paper on Inquiry Based Learning as a First Year Experience at the Learning Through Enquiry Alliance conference taking place in Reading.

Wednesday 15 July
Sheila Corrall is speaking on The changing librarian: librarians of the future at the ARLIS 40th anniversary conference, Tradition and Transformation, in Cambridge.
Sheila Webber is co-presenting (with Keri Gray of Weekes-Gray Recruitment) a session Professional inspiration to join the communities of Second Life at the Umbrella conference.

Thursday 16 July
Sheila Corrall is speaking at RIN/RCUK expert workshop (in London) on improving information-handling skills and competencies on Strategic coordination and collaboration between organizations with an interest in training provision and facilitating a breakout session.
Sheila Webber will be back in Sheffield, meeting with Professor Leila Green (Edith Cowan University). Sheila was invited to participate in the Accessible 3D Virtual Learning Environments project, joining Professor Jackie Marsh (University of Sheffield, Educational Studies) in developing of case studies for pedagogy in 3D environments.

Friday, 10 July 2009

Surviving the Data Deluge

On Wednesday, 8th July 2009 the Department was host to the Excellence Hub running a successful event entitled, “Surviving the Data Deluge”. Twenty Year 12 students from Harrogate and Bradford attended engaging sessions ran by Mark Sanderson & Paul Clough (Google – how to be a successful search engine), Andrew Cox (The Internet in Everyday Life) and Peter Stordy (Invisible Web). The facilitator for the day, Eli Softley said “… it went really well and the students seemed to have a good time”.