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Dr Alison Pickard

Associate Professor

Department: Computer and Information Sciences

A -pickard -2I began my work in Information and Library Management in the late 1980s in public libraries and the commercial sector. In 1996 I was awarded an AHRB Research Studentship, which provided me with the opportunity to study full-time on my PhD. Exploring the impact of access to electronic and digital information resources on learning opportunities for young people.

I was appointed as a Lecturer in Research Methods in 2000, in 2002 I became Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Information and Communication Management and later introduced the BSc (Hons) Librarianship Work Based Learning. I became Head of Subject for Information and Communication Management in 2007 during which time I also developed a Professional Doctorate Programme in Information Science.

2007 saw the release of my first text book on Research Methods in Information, published by Facet. This text book has now been translated into Italian and is now in its second edition and is used as a core research methods text internationally. I am now Director of CPD and Collaboration for the Faculty, a role which allows me to combine my research passions, my teaching interests and my professional expertise.

Qualifications

  • Information Management PhD September 01 1996
  • BA (Hons) June 30 1980
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2015
  • Information not provided Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP) 1996
  • Member British Association of Information and Library Education & Research (BAILER) 1996
  • Member School Library Association (SLA) 1996

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Exploring Gender Diversity and Engagement with Digital Educational Games by Young People, Dele-Ajayi, O., Pickard, A., Strachan, R., Sanderson, J. 3 Oct 2018, 2018 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference
  • Information discernment, mis-information and pro-active scepticism, Walton, G., Pickard, A., Dodd, L. 1 Sep 2018, In: Journal of Librarianship and Information Science
  • Keeping the doors open in an age of austerity? Qualitative analysis of stakeholder views on volunteers in public libraries, Casselden, B., Pickard, A., Walton, G., McLeod, J. 15 Dec 2017, In: Journal of Librarianship and Information Science
  • The challenges of delivering a public library service using volunteers: a qualitative investigation examining key stakeholder experiences, Casselden, B., Pickard, A., Walton, G. 7 Sep 2017, 2017 Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference
  • Cultural Differences in Undergraduate International Students; Use of Digital Technology to Support their Learning, Aljabali, S., Strachan, B., Pickard, A. 14 Jul 2017, 2nd Annual Trent Institute for Learning and Teaching - NTU Global Internationalising the Curriculum Conference
  • Issues of quality and professionalism of library volunteers: reporting from a qualitative case study, Casselden, B., Walton, G., Pickard, A., McLeod, J. 10 Jul 2017, In: Performance Measurement and Metrics
  • How are international STEM undergraduate students using digital technology to support their learning?, Strachan, B., Aljabali, S., Pickard, A. 2 May 2017, Higher Education Academy STEM Conference 2017
  • Teaching and Learning Information Literacy in Upper Secondary Schools in Vietnam, Ngo, H., Walton, G., Pickard, A. 29 Jan 2017, Information Literacy, London, Springer
  • A modified TAM for predicting acceptance of digital educational games by teachers, Dele-Ajayi, O., Strachan, R., Sanderson, J., Pickard, A. 2017, 2017 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), Piscataway, IEEE
  • From professional qualifications to ischool@northumbria: a 65 year journey., Pickard, A., Mcleod, J., Chowdhury, G. Nov 2016, Educating the Profession : 40 years of the IFLA Section on Education and Training, Berlin, De Gruyter


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