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Dr Geoff Walton

Senior Lecturer

Department: Computer and Information Sciences

Geff -WaltonI joined Northumbria University after a 23 year career as an information professional in the voluntary, public and academic sectors. I became qualified as a librarian in 1993. Before joining this university I have taught Information Science and Sociology in temporary roles at Loughborough University and Staffordshire University respectively. I have also worked as Research-informed Teaching Project Co-ordinator and was Senior Researcher in the Arts and Creative Technologies. I have led a number of research and teaching projects which have focused on social enterprise, mobile applications, social media and information skills.

I was awarded the SLA Europe Information Professional 2010 prize sponsored by Dow Jones for my outstanding contribution to the information profession and I represent the SLA on the Research information and Digital Literacies Coalition (RiDLs). I am a Committee member for the Information Literacy Group, an interest group in the Chartered Institute of Information and Library Professionals (CILIP).

In 2014, my article Using assignment data to analyse a blended information literacy intervention: A quantitative approach was selected by the American Library Association's Library Instruction Round Table's (LIRT's) Top Twenty Committee as a 2013 Top Twenty article. The committee noted that '[t]he study represents a powerful advocacy piece for using a blended approach with an online discussion component in delivering information literacy to foster higher order learning in students'. 

 

Qualifications

BA (Joint Hons), DipLib, MCLIP, MA, PgCHPE, FHEA, PhD

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My major passion is in the field of information literacy and understanding what it is, how it can facilitate deep learning and engaged citizenship and why it should be taught in the curriculum from key stage 1 to HE and beyond.  My PhD research focussed on how IL can be taught in blended and e-learning contexts in Higher Education.

I have contributed to the development of a prize winning online academic skills/ information literacy online tool the Assignment Survival Kit (ASK) (click here for information) which has been adopted by several UK universities. I continue to be involved in its evolution into other media.

I am continually looking for new ways to approach information literacy and have recently received funding to investigate the role of visual metaphor and tactile learning in information and digital literacy.

I am currently teaching in the areas of cataloguing and classification, learning support and user needs analysis, search engine marketing, research methods and texts and contexts (undergraduate) and hypermedia for the information professional (postgraduate). I am also interested in teaching information behaviour and information literacy and a growing interest in digital marketing, big data, social media and metrics. I have a longstanding interest in e-learning and in experiential approaches to teaching and learning.

 

Sponsors and Collaborators

I am currently working on an AHRC funded network project with Keele University and Staffordshire University.

 

Logo _LLLPEU Life Long Learning Programme

Partner schools:

  • Skaegkaerschool in Silkeborg, Denmark
  • Horvati Primary School in Zagreb, Croatia
  • Primary School ABiS - School4Child in Lodz, Poland
  • Karlbergsskolan in Köping, Sweden
  • St. Mary’s Catholic Primary, in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire

Current/Recent Projects

  • I am website curator for the AHRC project And the Doctor said... http://andthedoctorsaid.org/#!/about  (best viewed through Firefox).

  • Amores _transparent _logoI am work-package 2 leader for the AMORES (540492-LLP-1-2013-1-HR-COMENIUS-CMP) project
    An Approach to Motivating learners to Read in European Schools
    www.amores-project.eu

    Visit this link to see Geoff talking about the AMORES project on Swedish TV, it is towards the end of the clip. 

Key Publications

Hepworth, M. & Walton, G. (2009). Teaching information literacy for inquiry-based learning. Oxford: Chandos. 
Reviewed in the Times Higher http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/books/teaching-information-literacy-for-inquiry-based-learning/410821.article

Walton, G. & Hepworth, M. (2011).  A longitudinal study of changes in learners’ cognitive states during and following an information literacy teaching intervention.  Journal of Documentation 67 (3), pp449-479.
Highly commended in the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2012.

Walton, G. & Hepworth, M. (2013). Using assignment data to analyse a blended information literacy intervention: a quantitative approach.  Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 45 (1) pp53-63. Selected by the American Library Association's Library Instruction Round Table's (LIRT's) Top Twenty Committee as a 2013 Top Twenty article.

Hepworth, M. & Walton, G. (eds) (2013).  Developing people's information capabilities: fostering information literacy in educational, workplace and community contexts.  Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.

Hepworth, M. & Walton, G. (eds) (2013).  Introduction - information literacy and information behaviour, complementary approaches for building capability.  In Developing people's information capabilities: fostering information literacy in educational, workplace and community contexts.  Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.

Walton, G. (2013 forthcoming). Online conversation: information literacy as discourse between peers. Communications in Computer and Information Science.

Further Information

More information about my research can be found at http://northumbria.academia.edu/GeoffWalton and http://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=UwsIXpUAAAAJ&hl=en

To view my Northumbria Research Link page click here


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