Dr Andrew Cox
BA (Open), MA (TVU), MSc (UWA), MA (Open), MEd (Sheffield), PhD (Loughborough)
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After graduating from Aberystwyth with an MSc in Library Studies, I spent a number of years working in development projects around the use of ICT in library contexts, funded by EC, JISC and others.
I completed my PhD at Loughborough in 2006. The topic was knowledge sharing among web management professionals, on and off line, informed by notions both around communities of practice and theories of professionalisation.
I have continued an interest in online community/social media and professional identity in later work.
Another area of interest is Research Data Management. I also have an interest in the theory of information, especially influences from practice theory and embodied cognition.
- Head of the Digital Societies Research Group
- Steering committee, Faculty of Social Science Digital Society Network
- Director of Research
- Module Coordinator:
- Management and Strategy for Digital Libraries
- Archives and Records Management
- Research interests
My main research interests are in three somewhat interconnected areas:
- Communities of practice as a theoretical construct and increasingly the application of practice theory (Schatzki, Nicolini) to information science, to theorise how people seek and create information and unravelling the complex process of technology adoption and use.
- The evolution of the concepts of virtual community, Web2.0 and social media, especially related to information sharing, creation and use in “serious leisure” pursuits, such as photography and running.
- The nature of the information professions, informed by Abbott’s theories of competition for jurisdiction between professions. My current interest is in the response of information professionals to issues around Research Data Management, arising from the “data deluge” and calls for open sharing of research data.
Most of my research uses qualitative methods, including using visual methods.
Place-making for sustainable development: Learning from Xochimilco
TuOS GCRF QR funding Principal Investigator £6,800 1 January 2019 6 months
The purpose of the project is to explore how to capture and share narratives of placemaking for their role in sustainable development, from a case study of Xochimilco, Mexico.
TUoS Teaching fellows fund: Remapping learning landscapes on campus
TUoS Senate teaching fellows fund Principal Investigator £6,969 1 January 2018 18 months
A project to explore and expand the ways that students and staff use different spaces as an essential part of their learning.
SCONUL Transformation Group: Mapping the Future of Academic Libraries
The Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) Co-Investigator £9,600 1 April 2017 6 months
A study of the future academic library for the next 10 to 15 years, in the context of the decline in importance of the printed book and its repercussions for use of library space, development of services, and deployment of staff.
Faculty of Social Science student use of library and informal learning space
TUoS Faculty of Social Science Principal Investigator £1,950 January 2016 3 months
In preparation for the proposed new building for the Faculty of Social Sciences, the study seeks to investigate how students currently use library and informal learning spaces, especially the Diamond since this has been little studied.
Competencies for bibliometrics
Lis-bibliometrics group Principal Investigator £1,400 March 2016 12 months
Development of a set of bibliometric competencies for librarians.
Wicked Ways with Research Data Management
Leadership Foundation for Higher Education Principal Investigator £8,565 1 April 2014 12 months
Many issues in UK universities have all the hallmarks of being wicked problems: complex, hard to solve issues that stakeholders perceive in very different ways. Leadership has to be different in such contexts. A new wicked problem for universities that has emerged in the last few years is what to do about improving research data management (RDM). The aim of the Wicked Ways project is to bring together a network of those involved in tackling the wicked RDM problem in different institutions and through an iterative, reflective and participative process construct an open educational resource about leadership in wicked problem contexts. This resource will be freely available to the wider UK HEI community and help promote the understanding of the wicked problem concept. The process will also itself help to create a supportive community of practice for participants. The collaborators in creating the learning resource are drawn from the various stakeholders in RDM: researchers, research administrators, IT professionals, librarians and record managers and facilitated by the Sheffield Information School. They will be drawn largely but not exclusively from the White Rose Consortium partners, the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. As people currently engaged in addressing this wicked problem space, they will have immediate experiences to reflect on and opportunities to try out ideas in practice.
Digital Society Network
University of Sheffield Steering Group Member £24,000 1 February 2014 18 months
The Digital Society Network (DSN) draws together an interdisciplinary team of researchers engaged with research at the cutting-edge of society-technology interactions. Underpinning the network is a concern not only with how societies and individuals use digital technologies, but also the social implications and outcomes of an increasingly digitised world on numerous scales. In this way, digital society is understood as being the social aspect of the digital - a concern with who uses and does not use digital technology, for what purposes digital technologies are being used, how effective technologies and platforms are, and the implications and outcomes of these practices.
Joint Information Systems Committee Investigator £60,000 1 July 2012 12 months
A JISC funded project to produce taught and continuing professional development (CPD) learning materials in Research Data Management (RDM) tailored for Information professionals. RDMRose developed and adapted learning materials about RDM to meet the specific needs of liaison librarians in university libraries, both for practitioners CPD and for embedding into the postgraduate taught (PGT) curriculum. Its deliverables included OER materials suitable for learning in multiple modes, including face to face and self-directed learning. RDMRose brought together the UK’s leading iSchool with a practitioner community based on the White Rose University Consortium?s libraries at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. Development of content and teaching was iterative, based on a highly participative curriculum development process and with a strong strand of student evaluation of learning materials and activities.
Higher Education Academy Principal Investigator £2,858 2 January 2008 5 months
- A distinct type of online group for customer knowledge innovation: The virtual product user community. Libri. View this article in WRRO
- Improving the quality of life of family caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease through virtual communities of practice: a quasiexperimental study. International Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 2021.
- Exploring the impact of Artificial Intelligence and robots on higher education through literature-based design fictions. International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, 18. View this article in WRRO
- Library support for student mental health and well-being in the UK : before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 46(6). View this article in WRRO
- Information School academics and the value of their personal digital archives. Information Research, 25(3).
- Research data management policy and practice in Chinese university libraries. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. View this article in WRRO
- Mapping the campus learning landscape. Pedagogy, Culture and Society. View this article in WRRO
- Underrated or overstated? The need for technological competencies in scholarly communication librarianship. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 46(4). View this article in WRRO
- The role of information in the migration experience of young Polish women in the UK. Journal of Documentation, 76(4), 849-868. View this article in WRRO
- Reassessing the LIS approach to traditional knowledge: learning from Xochimilco, Mexico city. Journal of Documentation. View this article in WRRO
- European Union librarians on the move? An exploration of potential impacts of Brexit on workforce diversity. New Review of Academic Librarianship. View this article in WRRO
- Maturing research data services and the transformation of academic libraries. Journal of Documentation. View this article in WRRO
- Services for student well-being in academic libraries : three challenges. New Review of Academic Librarianship. View this article in WRRO
- The intelligent library: Thought leaders’ views on the likely impact of Artificial Intelligence on academic libraries. Library Hi Tech, 37(3), 418-435. View this article in WRRO
- Progress in research data services : an international survey of university libraries. International Journal of Digital Curation, 14(1), 126-135. View this article in WRRO
- Competencies for bibliometrics. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 51(3), 746-762. View this article in WRRO
- ‘Privacy does not interest me’. A comparative analysis of photo sharing on Instagram and Blipfoto. Visual Studies, 34(1), 67-78. View this article in WRRO
- Academic libraries’ stance toward the future. Portal: Libraries and the Academy, 19(3), 485-509. View this article in WRRO
- Information literacy in food and activity tracking among three communities: parkrunners, people with type 2 diabetes and people with IBS. Journal of Medical Internet Research. View this article in WRRO
- Extending McKinsey’s 7S model to understand strategic alignment in academic libraries. Library Management, 40(5), 313-326. View this article in WRRO
- Learning bodies: Sensory experience in the information commons. Library and Information Science Research. View this article in WRRO
- At home in the academic library? A study of student feelings of “homeness”. New Review of Academic Librarianship. View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO Academic librarianship as a data profession: The familiar and unfamiliar in the data role spectrum. eLucidate, 15(1-2), 7-10.
- Space and embodiment in informal learning. Higher Education, 75(6), 1077-1090. View this article in WRRO
- Community participation in the management of palm leaf manuscripts as Lanna cultural material in Thailand. Journal of Documentation. View this article in WRRO
- A critical analysis of lifecycle models of the research process and research data management. Aslib Journal of Information Management. View this article in WRRO
- The daily digital practice as a form of self-care: Using photography for everyday well-being. Health. View this article in WRRO
- How do social network sites support product users’ knowledge construction? A Study of LinkedIn. Online Information Review. View this article in WRRO
- Photo-A-Day: A digital photographic practice and its impact on wellbeing. Photographies, 11(1), 113-129. View this article in WRRO
- Introduction. Library Trends, 66(3), 219-222. View this article in WRRO
- Embodied Knowledge and Sensory Information: Theoretical Roots and Inspirations. Library Trends, 66(3), 223-238. View this article in WRRO
- Uncovering the scholarly use of Twitter in the academia: Experiences in a British University. Malaysian Journal of Library & Information Science, 22(3), 93-108. View this article in WRRO
- ‘Civil disobedience’ in the archive: documenting women’s activism and experience through the Sheffield Feminist Archive. Archives and Records, 39(2), 158-173. View this article in WRRO
- Developments in research data management in academic libraries: Towards an understanding of research data service maturity. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 68(9), 2182-2200. View this article in WRRO
- Food logging: an information literacy perspective. Aslib Journal of Information Management, 69(2), 184-200. View this article in WRRO
- Visual methods and quality in information behaviour research: The cases of photovoice and mental mapping. Information Research, 22(2).
- Into the divide: community identities and the visualisation of place. Visual Studies, 32(2), 97-110. View this article in WRRO
- What every body knows: Embodied information in serious leisure. Journal of Documentation, 73(3). View this article in WRRO
- Knowledge construction by users: A content analysis framework and a knowledge construction process model for virtual product user communities. Journal of Documentation, 73(2), 284-304. View this article in WRRO
- Making research data possible: Negotiating between disciplinary cultures, temporalities, data policies, professional interests and education and training. Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 53(1), 1-4.
- View this article in WRRO Information activity in serious leisure. Information Research, 21(4).
- How academic librarians, IT staff, and research administrators perceive and relate to research. Library and Information Science Research, 38(4), 319-326. View this article in WRRO
- A comparative study of knowledge construction within online user support discussion forums in Chinese and English-language cultural contexts. Telematics and Informatics, 33(4), 1048-1056. View this article in WRRO
- An Actor-Network Theory perspective to study the non-adoption of a collaborative technology intended to support online community participation. Academia Revista Latinoamericana de Administracion, 29(3), 347-365. View this article in WRRO
- Moving a brick building: UK libraries coping with research data management as a ‘wicked’ problem. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 48(1), 3-17. View this article in WRRO
- Factors Underlying Technology Adoption in Academic Libraries in Kuwait. New Review of Academic Librarianship, 22(4), 370-390. View this article in WRRO
- Scholars’ research-related personal information collections. Aslib Journal of Information Management, 68(2), 155-173. View this article in WRRO
- A Practice-Based Approach to Understanding Participation in Online Communities. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 21(1), 17-32. View this article in WRRO
- Uses and risks of microblogging in organisational and educational settings. British Journal of Educational Technology, 47(6), 1168-1182.
- An investigation into the perceptions of academic librarians and students towards next-generation OPACs and their features. Program, 49(1), 23-45. View this article in WRRO
- Research Data Management as a “wicked problem”. Library Review, 64(4/5), 356-371. View this article in WRRO
- International students' networks: a case study in a UK university. Studies in Higher Education. View this article in WRRO
- Research data management and libraries: Relationships, activities, drivers and influences. PLoS One, 9(12), e114734-e114734. View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO Visual and creative methods and quality in information behaviour research. INFORMATION RESEARCH-AN INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONIC JOURNAL, 19(4).
- Research data management and libraries: Current activities and future priorities. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 46(4), 299-316. View this article in WRRO
- How to Conduct a Practice-Based Study: Problems and Methods; Practice Theory, Work and Organization: An Introduction; The Dynamics of Social Practice: Everyday Life and How It Changes. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 65(7), 1511-1514.
- Occupational Sub-Cultures, Jurisdictional Struggle and Third Space: Theorising Professional Service Responses to Research Data Management. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 40(3-4), 211-219. View this article in WRRO
- Social Bookmarking Pedagogies in Higher Education: A Comparative Study. International Journal of Information Systems in the Service Sector, 6(1), 24-36.
- An evaluation of the practice based approach to understanding the adoption and use of information systems. Journal of Documentation, 70(5), 878-901. View this article in WRRO
- Learning over tea! Studying in informal learning spaces. New Library World, 115(1-2), 34-50. View this article in WRRO
- Evolving Academic Library Specialties. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 64(8), 1526-1542. View this article in WRRO
- Realising our role in Research Data Management. CILIP Update, March 2013, 36-38.
- Information in social practice: A practice approach to understanding information activities in personal photography. Journal of Information Science, 39(1), 61-72.
- Exploring Students’ Group Work Needs in the Context of Internationalisation Using a Creative Visual Method. International Journal of Higher Education, 1(2). View this article in WRRO
- Finders, keepers, losers, seekers: A study of academics' research-related personal information collections. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 8016 LNCS(PART 1), 169-176.
- Information management graduates' accounts of their employability: A case study from the university of sheffield. Education for Information, 30(1-2), 41-61. View this article in WRRO
- A comparative review of research literature on microblogging use and risk in organizational and educational settings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 8029 LNCS, 174-181.
- Mind the gap: Do librarians understand service user perspectives on bibliotherapy?. Library Trends, 61(3), 569-586. View this article in WRRO
- Performance measurement methods at academic libraries in Oman. Performance Measurement and Metrics, 13(3), 183-196.
- Upskilling Liaison Librarians for Research Data Management. Ariadne(70).
- Sheffield then and now: myths of place in local history picture books. Environment, Space, Place, 4(1), 135-159. View this article in WRRO
- Redefining participation in online community: Some neglected topics, 72-89.
- Transformation or continuity? the impact of social media on information: Implications for theory and practice. Proceedings of the ASIST Annual Meeting, 49(1).
- An exploration of the practice approach and its place in information science. Journal of Information Science, 38(2), 176-188.
- Legitimising bibliotherapy: Evidence-based discourses in healthcare. Journal of Documentation, 68(2), 185-205. View this article in WRRO
- Accommodations: staff identity and university space. Teaching in Higher Education, 17(6), 697-709. View this article in WRRO
- Introducing elevator speeches into the curriculum. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 52(2), 133-141.
- Developing metrics to characterize Flickr groups. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 62(3), 493-506. View this article in WRRO
- 'Every group carries the flavour of the admins': Leadership on Flickr. International Journal of Web Based Communities, 7(3), 376-391. View this article in WRRO
- Information and food blogging as serious leisure. Aslib Proceedings: New Information Perspectives, 63(2-3), 204-220. View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO Students' Experience of University Space: An Exploratory Study. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 23(2), 197-207.
- The use of Grounded Theory in PhD research in knowledge management: A model four-stage research design. Aslib Proceedings: New Information Perspectives, 63(2-3), 188-203. View this article in WRRO
- Diversifying assessment through multimedia creation in a nontechnical module: Reflections on the MAIK project. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 35(7), 831-846. View this article in WRRO
- Visual representations of gender and computing in consumer and professional magazines. New Technology, Work and Employment, 24(1), 89-106. View this article in WRRO
- Student user preferences for features of nextgeneration OPACs: A case study of University of Sheffield international students. Program, 43(4), 349-374. View this article in WRRO
- Teaching our grandchildren to suck eggs?: Introducing the study of communication technologies to the 'Digital generation'. View this article in WRRO
- An exploration of concepts of community through a case study of UK university web production. Journal of Information Science, 34(3), 327-345. View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO Inquiry-based learning in the first-year Information Management curriculum. ITALICS [Online].
- View this article in WRRO Flickr: A first look at user behaviour in the context of photography as serious leisure. Information Research, 13(1).
- Flickr: A case study of Web2.0. Aslib Proceedings: New Information Perspectives, 60(5), 493-516. View this article in WRRO
- The power and vulnerability of the `new professional´: Web management in UK universities. Program: electronic library and information systems, 41(2), 148-169.
- A survey of UK university web management: Staffing, systems and issues. Campus-Wide Information Systems, 24(5), 308-330. View this article in WRRO
- Reproducing knowledge: Xerox and the story of knowledge management. Knowledge Management Research and Practice, 5(1), 3-12. View this article in WRRO
- What are communities of practice? A comparative review of four seminal works.. Journal of Information Science, 31, 527-540. View this article in WRRO
- Using a virtual community to support healthcare. Quality in Primary Care, 11(2), 143-145.
- Creating professional communities of practice for librarians. Electronic Library, 21(2), 94-98.
- Choosing a library portal system. VINE, 33(1), 37-41.
- Seeding a community of interest: the experience of the knowledge library project. Aslib Proceedings, 55(4), 243-252.
- Library portal solutions. Aslib Proceedings, 55(3), 155-165.
- Towards Automated Analysis of Research Methods in Library and Information Science. Quantitative Science Studies, 1-39.
- Research Data Management Policy and Practice in China. International Journal of Digital Curation, 15(1), 18-18.
- The 2014 DAF Survey at the University of Sheffield. International Journal of Digital Curation, 10(1), 210-229.
- A Spider, an Octopus, or an Animal Just Coming into Existence? Designing a Curriculum for Librarians to Support Research Data Management. Journal of eScience Librarianship, 3(1). View this article in WRRO
- The development of a collection of design fictions about Artificial Intelligence and robots in Higher Education.
- Vernacular narratives of well-being and the practice of photo-a-day. Storytelling, Self and Society.
- View this article in WRRO Librarians’ perceptions of the challenges for researchers in Rwanda and the potential of open scholarship. Libri.
- Designing virtual communities of practice for informal caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients: an integrative review. Health Informatics Journal. View this article in WRRO
- Information literacy in food and activity tracking among three communities: parkrunners, people with type 2 diabetes and people with IBS (Preprint).
- Geographies of information behaviour: A conceptual exploration. Journal of Documentation.
- Chinese students’ study in the UK and employability: The views of Chinese employers, students and alumni, and UK teachers.
- Perceptions of Rwanda’s Research Environment in the Context of Digitalization: Reflections on Deficit Discourses, IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology (pp. 50-64). Springer International Publishing
- The Potential of Open Science for Research Visibility in the Global South: Rwandan Librarians’ Perspectives, Information and Communication Technologies for Development (pp. 41-53). Springer International Publishing
- Social Bookmarking Pedagogies in Higher Education, Professional Development and Workplace Learning (pp. 1420-1433). IGI Global
- Perceptions of Risks of Non-Advertising Uses of Micro-Blogging within Small to Medium Enterprises, Advances in Marketing, Customer Relationship Management, and E-Services (pp. 251-278). IGI Global
- Reproducing Knowledge: Xerox and the Story of Knowledge Management, The Essentials of Knowledge Management (pp. 249-268). Palgrave Macmillan UK
- Redefining Participation in Online Community, Cyber Behavior (pp. 39-56). IGI Global
- Finders, Keepers, Losers, Seekers: A Study of Academics’ Research-Related Personal Information Collections, Human Interface and the Management of Information. Information and Interaction Design (pp. 169-176). Springer Berlin Heidelberg
- A Comparative Review of Research Literature on Microblogging Use and Risk in Organizational and Educational Settings, Online Communities and Social Computing (pp. 174-181). Springer Berlin Heidelberg
- Exploring the Selection of Technology for Enabling Communities, Encyclopedia of Communities of Practice in Information and Knowledge Management (pp. 166-176). IGI Global
- How to Conduct a Practice-Based Study: Problems and Methods. JOURNAL OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 65(7), 1511-1514.
Conference proceedings papers
- Using a 360° camera as a mobile data collection method towards understanding information types and use in running. Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Vol. 57(1), 25 October 2020 - 29 October 2020. View this article in WRRO
- Saudi international students’ perceptions of their transition to the UK and the impact of social media. Sustainable Digital Communities (pp 198-208). Boras, Sweden, 23 March 2020 - 26 March 2020. View this article in WRRO
- Investigating the role of social media during the transition of international students to the UK. iConference 2019 Proceedings, 31 March 2019 - 3 April 2019. View this article in WRRO
- Analysing the Pattern of Twitter Activities Among Academics in a UK Higher Education Institution (pp 57-66)
- Community involvement in the Management of Palm Leaf Manuscripts as Lanna Cultural Material in Thailand. iConference 2017 Proceedings (pp 491-497)
- Integrating Qualitative Data Collection Methods to Examine Knowledge Management Across Disciplinary Boundaries. PROCEEDINGS OF THE 15TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON RESEARCH METHODOLOGY FOR BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT STUDIES (ECRM2016) (pp 408-411)
- Knowledge management across boundaries in an interdisciplinary research project in Thailand. Proceedings of the European Conference on Knowledge Management, ECKM, Vol. 2016-January (pp 1090-1098)
- An exploration of the value of collaborative management of palm-leaf manuscripts as Lanna cultural material in libraries and communities in Thailand.. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Asia-Pacific Library and Information Education and Practice Conference (pp 223-228)
- An exploration of the value of a collaborative model of collection management for Lanna cultural material in libraries in Northern Thailand. IConference 2015 Proceedings (pp 1-4)
- Enhancing international student engagement through making and sharing films. 11th Annual Conference of the Subject Centre for Information and Computer Sciences 24th – 26th August 2010 Durham University (pp 203-207). Durham University, 24 August 2010 - 26 August 2010.
- View this article in WRRO Social network dynamics in international students' learning. Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Networked Learning 2010 (pp 396-403). Aalborg, Denmark, 3 May 2010 - 4 May 2010.
- Implementing a human resources competency-based model: An actor network-perspective. 16th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2010, AMCIS 2010, Vol. 3 (pp 1665-1672)
- Information Dynamics and Discourse in a Distributed Professional Community.. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
- Social Media as a Source of Information: An Exploratory Study of Young Libyans' Perceptions of the Impact of Social Media in Libya during the Period 2011-2015. iConference 2016 Proceedings
- View this article in WRRO An Investigation of the Physical and Digital Transitions of Saudi Students Coming to the UK. Proc. of Workshop on Life Transitions and Social Technologies: Research and Design for Times of Life Change, co-located with CSCW'19
- Drivers of the use of SCONUL member libraries
- The impact of AI, machine learning, automation and robotics on the information professions: A report for CILIP
- View this article in WRRO Mapping the future of academic libraries: A report for SCONUL
- Research group
I am interested in supervising PhD students in Virtual Community and Communities of Practice.
I am head of the Digital Societies Research Group.
Current PhD Students
- Maram Alajamy: The Role of Academic Librarians in Institutional Information System Strategic Planning: A Grounded Theory Study of Syrian Governmental Universities
- Anas Alsuhaibani: Investigating the Role of Social Media in Supporting International Students Transition to Study in the UK
- Penny CS Andrews: The Role and Influence of Current Research Information Systems (CRIS) in UK Higher Education and Scholarly Communication
- Bethany Aylward: Web-archiving needs of archives in South Yorkshire
- Linhao Fang: Conception, Design and Development of a Self-Directed E-Learning Component of a Phonetics Blended-Learning Environment
- Paula Goodale: Supporting Information Access in Digital Cultural Heritage Collections
- Daniel Grace: Creating the convivial library: exploring the effect of technology on the public libraries capacity to promote community resilience
- Catherine Hoodless: Subject v. functional: the relationship between changing organisational structures and the transformation of academic libraries and the profession of librarianship
- Itzelle Medina Perea: The socio-cultural life of personal health data flows in the UK healthcare sector
- Lee Pretlove: The quantified runner: the long-term value and preservation of parkrunners' self-tracking fitness data from the perspectives of the parkrunner, self-tracking device manufacturers and archival institutions
Completed PhD Students
- Preeyanuch Voravickositt: Understanding the relationship between users' reading attitudes, behaviours and e-books collection management in Thai academic libraries.
- Melanie Benson: Information Use of Migrational Individuals and Public Library Space: An Ethnographic Study.
- Piyapat Jarusawat: Lanna Information Management.
- Nicolas Kylilis: Social participation in online and offline communities.
- Titima Thumbumrung: Knowledge sharing across boundaries in interdisciplinary scientific and technological research projects in Thailand.
- Mashael Al Omar: Scholars research related personal information management: An investigation of PAAET, Kuwait.
- Abadelkarim Agnawe: An investigation of the influence of cultural dimensions on the use of the Internet by Libyan academics.
- Nordiana Ahmad Kharman Shah: Factors influencing academics' use of microblogging in teaching and learning.
- Soureh Latif Shabgahi: The impact on information seeking and sharing behaviour of the adoption of social networking tools by SMEs.
- Xuguang Li: A study of knowledge sharing and construction in virtual product user communities.
- Martin Simmons: Exploring the value of different aspects of culture: a mixed methods study focusing on the perspectives of the public and culture providers in Derbyshire.
- Nora Agustero: The Collaborative behaviour of academic libraries: The case of library consortia in the Philippines.
- Khalfan Al Hijji: Strategic Management and Planning Practices in Academic Libraries in Oman.
- Meshal Al-Fadhli: Technology Adoption in Academic Libraries in the State of Kuwait.
- Elizabeth Brewster: An investigation of experiences of reading for mental health and well-being and their relation to models of bibliotherapy.
- Inaam Idrees: Clique and Elite: Inter-Organisational Knowledge Sharing across Five Star Hotels in the Saudi Arabian Religious Tourism and Hospitality Industry - a Grounded Theory Study.
- Gibran Rivera Gonzalez: The use of Actor-Network Theory and a Practise-Based Approach to understand online community participation.
- Nashwaran Taha: Factors Shaping the Network Dynamic of International Students in UK Higher Education.
- Teaching activities
My main areas of teaching are:
- Library applications of ICT. I led the RDMRose project 2012-13 to develop learning materials on research data management for information professionals.
- Library space
- Virtual community, social networks and information. This encompasses social media sites like Flickr and blogging and also applications in corporate contexts (under the broad heading of KM), e.g. around communities of practice and virtual communities of practice.
I have been heavily influenced in my teaching style by the inquiry led approach promoted by CILASS.
I won a University of Sheffield senate award for teaching in 2009-10. I am a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
International internet use University of Sheffield internationalisation fund £1,500 2013 Project with Journalism undertaking case studies of the pattern of internet use in different countries. Course Videos and Employability University of Sheffield Faculty L&T enhancement fund £1,100 2013 Project with with Architecture and Landscape. Students created videos about the experience of learning at the Information School. RDMRose, Research Data Management JISC Principal Investigator £60,000 2012-2013 Creating an Open Educational Resource for information professionals supporting research data management. Hand it to you University of Sheffield Faculty L&T enhancement fund Principal Investigator £1,100 2012 Project with Law School to redesign the student handbook. Promoting intercultural encounters TUOS – Internationalisation fund Principal Investigator £1,000 2011 Project with Architecture investigating Chinese and UK students’ differing views on group work. Picturing University University of Sheffield widening participation fund £1,000 2011 A joint study with TILL and Oncology of how children from working class backgrounds in two Sheffield schools perceive university. Early career narratives of Information Management Graduates CILASS - SURE Principal Investigator £1,080 2010 A study of what IM graduates views of employability. Opened Up Learning: generating content and learning opportunities with communities beyond the classroom University of Sheffield – Learning and teaching development grant Principal Investigator £7,740 2009 Using film making as an assessment task. Multimedia Assessment in Information / Knowledge management (“Maik”) HEA-Information and Computer Science Principal Investigator £3,000 2008 Developing multimedia slideshows as an assessment task.
- Professional activities
- I was on the national committee of a Chartered Institute Library Information Professionals (CILIP) special interest group, Multimedia and Information Technology (MmIT) for a number of years, being closely involved in organisation of its successful annual national conferences (in Sheffield in 2012 and 2013) and other events on specific topics such as content management and ebooks.
- I am a co-editor of Online Information Review. I am on the editorial board of Information Research.
- I have reviewed for journals such as Program, Information Research, Journal of Documentation, Journal of Information Science, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Journal of Library and Information Science, Higher Education and for numerous academic conferences, including the Association of Internet Researchers, ASIS&T annual meeting and the iSchool iconference.
- I have been external examiner for PhDs at Loughborough, MMU, York, Wolverhampton and UCL in the UK and Lund in Sweden and for an MPhil at Aberystwyth.
- I have written book reviews for Program and Journal of the American Society of Information Science and Technology.
- I was an invited keynote speaker at the Special Library Association (Gulf chapter) conference, Bahrain, April 2012 and at the European Library Automation Group Conference, Helsinki, 9-11 June 2010.
- I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
- I received CILIP Fellowship in 2013.