Help map your sector

Message from Mike Hosking, Chair of the Workforce Mapping Project Board:

We need your help to map the UK’s libraries, archives, records, information and knowledge sectors.

There are about 270,000 people in the UK working in these sectors but currently a clear profile of the workforce does not exist.

Complete the short survey and help us accurately map these sectors.

Organised by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and the Archives and Records Association (ARA) the research findings will help with advocacy targeting governments and employers, to develop relevant and robust policies, and to develop better and targeted services.

By completing the survey you could also win £200 worth of vouchers of your own choice.

Put yourself on the map, complete the survey
http://bit.ly/workforcemap

We are interested in the views of all people working in the sector, whether in paid or unpaid employment.

Your anonymity is guaranteed, only aggregated findings will be used in analysis and reporting. Individuals will not be identifiable from the report of the study. The survey is being conducted by a team of researchers from Edinburgh Napier University.

We hope that you can help us with this important work. The survey takes no more than 15 minutes to complete and can be found at http://bit.ly/workforcemap. The survey has been designed so that it can be completed on a range of devices, but it is most accessible on a desktop, laptop or tablet computer.

The survey has the support of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills as it fills the gap following the closure of the Learning and Skills Improvement Service; providing essential data which will support workforce development.

We want to reach as many people as possible, so please help us by forwarding this on to anyone you know working in the sector. The success of the survey is entirely dependent upon the level of responses received. This is a pivotal point in library, information and archive services and we need all of the knowledge we can gather on the workforce to advocate on your behalf.

Vacancies at Edinburgh Napier University

Message from Professor Hazel Hall, Edinburgh Napier University:

At Edinburgh Napier University we are currently advertising a number of job opportunities. Amongst these are posts in (1) Information Systems and (2) Computer Security and Digital Forensics. These are at the level of Lecturer, Associate Professor and Professor. I would be grateful if you could circulate this message to parties who may be interested in these opportunities, e.g. post-docs, external colleagues, your former PhD students.

Of most interest to those of us who teach and research in the fields of library and information science is the work with the Information Systems teaching group. This is team in which I and other members of the Centre for Social Informatics undertake teaching work. For further information on the scope of our work in the Information Systems group, and how this ties to the research conducted within the Centre for Social Informatics, please see http://hazelhall.org/2015/02/09/applications-invited-for-lecturer-associate-professor-and-professor-appointments-within-edinburgh-napiers-school-of-computing/

If you work closely with computer scientists, you may also like to pass on the details of the posts in Computer Security and Digital Forensics.

The job adverts and instructions on how to make an application can be found on the University vacancies page at http://www.napier.ac.uk/vacancies/Pages/Vacancies.aspx

The deadline for applications is Friday 6th March 2015.

Applications invited for three funded PhD places to start in early 2015

IIDI logo

The Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation (IIDI) is currently advertising three funded PhD places to start in early 2015 (on a date between January and March). The full advertisement can be found at jobs.ac.uk and on the Edinburgh Napier University vacancies web site. The closing date for applications is 21st November 2014, with interviews expected to take place in early December 2014.

Staff within the Centre for Social Informatics would be particularly interested in PhD applications that relate to: e-democracy, e-governance and e-participation; information risk and governance; the Information Society; library and information science research; knowledge management; and sociotechnical project evaluation. If you would like to discuss ideas for a doctoral study in any of these (or related) areas, please feel free to e-mail Hazel Hall. There is also further information on PhD study opportunities within the Centre for Social Informatics on Hazel’s PhDs page.

The application form and other associated documents can be found at the Edinburgh Napier University PhD applications web page.

What are we doing and why in British and Irish library and information departments?

In recent years, the library and information professions have undergone a series of changes. Some libraries have been through name changes and rebrands (to become known as things like Learning Resource Centres or Information Centres), some have closed, and almost all have changed their support in some way. More information is available online now, so we’ve seen demand for access to computing facilities and wireless internet access increase. Many libraries supplement traditional print resources with electronic resources, including e-books, e-journals, and online databases.

The way we receive, manage and share information is constantly changing
The way we receive, manage and share information is constantly changing

Information and digital literacy skills are becoming essential for society; for both work and life in general. A number of reports talk about ‘information overload’ and people are developing techniques to deal with this. Organisations produce an increasingly large amount of information, and information professionals are involved in managing this information and helping others develop skills to manage it.

New areas within the information professions are emerging – including knowledge management, managing intranets, and managing online information to ensure it is findable by users (such as those who specialise in user experience design and those who work with metadata).

In response to the changes, member institutions of BAILER have been adapting their courses to ensure their content is current and their graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge to enter today’s workplace.

At the University of West of England for example, they have updated their Information Management course:

We have updated our MSc offering, taking account of trends in the profession and the recent review of the Professional Skills and Knowledge Base by CILIP, which consulted widely with employers and professionals. While much of our previous content remains, we have reorganised the modules to make space for enhanced treatment of information/digital literacy and knowledge organisation, both foundational aspects of modern information work. We have also created a new set of options where students can specialise in user experience design, data management, knowledge management and web design.

We continue to cater to librarians working in public and academic settings, but recognise that today there are many other information-related roles outside of these spaces. Indeed, part of the philosophy is to expose students to a range of workplaces and skillsets in order to expand their career horizons.

In response to student demand, Glyndŵr University have extended their course offering to include a BSc(Hons) Library and Information Management top up degree:

From FDSc Library and Information Practice student demand we have developed a BSc (Hons) Library and Information Management, which is a one year top for those having completed the foundation degree or for those who qualified a while ago and wish to update their CPD profile. The first cohort of 11 BSc (Hons) students graduate in October 2013. The course uses the same model of delivery as the FDSc with the addition of a dissertation.

In addition to course level changes, many BAILER institutions have developed new modules or are in the process of doing so – some within their departments such as research data management, and some in collaboration with other departments such as social media (in collaboration with journalism) and database management (in collaboration with computing).

The courses and modules in British and Irish library and information departments are regularly reviewed in response to changes in society and in the needs of students and employers. Visit the member directory to get further information on BAILER member institutions and visit their websites to take a look at the courses currently on offer.

Graduate Scholarships 2013 at UWL SOCAT

Message from Stephen Roberts at University of West London:
An opportunity for graduating students has recently been announced at University of West London, School of Computing and Technology.
• Information Management: the information, knowledge and communication environments of organizations and businesses; the development of information cultures in domains, disciplines and communities.
• Computing: case-based reasoning; ambient intelligence; sound engineering; linked data; explanation-aware multi-agent systems; music student training; internet security and cybercrime; complex event processing; communicating data over sound; mHealth; user experience and internationalisation; interaction design for the workplace.
The advert for Graduate Scholarships is now on the University website at http://jobs.uwl.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=GRAD001.  The advert is also on www.jobs.ac.uk.
Please direct all enquiries to research.degrees@uwl.ac.uk.
Specific inquiries can be made to the above address up to June 21st and the closing date is June 30th.
However, if an interested applicant comes forward after June 21st please get in touch directly with me for applications in either category:
Please feel free to pass on this notice to interested parties.

PhD vacancy – Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation, Edinburgh Napier University

The Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation at Edinburgh Napier University has just advertised a funded PhD place to start in September 2013.

The full advertisement can be found at at jobs.ac.uk and on the Edinburgh Napier University vacancies web site. There is also an associated item about the vacancy on the IIDI news feed. The closing date for applications is Monday 1st July 2013, with interviews expected to take place on Wednesday 24th July 2013.

The application form and other associated documents can be found at the Edinburgh Napier University PhD applications web page.

Staff with the Centre for Social Informatics research centre would be particularly interested in PhD applications that relate to: e-democracy, e-governance and e-participation; information risk and governance; the Information Society; library and information science research; knowledge management; and sociotechnical project evaluation.

If you would like to make an informal enquiry about the studentship, please e-mail Hazel Hall at h.hall@napier.ac.uk.

iDocQ 2013 – Monday 24th June – Aberdeen

Registrations are now open for iDocQ 2013, the annual doctoral colloquium for PhD students in information science and related subject areas. The event takes place on Monday 24th June in Aberdeen. Places can be booked at http://idocq2013.eventbrite.co.uk/

The event will include: (1) a keynote presentation from a guest speaker; (2) an opportunity for students to present their work to one another in 20×20 format, with a prize for best top 1st, 2nd and 3rd year presentations; (3) a choice of 4 breakout sessions; (4) feedback and discussion on all work presented facilitated by Information Science pathway academics from SGS partner institutions.

Outline programme

10:00-10:30 Registration and coffee/tea
10:30-10:45 Welcome
10:45-11:00 Speed networking line-up
11:00-11:30 Guest presentation by Dr Annemaree Lloyd, Charles Sturt University, Australia
11:30-12:30 20×20 presentations by students
12:30-13:15 Lunch
13:15-15:15 20×20 presentations by students
15:15-15:30 Tea/coffee
15:30-16:30 Breakout sessions: students attend one session from a choice of (1) Writing (and rewriting) the literature review; (2) Defining and refining research questions; (3) Preparing for fieldwork; (4) Defending your thesis.
16:30-17:00 Plenary and prize-giving

The main target audience is information science students, but students from other related disciplines are also welcome. Registration is free for PhD students based in UK universities. A number of travel bursaries are also available. Those studying outside the UK are also welcome to attend for a small fee.

Follow iDocQ on Twitter: @iDocQ
Event hash tag: #idocq2013