Dr Jayne Finlay
BTh (Queen's, Belfast), MTh (Queen's, Belfast), MA (Sheffield), PhD (Ulster)
Lecturer in Librarianship
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I began my career in Librarianship by working as a Graduate Trainee in the Taylor Institution Library at Oxford University. Following the completion of an MA Librarianship at the University of Sheffield in 2014, I then worked for two years as an Assistant Librarian at the University College of Football Business in London.
I completed a PhD in Education at Ulster University which explored prisoners’ engagement with library services during incarceration. Improving access to information and education in prisons has remained the focus of my research. I have held research positions in the School of Education at Ulster University and the School of Law at Trinity College Dublin, while also teaching on Ulster University’s online postgraduate Library and Information Management course.
In 2021 I was part of a research team commissioned by the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) to undertake a national review of prison libraries in Ireland and to propose recommendations for change in prison library policy and practice. Most recently I have been liaising with prison library staff across the UK and Ireland to improve opportunities for staff networking and professional development in this sector.
I joined the Information School as a Lecturer in Librarianship in October 2022.
- Research interests
My research interests lie broadly in the field of prison librarianship and prisoner education, and library services and social justice. I am interested in prisoners’ access to and engagement with library services, and the information needs and information behaviour of different groups of people who experience incarceration. My PhD was an interdisciplinary study which examined user engagement with prison library services through the lens of desistance theory, informal learning theories and critical librarianship.
I have also conducted research with prison library staff members about their experiences of managing and providing library services, existing opportunities for networking and professional development and prison library collaboration with public and other library sectors.
- It is changed beyond all recognition: exploring the evolving habitus of assistants in special schools. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 21(2), 146-155.
- What is the role of the prison library? The development of a theoretical framework.. Journal of Prison Education and Reentry, 5(2), 120-139.
- Rethinking the dichotomy between libraries and prisons: Reflections from research in Northern Ireland.. Journal of New Librarianship, 3(1), 115-119.
- Staff perspectives of providing prison library services in the United Kingdom. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 096100062211338-096100062211338.
- “Education cannot cease”: the experiences of parents of primary age children (age 4-11) in Northern Ireland during school closures due to COVID-19. Educational Review, 1-23.
- Parental involvement during COVID-19: experiences from the special school. European Journal of Special Needs Education, 1-14.
- Prison Librarianship and Prisoner Education: A Case Study from Northern Ireland, Advances in Librarianship (pp. 135-155). Emerald Publishing Limited
- Ulster University Northern Ireland parent surveys: Experiences of supporting children's home learning during Covid-19.
Theses / Dissertations
- Teaching activities
I teach across the following modules:
- INF6350 Information Literacy
- INF6553 Information Literacy (Distance Learning)
- INF6501 Personal and Professional Development Portfolio (Distance Learning)
- INF6031 Public and School Library Services
- INF6531 Public and School Library Services (Distance Learning)
- Professional activities and memberships
- Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Member of CILIP, the UK’s Library and Information Association. From 2016 to 2018 I served as the New Professionals and Student Liaison Officer for CILIP Ireland.
- Member of the European Prison Education Association (EPEA). I am currently the Liaison Officer on the Irish Prison Education Association (IPEA) committee.