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Tracking Information Literacy Undercurrents in Public Libraries (2024)
Digital Artefact
Feeney, D. (2024). Tracking Information Literacy Undercurrents in Public Libraries. [Blog]

Much work within public libraries is required to turn implicit information literacy knowledge into explicit information literacy practice. This blog post discusses this issue alongside examples of recent research addressing such needs and the chall... Read More about Tracking Information Literacy Undercurrents in Public Libraries.

‘New Clicks’: Developing User-Led Digital Literacies in Older Adults Within Scottish Public Libraries (2024)
Conference Proceeding
Feeney, A. J. (2024). ‘New Clicks’: Developing User-Led Digital Literacies in Older Adults Within Scottish Public Libraries. In European Conference on Information Literacy (121-129). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-53001-2_11

Background Research details that our present ‘digital-by-default' society structurally supports inequalities, where users without the requisite skills to enable meaningful engagement in the digital world are at an i ncreasingly severe disadvantage (... Read More about ‘New Clicks’: Developing User-Led Digital Literacies in Older Adults Within Scottish Public Libraries.

An information literacy lens on community representation for participatory budgeting in Brazil (2023)
Journal Article
Cruickshank, P., & Ryan, B. (2023). An information literacy lens on community representation for participatory budgeting in Brazil. Journal of Information Literacy, 17(2), 46-68. https://doi.org/10.11645/17.2.5

This paper presents an evaluation of the information literacies used by community representatives when engaging with participatory budgeting in São Paulo City, Brazil. Using questions established from context-setting interviews with stakeholders, a f... Read More about An information literacy lens on community representation for participatory budgeting in Brazil.

Information literacy and society: A report to present findings from a review of literature on the impact of information literacy on society (2023)
Report
Ryan, B., Cruickshank, P., & Milosheva, M. (2023). Information literacy and society: A report to present findings from a review of literature on the impact of information literacy on society. Media and Information Literacy Alliance

This report presents findings from a review of literature reporting on the impact of information literacy (IL) on society. It is intended to deliver considerations on how academic research into IL can positively affect society, building on the 2022 I... Read More about Information literacy and society: A report to present findings from a review of literature on the impact of information literacy on society.

Community Validation as a Method to Establish Trustworthiness in Qualitative LIS Research (2023)
Presentation / Conference
Salzano, R., Hall, H., Webster, G., & Brazier, D. (2023, October). Community Validation as a Method to Establish Trustworthiness in Qualitative LIS Research. Poster presented at ASIS&T Annual Meeting, London, UK

A core aspect of the scientific process is the verification of the credibility of findings. In research with a qualitative and mixed methods approach, there is ongoing discussion on the most effective method to validate results. Discussed in this pos... Read More about Community Validation as a Method to Establish Trustworthiness in Qualitative LIS Research.

Selective Query Processing: A Risk-Sensitive Selection of Search Configurations (2023)
Journal Article
Mothe, J., & Ullah, M. Z. (2024). Selective Query Processing: A Risk-Sensitive Selection of Search Configurations. ACM transactions on information systems, 42(1), https://doi.org/10.1145/3608474

In information retrieval systems, search parameters are optimized to ensure high effectiveness based on a set of past searches and these optimized parameters are then used as the system configuration for all subsequent queries. A better approach, how... Read More about Selective Query Processing: A Risk-Sensitive Selection of Search Configurations.

Responsible Design & Evaluation of a Conversational Agent for a National Careers Service (2023)
Conference Proceeding
Wilson, M., Cruickshank, P., Gkatzia, D., & Robertson, P. (in press). Responsible Design & Evaluation of a Conversational Agent for a National Careers Service.

This PhD project applies a research-through-design approach to the development of a conversational agent for a national career service for young people. This includes addressing practical, interactional and ethical aspects of the system. For each asp... Read More about Responsible Design & Evaluation of a Conversational Agent for a National Careers Service.

FestForward: Participatory Design Futuring and World-Building for Equitable Digital Futures in Performing Arts Festivals (2023)
Conference Proceeding
Elsden, C., Jones, V., Helgason, I., Abernethy, L., & Brown, W. (2023). FestForward: Participatory Design Futuring and World-Building for Equitable Digital Futures in Performing Arts Festivals. In DIS '23: Proceedings of the 2023 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference (1424–1437). https://doi.org/10.1145/3563657.3596033

FestForward is a fictional, local, cultural magazine, set in 2030, designed to stimulate conversations about equitable and sustainable digital futures in performing arts festivals. This extensive design fiction was developed through a series of parti... Read More about FestForward: Participatory Design Futuring and World-Building for Equitable Digital Futures in Performing Arts Festivals.

Designing useful conversational interfaces for information retrieval in career decision-making support (2023)
Conference Proceeding
Wilson, M. (2023). Designing useful conversational interfaces for information retrieval in career decision-making support. In Advances in Information Retrieval: 45th European Conference on Information Retrieval, ECIR 2023, Dublin, Ireland, April 2–6, 2023, Proceedings, Part III (482-488). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-28241-6_56

The proposed research is an interdisciplinary problem-focused study that takes a human-focused approach to explore the usefulness of screen-based conversational information retrieval (CIR) in a complex domain. A research-through-design methodology wi... Read More about Designing useful conversational interfaces for information retrieval in career decision-making support.

Transcriptomics for Clinical and Experimental Biology Research: Hang on a Seq (2023)
Journal Article
Stokes, T., Cen, H. H., Kapranov, P., Gallagher, I. J., Pitsillides, A. A., Volmar, C., …Timmons, J. A. (2023). Transcriptomics for Clinical and Experimental Biology Research: Hang on a Seq. Advanced Genetics, 4(2), Article 2200024. https://doi.org/10.1002/ggn2.202200024

Sequencing the human genome empowers translational medicine, facilitating transcriptome-wide molecular diagnosis, pathway biology, and drug repositioning. Initially, microarrays are used to study the bulk transcriptome; but now short-read RNA sequenc... Read More about Transcriptomics for Clinical and Experimental Biology Research: Hang on a Seq.

Nature Inspired Optimisation for Delivery Problems: From Theory to the Real World (2022)
Book
Urquhart, N. (2022). Nature Inspired Optimisation for Delivery Problems: From Theory to the Real World. Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-98108-2

This book explains classic routing and transportation problems and solutions, before offering insights based on successful real-world solutions. The chapters in Part I introduce and explain the traveling salesperson problem (TSP), vehicle routing pro... Read More about Nature Inspired Optimisation for Delivery Problems: From Theory to the Real World.

TAFFO: The compiler-based precision tuner (2022)
Journal Article
Cattaneo, D., Chiari, M., Agosta, G., & Cherubin, S. (2022). TAFFO: The compiler-based precision tuner. SoftwareX, 20, Article 101238. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.softx.2022.101238

We present taffo, a framework that automatically performs precision tuning to exploit the performance/accuracy trade-off. In order to avoid expensive dynamic analyses, taffo leverages programmer annotations which encapsulate domain knowledge about th... Read More about TAFFO: The compiler-based precision tuner.

What are public libraries for? Culture as a determinant of conceptualizations of public library services for forced migrants (2022)
Journal Article
Salzano, R., Brazier, D., Hall, H., & Webster, G. (2022). What are public libraries for? Culture as a determinant of conceptualizations of public library services for forced migrants. Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 59(1), 276-286. https://doi.org/10.1002/pra2.752

Public libraries offer important services for newcomer populations, including forced migrants. They help facilitate the integration of forced migrants into the host country, increase their levels of trust within new communities, and build social capi... Read More about What are public libraries for? Culture as a determinant of conceptualizations of public library services for forced migrants.

An empirical evaluation of a novel domain-specific language – modelling vehicle routing problems with Athos (2022)
Journal Article
Hoffmann, B., Urquhart, N., Chalmers, K., & Guckert, M. (2022). An empirical evaluation of a novel domain-specific language – modelling vehicle routing problems with Athos. Empirical Software Engineering, 27(7), Article 180. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10664-022-10210-w

Domain-specific languages (DSLs) are a popular approach among software engineers who demand for a tailored development interface. A DSL-based approach allows to encapsulate the intricacies of the target platform in transformations that turn DSL model... Read More about An empirical evaluation of a novel domain-specific language – modelling vehicle routing problems with Athos.

Seguranca digital e o regulacao do metaverso (in Portuguese) (2022)
Presentation / Conference
Haynes, D. (2022, September). Seguranca digital e o regulacao do metaverso (in Portuguese)

This summarises the research questions being investigated in the Starter grant 2021 to investigate the usage of and attitudes towards the metaverse in the UK. The purpose of the talk is to stimulate discussion with Brazilian partners to form the basi... Read More about Seguranca digital e o regulacao do metaverso (in Portuguese).

Digital options: an assessment of audience engagement with a digitised archive set transformed from online text and images to audio format (2022)
Presentation / Conference
Ryan, B., Hall, H., & McGregor, I. (2022, August). Digital options: an assessment of audience engagement with a digitised archive set transformed from online text and images to audio format. Paper presented at Archives and Records Association Annual Conference 2022, Chester, UK

We report the findings of a research project funded by the AHRC, with support of the BBC, British Library, and a community museum. This exploits, augments, and exhibits a set of existing archive data by transforming a young woman’s personal testimony... Read More about Digital options: an assessment of audience engagement with a digitised archive set transformed from online text and images to audio format.

Modelling the Impact of Individual Preferences on Traffic Policies (2022)
Journal Article
Nguyen, J., Powers, S., Urquhart, N., Farrenkopf, T., & Guckert, M. (2022). Modelling the Impact of Individual Preferences on Traffic Policies. SN Computer Science, 3(5), Article 365. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42979-022-01253-3

Urban traffic is a system always prone to overload, often approaching breakdown during rush hour times. Well adjusted modifications of traffic policies, with appropriate interventions, promise potential improvements by inducing change in both individ... Read More about Modelling the Impact of Individual Preferences on Traffic Policies.

The public library as public sphere: a longitudinal analysis (2022)
Journal Article
Appleton, L., & Hall, H. (2023). The public library as public sphere: a longitudinal analysis. Journal of Documentation, 79(1), 112-126. https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-02-2022-0031

Purpose The research was undertaken to explore the role of the UK public library as a public sphere and the ways in which this role relates to the epistemic, community and political functions of public libraries. Design/methodology/approach A lo... Read More about The public library as public sphere: a longitudinal analysis.

A Study of Online Safety and Digital Literacy of Academic Researchers Working from Home during the COVID-19 Pandemic (2022)
Presentation / Conference
Haynes, D., & Salzano, R. (2022, April). A Study of Online Safety and Digital Literacy of Academic Researchers Working from Home during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Paper presented at ASIS&T Global 24-hour Conference, 2022, Online

Universities in the UK responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by moving teaching to an online environment and requiring staff to work from home, as far as possible. Researchers face particular challenges of security and privacy where their work involves... Read More about A Study of Online Safety and Digital Literacy of Academic Researchers Working from Home during the COVID-19 Pandemic.