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Centre for the Public Library and Information in Society

We make a major contribution public library research: vital when the value of public libraries in society is under debate. The Centre’s website spotlights current activities and a wealth of past research.

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Young people as critical information users

We investigated how young people go about searching for, evaluating, selecting and using information, in relation to their academic work in the Deep Critical Information Behaviour project

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How does food logging impact diet and well-being?

We are finding out how people are using food logging apps and exploring their information experience and information literacy.

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Our research themes

  • Promotion of literature and literacy in LIS
  • Education for Citizenship, for the workplace and for lifelong learning
  • Application of business management concepts, tools and techniques in LIS
  • Education, training and development for library and information work
  • Roles and competencies of library, information and knowledge workers
  • Professionalisation and professional identities in the information society

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Funders and collaborators

Research carried out within this group is funded by a wide range of organisations:

  • Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
  • Resource, the Council for Museums, Archives, and Libraries
  • British Library Research and Innovation Centre
  • South West Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.
  • The Combined Regions Management Board
  • Yorkshire Museums Libraries and Archives Council
  • Museums Libraries and Archives Council North West
  • Arts Council England
  • The British Council
  • Department of National Heritage
  • European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL).
  • Learning and Skills Council
  • University of Sheffield Faculty of Arts & Humanities Arts Enterprise Funding