Autumn 2017

4 September 

Guest seminar - Geoff Walton 
Title: Information discernment: cognitive questioning and the defeat of fake news?

Geoff Walton from the Manchester Metropolitan University will be visiting us as an Erasmus Mobility Scholar.

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.

In charge of seminar and chair: prof Annemaree Lloyd


2 October

Final seminar - Syed Rahmat Ullah Shah
Language: English


9 October

Mid seminar - Pieta Eklund
Language: English


16 October

 Mid seminar - Pussadee Nonthacumjane

Title: Roles and competencies of information professionals working in Local Information Centers in Provincial University Libraries in Thailand

Language: English.


23 October

Guest seminar - Sofia Lindström 


1 November

Joint iSchool Research Seminar with the Universities of Copenhagen and Borås (IVA and BHS)

Presentations by:
Lisa Engström, PhD student, IVA, University of Copenhagen
Language: English

6 November

Kick-off for the seminar-course.


20 November

Plan seminar - Kristin Johansson

Language: Swedish


27 November

Plan seminar - Elisa Tattersall Wallin

Language: English


4 December

Guest seminar - Vappu Renko, PhD Student, University of Jyväskylä

Title: Direction of decentralisation: comparing regional cultural policy models in Finland and Sweden.

Language: English