Monday, 29 October 2012

Cox panelist at ASIS&T conference

Dr Andrew Cox is one of the panelists (together with Jutta Haider, Isto Huvila, Helena Francke and Hazel Hall) for a session Transformation or Continuity? The Impact of Social Media on Information: Implications for Theory and Practice at the American Society for Information Science and Technology annual meeting in Baltimore, USA, this week.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Librarianship graduate Anneli Sarkanen wins SLA Europe Award

Anneli Sarkanen, who graduated from the School's MA Librarianship programme in 2005, is the winner of the 2012 Special Libraries Association Europe/LMD Conference Award. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in the information profession amongst those living and working in Europe.

 Anneli works as Information Officer at Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP, and  is an active member of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL), and currently serves as Vice-Chair of their PR & Promotions Committee.

Anneli was recommended for the award by a former colleague, who described her as  ‘an excellent ambassador for the information profession in London and the UK’.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

New appointments make the iSchool larger than ever

With three new academic appointments this year, the School now has a larger complement of staff than at any previous point in its history.

Dr Jorge Martins originally joined the School as a doctoral researcher in 2008, and now joins us as a member of academic staff. With a background in e-learning research, knowledge and information management and information systems, Jorge will be teaching on a range of courses, including his own Information Architecture module for our new undergraduate Informatics degrees.

Dr Stephen Pinfield joins us from his Chief Information Officer post at the University of Nottingham. Stephen has a particular interest in scholarly communication futures and library and information strategy, and research and teaching experience in a wide range of subjects, including digital library development, project management, systems implementations in organisations, scholarly communications, publishing, and research data management.

Dr Farida Vis  was previously a lecturer at the University of Leicester, and her work is centrally concerned with researching social media, crisis communication, data journalism and citizen engagement. Farida is a co-author on the Data Journalism Handbook, and led the social media analysis on an academic team that examined 2.6 million riot tweets, part of the Guardian’s groundbreaking Reading the Riots project, which won a Data Journalism Award at the inaugural ceremony for this new journalism award.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Farida Vis at Emerce eDay

Dr Farida Vis is an invited speaker at Emerce eDay, October 25th, 2012 Van Nelle fabriek Rotterdam, where she will talk about her work on The Guardian newspaper’s Reading the Riots project and her forthcoming book, Researching Social Media, written with computer scientist Mike Thelwall.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Our Chemoinformatics Group wins Jason Farradane Award

The Information School's Chemoinformatics Research Group has been awarded the 2012 UKeiG Jason Farradane Award, in recognition of its outstanding 40 year contribution to the information field.

The prize is awarded to the three current members of the group,  Professor Val Gillet, Dr John Holliday and Professor Peter Willett.

The judges recognised the Group's status as one of the world's leading centres of chemoinformatics research, a major contributor to the field of information science, and an exemplar in raising the profile of the information profession.

The School has a long association with the Farradane prize. Its second recipient was long time member of staff Professor Mike Lynch in 1980.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

iSchool joins with ACRL to host international panel

An international panel talks about information literacy associations on 21st November at the first event to be jointly sponsored by the Sheffield iSchool Centre for Information Literacy Research and the the Association of College and Research Libraries Virtual World Interest Group.  
When: Sunday 21 October 2012 noon SL time, 2012 (which is 8pm UK time, see http://tinyurl.com/9h2j3pe for times elsewhere)  
Where: Farradane Centre, Infolit iSchool, in the virtual world Second Life, http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Infolit%20iSchool/91/34/22 You need a Second Life avatar and the SL browser installed on your computer to attend. All welcome!  
Panellists:  
Sheila Webber (Sheila Yoshikawa in SL), Senior Lecturer, Information School, University of Sheffield – UK (British IL Associations)  
Ewa Rozkosz – Saba Pearl in SL (Polish IL Association)  
Elvira Saurina (Mariae Habana in SL) -, Sistema de Bibliotecas. Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile Santiago de Chile  
Stylianos Mystakidis (Sylianos Ling in SL)- E-learning and Virtual Worlds Specialist at the Library and Information Center of the University of Patras, Greece  
Valerie Hill – (Valibrarian Gregg in SL) LISD Library Media Specialist, Adjunct Instructor, TWU School of Library and Information Studies- USA (AASL 21st Century Standards Information Literacy)

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support

Photos courtesy of iSchool PGR student Ana Guedes Rosa
The School would like to thank all the organisers, bakers and customers of the iSchool's Coffee Morning, part of the national "World's Biggest Coffee Morning".

The School was delighted to raise £390 for Macmillan Cancer Care.