I give talks and presentations on libraries and information services, professional ethics and social justice issues, evidence-informed practice and information literacy education education (secondary, further and higher) and workplace contexts.

If you would like to invite me to speak at a conference or event, please feel free to email me to discuss specifics.

Keynotes and invited talks

  • Keynote: Hot tips for social sciences literature searching. Supporting the social sciences: a masterclass for library and information professionals. Edinburgh Napier University, 13th May 2019
  • Invited talk: Impact of government and corporate surveillance on writers. Open Rights Group, 10th February 2019
  • Invited talk: Panel discussion: Scottish Chilling: report launch. University of Strathclyde, 14th December 2018
  • Keynote: Communities of praxis: transforming access to information for equity. NASIG Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, 10th June 2018
  • Invited talk: The impact of school libraries on educational outcomes: identifying the evidence base. School Library Strategy Advisory Group, SLIC, Glasgow, 26th February 2018
  • Invited talk: Surveillance in libraries and implications for freedom of inquiry and expression. Cambridge Libraries Conference, 11th January 2018
  • Invited talk: Panel discussion: The problem with knowledge: knowledge after austerity and Brexit. University of the Arts London, 23rd February 2017
  • Invited talk: Panel discussion: ‘A Good American’, surveillance and freedom of expression. Scottish PEN and University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 12th December 2016
  • Keynote: ‘From the bronze age to big data: why knowledge matters.’ CILIP Conference, Brighton, 13th July 2016
  • Keynote: ‘Using social media to address professional issues in LIS’ – MmIT Conference, Sheffield, 15th September 2015
  • Invited talk: Changing libraries: what’s social media got to do with it? – MmIT AGM, London, 3rd January 2015
  • Invited talk: ‘Windows on the world – keeping them open. The prospects for public service broadcasting, libraries and arts’. University of Leeds and Voice of the Listener & Viewer. West Yorkshire Playhouse, 16th July 2011 (Script)
  • Invited talk: Advocacy in changing times and the role of new professionals – CILIP Y&H / CDG AGM, 7th April 2011

Other talks and presentations


  • A Heath Robinson effort: building institutional information literacy frameworks within a Complex Machine. LILAC 2020, Manchester, 6th-8th April 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)
  • Lowering the drawbridge: academic libraries, information literacy, and open access. Panel discussion with Simon Bowie and Kevin Sanders. LILAC 2020, Manchester, 6th-8th April 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)


  • Advocacy in the UK . Juried panel ‘Layers of Advocacy: How librarians everywhere can make a difference and lessons for LIS education‘. ALISE 2019, Knoxville, 26th September 2019


  • Using principles of evidence based practice, critical pedagogy and workplace information literacy to tackle wicked problems in the context of social services information support in Scotland. LILAC 2018, Liverpool, 5th April 2018




  • ‘Learning, Lending, Liberty: can school libraries be engines for youth citizenship?’ Developing information literacy policy and activity in Scotland panel – ECIL 2015, Tallinn, 20th October 2015
  • Radical research – Radical Librarians Collective Gathering, Huddersfield, 4th July 2015
  • “I think the only time I care about politics, is if it affects me or my family. If it
    doesn’t, I have no reason to care about it”: exploring young people’s political agency and the role of information literacy from a critical pedagogical perspective – CAPAL 2015, Ottawa, 1st June 2015


  • Young people’s critical information literacy and political agency – ECIL 2014, Dubrovnik, 22nd October 2014
  • Critical information literacy for the development of political agency – IFLA Information Literacy Satellite, Limerick, 15th August 2014
  • Critical information literacy and political agency – iFutures 2014: Research into Practice, Sheffield, 21st July 2014
  • What librarians can do to support political participation, youth activism and resistance – Youth Activism Conference, University of Leicester, 13th June 2014
  • Critical information literacy for political agency poster – ESRC Final Year Conference, Edinburgh, 25th April 2014


  • A Critical Approach to Information Literacy – Focus Session at Umbrella 2013, 3rd July 2013
  • Towards a Model of Critical Information Literacy Instruction for the Development of Political Agency, LILAC 2013, 25th March 2013


  • Panel Discussion: “The Fight for Libraries: 21st Century Advocacy, Austerity and Alliance” with David McMenemy (University of Strathclyde) and Professor Claire Squires (University of Stirling). Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing 20th Annual Conference, Dublin, 26th June 2012
  • 20/20 presentation, Information Science Doctoral Colloquium (iDocQ), University of Edinburgh, 19th June 2012
  • “Making Public Information Meaningful: the role of public libraries in ensuring access to and understanding of public information in the digital age.” BOBCATSSS Conference 2012,  Amsterdam, 23rd – 25th January 2012


  • Talk on library cuts and closures as part of ‘Public Interest’ art exhibition. Golau Glau Exhibition, Test Space Leeds, 12th November 2011
  • Library Campaign Conference, University of London Union, 22nd October 2011. Plenary presentation about Save Doncaster Libraries campaign, workshop on media liaison
  • Panel member in Wellbeing Debate, Office for National Statistics and University of Leeds, 4th April 2011
  • ‘This meeting urges H.M. Government to maintain support for libraries, as an essential local education and information resource.’ Speaker for the resolution. West Yorkshire Federation of WIs, Pudsey Civic Hall, 31st March 2011

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