LIS research and practice; still opponents?

This post is based on my reflections on a talk I gave last summer at the iFutures 2014 conference at Sheffield University, and on responses to that talk. Ten years ago, in an editorial in Journal of Documentation, I commented on the gap between research and practice in the information sciences, which has been lamented… Continue reading LIS research and practice; still opponents?

On being a bang-for-buck hero

Being still February, it is a bit early for even the most shameless shops and restaurants to begin their Christmas promotions. No such reticence for British academia, as, with the dust barely settled on REF2014, universities begin to plan for REF2020. As my own university joins in this trend, I stave off angst by meditating… Continue reading On being a bang-for-buck hero

Altmetrics, qualitative understanding and the Croatian seaside

The LIDA (Libraries in the Digital Age) series of conferences,initially annual and now biannual, has become something of an institution since it was established in 2000. Its location, now in the beautiful Adriatic city of Zadar, having migrated up and down the Croatian coast over the years, is certainly one factor in its popularity. Its… Continue reading Altmetrics, qualitative understanding and the Croatian seaside

Imagination, exciting mixes and the improvement of information research

“It is my contention”, writes Paul Sturges in a recent article on imagination in LIS research’, “that much of LIS research at all levels, throughout the world, is dull formulaic and often disgracefully bad”. This is bad for research, of course, but “given that LIS is a practical discipline, it is something of a professional… Continue reading Imagination, exciting mixes and the improvement of information research

PhD studentships for Information Science

City University London is offering 75 fully-funded studentships for doctoral study, with information science as one of the areas to be supported. The Centre for Information Science, set in the wider Department of Information Science, is City's focus for the study of the academic foundations of the information disciplines and professions. Our research and publications,… Continue reading PhD studentships for Information Science

Alas poor ARIST

Academic disciplines usually have few have few scholarly resources that can reasonably be described as 'jewels'; this label can certainly be applied to Annual Reviews of Information Science and Technology, which has for 45 years been the main forum for scholarly review articles in information science. Not for much longer. The sponsoring body, the American… Continue reading Alas poor ARIST