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Social Media by Proxy: how older adults work within their ‘social networks’ to engage with social media (2023)
Journal Article
Webster, G., & Ryan, F. (2023). Social Media by Proxy: how older adults work within their ‘social networks’ to engage with social media. Information Research, 28(1), 50-77

Introduction. Social media use is at an all-time high, and the adoption of online tools by older adults is increasing. This paper reports an exploratory qualitative study investigating the ways in which older adults are supported by social media prox... Read More about Social Media by Proxy: how older adults work within their ‘social networks’ to engage with social media.

Is the public library included? An analysis of local government documentation on the integration of forced migrants in Scotland (2022)
Presentation / Conference Contribution
Salzano, R., Hall, H., Webster, G., & Brazier, D. (2022, May). Is the public library included? An analysis of local government documentation on the integration of forced migrants in Scotland. Presented at Conceptions of Library and Information Science, Oslo, Norway

Introduction - Library and information science researchers identify public library roles in the integration of forced migrants into local communities. Here an analysis of formal documentation issued by local authorities allowed for an exploration of... Read More about Is the public library included? An analysis of local government documentation on the integration of forced migrants in Scotland.

Haptic User Experience Evaluation for Virtual Reality (2022)
Presentation / Conference Contribution
Aldhous, J., Sobolewska, E., & Webster, G. (2022). Haptic User Experience Evaluation for Virtual Reality. In Proceedings of the 35th British HCI and Doctoral Consortium 2022, UK. https://doi.org/10.14236/ewic/hci2022.59

Hapticians (engineers, researchers or designers) are developing 'haptic displays' to replicate the complexity of sensations and interactivity accommodated by the hand. Haptic displays hold potential in allowing users to interact with each other and m... Read More about Haptic User Experience Evaluation for Virtual Reality.

Assisting Information Practice: From Information Intermediary To Social Proxy (2020)
Presentation / Conference Contribution
Cruickshank, P., Webster, G., & Ryan, F. (2020, September). Assisting Information Practice: From Information Intermediary To Social Proxy. Presented at ISIC 2020 The Information Behaviour conference, Pretoria, South Africa

The increasing dependence on social media and other online systems as part of everyday life has grown considerably over the years. At the same time, the complexity and security of online systems has also been increasing, making it more challenging fo... Read More about Assisting Information Practice: From Information Intermediary To Social Proxy.

Investigating the ‘why’ rather than the ‘how’: current research priorities on the influence of culture on new-comer populations’ use of public libraries (2020)
Presentation / Conference Contribution
Salzano, R., Hall, H., & Webster, G. (2020, September). Investigating the ‘why’ rather than the ‘how’: current research priorities on the influence of culture on new-comer populations’ use of public libraries. Presented at ISIC (Information Seeking In Context) 2020, Pretoria, South Africa

Introduction - Library researchers are often concerned with the factors that affect individual use of public library resources. To date, culture as a determinant of public library use has not been fully explored across all public library populations.... Read More about Investigating the ‘why’ rather than the ‘how’: current research priorities on the influence of culture on new-comer populations’ use of public libraries.

The relationship between culture and public library use: non-Western students in Scotland (2020)
Presentation / Conference Contribution
Salzano, R., Hall, H., & Webster, G. (2020, September). The relationship between culture and public library use: non-Western students in Scotland. Presented at ISIC (Information Seeking in Context) 2020, Pretoria, South Africa

Introduction - Individuals’ cultural backgrounds influence their use of societal resources, including those offered in public libraries. Well-established in library research are explorations of the benefits of public library use to new-comer communit... Read More about The relationship between culture and public library use: non-Western students in Scotland.

Corralling Culture as a Concept in LIS Research (2020)
Presentation / Conference Contribution
Salzano, R., Hall, H., & Webster, G. (2020, October). Corralling Culture as a Concept in LIS Research. Presented at 83rd Annual Meeting of the Association of Information Science and Technology, Virtual

Individuals’ cultural backgrounds influence their use of societal resources, including libraries. A literature search and review was completed on the treatment of culture in library and information science (LIS) in the body of work on information beh... Read More about Corralling Culture as a Concept in LIS Research.

Information avoidance and diabetes – a preliminary empirical study (2020)
Presentation / Conference Contribution
Ryan, B., & Webster, G. (2020, June). Information avoidance and diabetes – a preliminary empirical study. Poster presented at Information Science Trends: Health Information Behavior, Online

This poster presented at #AECIST20 on 2020_06_10 describes the work done so far on a seed-project investigating information avoidance by people with Type 1 diabetes about their condition. Work also includes 'triangulation' interviews with relevant he... Read More about Information avoidance and diabetes – a preliminary empirical study.

Diabetes research: at Edinburgh Napier University's School of Computing (2020)
Digital Artefact
Ryan, B., & Webster, G. (2020). Diabetes research: at Edinburgh Napier University's School of Computing. [Blog]

This 'Diabetes Research' blog is initially about the seed-project 'Information Avoidance and diabetes'. This project is an initial investigation of how and why people with diabetes might not seek or engage with information about their diabetes. More... Read More about Diabetes research: at Edinburgh Napier University's School of Computing.

On the merits and pitfalls of introducing a digital platform to aid conservation management: Volunteer data submission and the mediating role of volunteer coordinators (2020)
Journal Article
Arts, A., Melero, Y., Webster, G., Sharma, N., Tintarev, N., Tait, E., Mellish, C., Sripada, S., MacMaster, A., Sutherland, H., Horrill, C., Lambin, X., & Van der Wal, R. (2020). On the merits and pitfalls of introducing a digital platform to aid conservation management: Volunteer data submission and the mediating role of volunteer coordinators. Journal of Environmental Management, 265, Article 110497. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.110497

Against a backdrop of accelerating digital innovation in nature conservation and environmental management, a real-world experiment was conducted with the research aims of assessing: 1) the effects of introducing a digital data-entry platform on volun... Read More about On the merits and pitfalls of introducing a digital platform to aid conservation management: Volunteer data submission and the mediating role of volunteer coordinators.

The Social Impact of Digital Youth Work: What Are We Looking For? (2019)
Journal Article
Pawluczuk, A., Webster, G., Smith, C., & Hall, H. (2019). The Social Impact of Digital Youth Work: What Are We Looking For?. Media and Communication, 7(2), 59-68. https://doi.org/10.17645/mac.v7i2.1907

Digital youth work is an emerging field of research and practice which seeks to investigate and support youth-centred digital literacy initiatives. Whilst digital youth work projects have become prominent in Europe in recent years, it has also become... Read More about The Social Impact of Digital Youth Work: What Are We Looking For?.

'Digital youth work: youth workers' balancing act between digital innovation and digital literacy insecurity. (2019)
Presentation / Conference Contribution
Pawluczuk, A., Hall, H., Webster, G., & Smith, C. (2019). 'Digital youth work: youth workers' balancing act between digital innovation and digital literacy insecurity. Information Research, 24(1),

Purpose: The aim of this paper is to present empirical research which examines the ways youth workers in the United Kingdom perceive their work in the context of digital literacy project facilitation. There is currently limited research focusing on d... Read More about 'Digital youth work: youth workers' balancing act between digital innovation and digital literacy insecurity..

The impact of work placement on graduate employment in computing: outcomes from a UK-based study (2018)
Journal Article
Smith, S., Taylor-Smith, E., Smith, C., & Webster, G. (2018). The impact of work placement on graduate employment in computing: outcomes from a UK-based study. International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning, 19(4), 359-369

This study followed recent computing graduates into the workplace and explored their undergraduate experiences of work placements and subsequent impact on graduate employment. Whilst studying at one of 14 Scottish universities, participants (n=99) ha... Read More about The impact of work placement on graduate employment in computing: outcomes from a UK-based study.

Youth digital participation: Measuring social impact (2018)
Journal Article
Pawluczuk, A., Webster, G., Hall, H., & Smith, C. (2020). Youth digital participation: Measuring social impact. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 52(1), 3-15. https://doi.org/10.1177/0961000618769975

Current scholarly debate around digital participatory youth projects and approaches to their evaluation are examined in this article. The analysis of the literature presented here reveals (1) an over-reliance on traditional evaluation techniques for... Read More about Youth digital participation: Measuring social impact.

Social impact evaluations of digital youth work: tensions between vision and reality (2018)
Presentation / Conference Contribution
Pawluczuk, A., Smith, C., Webster, G., & Hall, H. (2018, March). Social impact evaluations of digital youth work: tensions between vision and reality. Paper presented at Transmedia Literacy International Conference

Purpose: This paper presents empirical research, which explores the ways digital youth workers perceive, and evaluate, the social impact of their work. There is currently a research gap with regard to the measurement of the social impact of digital y... Read More about Social impact evaluations of digital youth work: tensions between vision and reality.

Evaluating the social impact of youth digital culture co-creation: let’s participate and play (2017)
Presentation / Conference Contribution
Pawluczuk, A., Webster, G., Hall, H., & Smith, C. (2017, July). Evaluating the social impact of youth digital culture co-creation: let’s participate and play. Presented at The 2017 British Human Computer Interaction Conference, Sunderland, UK

This paper examines young people’s participation in digital culture and current approaches to measure its social impact. The analysis of the literature presented here reveals current scholarly understanding of the value of digital youth culture, soci... Read More about Evaluating the social impact of youth digital culture co-creation: let’s participate and play.

Taking education for granted: the role of placement in computing science (2017)
Presentation / Conference Contribution
Smith, S., Smith, C., Taylor-Smith, E., & Gemma, W. (2017, June). Taking education for granted: the role of placement in computing science. Presented at Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference

The importance of placements and internships was highlighted in the 2016 Shadbolt Review of Computer Science Degree Accreditation and Graduate Employability – indeed the second recommendation of the review was to extend and promote work experience .... Read More about Taking education for granted: the role of placement in computing science.

Youth digital participation: measuring social impact (2017)
Presentation / Conference Contribution
Pawluczuk, A., Hall, H., Smith, C. F., & Webster, G. (2017, June). Youth digital participation: measuring social impact. Paper presented at i3 - information: interactions and impact

1.Introduction The concept of ‘youth participation’ has developed since the early 2000s in a time during which young people's everyday lives have become more heavily influenced and shaped by ‘multimodal, interactive, convergent, and networked media’... Read More about Youth digital participation: measuring social impact.

Supporting student transitions to placement and work: developing a new self-identity (2016)
Journal Article
Webster, G., Smith, S., & Smith, C. (2016). Supporting student transitions to placement and work: developing a new self-identity. New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, 11(1),

Moves towards the marketisation of higher education together with concerns over the challenges of graduate employment have led to an increased prioritisation of students undertaking relevant work experience while they study. Recognising a strong stud... Read More about Supporting student transitions to placement and work: developing a new self-identity.