I studied for my MA in Librarianship at the Information School in 2012/13, after working as a graduate library trainee at the Bodleian Law Library, University of Oxford. My MA dissertation investigating the addition of lay summaries to medical journal articles was the starting point for a wider investigation into the impact of open access publishing outside academia. I am part of the Digital Societies Research Group, and co-convene the Information School Critical Theory Reading Group. I teach on postgraduate modules within the school, including Data and Society and Digital Advocacy, and have worked as an Editorial Assistant for the journal Online Information Review.
Open Access outside academia: exploring access to medical and educational research for non-academics
My research aims to investigate the potential impact of open access publishing outside of academia (focussing on the fields of medicine and education). The study will analyse the experiences and perspectives of a range of key stakeholders, identify barriers and challenges to providing access to research to a wider audience, and ask critical questions of what we mean by both ‘open’ and ‘access’. The project is funded by the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities.
Open access; scholarly publishing; critical information studies; data ethics; grounded theory
Funding and awards
Henry Heaney Memorial Prize for best MA dissertation on the subject of academic librarianship, November 2013
- Lay summaries of open access journal articles: engaging with the general public on medical research. Learned Publishing, 27(3), 173-184. View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO Reflections on Running a critLIS Reading Group In Nicholson KP & Seale M (Ed.), The Politics of Theory and the Practice of Critical Librarianship (pp. 167-179). Sacramento: Library Juice Press.