Sheila Webber

Senior Lecturer

BA (Kent at Canterbury), Dip Lib (London Metropolitan University), FCLIP, FHEA

Sheila Webber 2014

+44 (0)114 222 2641

My key areas for research and teaching are information literacy (IL), information behaviour (IB) and educational informatics. My career started with post in the Health and Safety Executive, followed by 13 years at the UK’s national library, the British Library (BL). Starting with the BL’s pioneering online service, BLAISE, I proceeded to become manager of BLAISE Online Services, and my final job there was Head of the BL’s Business Information Service. The focus on business information continued when I joined the Information Science department at Strathclyde University, Scotland, as a lecturer. Achievements included leading a funded project investigating small business’ use of information, and creating Business Information Sources on the Internet in 1994, a key early resource which was listed in guides such as the Economist guide to the internet. In the late 1990s my focus shifted to information literacy, an interest which developed further after joining the Information School at Sheffield in 2000. As well as teaching, researching and publishing in this field, I maintain the popular Information Literacy Weblog and organise events as part of the Centre for Information Literacy Research.

University Responsibilities

  • Head of the Libraries and Information Society Research Group.
  • Director, Centre for Information Literacy Research.
  • Director of Alumni Relations, Information School.
  • Module Coordinator:
    - Information Resources and Information Literacy (PG)
    - Information Literacy Research (PG)
    - Healthcare Information (PG).