Somsak Sriborisutsakul

Personal details

Name: Somsak Sriborisutsakul
Email address: somsak.sr@chula.ac.th
Location: Bangkok, Thailand


Questions

Tell us a little about yourself.

I used to work as a cataloguer at a law library in Bangkok after holding a bachelor degree from Chulalongkorn University (CU). Because of my personal goals, I changed my career path from a library practitioner to be an academic by studying a master´s degree and teaching undergraduate classes at the CU. In 2006 the CU executives awarded me a grant to pursue a PhD to enhance my research skills and gain advanced knowledge in relation to my research interest at that time. It was about intellectual performance evaluation in the context of academic libraries in Thailand.

What got you interested in studying in the KIM group?

According to my proposed topic of research, I did search a lot of information for applying to an information school in UK that might have a research group in connection with my research topic. It was the KIM group of Information School (former name, Department of Information Studies) University of Sheffield that seemed to suit my particular needs. This group is full of well-known experts in the field of knowledge and information management. A number of research students and funded projects in the KIM group are good evidence to obviously illustrate that this group is one of forerunners in the world of KIM research areas.

What have you enjoyed about it?

There were two things I really enjoyed while doing my doctoral study in the KIM group. First, its members of academic staff are always available to support students. Second, there are many overseas students who have similar interests and are ready to share their experiences with others. I learn a lot of new knowledge from them when joining seminars or forums.

What have you found most challenging?

While conducting my doctoral work in this group, I found that studying independently is the challenging task I had never ever met since I left the university in Thailand. I myself had to design the research proposal, access to the pilot field work, set the timetable for each work-in-progress, and struggle to overcome procrastination during the stage of writing my thesis. Here in the KIM group, it is totally sure that we would be prepared to undertake research in real situations. We also would be mentored by supervisors who are really helpful in our tough time.

What followed your graduation from Sheffield University?

After graduation from the University of Sheffield, I am in charge of teaching several courses and advising two Master´s students for their dissertations at Department of Library Science, Faculty of Arts Chulalongkorn University. Recently, I have been also assigned as a head of department at my workplace.

How has your qualification from the Information School helped you in your career?

What I have got from the Sheffield University´s i-School is invaluable research skills which lead me to be an all-round researcher as well as a life-long learner being ready to do any academic inquiries at any time.

What is your top tip for a future KIM student?

Spend your time in the KIM group, i-School, and Sheffield University with joy, but must have enough self-discipline to make our dreams come true!

How would you summarise your experience at the KIM group in one sentence?

I am very proud to be one of the KIM group´s alumni.

Biography

Programme

PhD

Year of graduation

2010

Current job

Department of Library Science, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University

Education

PhD (Information Studies), the University of Sheffield, UK, 2010;
MA (Library & Information Science), Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, 2000;
BA (Second-class honours), Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, 1996.

Experience

Assistant Professor at Chulalongkorn University, 2010;
Lecturer at Chulalongkorn University, 2000.

Publications

Corrall, S. and Sriborisutsakul, S. "Evaluating Intellectual Assets in University Libraries: A Multi-Site Case Study from Thailand." Journal of Information & Knowledge Management 9, 3 (2010): 277-290.