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Title: Library Information Research Group Member’s Day & AGM
Date: 1st July 2015
Time: 3:00 – 6.30
Sydney Jones Library
University of Liverpool
Directions & Travel details available here:
3:00: Welcome and registration
3:30 – 4:30: Speed networking
4.30 – 5.00: Jess Elmore - An exploration of the information literacy experiences of home educating families
Abstract: The presenter will discuss her dissertation, which explored the information literacy experiences of five home educating families. The research was constructivist with a grounded approach to data analysis and involved in-depth interviews with family groups (parents and children were interviewed together). The children in the study were aged between eight and seventeen. The presentation will include a summary of the context of home education in the UK and highlight the lack of information literacy research in this area. It will involve a brief discussion of the research methods and findings. The focus will be on how these findings relate to existing models of information literacy, with particular reference to the importance of reflection; the significance of communities of practice and the potential challenge to the orthodoxy of formal educational models.
Bio: Jess completed her MA Librarianship at the Information School, Sheffield in 2014. She is now a PhD student at the Information School and is researching the information literacy experiences of ESOL (English for Speaker of Other Languages) learners. She has previously worked as a teacher, a university administrator and a community learning development worker.
5:00 – 5:15 LIRG AGM
5.15 – 5:45: Miggie Pickton - Developing a research culture in the workplace: top down and bottom up approaches
Abstract: Whilst many library and information professionals appreciate the value of research informed practice, far fewer recognise their own role or the opportunities available to them in generating that research. At the University of Northampton we have for some years fostered a practitioner research culture in the Library. Through a mix of top down and bottom up initiatives we have encouraged staff to engage with research activity and to use evidence gleaned in this way to inform service development. Focusing on some of our experiences at Northampton, this presentation will challenge attendees to consider how they may promote a research culture in their own workplace.
Bio: Miggie Pickton is Research Support Librarian at the University of Northampton. She and her team are responsible for supporting the information needs of academic researchers and coordinating and managing applied research within the Department of Library and Learning Services. Coming late to librarianship, Miggie previously worked in the software industry and, prior to that, completed a PhD in Geography. Miggie was recently awarded a CILIP Fellowship on the basis of her research support activity.
5.45 – 6.15: Emily Wheeler - Teaching or training? Academic librarians’ conceptions of their IL activities
Abstract: Despite much research into where and how librarians acquire their teaching skills and how much importance they place on teaching, not much is known about how they conceive of their teaching, their skills or themselves as teachers. This MA dissertation investigated the variation in conceptions of their own teaching skills among academic librarians who teach information literacy in higher education. The project used a qualitative phenomenographic interview approach with a sample of six academic librarians. This presentation will discuss the results of the research, presented as four categories of description, which vary according to interviewees’ conceptions of themselves, their teaching skills, IL, and other teachers. The research revealed how librarians conceive of themselves and their roles within the institution, as well as highlighting a lack of confidence among some participants.
Bio: Emily completed her MA Librarianship at Sheffield in 2014 and now works at Leeds University as a Research Support Advisor. She is responsible for the library’s teaching programme for PhD students, running sessions on literature searching and research impact. She also designs and carries out complex literature searches to support systematic reviews in medicine and health care research.
Maximum number of attendees: 15
Cost of attending:
Free to CILIP and/or LIRG members.
Non-members £21 (inc VAT)
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