Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Dr Paul Reilly published in UK General Election report

Senior Lecturer Dr Paul Reilly has had an article published in a new report on the 2017 UK General Election edited by Einar Thorsen, Dan Jackson and Darren Lilleker from Bournemouth University. This rapid response report features 92 contributions from over 100 UK and international academics.

Paul's article presents some preliminary findings from a study of 1,842 tweets posted during the BBC Northern Ireland Leaders’ Debate, which took place a few days before polling day. ‘ It explores the response of Northern Irish tweeters to statements made by the representatives of the main political parties during the debate.

The article can be accessed here and the full report is available to download from here

Friday, 16 June 2017

Special issue of AJIM journal honours late Information School alumnus Mark Hepworth

The latest edition of the Aslib Journal of Information Management is a special issue honouring Mark Hepworth, Emeritus Professor at Loughborough University and an alumnus of the Sheffield Information School, who died on 21 December 2016. For many years he pushed forward the boundaries in studies of people's information behaviour and experience.

To honour Mark's contribution to library and information science, his friends, colleagues and students contributed articles to the issue, reflecting topics that characterised his career: health information, development studies and information behaviour.

Mark studied an MSc in Information Studies at the Information School before moving into a career that took him from industry into academia. He worked at Datasolve Limited in customer support care before becoming Business Development Manager for the Pearson/Financial Times group. He was appointed Senior Lecturer at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore in 1993 where he helped to develop a new MSc programme in Information Studies. He finally moved to Loughborough University in 1999 where he was eventually promted to Chair in People's Information Behaviour before retiring in 2016. His research at Loughborough concentrated on how people interact with and use information to enable them to achieve their objectives.

You can read the special issue here.

Wasim Ahmed represents Information School at expert panel at London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE)

The ‘Assessing the Value of Blogs and Social Media to Research Communication and Impact’ panel was held at LSE on Wednesday 14 June at 5.00pm. The panel featured doctoral student Wasim Ahmed, from the Information School.

The event was very well attended with over 70 delegates. Wasim noted that engaging with social media and blogs has the potential to generate more interest in academic work.

Picture as the panel was underway. Credit: Carlos Arrébola
Other panellists for the sessions included Kieran Booluck (Editor, LSE Impact blog); Chris Gilson (Editor, LSEUSAPP blog); Kathy Christian (Altmetric); Professor Daniel Miller (UCL ‘Why We Post’); Cheryl Brumley (The Economist); and Sierra Williams (Peer J). The panel was chaired by Amy Mollett (LSE Social Media Manager).

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Pam McKinney receives Faculty teaching award

Information School Lecturer Pam McKinney is one of only a small number of Faculty of Social Sciences staff to win a 'Teaching Excellence in Social Sciences (TESS) Award for Outstanding Practice in Learning and Teaching' this year.

The award follows research-informed teaching methods she has employed, especially around group work. You can read some of her research on the topic in her paper 'The use of technology in group-work: a Situational Analysis of students' reflective writing.'

Director of Learning and Teaching for the School, Dr Peter Stordy, has this to say:

"Pam is an inspiring and reflective teacher who is highly respected by both staff and students. She consistently attracts glowing comments in student module evaluations and motivates students to produce a high standard of work. Her tenacious determination to provide genuine opportunities to develop students' employability and team work skills distinguishes her from other excellent teachers. Furthermore, Pam continually is at the 'cutting edge' of teaching, maximising opportunities to improve the student learning experience 

These achievements have led to seven outstanding learning & teaching peer reviewed journal papers and a vignette related to reflective writing, teaching information literacy and group work. A Faculty Award is well-deserved."

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Dr Paul Reilly interviewed on BBC Radio about social media

Senior Lecturer Dr Paul Reilly was interviewed this week on BBC Radio Leicester's Jonathan Lampon show on the topic of oversharing on social media.

You can find the show here - skip ahead to 2:44:30 for Paul's interview.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Information School staff awarded Faculty Learning & Teaching Award for Library & Information Services Management programme

Professor Stephen Pinfield, Dr Briony Birdi, Dr Sheila Webber, Pam McKinney, Peter Holdridge and Paula Goodale have been awarded a Teaching Excellence in Social Sciences Award for Outstanding Practice in Learning and Teaching' by the Faculty of Social Sciences.

The award recognises the team's delivery of our innovative distance learning programme, MA Library & Information Services Management.

The award will be presented at the TESS End of Year Celebration event later this month.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Information School hosts Faculty-funded event - Researching Social Media: A Theoretical and Practical Overview

Doctoral candidate Wasim Ahmed, in collaboration with Chrysi Dagoula from the Journalism Department hosted an event at the Information School on Tuesday the 30th of May on the theoretical and practical aspects of social media research. The event was attended by delegates from across the UK ranging from PhD students, post-doctoral researchers as well as a number of senior academics.

Dr Andrew Cox congratulates co-organiser Wasim Ahmed for successfully running the event 

Dr Andrew Cox, Senior Lecturer, introduced the event and highlighted its interdisciplinary nature and thanked the Faculty for funding the event. The event also featured a talk by Sally Sanger whose PhD looks at alcohol online support groups. Event organisers would like to thank Xiaomei An for taking pictures of the event throughout the day.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Stephen Pinfield & Simon Wakeling present at SSP conference

This Friday, Professor Stephen Pinfield and Research Associate Dr Simon Wakeling will be presenting at the 39th annual Society for Scholarly Publishing Conference in Boston.

The SSP is a major international organisation in the field of scholarly communication and publishing.

Stephen and Simon will be presenting their work on open-access mega-journals. You can find details on their session here, and on the whole conference, which is running 31st May - 2nd June, here.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Paper co-authored by Paul Reilly, Elisa Serafinelli and colleagues nominated for ISCRAM prize

A paper co-authored by Senior Lecturer Dr Paul Reilly, Research Associate Dr Elisa Serafinelli and their colleagues from EMSC was nominated for a prize at the 2017 ISCRAM (Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management) conference.

This work, entitled 'Public expectations of social media use by critical infrastructure operators in crisis communication' and based on results from the EC H2020 IMPROVER project, explores public expectations of social media use by critical infrastructure operators during crisis situations.

Previous research into the role of social media in crisis communication has tended to focus on how sites such as Twitter are used by emergency managers rather than other key stakeholders, such as critical infrastructure (CI) operators. This paper adds to this emergent field by empirically investigating public expectations of information provided by CI operators during crisis situations. It does so by drawing on key themes that emerged from a review of the literature on public expectations of disaster related information shared via social media, and presenting the results of an online questionnaire-based study of disaster-vulnerable communities in France, Norway, Portugal and Sweden. Results indicate that members of the public expect CI operators to provide disaster related information via traditional and social media and to respond quickly to their queries on social media. CI operators should avail of the opportunities provided by social media to provide real-time information to disaster affected communities.

Find out more about the conference at its official website.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Wasim Ahmed delivers workshop at SITraN to the Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom on Communicating Science through Social Media

Wasim Ahmed, a Doctoral Candidate at the Information School, delivered a talk on communicating science through social media in collaboration with the University of Sheffield. Wasim shared his experiences on how he reached readers in over 136 countries and how he received over 250 thousand page hits across a number of channels within the first two years of his PhD.


Wasim noted that the event had an extremely good turnout for a Saturday afternoon, and noted that the atmosphere of the Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom was very lively and friendly. Wasim would like to thank the organisers and especially Margarita Segovia Roldan and Jacobo Elies Gomez pictured below left and right respectively of Wasim below.



Monday, 22 May 2017

Dr Paul Reilly gives seminar at Faculty of Media & Communication at Bournemouth University

Senior Lecturer Dr Paul Reilly is giving an invited research seminar at the Faculty of Media & Communication at Bournemouth University on Wednesday 24th May, 4-5pm. The talk is entitled 'Social media and contentious parades in divided societies: Tweeting the 2014 and 2015 Ardoyne parade disputes.'

The abstract for Paul's talk is below:

To what extent do social media facilitate debate between Catholics and Protestants about contentious parades and protests in post-conflict Northern Ireland? Do these ‘affective publics’ tend to escalate or de-escalate the tensions caused by these events? This paper addsresses these issues through a qualitative study of how citizens used Twitter in response to contentious Orange Order parades in the Ardoyne district of North Belfast in 2014 and 2015. Twitter provided a platform for ‘affective publics’ who expressed a myriad of sentiments towards the Orange Order, in addition to the residents who opposed the loyalist parade passing the predominantly nationalist area. This study focused on the extent to which these tweeters appeared to use the site to prevent a recurrence of the sectarian violence that followed the parade in previous years. A critical thematic analysis of 7388 #Ardoyne tweets, collected in July 2014 and July 2015, was conducted in order to investigate these issues. Results indicate that Twitter’s greatest contribution to peacebuilding may lie in its empowerment of citizens to correct rumours and disinformation that have the potential to generate sectarian violence. However, the site does not appear to function as a shared space in which cross-community consensus on contentious issues such as Ardoyne parade can be fostered.

Friday, 19 May 2017

MSc Information Management student runner-up for LIRG student prize

CILIP’s Library and Information Research Group awards a student prize each year for an outstanding research-based project on any topic in the general area of library and information science (LIS). Submissions for the prize are typically a postgraduate dissertation or a final year undergraduate project, with each LIS department being allowed to nominate one piece of student work.

The Information School’s nomination for this year’s prize was the MSc dissertation by Lynsey Taylor (nee Shenton), entitled “Perceptions of journal prestige in library and information science: a comparative analysis”.

Her study involved a survey of academics in UK LIS departments to identify the journals that they thought were most valuable for their teaching and research activities. A comparison of the results with those of an analogous survey conducted previously in the USA showed some significant differences between the UK and USA perceptions of value; and an analysis of submissions to the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) demonstrated that LIS research in the UK is wide-ranging in scope, and certainly much broader than if the discipline is defined by traditional LIS journals.

Lynsey was runner up for the prize this year. A paper based on Lynsey’s dissertation will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Aslib Journal of Information Management.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/2qyUPM5

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

PhD student Wasim Ahmed published on LSE Impact blog: Using Twitter as a datasource an overview of tools (updated for 2017)



Extract taken from the LSE Impact blog:

Following his initial post on this topic in 2015, Wasim Ahmed has updated and expanded his rundown of the tools available to social scientists looking to analyse social media data. A number of new applications have been released in the intervening period, with the increasing complexity of certain research questions also having prompted some tools to increase their data retrieval functionalities. Although platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp have more active users, Twitter’s unique infrastructure and the near-total availability of its data have ensured its popularity among researchers remains high.

You can read the full post here.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Dr Andrew Cox presents Bibliometrics findings at UKSG conference

Andrew Cox, working with Lizzie Gadd of the Lis-Bibliometrics Group, gave two workshops on the outcomes of the bibliometrics competency work they have been doing at UKSG conference this year.

The UKSG conference and exhibition is a major annual meeting of librarians, publishers and other intermediaries to consider developments in scholarly communication.


#UKSG17

McKinney reports on #infolit from #lilac17

The iSchool's Pamela McKinney (pictured right) has been giving regular reports on the LILAC conference being held in Swansea, Wales, 10-12 April, both through the iSchool's Twitter account and via the Information Literacy Weblog. She's reporting on the last day of the conference today.

Friday, 7 April 2017

eMentoring

Information School students have the opportunity to take part in the University’s eMentoring scheme which partners students with professionals working in their target field. Through engaging in the scheme and talking with mentors, students gain insights into particular job roles, gain valuable advice about the recruitment process and develop important industry knowledge. Students have two opportunities to register for the scheme, and are matched to a professional volunteer mentor in a relevant job role. All students who applied for the scheme in 2016-17 were successfully matched with a mentor. The student and their mentor meet virtually for 7-10 weeks to discuss technical and professional topics, share experiences of job search and recruitment and discuss applications and CVs.

Students who have taken part in the scheme report that they feel better informed about their career options in their field, have improved confidence and feel better equipped to apply for jobs and attend interviews and have developed important networking skills. 98% of those who took part would recommend the scheme to other students.

In 2016-17 20 Information School students took part in the scheme and were matched with mentors from a huge range of sectors and job roles:

· Learning and teaching librarian (university)

· Strategy consultant (corporate)

· IT architect (Corporate)

· Data coordinator / social analyst (Corporate)

· Head of library services (University)

· Metadata specialist (Public sector)

· Business development manager (corporate)

More information about the eMentoring scheme can be found here: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/careers/explore/ementoring

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Information School @ LILAC Conference

Information School lecturer Pam McKinney and PhD student Jess Elmore will be attending the 2017 Librarian’s Information Literacy Annual Conference LILAC in Swansea next week.

LILAC is organised by the CILIP Information Literacy Group, and brings together Information Literacy practitioners and researchers with the aim of improving approaches to IL teaching across the world.

Pam has a long history of presenting at LILAC with colleagues and students and is delighted to be representing the Information School at this year’s conference. Pam and Jess will be available in breaks and lunchtimes for delegates to discuss the on-campus and distance learning Masters programmes, and options for full and part time PhD study with the Information School.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Expert Group Contribution to the World Investment Report 2017 from the Information School

The World Investment Report is the flagship annual report produced by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). This year it will focus on the importance of investment in the digital economy, highlighting that the digital economy is increasingly a crucial aspect of national economies, both in the Global North and South.

Dr Chris Foster (Information School) was part of last week’s Expert Group Meeting in Geneva, which is supporting the production of this report. His contribution was based upon his previous in-depth research on the digital economy in East Africa, as well as his work on policy constraints and drivers for effective digital innovation.

The report, the first to explore the global implications of the digital economy related to foreign investment, will be released in June 2017


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

PhD student Matt Seddon wins CINF Scholarship for Scientific Excellence

Matt Seddon, PhD student in the Chemoinformatics research group, has won the CINF Scholarship for Scientific Excellence at the American Chemical Society meeting in San Francisco, April 2-6. The scholarship program of the Division of Chemical Information (CINF) is designed to reward graduate and postdoctoral students in chemical information and related sciences for scientific excellence.

The award was made for his PhD work which he presented as a long abstract and in poster format:

Global spectral and diffusion geometry descriptors of 3D molecular shape for virtual screening
Authors: Matthew Seddon, David Cosgrove, Martin Packer and Val Gillet


Matt also gave an oral presentation.

Matt Seddon (second from right) and colleagues


Matt's PhD is being funded by a BBSRC Industrial CASE Partnership Studentship in collaboration with AstraZeneca. He is supervised by Professor Val Gillet.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Wasim Ahmed – iConference 2017 Highlights

Last week, members of the Information School attended the 2017 iConference in Wuhan, China. One of our PhD students, Wasim Ahmed, gives his highlights below, along with some of his photos from the trip.
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My highlights from my trip included me presenting a poster on my pilot study from my PhD, and which received good interest from delegates, particularly concerning the methodology that was used. A number of very useful connections were made from across the world, and there was a lot of interest in the 2018 edition of the iConference which will take place in Sheffield hosted in collaboration with Northumbria University.

 
I also enjoyed visiting the Yellow Crane Tower, Hubei Provincial Museum, the East Lake, Wuhan, and the Yangtze River. Wuhan is a beautiful city, and the people are very friendly. I read online that the people in Wuhan are unusually nice, and I have to say that this is very true and I felt very welcome in the city.


It was also really good to meet Lee (Dr Xuguang Li) an Information School alumni who is now working as an academic in Wuhan. Lee was a very popular student among the iSchool, and I had heard many great things about him, so it was great to meet him, and we are very grateful that he showed us around Wuhan. I look forward to working with Lee in the future.


I am looking very much forward to the iConference in 2018 and welcoming delegates from across the world to Sheffield. I was born and raised in Sheffield and studied both my undergraduate and masters degrees here. Sheffield is a brilliant city, and I think delegates will really enjoy visiting the city as well as enjoying the conference.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Alumni Event in Wuhan, China

After the events of the iConference in Wuhan, China last week, the Information School held an alumni event on Saturday 25th March at Hyatt Regency Wuhan Optics Valley, attended by several of our past students who live in China.

Information School staff Dr Andrew Cox and Dr Jorge Martins attended, as well as former staff member and MSc/PhD alumnus Dr Miguel Nunes.

Our alumni travelled from Beijing, Shengzhen, Hainan and Guangzhou to Wuhan to attend the gathering and everyone had a very enjoyable time.



Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Dr Andrew Cox - iConference 2017 Highlights

Last week, members of the Information School attended the 2017 iConference in Wuhan, China. One of our academic staff, senior lecturer Dr Andrew Cox, gives his highlights below, along with some of his photos from the trip.



My highlights of the 2017 iConference included one of our PhD students, Piyapat Jarusawat, presenting her excellent paper "Community involvement in the Management of Palm Leaf Manuscripts as Lanna Cultural Material in Thailand" to a packed audience. The paper was shortlisted for the award for Most Interesting Preliminary Research Paper.

Another of our PhD students, Shuyang Li, also gave an excellent research presentation.


Our Head of School, Professor Peter Bath gave a presentation announcing Sheffield as the venue for the iConference in 2018. We are hosting this event in collaboration with Northumbria University.

We held an informal social dinner with some of our Chinese alumni around the conference proceedings, which was lovely. I also bumped into another alumni, Yidi Jiang, by chance on a train station platform on the way to the airport - what are the chances?


Of course there was also the chance for some good sightseeing. We visited the Hubei museum (above) and the Guiyuan Temple (below).



There was some lovely cherry blossom on the Wuhan University campus tour (above) and we had some great views of the Yangtse river (below, and top).


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Professor Stephen Pinfield co-authored OA Market Analysis Report

Professor Stephen Pinfield has co-authored a major new report on the Open Access market, conducted on behalf of OpenAIRE and the European Commission in late 2016 and early 2017.

This report could make important policy recommendations relating to the future of Open Access.

The report can be read about on the LIBER blog here and read in full in the Zenodo repository here.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Article by Pam McKinney featured in Informed Librarian Online

An article entitled "The Use of Technology in Group-Work: A Situational Analysis of Students' Reflective Writing", written by our lecturer Pam McKinney, has been chosen as a featured article for this month's Informed Librarian Online.

Each monthly issue of Informed Librarian, in addition to linking directly to the latest tables of contents of over 320 journals, with links to full-text as available, selects a few journal articles to highlight for many thousands of readers.

The Informed Librarian Online also offers our members access to ILOSearch, our database of over 341,000 journal articles and documents from the library journals we index. It is a fully-searchable sophisticated database which functions as an index to the library literature.

Members can find the article at http://www.informedlibrarian.com/.


Monday, 13 March 2017

Doctoral student Wasim Ahmed delivers guest lecture at School of Health and Related Research

Our doctoral student Wasim Ahmed recently delivered a guest lecture at the School of Health and Related Research. Wasim’s talk centred on looking at some new technologies which can be used for disease surveillance.


Friday, 24 February 2017

Dr Paul Reilly co-authored submission to UK Government inquiry on young peoples' mental health

A written submission to the UK Government inquiry on children and young people's mental health, co-authored by Senior Lecturer Dr Paul Reilly, has been accepted and published. Based on the findings from a Wellcome Trust project, the report addresses the role of social media in raising awareness of mental health issues amongst these groups.

The submission can be viewed here.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Dr Paul Reilly presenting at International Studies Association Convention in Baltimore

Senior Lecturer in Social Media & Digital Society Dr Paul Reilly is presenting two papers at the International Studies Association annual convention in Baltimore this week. Paul will be presenting at the panel entitled 'Social Media and Activism: Power and Resistance in the 21st Century' on Thursday 23rd of February.

The first paper, authored by Paul, is entitled 'Twitter, affective publics and public demonstrations in divided societies: The 2014 and 2015 Ardoyne parade disputes in Northern Ireland.'

Abstract:
Can social media help facilitate peacebuilding in divided societies such as Northern Ireland? Are they safe spaces in which antagonistic groups are able to reconcile their differences and agree to work together for mutual benefit? This paper adds to this debate by examining how citizens used Twitter in response to the contentious Orange Order parade in the Ardoyne district of North Belfast. Twitter provided a platform for ‘affective publics’ who expressed a myriad of sentiments towards the Orange Order, in addition to the residents who opposed the loyalist parade passing the predominantly nationalist area. This study focused on the extent to which these tweeters appeared to use the site to prevent a recurrence of the sectarian violence that followed the parade in previous years. A critical thematic analysis of 7388 #Ardoyne tweets, collected in July 2014 and July 2015, was conducted in order to investigate these issues. Results indicate that Twitter’s greatest contribution to peacebuilding may lie in its empowerment of citizens to correct rumours and disinformation that have the potential to generate sectarian violence. However, the site does not appear to function as a shared space in which cross-community consensus on contentious issues such as Ardoyne parade can be fostered.

Paul also co-authored a paper entitled 'Telling it like it is: A comparative perspective on the use of personal stories in online grassroots advocacy', along with Filippo Trevisan and Mariana Leyton Escobar of American University.

Abstract:
Storytelling transcends cultures. It can speak to global audiences, change public attitudes, serve as policy evidence, and challenge dominant media narratives on sensitive social issues. Thus, advocacy organizations and activist networks increasingly use social media to crowd-source, co-create, and distribute personal stories, which originate in the private sphere and become public narratives online. Yet, story-based advocacy is also controversial as sharing the intimate accounts of groups that have been discriminated against may foster further stigmatization. Communication scholars have yet to discuss the implications of this global advocacy trend for digital citizenship. Whose voices do we really hear in online stories? How are they collected, edited, and re-mediated? Ultimately, who is empowered by this approach? To address these questions, this paper compares the use of personal stories in online disability rights campaigns in the UK and the United States. By combining the analysis of blog posts and YouTube videos featuring stories of disability with interviews with leading advocates in both countries, different digital storytelling practices are revealed. In particular, a trade-off between maintaining spontaneity and editing personal accounts to achieve policy effectiveness is identified and discussed in the context of different political cultures, media systems, ethical principles, and policy-making traditions.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Doctoral student Wasim Ahmed speaks at PubhD

Doctoral student Wasim Ahmed recently presented about his PhD in a pub at a PubhD event. The concept is to use a whiteboard and a marker pen to explain your research in 10 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of questions.


Wasim noted that the event is a great way to test out your public speaking and engagement skills and as a delegate it is a fantastic opportunity to learn something new. You can read more about PubhD on their website

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Faculty awards funding to Information School Doctoral Student

PhD student Wasim Ahmed, in collaboration with Chrysa Dagoula from the Journalism Department have been awarded funding to hold an event related to social media in the summer of 2017. The workshop will be of interest to researchers from different research areas that are interested in social media research and effective usage. The workshop will cut across academic disciplines, and will provide an opportunity for formal and informal networking. 

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

PhD student Wasim Ahmed presented at a Bite Size Guide to Research in the 21st Century

Our PhD student Wasim Ahmed recently delivered a talk on his PhD research related to social media research ethics at the School of Health and Related Research. The talk was delivered as part of the Bite Size Guide to Research in the 21st Century on the 24th of January, 2017.



The talk was recorded, and you can watch Wasim’s talk here.

Monday, 13 February 2017

iSchools Statement on President Trump's Executive Order on Immigration

The Information School is an international community of students and academics, and we are very proud of our cultural diversity. As well as being a part of the internationally renowned University of Sheffield, the Information School is a member of the global iSchools network and a part of the iCaucus, and we stand with these organisations in their response to recent political events regarding immigration.

The iSchools network have released a statement regarding the President of the United States’ Executive Order on Immigration which can be read here.


#WeAreInternational

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Dr Elisa Serafinelli journal article published in Photographies

Research Associate Dr Elisa Serafinelli has been published in volume 10 of the journal Photographies.

Her article, entitled 'Analysis of Photo Sharing and Visual Social Relationships: Instagram as a case study' discusses how popular image-sharing social media platform Instagram can influence the way people see their own interpersonal social relationships.

The article is availabile here.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Information School PhD student interviewed by BBC Radio Sheffield

University of Sheffield Information School PhD student Wasim Ahmed was interviewed by BBC Radio Sheffield on Thursday 20th of January on Rony Robinson’s 'Baring All' feature. Wasim’s talk centred on overcoming social anxiety, and the excellent support services at the University of Sheffield, and about his PhD. 

Wasim noted that if students were struggling with mental health that there is support available, and that the university is here to support its students. 

The interview is available here, and begins at the 1 hour 35 minute mark.

Dr Paul Reilly & Dr Elisa Serafinelli organised IMPROVER workshop, Paris, 10 January 2017

Dr Paul Reilly and Dr Elisa Serafinelli organised a workshop with colleagues from Euro-Med Seismological Centre (EMSC) in Paris on 10th January, as part of the Horizon 2020 funded project IMPROVER. Delegates from organisations such as SNCF and VISOV were invited to give their views on the role of social media in disaster response. Thanks to Grigore Havarneanu and the International Union of Railways (UIC) for hosting, and for Laura Petersen and Laure Fallou for their facilitation of the focus group. 


Friday, 20 January 2017

Dr Giuliana Tiripelli appointed Research Associate for CascEff project

Dr Giuliana Tiripelli has joined the Information School as a Research Associate . She  will work with Work Package leader Dr Paul Reilly  on the EU FP7 project 'CascEff.' Giuliana will help develop educational resources for the project and will also be responsible for co-authoring peer-reviewed outputs. We would like to welcome her to the Information School and look forward to working with her over the next seven months.


Wednesday, 18 January 2017

PhD student delivers workshop on Social Network Analysis (methodology) at Leeds Beckett University

Doctoral student, Wasim Ahmed, recently delivered a 3 hour workshop at Leeds Becket University. The event was a part of the British Sociological Association (BSA) Digital Sociology group.

Wasim is a member of the Social Media Research Foundation, and a specialist in Social Network Analysis. The event turned out to be extremely popular which attendees from academia and industry, and the feedback was very positive.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Dr Paul Reilly co-editor of Book of Blogs - published today

We are pleased to announce the publication of Politics, Protest, Emotion: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. A Book of Blogs, which Dr Paul Reilly co-edited with Anastasia Veneti (Bournemouth University) and Dimitrinka Atanasova (Queen Mary, University of London).

The origins of this book of blogs can be traced back to “Politics, Emotion and Protest,” an interdisciplinary workshop co-hosted by Bournemouth University’s Centre for Politics and Media Research and Civic Media Hub, the Department of Media & Communication at University of Leicester, the Politics and Media Group of the Political Studies Association, and the Protest Camps Research Network. This event, held on 9-10 July 2015, brought together researchers from a variety of disciplines in order to discuss the intersections between power, politics and emotions.

The publication features contributions from 37 academics from across the globe. It presents a range of disciplinary perspectives on politics and emotions, including the fields of computer science, (digital) media studies, journalism studies and political science. Drawing on a range of case studies such as the 2016 CNP march in London, the movement against TTIP-TAFTA and health activism such as “I Want PrEP Now”, the contributors provide new insight into the affective turn in protest and social movements.

Dr Paul Reilly said: “The purpose of this volume is not to offer conclusions or recommendations for those readers interested in the affective turn in protest and social movements. Rather, it is hoped that these blogposts provoke debate and reflection in relation to how everyday and extraordinary political actions have become infused with emotion. We would like to thank all of our authors for contributing to this conversation on Politics, Protest and Emotions.”

The book of blogs is divided into five main thematic categories: Politics, emotion and identity performance; Emotion and the news media; Women, politics, activism; Digital media and the politics of protest; Health, emotion, activism.

This open access publication can be accessed online here or downloaded as a pdf.

If you wish to obtain an EPUB version (suitable for Nooks, Kindles and other e-readers) then please email p.j.reilly@sheffield.ac.uk

For more information on Politics, Protest, Emotion, please contact one of the editors:

Paul Reilly p.j.reilly@sheffield.ac.uk

Anastasia Veneti anastasia_veneti@yahoo.com

Dimitrinka Atanasova db.atanasova@gmail.com

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Dr Paul Reilly published in France Forum

Our Senior Lecturer in Social Media & Digital Society Dr Paul Reilly has written an article entitled “Is the medium more important than the message? Communicating with disaster affected populations in the Information Age”for the publication France Forum, which was published last month (December 2016). The article (published in French) can be viewed below:


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Alumni Ciara Eastell awarded OBE

Information School MA Librarianship graduate (1994) Ciara Eastell has been awarded an OBE in the New Years Honours list, for services to public libraries in Exeter and Devon.



Ciara is the Chief Executive of Libraries Unlimited, a new social enterprise running libraries across Devon, and is the former President of the Society of Chief Librarians. She was the first librarian to achieve a place on the Clore Leadership Programme.

Read more at the Exeter Express & Echo here.