I’m a researcher-librarian interested in issues around information, agency and equity. I gained a Masters in Librarianship from the University of Sheffield in 2010 and was awarded a PhD by the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde in 2016. I have experience of research and work in the fields of public, school, academic, and special library and information services.
My current work focuses on the use of information literacy theories and practices to support the development of understanding and evaluation of different forms of evidence and knowledge in academic and professional practice. My practice is led by social constructivist and critical pedagogical approaches.
My current and previous research includes:
- Critical approaches to education and librarianship
- Political information behaviour, political participation and citizenship
- Information/news/media/digital literacy
- Social justice issues in library and information services, including privacy and surveillance
- Access, equity and inclusion in education and information
- The contribution of public libraries to civic and democratic engagement
I co-founded Voices for the Library, a UK-wide public libraries advocacy organisation, and continue to advocate for and support the work of public libraries.