Contributors to DREaM project events
The DREaM project events focused on the scope of LIS research methods and techniques across five events. We are pleased to list here the contributors to all five DREaM project events.
- Jo Alcock
- Susie Andretta
- Rossitza Atanassova
- Peter Beresford
- Mike Clarke
- Louise Cooke
- Blaise Cronin
- Gina Czarnecki
- Dylan Evans
- Biddy Fisher
- Ben Goldacre
- Thomas Haigh
- Hazel Hall
- Philip Hills
- Christine Irving
- Michael Jubb
- Stephanie Kenna
- Elizabeth Lomas
- Paul Lynch
- Andy McKinlay
- Julie McLeod
- Nick Moore
- Charles Oppenheim
- Kirsty Pitkin
- Sara Rankin
- Kevin Swingler
- Carol Tenopir
- Mike Thelwall
- Phil Turner
- Gunilla Widén
- Stella Wisdom
- Harry J Woodroof
Jo Alcock is a researcher at Evidence Base, Birmingham City University, providing research, evaluation and consultancy for the LIS sector. She is involved in a number of different projects supporting developments in academic libraries, and further afield in the information sector.
Jo’s professional interests include marketing communications and using technology to improve the service offering of libraries and librarians in all sectors. Her main area of research at present is mobile technologies in libraries; she is working on the JISC-funded m-library community support project.
Jo is currently working towards CILIP Chartership and is involved in committees within CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) and ALA (American Library Association). She is Chair of CILIP West Midlands Branch and following her time as an ALA Emerging Leader (January-June 2012) will chair the ALA New Members Round Table Online Discussion Forum committee.
Jo blogs as Joeyanne Libraryanne and tweets as @joeyanne.
Jo Alcock was a member of the DREaM workshop cadre and participated in a panel session titled: “…and so the DREaM goes on: means of sustaining the UK network of LIS researchers” at the DREaM project conference on Monday 9th July 2012.
Until her retirement in February 2012 Dr Susie Andretta was the editor of the Journal of Information Literacy and a senior lecturer in Information Management at London Metropolitan University. She has published extensively on information literacy education within HE and the health sector drawing from her study on the impact of information literacy education from a learner-centred perspective. Her recent research includes the examination of the long-term impact of FILE on its participants and the pedagogical implications of the next stage of the literacy continuum, or Transliteracy (involving different literacies and multiple media to convey linear and non-linear messages) that is emerging in response to the social media landscape.
Dr Susie Andretta was a member of the DREaM project advisory board, and she was a rapporteur at the breakout session Cultivating networks: opportunities and challenges at the DREaM project launch conference on Tuesday 19th July 2011.
Rossitza Atanassova is Curator of Library and Information Studies at the British Library where she has worked since 2005, previously as Curator of 19th century British printed collections. As member of the British Library Digital Research and Curator Team her current interests lie in the use of social media by researchers, information behaviour studies and digital scholarship. Rossitza holds a DPhil in Classics, has tutored courses for the Open University and worked in electronic publishing for ProQuest.
Rossitza was a member of the DREaM project advisory board, and she was rapporteur at the breakout session “Raising your research dissemination ambitions” at the DREaM project launch conference on Tuesday 19th July 2011.
Peter Beresford OBE is Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Centre for Citizen Participation at Brunel University. He has long term personal experience as a user of mental health services and is Chair of Shaping Our Lives, the long established independent national user led organisation and network that is a formal strategic partner for involvement with the Department of Health. He was a member of the External Reference Group of the Dilnot Commission. He has a longstanding involvement in issues of participation and engagement as researcher, educator, academic and service user. He is a Trustee of the National Skills Academy for Social Care and member of the Ministerial Advisory Group for Adult Social Care.
He is a member of the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Health Research and Panel Member of the DH PRP Research Programme Funding Panel. His most recent publications are A Straight Talking Guide To Being A Mental Health Service User (PCCS, 2011) and Supporting People: Towards person-centred support (Policy Press, 2011), which reports the largest independent empirical research and development project on personalisation/person-centred support.
Professor Beresford presented a workshop session titled: “User Involvement In Research: Making sense of a radical new development” at the second DREaM workshop on 30th January 2012.
Mike Clarke is head of libraries and registration services for the London Borough of Camden, a local authority which has been in the forefront of public library developments since its creation in 1965 and which even in such challenging times as now is innovating with community-managed services, co-location and consortium working. As well as the borough’s libraries, archives and community information provision, Mike has recently taken over responsibility for the registration services covering births, marriages and deaths – truly cradle to grave service provision!
Previous posts include director of the London Libraries Development Agency, director of information at Arts Council England and various local government roles in culture, leisure and regeneration in Leicester, Manchester and Merton, as well as a spell at the BBC. Mike was chair of the Association of London Chief Librarians 2010-12.Dr Louise Cooke is a senior lecturer and programme tutor for the MSc Information and Knowledge Management at Loughborough University. Her research interests include online communication and the dynamics of interaction and participation in online forums, focussing primarily on the use of online discussion in virtual learning environments, and its impact on the student’s pedagogical experience and outcomes. Her other research interests include policy relating to Internet content regulation, freedom of information and freedom of expression. She was awarded highly commended in the 2nd Annual Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards 2006 and was nominated for the Lecturer of the Year Award at the Loughborough Experience Awards 2010.
Dr Cooke presented a workshop session on social network analysis at the first DREaM workshop on 25th October 2011. She also served as a panel member at the panel session at the DREaM concluding conference on 9th July 2012 after delivering the findings from her own social network analysis of the DREaM project workshop cadre. Blaise Cronin is the Rudy Professor of Information Science at Indiana University, where he was dean for 19 years. Prior to that he held the Chair of Information Science at Strathclyde University, Glasgow. He is an Honorary Visiting Professor at City University London and Edinburgh Napier University. His research focuses principally on collaboration in science, scholarly communication, and citation analysis. He has also published on topics such as information warfare, strategic intelligence, and digital pornography. Professor Cronin is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology and for 10 years was Editor of the Annual Review of Information Science and Technology. He holds an MA from Trinity College Dublin, a Ph.D and DSSc. from the Queen’s University Belfast and an honorary DLitt from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.
Professor Cronin was the opening keynote speaker at the DREaM project launch conference on Tuesday 19th July 2011.Gina Czarnecki is a British artist whose work crosses multiple genres and platforms ranging from small gallery based projection works to large theatrical and sculptural public artworks. She generally works in collaboration with scientists, computer programmers, dancers and sound artists and the public. Her art works are influenced by biomedical science and informed by her interest in belief systems, deep histories, complexity and forgetfullness. Her works raise real and relevant questions about developments in the ‘life’ sciences and changes in culture, society and language
Czarnecki’s work has been exhibited internationally at major museums and festivals including the Natural History Museum, London; Australian Centre for the Moving Image Melbourne; Ars Electronica, Linz; Sundance Film Festival, USA, Brisbane International Arts Festival, Australia. and more. She has won numerous awards for her work including the prestigious Creative Scotland Award, a Fleck Fellowship with the Banff Centre, Canada. Her film, Nascent, has been screened extensively across the world, winning several awards and prizes.
Gina obtained a first class honours degree in Art at Wimbledon School of Art and a PGDip in electronic imaging at Duncan of Jordanstone college, Scotland, From 1997-2003 she directed the Masters in electronic Art at the University of Dundee. She relocated to Australia in (2003-2007) where she was an advisor to the Victorian Government Arts innovation Awards and artist in residence at the State library of Victoria. She currently lives in Liverpool where she has founded the Community Interest Company called LABC (Liverpool art and biosciences).
Gina Czarnecki and Professor Sara Rankin were leaders of the breakout session “Stepping out of the comfort zone by collaborating across disciplines” at the DREaM project launch conference on Tuesday 19th July 2011.
Dr Evans was the closing keynote speaker at the DREaM project launch conference on Tuesday 19th July 2011. Biddy Fisher has enjoyed a career in (mainly) academic libraries since the early 1970’s when computers roamed the streets in pantechnicons, and a BBC ‘micro’ came with a mouse the size of a contemporary laser printer. During the decades of working at UEA, Sheffield Hallam, University of London and CILIP, (when it was The Library Association), Biddy developed an interest in designing and applying research methods to improve aspects of professional practice. Her own track record in research is a bit patchy as she concentrated more on thinking than doing. However, now retired, she feels that some of the things she has thought about and written about just may have helped others to do a whole lot better. Along the way, she has contributed to the CILIP Library and Information Research Group and the IFLA, Library Theory and Research section. With Stephanie Kenna, Mel Collier and Nigel McCartney, Biddy worked to get the ‘Research Coalition’ on its feet and is full of admiration for the achievements of the past two years. Her three years in the ‘Presidential Team’ of CILIP provided an unparalleled opportunity to meet and talk to people connected with books, libraries and information, as providers, designers or users and she is never happier than sharing anecdotes of people’s careers and successes on Twitter, Facebook and in the coffee queue.
Biddy Fisher was the chair of the afternoon plenary at the DREaM project launch conference on Tuesday 19th July in London.Ben Goldacre is a best-selling author, broadcaster, medical doctor and academic who specialises in unpicking dodgy scientific claims from drug companies, newspapers, government reports, PR people and quacks. Unpicking bad science is the best way to explain good science.
Ben delivered the closing keynote speech, and presented the Library and Information Science Practitioner Researcher Excellence Award, at the DREaM concluding conference on 9th July 2012.
Dr Haigh presented a workshop session titled: Techniques from History at the second DREaM workshop on 30th January 2012.Professor Hazel Hall is Director of the Centre for Social Informatics in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. She is currently seconded part-time to lead the implementation of the plans of the Library and Information Science Research Coalition. Hazel’s main research expertise and teaching interests lie in information sharing in online environments within the context of knowledge management. Other themes in which she maintains an active interest, and has published widely, include social computing, online communities and collaboration, the education and training of information professionals, and online information services provision.
Professor Hall was principal investigator of the DREaM project together with Professor Charles Oppenheim as co-investigator. Hazel gave the introduction at the DREaM project launch conference on Tuesday 19th July 2011. She faciliated a session on research impact at the third DREaM workshop in Edinburgh on 25th April 2012. At the final DREaM event she presented a paper entitled “DREaM past, present and future”.The International Journal of Information Management published by Elsevier. He has authored or edited over one hundred academic books in the fields of chemistry, information technology, information management and communication skills.
Dr Hills was the leader of the breakout session “Raising your research dissemination ambitions” at the DREaM project launch conference on Tuesday 19th July 2011.
Since graduating in 2001 she has worked on a number of LIS cross sector information literacy projects including the Scottish Information Literacy Project from October 2004 until March 2010 where she started as a Research Assistant but developed her research and project skills to become Project Manager and Researcher. In 2010 she went freelance and has been involved in a variety of work including writing journal articles and book chapters about her information literacy research work, abstracting and delivering reflective practice / reflective writing workshops for CILIP’s Career Development Group Scotland. She has just recently started work on the RiLIES2 project as a Research Fellow. The Research in Librarianship – Impact Evaluation Study (RiLIES – pronounced “realise”) refers to two projects supported by the LIS Research Coalition. RiLIES1 was completed between February and July 2011 and RiLIES2 runs from February to July 2012.
Christine was involved in the organisation of the three DREaM workshops and the concluding conference, and served on the DREaM project advisory committee.Research Information Network (RIN). He has held a variety of posts, as an academic; an archivist; a civil servant; Deputy Secretary of the British Academy; and as Deputy Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB), which he led through its transition to full Research Council status. For the past five years he has been Director of the RIN, which has been set up to investigate how to improve the information resources and services available to and used by UK researchers across all disciplines, in science, technology and medicine as well as the arts and humanities.
Dr Michael Jubb was a member of the DREaM project advisory board, and he was a rapporteur at the breakout session “Stepping out of the comfort zone by collaborating across disciplines” at the DREaM project launch conference on Tuesday 19th July 2011. He hosted the awards presentation at the DREaM project concluding conference on Monday 9th July 2012British Library from 1975 until 2010 in a variety of roles including reader services, preservation and the former Research and Innovation Centre (previously the Research and Development Department), where she was Research Analyst for the preservation and humanities research programmes and the heritage sector. As a member of the Library’s Co-operation and Partnership Programme from its establishment in 1999 until 2003, she had oversight for preservation issues and funding opportunities and was responsible for liaising with the archive and museum communities. Stephanie then managed the British Library’s regional programme, working closely with the public library sector to raise awareness of the Library’s collections and services among both staff and users of public libraries. In 2006 she was seconded to the Library’s Higher Education team to work on the development phase of the UK Research Reserve. In 2008 she joined the Strategy and Planning team where she worked on the British Library’s Strategy, 2008-2011, and the Library’s 2020 Vision project.
Stephanie was a member of the various teams that developed and established the LIS Research Coalition and was the British Library’s representative on the Coalition Board, 2009-10. Since retiring from the British Library she has been working part-time for the Coalition. In 2010 she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Chartered institute of Library and Information Professionals.
Stephanie Kenna was member of the DREaM project advisory board.Elizabeth Lomas is completing a PhD at Northumbria University focusing on engaging records management principles and practice within organisational computer mediated communication systems. She is using a novel form of co-operative action research inquiry with 80 participants in different parts of the world. Prior to studying for her PhD she worked as records management practitioner in the public sector for 15 years. She was attracted to Northumbria University because it is the only UK university that offers records management teaching/research within a computing, engineering and information sciences School. Her supervisors are Professors Julie McLeod and David Wainwright in the Information Management Innovation Research Group.
With Professor Julie McLeod Elizabeth led the breakout session “Extending your research methods repertoire” at the DREaM project launch conference on Tuesday 19th July 2011. Dr Paul Lynch is a reader in Hospitality and Tourism Studies at the University of Strathclyde. His research focuses on critical and sociological perspectives of hospitality and tourism management, with his main areas of publication concentrating on small hospitality and tourism entrepreneurs, including female micro-entrepreneurs; enterprises, including social enterprises; organisational networks and networking, advanced qualitative research methods, hospitality and space, vicarious mobility. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality, an elected member of the Association of International Scientific Experts in Tourism and is currently Vice-Chair (Research) Council for Hospitality Management Education executive committee. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Stenden, Netherlands.
Dr Lynch presented a workshop session providing an introduction to enthnography at the first DREaM workshop on 25th October 2011.Professor Andy McKinlay is head of school at the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences at The University of Edinburgh. His research interests include social psychology, discourse analysis, social identity and work, and computer-supported cooperative work. He is a member of the Language Cognition and Communication Research Group, which carries out research into the psychology of language, including comprehension, production and dialogue, from sub-lexical processes to the discourse level.
Professor McKinlay presented a workshop session on discourse analysis at the first DREaM workshop on 25th October 2011. Julie McLeod is Professor in Records Management at Northumbria University. She is Head of Research in the Information & Communication Management team in the School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences. Her main interest is records management. An active member of the BSI/ISO Committees which developed ISO 15489 she has directed research on different aspects of records management employing novel methods. Julie is Editor of the Records Management Journal and has published many articles and co-authored/co-edited several books. She has developed a range of innovative educational opportunities for records management and is Programme Leader for the MSc Records Management (Distance Learning).
Professor Moore presented a workshop session titled: Making the bullets for others to fire (research and policy) at the second DREaM workshop on 30th January 2012.Information Science at Loughborough University between 1998 and 2009. He was Head of the Department of Information Science between 2006 and 2009. In his past life, he has held a variety of posts in academia and the electronic publishing industry, working for International Thomson, Pergamon and Reuters at various times.
He has been involved in, and published widely on legal issues in the library and information profession, especially copyright, data protection and freedom of information. He has a particular interest in legal issues in cloud computing. His other interests include research evaluation, citation studies and bibliometrics, and open access and scholarly communication and the digital library. He is a consultant in all these fields.
Charles is a member of the Legal Advisory Board of the European Commission, and of the Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance. He and Naomi Korn run the IPR consultancy service for the JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee).
Charles has published many books and book chapters, and more than 400 scholarly journal articles in the field of library and information management. He regularly speaks at library and information professional conferences and is on the editorial advisory board of journals in the field. Right now he is writing a book on legal issues associated with Web 2.0 .
Professor Oppenheim was co-investigator of the DREaM project together with Professor Hall as principal investigator. He chaired sessions at the project launch conference in London on Tuesday 19th July and presented a workshop session on research ethics and legal issues at the first DREaM workshop on 25th October 2011. At the final DREaM event on 9th July 2012 he chaired all the afternoon conference sessions.her blog.
Kirsty holds a Masters in Creative Writing and New Media from De Montfort University and is a member of the Transliteracy Research Group. She is also a member of the editorial team at the International Journal of Digital Curation.
Kirsty managed the amplification of all DREaM project events.Professor Sara Rankin has a first class honors degree and PhD in Pharmacology from Kings College London. She held post-doctoral positions in the Department of Medicine, UCSD and at Imperial Cancer Research Fund before joining the Leukocyte Biology Section of the NHLI in 1995. She was awarded a Career Development Award and a University Award from the Wellcome Trust and is now a Professor in Leukocyte and Stem Cell Biology at Imperial. Her current research is in the field of Regenerative Pharmacology, developing new therapies that stimulate the activity of tissue –derived adult stem cells to promote tissue regeneration. Professor Rankin is a Fellow of the Society of Biology and sits on the Education committee of the British Pharmacology Society. She is committed to public engagement activities, running regular stem cell workshops for pupils, having interactions with the media and participating in public debates on stem cells. In 2008 Professor Rankin set up a collaboration with Artist Gina Czarnecki, the results of this collaboration will be discussed in this session. In June 2011 Sara was recognised as an outstanding researcher when she was granted a share of £56 million research funding as an inaugural Wellcome Trust Investigator Award.
Professor Rankin and Gina Czarnecki were leaders of the breakout session “Stepping out of the comfort zone by collaborating across disciplines” at the DREaM project launch conference on Tuesday 19th July 2011.Kevin Swingler is a lecturer in Computing Science at Stirling University. His research interests are artificial intelligence, data mining and optimisation techniques. He also runs a company that specialises in data collection and analysis.
Kevin Swingler presented a workshop session on data mining at the third DREaM workshop on 25th April 2012.Carol Tenopir is a Chancellor’s Professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the Director of Research for the College of Communication and Information, and Director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies. Her areas of teaching and research include: information access and retrieval, electronic publishing, and the information industry. She is the author of five books, including, Communication Patterns of Engineers, winner of the American Society for Engineering Education, Engineering Libraries Division 2005 Best Publication Award, (IEEE/Wiley InterScience, 2004) with Donald W. King.
Dr. Tenopir has published over 200 journal articles, is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, and for 28 years wrote the “Online Databases” column for Library Journal. She is the recipient of the 2009 Award of Merit from the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIST), the 2002 ASIST Research Award, and the 1993 ASIST Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award. In addition, Dr. Tenopir received the 2010 Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Illinois GSLIS, the 2000 ALISE Award for Teaching Excellence, and the 2004 International Information Industry Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Tenopir holds a PhD degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois.
Dr Carol Tenopir presented the opening keynote: “Building evidence of the value and impact of library and information services: methods, metrics and ROI” at the DREaM Conference at the British Library on Monday 9th July. She also participated in the panel discussion entitled: “…and so the DREaM goes on: means of sustaining the UK network of LIS researchers”.Mike Thelwall is Professor of Information Science and leader of the Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. He is also Docent at Åbo Akademi University Department of Information Studies, and a research associate at the Oxford Internet Institute. Mike has developed a wide range of tools for gathering and analysing web data, including hyperlink analysis, sentiment analysis and content analysis for Twitter, YouTube, MySpace, blogs and the web in general. His 300+ publications include 152 refereed journal articles, seven book chapters and two books, including Introduction to Webometrics, is an associate editor of the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology and sits on five other editorial boards.
Professor Thelwall presented a workshop session introducing webometrics at the second DREaM workshop on 30th January 2012.
Gunilla Widén is Professor of Information Studies at Åbo Akademi University, Finland where she has been appointed as teacher and researcher since 1996. She holds a PhD in Information Science from 2001. She is teaching in knowledge organization, information seeking, and information and knowledge management. During 2004–2005 she was a visiting researcher at School of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University. Her research fields concern information and knowledge management in business organizations, and aspects of social capital and knowledge sharing in groups and organizations. She has published widely in her areas of expertise. She is project leader of two larger research project financed by the Academy of Finland. One of the projects investigates social aspects of information behavior on both individual and organizational levels. The other project is looking at various aspects of library 2.0 and web 2.0 and social media.
Dr Phil Turner has a background in psychology and has pursued research in the application of philosophical / psychological thought to understanding how we use technology for what seems like an age.
Dr Turner presented a workshop session covering techniques from psychology – repertory grids at the third DREaM workshop on 25th April 2012.
Professor Widén was a member of the DREaM project advisory board, and the leader of the breakout session “Cultivating networks: opportunities and challenges” at the DREaM project launch conference on Tuesday 19th July 2011.
Stella Wisdom is currently a Digital Curator at the British Library ; her professional interests include social media, digitisation, user engagement and crowdsourcing. Stella joined the British Library in 2006 and before relocating to London in 2010, she managed Collection Storage North at the British Library’s site at Boston Spa in Yorkshire. Stella has also previously worked at the Library and Information Statistics Unit based at Loughborough University, the Warburg Institute Library and the National Library of Scotland. Stella has a First Class BA joint honours in Art History and Information and Library Studies from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester and she is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (MCLIP). In 2006 Stella won the CILIP/Online Information Personal Development Award.
Stella Wisdom was the chair of the One Minute Madness session at the DREaM project launch conference on Tuesday 19th July 2011 in London.
Dr Harry J Woodroof is a member of the Horizon Scanning Team within the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). He has particular interests in science and technology futures and horizon scanning, and in applying futures work to strategy – especially within defence and security. Harry has a PhD from the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, Univ. of Southampton, an MSc in Ergonomics, a BSc (Hons) in Physiology and an MA in Defence Studies. He is a Member of the Institute of Acoustics and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
He has presented or lectured on strategic futures to committees of the Royal Society and the (US) National Academy of Sciences, to the Defence Academy and the National School of Government, and Manchester University’s Business School. He was a member of the group led by Prof. (now Lord) Peter Hennessy who, under the auspices of the British Academy, replied to the question posed by HM Queen on her visit to LSE about why the financial crisis of 2008 had not been foreseen.
Dr Woodroof presented a workshop session on horizon scanning at the third DREaM workshop on 25th April 2012.