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Crystal Fulton

Associate Professor

School Of Information & Comms Studies
Newman Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168394
Email: crystal.fulton@ucd.ie

Biography

I study the information behaviour of individuals and groups in everyday life settings, including the workplace.  My research into the information worlds of older adults engaged in serious leisure (e.g., amateur genealogy, lacemaking) explores the information worlds developed through leisure participation and the connections among a chosen hobby, community development, information literacy, new technologies for social participation, and social inclusion.   My research with older adult hobbyists has shown they are self-taught learners who keenly share their learning with others.  My findings have influenced my work with students, particularly the consideration of contexts that enable students to excel at learning and engage them in constructing learning to meet their individual needs.

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2016.
Title: Certificate of Excellence, Innovation in Teaching of Research Methodology Excellence Awards
Year: 2011.
Title: Digital Ambassador Small Grants, 2011-2012
Year: 2011.
Title: Urban Explorers and Collaborative Creation of Information Through Integrated Media, Principal Investigator, H.W. Wilson Senior Research Fellows Grant, 2011-2012.
Year: 2011.
Title: UCD Nomination for NAIRTL National Awards for Excellence in Teaching
Year: 2010.
Title: James M. Cretsos Leadership Award
Year: 2006.
Title: SIGUSE Interdisciplinary Travel Award
Year: 2010.
Title: President's Teaching Award
Year: 2010.
Title: SIG Publication of the Year
Year: 2010.
Title: Optimizing Health for Older People: Building an International Collaboration to Explore Health Information Literacy
Year: 2005.
Title: The Elfreda Chatman Research Proposal Award
Year: 2005.
Title: Canadian Studies Faculty Research Award
Year: 2005.
Title: Research Grant, Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
Year: 2002.
Title: Canadian Studies Faculty Research Award

Associations

Association: Aurora / The Leadership Foundation, Function/Role: Member
Association: CILIP: Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, Function/Role: Member
Association: Continuing Professional Development Committee (CPD), Library Association of Ireland (LAI), Function/Role: Committee Member
Association: American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), Function/Role: Programme Co-Chair
Association: Prison Libraries Committee, Library Association of Ireland (LAI), Function/Role: Executive Committee Member
Association: Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), Function/Role: Member
Association: Library Association of Ireland, Function/Role: Member
Association: American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), Function/Role: Member
Association: Special Interest Group - Information Seeking and Use (SIG USE), Function/Role: Past-Chair
Association: Special Interest Group - Information Seeking and Use (SIG USE), Function/Role: Chair
Association: Special Interest Group - Information Seeking and Use (SIG USE), Function/Role: Chair-elect
Association: Genealogy & Local Studies Group, Library Association of Ireland, Function/Role: Executive Board Member
     

Conference Contributions

Dr. Crystal Fulton (2017) Playing Social Roulette. [Oral Presentation], Ireland Remove the Blinkers: We Need to Talk About Gambling, Dublin, Ireland , 14-SEP-17 - 14-SEP-17.
Fulton, C. (2012) Learning to Teach; Teaching to Learn: Developing Effective Doctoral Teachers. [Oral Presentation], Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), Expanding Horizons, Creating Opportunity, Dallas, Texas , 12-JAN-12 - 20-JAN-12.
Fulton, Crystal and Gleave, Hannah (2013) Students and Mobile Phone Apps: Everyday Uses for Problem-Solving. [International Refereed Conference], Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T). Theme: Rethinking Information Boundaries. Presented Panel Paper: Use of Mobile Apps in Information Seeking: An International Viewpoint, Montreal, Canada , 01-NOV-13 - 05-NOV-13.
Fulton, C. and McGuinness, C. (2014) Seeking the perfect blend: Creating innovative digital learning spaces with e-tutorials in three information literacy modules. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Facing the Future: Librarians and Information Literacy in a Changing Landscape, IFLA Satellite meeting, Limerick, Ireland , 14-AUG-14 - 15-AUG-14.
Crystal Fulton, Shanju Chan, and Julia Hersberger; (2011) Programme Co-Chair, ASIS&T 2012 conference (75th anniversary conference). [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), Baltimore, Maryland, USA , 01-MAY-11 - 31-OCT-12.
Fulton, Crystal; (2009) Celebrating 10 Years of SIG USE: A Fish Bowl Dialogue on Information Behavior Research Past, Present & Future [invited panel discussant]. [Invited Oral Presentation], American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) 2009, Vancouver, BC, Canada , 06-NOV-09 - 11-NOV-09.
Dr. Crystal Fulton; (2009) Panel Moderator. 10 Years of SIG USE: A Fishbowl Dialogue. [Chaired Session], Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada , 06-NOV-09 - 11-NOV-09.
Dr. Crystal Fulton; (2008) Blogging as a Facilitator in the Learning Process: Student Reflections on Their Information Seeking During Assessment. [Chaired Session], EdTech2008-9th Annual Irish Educational Technology Users Conference, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dundalk, Ireland , 22-MAY-08 - 23-MAY-08.
Dr. Crystal Fulton, Dr. Julia Hersberger; (2008) Panel Co-Moderator. Making the Most of Conferences. [Chaired Session], Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), Columbus, Ohio, USA , 24-OCT-08 - 29-OCT-08.
Dr. Crystal Fulton; (2007) Leisurely Learning and Linking: Community in Irish Lacemaking. [Chaired Session], SUNBELT: International Network for Social Network Analysis, Corfu, Greece , 01-MAY-07 - 06-MAY-07.
Dr. Crystal Fulton; (2007) Panelist, Confessional Methods in Library and Information Studies. [Chaired Session], Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA , 19-OCT-07 - 24-OCT-07.
Dr. Crystal Fulton; (2006) Presentor and Panel Moderator. Weaving Social Realities in Leisure Contexts: The Case of Irish Lacemakers. Channelling Chatman: Questioning the Applicability of a Research Legacy to Today's Small World Realities panel. [Chaired Session], Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), Austin, Texas, USA , 03-NOV-06 - 08-NOV-06.
Dr. Crystal Fulton; (2006) Quid Pro Quo: Information Sharing in Leisure Activities. Taking Leisure Seriously: Information Realities in Leisure Time panel. [Chaired Session], Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), Austin, Texas, USA , 03-NOV-06 - 08-NOV-06.
Dr. Crystal Fulton; (2005) Hotdesking: A Potential Link in the eWorker's Information Chain. [Chaired Session], IFIP TC8 Working Conference on Mobile Information Systems (MOBIS), Leeds, United Kingdom , 06-DEC-05 - 07-DEC-05.
Dr. Crystal Fulton; (2005) Social Networks of Information Seeking and Lifelong Learning: the Case of Genealogists Exploring Their Irish Ancestry. [Chaired Session], DECER 2005 Dublin, Dublin, Ireland , 07-SEP-05 - 10-SEP-05.
Gillian Kerins, Ronan Madden, and Dr. Crystal Fulton; (2004) Information Seeking and Students Studying for Professional Careers: The Cases of Engineering and Law Students in Ireland. [Chaired Session], Information Seeking in Context (ISIC) 2004, Dublin, Ireland , 31-AUG-04 - 03-SEP-04.
Fulton, C.; (2001) Organizations, Home-based eWorkers, and the Provision of Work Tools in the eWorkplace. [Chaired Session], Telework 2001, The 8th European Assembly on New Ways to Work, Helsinki, Finland , 01-SEP-01 - 01-SEP-01.
Fulton, C.; (2001) Organizations, Home-based eWorkers, and the Provision of Work Tools in the eWorkplace. [N/A], Telework 2001, Proceedings of the 8th European Assembly on New Ways to Work, September, 2001, * , 01-SEP-01.
Fulton, C.Co-authored with E. Halpin and S. Walker.; (2001) Privacy Meets Home-based eWork. [N/A], Telework 2001, Proceedings of the 8th European Assembly on New Ways to Work, September, 2001, * , 01-SEP-01.
Fulton, C.; (2001) Information Control in the Virtual Office. [N/A], Proceedings of the 4th Annual Nordic Conference, March, 2001, * , 01-MAR-01.
Fulton, C.; (2000) The Impact of Telework on Information Professionals Work Processes. [N/A], Proceedings of Dimensions of a Global Information Science, the 28th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science, * , 01-JAN-00.
Fulton, C.; (1997) Potential Vulnerabilities to Deskilling Present in Teleworking Arrangements. Communication and Information in Context: Society, Technology, and the Professions. [N/A], Proceedings of the 25th Annual Canadian Association for Information Science Conference, June 1997, * , 01-JUN-97.
Fulton, C.; (2002) Studying Alternative Workplaces: Lessons from the Field. [N/A], Presented at EU sponsored conference Telebalt: Teleworking for Business, Education, Research and e-Commerce, Vilnius, Lithuania, October, 2002, Vilnius, Lithuania , 01-OCT-02.
Fulton, C. Co-authored and co-presented with Glen C. Phillips, University of Edinburgh.; (2002) Holding Onto Ireland: Signs and Symbols of Irishness in Todays Ontario, Canada. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Ireland's Heritages: Critical Perspectives on Consumption, Method and Memory, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Mayo, Ireland, October, 2002, Mayo, Ireland , 01-OCT-02 - 01-OCT-02.
Fulton, C. Paper co-authored with E. Halpin and S. Walker.; (2001) Privacy Meets Home-based eWork. [Oral Presentation], The 8th European Assembly on New Ways to Work, Helsinki, Finland, September, 2001, Helsinki, Finland , 01-SEP-01.
Fulton, C.; (2001) Information Control in the Virtual Office. [N/A], 4th Annual Nordic Conference, British Association for Information and Library Education Research (Bailer), Dublin, Ireland, March, 2001, Dublin, Ireland , 01-MAR-01.
Fulton, C.; (2000) The Case of the Missing Information Resources: Information Seeking in Teleworking Arrangements. [N/A], Information Seeking in Context 2000, Göteborg, Sweden, August, 2000. Papers distributed among attendees at conference, * , 01-AUG-00.
Fulton, C.; (2000) My Home Workspace is My Castle: Functioning in the Home Work Environment. [N/A], Women, Work and Computerization, Charting a Course to the Future, Vancouver, Canada, June, 2000. Abstract published in Book of Abstracts, Proceedings of the 7th Conference for the International Federation for Information Processing, Vancouver, Canada , 01-JUN-00.
Fulton, C.; (2000) The Impact of Telework on Information Professionals Work Processes. [N/A], Dimensions of a Global Information Science, the 28th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science, Edmonton, Canada, May 2000, Edmonton, Canada , 01-MAY-00.
Fulton, C.; (1997) Potential Vulnerabilities to Deskilling Present in Teleworking Arrangements. [N/A], Communication and Information in Context: Society, Technology, and the Professions, the 25th Annual Canadian Association for Information Science Conference, Ottawa, Canada, June 1997, Ottawa, Canada , 01-JUN-97.
Fulton, C.; (1997) Who is in Control? Canadian Experiences in Teleworking, Women, Work and Computerization: Spinning a Web from Past to Future, Bonn, Germany, May, 1997. [N/A], Summary in Proceedings of the 6th International Conference for the International Federation for Information Processing, Bonn, Germany , 01-MAY-97.
Fulton, C.; (2002) Session Chair, Information Seeking in Context (ISIC) 2002 conference, Lisbon, Portugal, September, 2002. [N/A], Session Chair, Information Seeking in Context (ISIC) 2002 conference, Lisbon, Portugal, September, 2002, Lisbon, Portugal , 01-SEP-02.
Fulton, C.; (2002) Approaches to Data Collection in the Alternative Workplace. [Invited Oral Presentation], Department of Library and Information Studies 25th Anniversary Research Day, * , 01-OCT-02.
Fulton, C.Co-presented with Edward Halpin, Reader, Leeds Metropolitan University, England.; (2001) Who's Watching YOU? Privacy at Home, Work and Play. [Invited Oral Presentation], Department of Library and Information Studies, University College Dublin, February, 2001, * , 01-FEB-01 - 01-FEB-01.
Fulton, C.; (2000) Missing Information Resources: Information Seeking in Teleworking Arrangements. [Invited Oral Presentation], Department of Library and Information Studies, University College Dublin, University College Dublin , 01-JAN-00.
Fulton, C.; (1999) What Happens When Workers Go Home?. [Invited Oral Presentation], Telework & Information Professionals, Department of Library and Information Studies Research Day, University College Dublin, UCD , 01-JAN-99.
Fulton, C.; (2004) Information Seeking in Context (ISIC) international conference. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Information Seeking in Context (ISIC) international conference, UCD School of Information and Library Studies , 31-AUG-04 - 03-SEP-04.

Committees

Committee : James M. Cretsos Leadership Committee
Committee : ASIS&T Leadership Committee
Committee : European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies
Committee : Discipline and Assessment Appeal Committee
Committee : External Examiner, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)
Committee : ILTA Steering Group, Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA)
Committee : Teaching & Learning, College of Human Sciences
Committee : External Examiner, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland
Committee : Conference Co-chair, American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) 2012
Committee : Program Committee Member - First Symposium on Information Interaction in Context (IIiX), Copenhagen, Denmark, 2005-present.
Committee : Programme Committee, Information Seeking in Context (ISIC)
 

Education

Year 1999 Institution: University of Western Ontario
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 1992 Institution: University of Western Ontario
Qualification: MLIS Subject: --none--
Year 1990 Institution: University of Western Ontario
Qualification: MA Subject: History
Year 1988 Institution: Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario
Qualification: BA (Hons.) Subject: English and History
   

Outreach Activities


Teaching & Learning Video Participant
 
Participation in UCD T&L video about the university's new e-learning structure for Blackboard.

Video available at: http://www.ucd.ie/teaching/showcase/items/title,197935,en.html 
 

Journals Edited

Journal Of Education For Library And Information Science: Reviewer.
Information Research-An International Electronic Journal: Editorial Board member.
Journal Of The American Society For Information Science And Technology: Reviewer.
Information Research-An International Electronic Journal: Reviewer.
Library And Information Science Research: Reviewer.

Other Activities

External Examiner, Aberystwth University, Aberystwth, UK, 2017-present.  
External Examiner, MSc Information Management, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, UK, 2016-present.  

Member, Library Committee, Faculty of Human Sciences, University College Dublin, 2004-2007.

Member & Secretary, Canadian Studies Standing Committee, Faculty of Arts, UCD, 2001-2006.
Member, UCD College of Human Sciences Communications Committee, 2006-2009.

Member, UCD College of Human Sciences Alumni Committee, 2006-2008.

Member, UCD T&L E-Learning Committee, 2010.
Member, College of Human Sciences Qualitative Research Committee, 2010.

Staff Advisor, SILS' Student Society, Infosoc, 2010-present.

Associate Member, AIMTech: Adaptation, Information Management and Technology research group, 2004-present.
Co-ordinator, UCD School of Information and Library Studies Information Behaviour Research Group, 2005-2011.
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.
2nd Year Co-ordinator, UCD SILS.

Publications

Books

Fulton, C. & McGuinness, C. (2016) Digital Detectives: Solving Information Dilemmas in an Online World. Oxford: Chandos. Available Online [Details]
Crystal Fulton; (2010) Information Pathways: A Problem-Solving Approach to Information Literacy. Plymouth, UK: Scarecrow Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

C Fulton (2016) 'Unobtrusive Observation for Active Student Learning' In: D. Remenyi (eds). Innovation in the Teaching of Research Methodology Excellence Awards: An Anthology of Case Histories. Reading: UK: Academic Conferences and Publishing Limited. , pp.29-37 [Details]
Crystal Fulton and Jean Henefer (2017) 'Information Practice' In: John McDonald and Michael Levine-Clark (eds). Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences (ELIS). United States: Taylor and Francis. [Details]
Fulton, C. and Henefer, J.; (2009) 'Information Practice' In: M. Bates and M.N. Maack (eds). Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science. USA: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group. [Details]
Fulton, C.; (2007) 'Learning to Do by Doing: Understanding Observation Methods through Participation' In: ONeill, G., Huntley-Moore, S., Race, P (eds). Case Studies of Good Practices in Assessment of Student Learning in Higher Education. Dublin: AISHE. , pp.80-84 Available Online [Details]
Fulton, C.; (2005) 'Hotdesking: A Potential Link in the eWorker's Information Chain' In: Fulton, C.; (eds). Mobile Information Systems II, eds. J. Krogstie, K. Kautz, and D. Allen. New York: Springer. [Details]
Fulton, C.; (2005) 'Chatman's Theory of Life in the Round' In: Sanda Erdelez, Lynne McKechnie, and Karen Fisher (eds). Theories of Information Behavior. Medford, N.J: Information Today. , pp.79-82 [Details]
Fulton, C. & Henefer, J.; (2005) 'Krikelas' Model of Information Seeking' In: Sanda Erdelez, Lynne McKechnie, and Karen Fisher (eds). Theories of Information Behavior. Medford, N.J: Information Today. , pp.225-229 [Details]
Fulton, C; (2000) 'My Home Workspace is My Castle: Functioning in the Home Work Environment' In: Eds. E. Balka and R. Smith. Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000 (eds). Women, Work and Computerization, Charting a Course to the Future [Selected papers]. [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Fulton, C. (2017) 'Urban exploration: Secrecy and information creation and sharing in a hobby context'. Library and Information Science Research, 39 (3):189-198. [DOI] [Details]
Fulton, C. (2016) 'The Genealogist's Information World: Creating Information in Pursuit of a Hobby'. Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, 8 (1):85-100. [Details]
Al-Aufia, Ali S. and Fulton, C. (2014) 'Use of Social Networking Tools for Informal Scholarly Communication in Humanities and Social Sciences Disciplines'. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 147 :436-445. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Xie, X., Sonnenwald, D. H., & Fulton, C. (2015) 'The Role of Memory in Document Re-finding'. Library Hi Tech, 33 (1):83-102. [DOI] [Details]
Ali Al-Aufi and Crystal Fulton (2015) 'The Impact of social networking tools on scholarly communication: A Cross-institutional study'. Electronic Library, . [Details]
Fulton, C; (2009) 'The pleasure principle: the power of positive affect in information seeking'. Aslib Journal of Information Management, 61 :245-261. [DOI] [Details]
Fulton, C.; (2010) 'An Ordinary Life in the Round: Elfreda Annmary Chatman (1942-2002)'. Libraries & the Cultural Record, 45 (2):238-259. Available Online [Details]
Crystal Fulton; (2009) 'Quid Pro Quo: Information Sharing in Amateur Genealogy'. Library Trends, 57 (4):753-768. [Details]
Crystal Fulton; (2009) 'The Pleasure Principle: The Power of Positive Affect in Information Seeking'. Aslib Proceedings: New Information Perspectives, 61 (3):245-261. [Details]
Crystal Fulton & Ruth Vondracek; (2009) 'Pleasurable Pursuits: Leisure and LIS Research'. Library Trends, 57 (4). [Details]
Kerins, G; Madden, R; Fulton, C; ; (2004) 'Information seeking and students studying for professional careers: the cases of engineering and law students in Ireland'. Information Research-An International Electronic Journal, 10 (1). [Details]
Fulton, C.; (2002) 'Information Control in the Virtual Office: Preparing Intermediaries to Facilitate Information Exchange in the Home Work Environment'. New Library World, 103 (6):209-215. [Details]
Fulton, C.; (2001) 'The Case of the Missing Information Resources: Information Seeking in Teleworking Arrangements'. The New Review of Information Behaviour Research, 1 :117-134. [Details]

Other Journals

Fulton, C., ed.; (2010) 'Introduction. Special Issue of the Bulletin of AsIS&T' Bulletin of ASIS&T 36 (3) :24-26. [Details]
Fulton, C.; (2011) '2010 ASIS&T James M. Cretsos Leadership Award' Bulletin of ASIS&T 37 (3) :25-27. [Details]
Fulton, C.; (2010) 'A Decade of SIG USE: Celebrating SIG USE and Information Behaviour Research' Bulletin of ASIS&T 36 (3) :24-26. Available Online [Details]

Conference Publications

Kerins, G,Madden, R,Fulton, C (2005) INFORMATION RESEARCH-AN INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONIC JOURNAL Information seeking and students studying for professional careers: the cases of engineering and law students in Ireland [DOI] [Details]
Fulton, C. (2009) Celebrating 10 Years of SIG USE: A Fishbowl Dialogue. Panel Moderator and Organizer. Summary published . In: Grove, A eds. Proceedings of the 72nd American Society for Information Science & Technology Annual Meeting, 46 (1) , pp.1-3 [Details]
Fulton, C., Hersberger, J.A., Johnson, K., Morey, O.T., and Vondracek, R. (2010) Making the Most of Conferences via Social Networking Proceedings of SUNBELT XXX: International Sunbelt Social Network Conference. Paper presented at SUNBELT XXX, Riva del Garda, Italy. Abstract/Summary published , pp.367-367 [Details]
Fulton, C. (2012) Learning to Teach; Teaching to Learn: Developing Effective Doctoral Teachers Proceedings of the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER). Proceedings of The Need for Educational Research to Champion Freedom, Education and Development for All, Cádiz, Spain. Abstract/Summary published [Details]
Fulton, C.; (2001) Privacy Meets Home-based eWork . In: Suomi, R eds. Proceedings of the 8th European Assembly on New Ways to Work [Details]
Fulton, C.; (2001) Organizations, Home-based eWorkers, and the Provision of Work Tools in the eWorkplace . In: Suomi, R eds. Proceedings of the 8th European Assembly on New Ways to Work [Details]
Fulton, C.; (2005) Hotdesking: A Potential Link in the eWorker's Information Chain . In: Eds. J. Krogstie, K. Kautz, and D. Allen eds. Mobile Information Systems II: IFIP International Working Conference on Mobile Information Systems (MOBIS) , pp.163-170 [Details]
Fulton, C.; (2005) Social Networks of Information Seeking and Lifelong Learning: The Case of Genealogists Exploring Their Irish Ancestry . In: A. Grove eds. ASIS&T 2005 Proceedings of the 68th Annual Meeting, 42. Sparking Synergies: Bringing Research and Practice Together [Details]

Published Reports

Crystal Fulton (2016) Developments in the Gambling Area: Emerging trends and issues supporting the development of policy and legislation in Ireland. Department of Justice & Equality, Dublin. Link to full text [Details]
Crystal Fulton (2015) Playing Social Roulette: The Impact of Gambling on Individuals and Society in Ireland. University College Dublin, Dublin. Link to full text [Details]
Fulton, Crystal; (2012) Learning To Teach, President's Teaching Award report. UCD, Dublin. [Details]
                 

Newsletter

Fulton, C. (2017) More than just financial loss, the social impact of gambling cannot be underestimated. UK: Newsletter Available Online [Details]
                   

Abstract

Fulton, C (1999) The impact of telework on information professionals' work processes. Abstract [Details]
                                                                                           

Research

Research Interests

Information Science is a diverse, interdisciplinary field, in which human interaction with information is central. I study how people interact with information and technologies in everyday life settings, including such contexts as leisure, health, education, and the workplace, and I have been invited to share my work at European Union conferences.  My research into the information worlds of hobbyists engaged in serious leisure explores the information worlds developed through leisure participation and the connections among a chosen hobby, community development, information literacy, new technologies for social participation, and social inclusion.  

Research Specializations:

  • People in everyday and work contexts, including theory, research, and professional practice spanning these contexts. 
  • The social networking of ordinary people in traditional and e-contexts, and the potential for social technologies in the creation of information, community, civil society, and conditions for lifelong learning through interaction and collaboration.
  • Individuals and groups in leisure, work, and everyday contexts, and the creation of community, civil society, lifelong learning, and health management through interaction.
  • Flexible and mobile means of working, including the information structures surrounding these alternative work forms.
  • Qualitative and ethnographic research approaches.

Recent Research Projects: 

  • Developments in the Gambling Area.  Minister for Justice & Equality grant, 2016.
  • Playing Social Roulette: The Impact of Gambling on Individuals and Society in Ireland. Principal Investigator, Irish Research Council (IRC) Grant, 2013-2015.
  • Urban Explorers and Collaborative Creation of Information Through Integrated Media. Principal Investigator, H.W. Wilson Senior Research Fellows Grant, 2011-2012.
  • Sharing Our Heritage: Commemorating Irish Historical Figures Through Collaborative Open-Access Publishing. UCD Decade of Centenaries grant, 2016-2018.
  • Older Adults, Local Heritage, and Collaborative Information Behaviour, as volunteers running a local heritage centre.
  • Health Information Behaviour in Chronic Care Situations & Social Technologies, Collaboration with Dr. Rita Collins, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems.

Research Projects

Sponsor : Dept. of Justice and Equality
Title : Developments in the Gambling Area
Start Date / End Date : 29-NOV-16 / 31-DEC-16
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Playing Social Roulette: The Impact of Gambling on Individuals and Society in Ireland
Start Date / End Date : 01-JUL-16 / 30-JUN-17
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Decade of Centenaries Internal Award Scheme: Sharing our Heritage: Commemorating Irish Historical Figures through Collaborative Open-Access Publishing
Start Date / End Date : 10-OCT-16 / 31-OCT-18
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Urban Explorers & Collaborative Creation & Sharing of Information Through Integrated Media
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-16 / 31-DEC-16
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Doctorate in Governance Funding
Start Date / End Date : 01-SEP-16 / 31-AUG-18
Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : Playing Social Roulette: The Impact of Problem Gambling on Individuals and Society in Ireland
Start Date / End Date : 02-DEC-13 / 17-MAY-15
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Optimizing Health for Older People: Building an International Collaboration to Explore Health Information Literacy
Start Date / End Date : 17-MAY-10 / 16-NOV-11
Sponsor : Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
Title : Strand 2 Visiting Fellowship
Start Date / End Date : 19-NOV-08 / 31-JUL-09
Sponsor : Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
Title : Networking for Leisure: Community of Information seeking Genealogy
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-04 / 31-AUG-07

Recent Postgraduates

Post-doctoral Research Supervision:
 
Ali Al-Aufi,The Use of Social Networking Tools for Informal Scholarly Communication, International research collaboration between Oman and UCD.  Post-doctoral researcher supported by Erasmus Mundus Gulf Countries scholarship.


Doctoral Dissertation Supervision:

 
Eamonn Waters, Electronic Voting in Ireland: A Study of Technical Innovation and Controversial Failure, ICS, University College Dublin, 2015-2017.

Xiao Xie, 
Personal Information Management (PIM), Co-supervised with Professor Diane Sonnenwald, SILS, University College Dublin, 2012-2013.  Doctoral student supported by the China-Ireland Scholarship for one year of study in Ireland.

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



External Examiner for Doctoral Dissertations:
 
External Examiner, (September-October, 2017), Doctoral Dissertation, Young men¿s gambling: The influence of socio-cultural and marketing factors, Deakon University, Australia.

External Examiner, (January, 2014), Doctoral Dissertation, "The ArtLog Archive: A Participative Archive of Artistic Process," School of Media, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland.

External Examiner, (February, 2012), Doctoral Dissertation, "Learning from e-Family History: Online Research Behaviour and Strategies of Family Historians and implications for Local Studies Collections," Department of Information Management, Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland.



 

 

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

Supporting empowerment through education, I advocate a social constructivist approach, placing the learner at the centre of learning as an active agent in their learning. My role is to facilitate students' development of critical scholarship in this process, encouraging them to learn to question and solve problems in reasoned ways.

Modules Coordinated

201700   IS40530     Information Studies: Info&Reference Services
201700   IS20010     Information Studies: Advanced Information Skills

Enhancement of Teaching

When people see a direct application/particular relevance of an innovation in their own lives, they may adopt the innovation. I continuously try to bring innovation to meet the needs of my students in their assessment, e.g., hands-on activities such as observation. I encourage students to experiment with learning/assessment, essential for meeting fast-paced change in the workplace; e.g.,Social Computing & Media, students work in groups to create mobile phone applications to solve real-life problems (way-finding on campus, tracking bus routes); blogs, both online and via mobile phones, facilitate student reflection on learning in various modules. Collaboration among students and me supports assessment of learning. I have initiated student focus group feedback to facilitate programme development in our school, and progress procedures/forms to facilitate research students/staff. Workshops have facilitated self-reflection on assessment/delivery approaches, e.g.,Problem-based Learning Summer School (2009). Student feedback in individual modules provides a valuable means of continuous teaching improvement. Formal end-of-term questionnaires are supplemented by weekly and midterm check-ins with students to gauge understanding and efficacy of various teaching approaches. Approaches are then adapted immediately to respond to students' learning needs.

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

My teaching approaches address not only learning milestones specified by subject/school curriculum, but also, importantly, the individual learning needs of my students. As a result, I take a blended approach to teaching, e.g., using lectures to communicate information with integrated breakout sessions to deepen understanding of key concepts; virtual seminars to explore ideas as a group; Blackboard quizzes and short exercises to help students reflect on learning continuously in a module. Module learning objectives are divided into weekly learning objectives linked to weekly topics for lectures/discussion, readings, labs/tutorials/e-learning activities. Learning is intended to be cumulative, with assessment reinforcing learning outcomes. I prefer continuous assessment, which enables students to track their progress in the learning process and to revisit areas that require additional study to achieve specifically linked module learning objectives. Assessment feedback is linked to learning outcomes for a given piece; feedback is provided for each learning objective. As Director of T&L, I collaborate with staff to conduct an annual school review of student attributes/outcomes across years/levels, programme structures, module descriptors, assessment, and student feedback. I have also initiated/implemented new subject modules in my school, e.g., Qualitative research methods, Reference services, Information Behaviour research. On average, I have created new modules/provided complete restructuring of modules to accommodate new/fast paced developments in my field once per year over the past decade.

Developing as a Teacher

I take an active role in a variety of curriculum and programme development activities in the School of Information and Library Studies and University College Dublin. For several years now, I have participated on postgraduate selection committees, programme boards, and curriculum development within SILS/UCD. *"Strategic Pedagogical Research," Workshop, UCD, 2012. *"What Makes the Best 1st Year Experience?", Dublin Region Higher Education Alliance Seminar, UCD, 2012. *UCD T&L BB Enhancement Pilot, 2012-2013. *"Strategies for Teaching Students with Special Needs." Seminar, Guest speakers from National Behaviour Support Service & UCD, 2012. Organized seminar and attended. *"Clickers in the Classroom." Seminar, UCD Teaching & Learning, 2011. Organized seminar and attended. *Various Blackboard Workshops offered by IT Services, UCD. e.g., "Blogs, Wikis and Social Networking Via Blackboard," 2009. Also serve as Blackboard software tester for IT Services. *Annual Facilitate Problem-Based Learning Summer School, UCD, May 27-29th, 2009. *Generic Mediation Training course. Certificate from Conflict Resolution and Mediation Consultants (CRMC), Dublin. *"Teamwork and Communications Workshop," SILS. Provided by Personnel Department, UCD, 2004. *Active Learning in the Large Group Setting Workshop. UCD Staff Training Unit workshop to learn new techniques for increasing student interactions in the classroom, 2003. *Specialized professional training workshops to provide student training and administer tools for SILS.

Innovation & Leadership

I continuously try to bring innovation to meet the developing needs of my students, including new technologies relevant to our learning and research together, and different approaches to resolve challenges students experience. I encourage them to experiment with learning. As SILS' Director of Teaching & Learning, I try to bring innovation to staff discussions of programme and classroom innovation, e.g., through organization of staff workshops/seminars, examples of international best practices in teaching innovations, participation in teaching development in UCD.

Collaborators

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External Collaborators

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

Wikipedia, Education Programme, 2014-present.  First University Level Partnership with Wikipedia in Ireland.