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Dr Alison Jane Pickard

Director of CPD and Collaboration

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

PhD, BA (Hons)

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research interests are; - research methods in information science; information and digital literacy; learning and teaching. My own PhD research led me to develop a rigorous approach to qualitative research using constructivist inquiry which, at this time, was rarely used in our field. During 2010 my team developed a model of 'iTrust' which began as part of a JISC funded research study exploring trust in online information resources on the web. This interdisciplinary research with colleagues in psychology at Northumbria involved a systematic review of literature in Library and Information Science and Cognitive Psychology complimented by a community consultation with all stakeholders (students, service providers and publishers). The 'iTrust' model added new dimensions to previous understanding of users' trust in Web based resources, it identified a need to address individual, personal models of information interactions of young people. A follow-up project in 2011 to determine how young people in Key Stages 4 and 5 (13-16 years) evaluate resources on the Web involved a survey of all students in that age group at a secondary school in the North East of England. This has resulted in a framework to guide the development of personal, agile models of information behaviour of young people.

I was a partner on the National Lottery Heritage funded project 'Taking liberties in Newcastle' along with Newcastle City Library and the British Library. I also undertook a regional research project on behalf of the Tyne and Wear Consortium of the Paul Hamlyn Trust - 'Welcome to your Library' Project; 'Research into Refugees & Asylum Seekers (Ras) Library/Information Needs.' I am currently part of the team working on and EU Tempus project 'Impress' with partners in Spain, the Czech Republic and the Ukraine.

I am an active member of the Chartered Institute of Information and Library Professionals (CILIP) and engage with a number of special interest groups. I also deliver CPD short courses across the region on various aspects of Information and Library Management topics across a number of sectors such as Health Libraries, Public Libraries and School Libraries.

My teaching interests include; - research methods; user behaviour; reflective practice; learner support and user needs analysis.

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My teaching interests include; – ‘research methods’, ‘user behaviour’, reflective practice, approaches to learning and ‘learner support and user needs analysis’.

Sponsors and Collaborators

The Joint Information Systems Council (JISC)
British Library
Paul Hamlyn Trust
EU Tempus

Current/Recent Projects

I am part of the EU Tempus funded IMPRESS Project. I will be leading the ‘Soft Skills’ work package, designing, developing and implementing modules to be delivered in four Ukrainian universities.

I was a partner on the National Lottery Heritage funded project 'Taking liberties in Newcastle' along with Newcastle City Library and the British Library. I also undertook a regional research project on behalf of the Tyne and Wear Consortium of the Paul Hamlyn Trust - 'Welcome to your Library' Project; 'Research into Refugees & Asylum Seekers (Ras) Library/Information Needs.' I am currently part of the team working on and EU Tempus project 'Impress' with partners in Spain, the Czech Republic and the Ukraine.

I am an active member of the Chartered Institute of Information and Library Professionals (CILIP) and engage with a number of special interest groups. I also deliver CPD short courses across the region on various aspects of Information and Library Management topics across a number of sectors  such as Health Libraries, Public Libraries and School Libraries.

My teaching interests include; - research methods; user behaviour; reflective practice; learner support and user needs analysis.

Key Publications

Shenton, A. K. & Pickard, A. J. (forthcoming) “Facilitating Pupil Thinking About Information Literacy”. The New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship.

Pickard, Alison Jane (2013) Research Methods in information. 2nd edn. Facet Publishing

Pickard, A. J. (2013) Qualitative Research. In Grant, M. (Ed.) Research , Evaluation and Audit. Facet Publishing.

Pickard, AJ, Shenton, AK & Johnson, A. (2012). Young people and the evaluation of information on the web: principles, practice and beliefs. Journal of Library and Information Science (DoI 0961000612467813, first published on December 23, 2012 Sage OnlineFirst)

Pickard, AJ, Gannon-Leary, P & Coventry, L. (2011). The onus on us? Stage one in developing an i-Trust model for our users. Library & Information Research, 35 (111), pp.87-104.

Pickard, Alison Jane, Gannon-Leary, Pat & Coventry, Lynne (2010) JISC Users’ trust in information resources in the Web environment: a status report. JISC 2010 available at:  http://ie-repository.jisc.ac.uk/470/2/JISC_User_Trust_final_report.pdf

Further Information

My research profile on Google Scholar

To view my Northumbria Research Link page click here


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