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Research Seminars in Library and Information Science (LIS)

The research seminar is a forum in which research within and relevant to library and information science is presented, reviewed and discussed by senior researchers, doctoral students, visiting scholars and other interested parties.

The seminars are an essential part of the doctoral study program in library and information science. The research seminars have been ongoing since the 1990´s. Always on Mondays at 14:30 – 16:00. The seminars are held in Swedish, English or another Scandinavian language.

If you are interested in presenting your research at a research seminar, please contact research seminar administrator Jonas Andersson. The texts for the seminars can be requested from Jonas Andersson at the very least one week before the seminar date. The text will be distributed in paper form by regular mail.

Please be aware of that the seminar schedule can be changed. Seminars may be added or cancelled rapidly.

Autumn 2017 - Programme

The seminars are held in room D 519, from 14:30 until 16:00 if not anything else is announced.

4 September

Geoff Walton, Manchester Metropolitan University

Information discernment: cognitive questioning and the defeat of fake news?

 The theory of information discernment discussed here is a synthesis of models, research and scholarship from the fields of information literacy and information behaviour. Information discernment is summarised as:the ways in which social, psychological, behavioural and information source factors influence peoples’ judgements about information. Attendant psychological notions of worldview, misinformation, confirmation bias, motivated reasoning and epistemic beliefs will be explored to determine how these articulate and enrich this new theory. It is argued that, by understanding the process of information discernment, it may be possible to create learning interventions which enable people to question the information they consume and more readily recognise the mis-information they encounter.

Dr Geoff Walton is Senior Lecturer in the Dept of Languages, information and Communications. He joined MMU in August 2016, having previously worked at Northumbria and Staffordshire Universities. He is Programme Leader for the MA in Library & Information Management and also teaches on the BSc Information & Communications. Geoff is currently working on two funded projects focussed on the information literacy of young people. At Northumbria University he secured British Academy/ Leverhulme Trust funding (with Ali Pickard) and worked on research projects including the EU AMORES project #amoresproject (Discovering a love for literature through digital collaboration and creativity).

He is particularly interested in the cognitive, metacognitive and affective processes involved in becoming information literate. His research interests also include investigating the role of information literacy in lifelong learning and the experience of non-traditional undergraduate students. Geoff is developing research interests in a number of areas such as 'digital persona: online-self and others', digital literacy, discourses in information literacy, social enterprise, e-learning and webometrics/analytics.

Geoff is Chair of the Editorial Board for the Journal of information Literacy. He is currently a committee member for the Information Literacy Group (ILG) of CILIP and a director of the CIC InformALL. He chairs ILG's Research Bursary panel. Geoff is a member of the editorial board for the New Review of Academic Librarianship, Online Information Review and Reference Services Review.