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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.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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. 1 Jan 2020
  • A Bibliometric Analysis of Journal of Higher Education Management (JHEM) from 2007 to 2016, Antia-Obong, S., Casselden, B., Pickard, A. 16 Sep 2019, In: Library Philosophy and Practice
  • Designing for All: Exploring gender diversity and engagement with digital educational games by young people, Dele-Ajayi, O., Strachan, R., Pickard, A., Sanderson, J. 7 Mar 2019, 2018 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), IEEE
  • Games for Teaching Mathematics in Nigeria: What Happens to Pupils’ Engagement and Traditional Classroom Dynamics?, Dele-Ajayi, O., Strachan, R., Pickard, A., Sanderson, J. 2 May 2019, In: IEEE Access
  • Information literacy capabilities of upper secondary students: the case of Vietnam, Ngo, H., Pickard, A., Walton, G. 2 Sep 2019, In: Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication
  • 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. 1 Dec 2019, In: Journal of Librarianship and Information Science
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

PGR Supervision

  • Brigid Casselden A delicate balancing act: An investigation of volunteer use and stakeholder perspectives in public libraries Start Date: 16/09/2016 End Date: 25/01/2017
  • Ian Watson Eastern and Western Learning Theories in Transnational Higher Education: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Case Study of a Malaysian College Start Date: 26/09/2011 End Date: 23/04/2018
  • Lillian Tsang Phillips An Exploration of Professionalism Within the Landscape of Change in Academic Librarianship Start Date: 03/04/2012 End Date: 13/06/2016
  • Huyen Ngo Examining the practice of information literacy teaching and learning in upper secondary schools in Vietnam Start Date: 26/08/2016 End Date: 10/11/2017
  • Julie Walters Capturing useful information from Twitter for improving patient care in hospitals Start Date: 21/05/2020
  • Sophie Middleton Towards digital citizenship: A digital literacy curriculum to support teachers in the classroom Start Date: 01/03/2019
  • Matthew Pointon Searching for a contextualised framework to inform testing methodology in the mobile arena Start Date: 26/09/2011 End Date: 10/11/2017


  • 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

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