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Researcher Profile

 

Dr. Crystal Fulton

BAH (Queen’s University, Ontario), MA (University of Western Ontario), MLIS (University of Western Ontario), PhD (University of Western Ontario)

 

Room 105

UCD School of Information and Library Studies

University College Dublin

Belfield, Dublin 4

Ireland

 

Crystal.Fulton@ucd.ie

Networking for Leisure research web site:

www.ucd.ie/gennetstudy; email: gennetstudy@ucd.ie

 

Telephone: +353 1 716 7593

Fax: +353 1 716 1161

 

 

Research Interests:

  • The information behaviour of people in everyday and work contexts, including theory, research, and professional practice spanning these contexts. 

  • The social networking of ordinary people in electronic and more traditional everyday contexts, and the creation of community, civil society, and conditions for lifelong learning through interaction.

  • Information behaviour in leisure pursuits.

  • Flexible and mobile means of working, including the information structures surrounding these alternative work forms.

  • Qualitative and ethnographic research approaches.

 

Recent Awards and Distinctions:

  • The Elfreda Chatman Research Proposal Award 2005.  Research Proposal Title: Leisurely Pursuits: Community and Social Inclusion Through Irish Lacemaking. Awarded by SIGUE, ASIS&T 2005;

  • Canadian Studies Faculty Research Award, 2005-2006.  International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS).  Title: Networking for Leisure: Community and Information Seeking Among Canadian Amateur Genealogists Researching Their Irish Roots;

  • Research Grant, Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS), 2004-2005. Title: Networking for Leisure: Community and Information Seeking in Genealogy;

  • Canadian Studies Faculty Research Award, 2002-2003. International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS). Title: Hotdesking: A Potential Link in the eWorker’s Information Chain.

 

Selected Publications: 

  • Hotdesking: A Potential Link in the eWorker’s Information Chain. Mobile Information Systems II: IFIP International Working Conference on Mobile Information Systems (MOBIS).  Eds. J. Krogstie, K. Kautz, and D. Allen.  2005. pp. 163-170.

  • Social Networks of Information Seeking and Lifelong Learning: The Case of Genealogists Exploring Their Irish Ancestry.  ASIS&T 2005 Proceedings of the 68th Annual Meeting, 42.   Sparking Synergies: Bringing Research and Practice Together.  Ed. A. Grove.  2005.

  • Chatman's Theory of Life in the Round.  Theories of Information Behavior: A Researcher’s Guide.  Eds. Sanda Erdelez, Lynne McKechnie, and Karen Fisher.  ASIST. Medford, N.J.: Information Today, 2005.  pp. 79-82.

  • Krikelas’ Model of Information Seeking.  Theories of Information Behavior: A Researcher’s Guide.  Eds. Sanda Erdelez, Lynne McKechnie, and Karen Fisher. ASIST, Medford, N.J.: Information Today, 2005.  Co-authored with Jean Henefer. pp. 225-229.

  • Information Seeking and Students Studying for Professional Careers: The Cases of Engineering and Law Students in Ireland. Co-authored with Gillian Kerins and Ronan Madden. Information Research, 10 (1), October 2004.

  • Information Control in the Virtual Office:  Preparing Intermediaries to Facilitate Information Exchange in the Home Work Environment. New Library World, 103 (6) (2002): 209-215.

  • Organizations, Home-based eWorkers, and the Provision of Work Tools in the eWorkplace.  Telework 2001, Proceedings of the 8th European Assembly on New Ways to Work, September, 2001.  Ed. R. Suomi.

  • Privacy Meets Home-based eWork. Co-authored with E. Halpin and S. Walker. Telework 2001, Proceedings of the 8th European Assembly on New Ways to Work, September, 2001.  Ed. R. Suomi.

  • Information Control in the Virtual Office. Proceedings of the 4th Annual Nordic Conference, March, 2001.  Ed. L. Ashcroft.

  • The Case of the Missing Information Resources: Information Seeking in Teleworking Arrangements.  The New Review of Information Behaviour Research 1 (2001): 117-134. 

  • “My Home Workspace is My Castle”: Functioning in the Home Work Environment.  Women, Work and Computerization, Charting a Course to the Future [Selected papers].  Eds. E. Balka and R. Smith.  Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000.

  • The Impact of Telework on Information Professionals’ Work Processes.  Proceedings of Dimensions of a Global Information Science, the 28th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science.  2000. Available: http://www.slis.ualberta.ca/cais2000/fulton.htm.   

 

Doctoral Dissertation Supervision:

  • Jean Henefer, The Information Worlds of Ethnic Minority Adolescents in Ireland, SILS, University College Dublin, 2002-2006.

 

Selected Research Leadership Activities:

  • Associate Member, AIMTech: Adaptation, Information Management and Technology research group, 2004-present.

  • Co-ordinator, UCD SILS Information Behaviour Research Group, 2005-present.

  • SIGUSE Organizational Committee, ASIS&T, 2004-present.

  • Program Committee Member, First Symposium on Information Interaction in Context (IIiX), Copenhagen, Denmark, 2005-present.  http://www.db.dk/IIiX

  • Conference Co-ordinator, international conference Information Seeking in Context (ISIC), held at UCD, August 31-September 3, 2004.

 

Selected Educational & Professional Leadership Activities:

  • Sharing and Building Knowledge Through the Design and Development of a Collaboratory for Library and Information Science Research and Education, European Science Foundation (ESF) workshop, Goteborg University, Sweden, 2006.

  • Executive Board Member, Genealogy & Local Studies Group, Library Association of Ireland, 2004-present.

  • 2nd Year Co-ordinator, UCD SILS.