RIVAL (Research Impact Value and LIS) #lis_rival

I really enjoyed helping create this event, even though I was a bit nervous because during much of the organisation, the prof was on medical leave and about a week before the event, my left leg started playing very painful silly buggers.

Community, Knowledge, Connections

Hazel Hall and Bruce Ryan recently organised a very successful one-day event bringing together Library and Information Science researchers, users, and end-user beneficiaries to explore the impact and value of LIS research to services delivery in practice. The event aimed to encourage the strengthening of links between these interacting communities, to help narrow gaps between LIS research and practice, and to lay the ground for future research-related support and collaborations across the sector.

This post starts with access to the presentation slides and videos, followed by brief outlines of each presentation.

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Investigating the online and offline contexts of day-to-day democracy as participation spaces: newly published research by Ella Taylor-Smith and Colin Smith

Hazel Hall

Information, Communication and Society coverCongratulations to Centre for Social Informatics colleagues Dr Ella Taylor-Smith and Dr Colin Smith on the publication of their article ‘Investigating the online and offline contexts of day-to-day democracy as participation spaces’ in Information, Communication and Society.

The main theme of the article is citizen-led participation in democracy, and the online and offline spaces – introduced as ‘participation space’ – in which people work together to influence those in power, and to improve their communities. The findings draw upon a sociotechnical analysis of data from three case studies to expose the relationship between activities of local, grassroots democracy and the characteristics of the online and offline spaces in which it occurs.

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Long-term community development within a researcher network: a social network analysis of the DREaM project cadre

Hazel Hall

My co-authored article with Peter Cruickshank and Bruce Ryan ‘Long-term community development within a researcher network: a social network analysis of the DREaM project cadre’ is now available from Emerald as an EarlyCite paper for Journal of Documentation. Those with subscription access can download the full pdf. There is also a full text version available to view free of charge.

In the article we present the results from a study that investigated the extent to which an intervention to develop a community of library and information science (LIS) researchers – the Developing Research Excellence and Methods (DREaM) project – was successful in meeting its main objective three years after its implementation. Of particular interest are factors that support or hinder network longevity.

We report that members of the Developing Research Excellence and Methods ‘workshop cadre’ established in 2011 continued to work as a loose, but persistent, network…

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Anti-social not-worker

My personal side breaks into this blog to say how either side of me communicates.

Digital evidence that Bruce might have a life

I do not use Facebook messenger. I refuse to have this on my phone, and generally ignore the the messaging bit of Facebook in browsers. It may not be logical but I resent being forced to have another app on my phone. Maybe I’m just getting old. If you want to contact me, in my order of preference

  1. talk to me, face to face (vastly preferred). You’ll generally find me in room C45 at Napier’s Merchiston Campus, at home, at LifesCycle at a community council meeting or cycling between two of these destinations
  2. email me (strongly preferred)
  3. comment on one of my WordPress blogs – so it will email me a notification
  4. phone me
  5. text me
  6. tweet me (last resort)

But please bear in mind that my phone is quite often on silent, and I’ve switched off every alert apart from for incoming calls. And don’t even mention Instagram, Pinterest, WhatsApp…

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What has Bruce been up to in the last six months?

Conferences

I3 conference

ECIL conference

Both of these papers have been accepted for publication in conference proceedings special issues of journals. Continue reading