RIVAL contributors

The RIVAL events focus on maximising the impact and value of library and information science research. We are pleased to list here the contributors to the events.

Leo Appleton is Director of Library Services at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is also a part-time PhD student undertaking a doctoral study entitled The value and impact of public libraries within the Information Society: their contribution to citizenship development. Leo was recognised by CILIP’s Library and Information Research Group as the winner of the Practitioner Researcher Excellence Award in 2016. Leo is the keynote speaker at RIVAL event 3 on 19th March 2020.

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SimonBurnett2mono Simon Burnett is Professor of Information Science at Robert Gordon University’s School of Creative and Cultural Business. Simon began his career as a website designer, and went on to establish the Centre for Knowledge Management at RGU in 2000. His research has focussed on the use of narratives for sharing knowledge, organisational storytelling the use of social media in professional and socio-political contexts, and information access and usage issues amongst displaced communities. Simon is presenting a Research into Practice case study with his colleague Konstantina (‘Dina’) Martzoukou at RIVAL event 3 on 19th March 2020.

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Laura Cagnazzo received her MSc in Information and Library Studies from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, in 2017. Her MSc final project focused on the investigation of current use and implementation of linked data across European national libraries. This work was published as a journal article in collaboration with Dr Diane Pennington. She is also one of the authors of the book Social tagging in a linked data environment. Laura has recently taken on the role of Repository and Research Data Librarian at the University of West Scotland. Laura is presenting a Research into Practice case study with Diane Pennington at RIVAL event 2 on 11th November 2019.

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Louise Graham has nearly 20 years’ experience working in school and public libraries in Scotland. She worked in Stirling for 12 years, first as Community Librarian for Dunblane Library, then in 2010 as Librarian for Children and Young People. In 2017, Stirling Libraries undertook a restructure exercise to reflect the growing demand for library strategy to promote and support digital participation and Louise was appointed then as Digital Services Librarian. Louise is passionate about libraries’ role in providing equality of access to information, opportunity and culture. She brings a commitment to keeping libraries at the heart of strong thriving communities in her new role as Strategic Development Officer with Edinburgh Libraries. Louise is speaking at RIVAL event 1 on 11th July 2019.

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Paul Gooding is a Lecturer in Information Studies at the University of Glasgow. His research focuses on evaluating the impact of digital library collections on institutions and users. He is particularly interested in the interaction between digital materials, user behaviour, and legal/institutional frameworks for collection development. He is PI on the Digital Library Futures project (2017-2019), an AHRC-funded project to analyse the impact of Non-Print Legal Deposit on UK academic libraries. He is also leading an AHRC UK/US collaborative network (2019-2020) to develop and evaluate a global dataset of digitised texts. Paul holds an MA in Library and Information Studies (2007), and a PhD in Digital Humanities (2014) from University College London, and formerly worked as a librarian with BBC Sport. Paul is presenting a Research into Practice case study at RIVAL event 3 on 19th March 2020.

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Hazel Hall is Professor of Social Informatics within the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. Her main research interests include information behaviour and use, online communities and collaboration, library and information science research, and research impact. Hazel is presenting a Research into Practice case study with research user Sean McNamara at RIVAL event 2 on 11th November 2019.

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Dr Konstantina (‘Dina’) Martzoukou is Teaching Excellence fellow and Course Leader for the MSc Information & Library Studies programme at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen Scotland. Her research work encompasses a number of interrelated areas, including information seeking behaviour, and information and digital literacy with an emphasis on the everyday life context. Her recent research work for example, has included an exploration of the information literacy experiences and socio-cultural adaptation of Syrian new Scots, the Syrian refugees in Scotland. Dina is a member of the Editorial Advisory Committee of Library Management Journal and in 2017 she was editor of a special issue on ‘The future role of librarians’. Dina is also a member of the Conference Programme Committee of the European Conference on Information Literacy and the Higher Education Advances conference.  Dina, since last year is also the Co-judge of the Librarians Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC) IL Award. Dina is presenting a Research into Practice case study with her colleague Simon Burnett at RIVAL event 3 on 19th March 2020.

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Sean McNamara is the Head of CILIP Scotland – the Scottish arm of the professional body for library and information workers in the UK. Sean has been with the organisation for 6 years and previously worked as the Policy and Digital Officer. Before that he was the Learning Services Librarian in the public library service in Inverclyde. Sean is presenting a Research into Practice case study with Hazel Hall at RIVAL event 2 on 11th November 2019.

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Sarah Morton is internationally recognised for her work in developing innovative approaches to ensure that decision-makers have access to the best evidence for taking organisations, policies and practices forward. She has done this through: creating channels for getting research into the real world (at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships); broadening understanding of the interaction between research, policy and practice (through work with UNICEF, What Works Scotland and other research); and working alongside organisations to use evidence for improving services for the families and communities they serve (with Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Starcatchers, The Scottish Book Trust, Shelter Scotland and others). Sarah has pioneered a participatory approach to using contribution analysis to understand and achieve outcomes. Sarah is the keynote speaker at RIVAL event 1 on 11th July 2019.

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Diane Pennington is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Information Science and the Course Director for the MSc/PgDip in Information and Library Studies at the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. She leads the Information Engagement Research Area of the Strathclyde iSchool Research Group. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Library and Information Research, which is published by the Library and Information Research Group of CILIP. Diane is presenting a Research into Practice case study with Laura Cagnazzo at RIVAL event 2 on 11th November 2019.

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David Stewart is president of CILIP. Working for Health Education England, David is Regional Director of Health Library and Knowledge Services North, responsible for the strategic development, co-ordination and quality monitoring of all NHS library and knowledge services across the north of England. He has been in this post since June 1999. His previous posts include Director of Information Services at the Royal Society of Medicine and working jointly for Oxford University and the former Oxford Regional Health Authority as Deputy Director of Health Libraries across the Oxford region. With a first degree in medieval & modern history from Birmingham University, David qualified as a librarian in 1981 at Birmingham Polytechnic. He chartered in 1984 and became a CILIP Fellow in 2012. David is the keynote speaker at RIVAL event 2 on 11th November 2019.

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