Sheila Webber

Senior Lecturer

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

Sheila Webber 2014

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My key areas for research and teaching are information literacy (IL) and information behaviour (IB). 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. In 1992 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. 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. In 2015 I was recipient of the Jason Farradane Award for services to Information Science and in 2017 I was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information professionals.

University Responsibilities

  • Head of the Libraries and Information Society Research Group.
  • Director, Centre for Information Literacy Research.
  • Coordinator of Library and Information Services Management programmes (MA/PG Diploma/PG Certificate)
  • Module Coordinator: Information Literacy modules (INF6350; INF6553)