I give talks and presentations on libraries and information services, professional ethics and social justice issues, and evidence/information literacy-related issues in public services and education.
If you would like to invite me to speak at a conference or event, please feel free to email me to discuss specifics.
- Keynote: Communities of praxis: transforming access to information for equity. NASIG Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, 10th June 2018.
- 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.
- The impact of school libraries on educational outcomes: identifying the evidence base. School Library Strategy Advisory Group, SLIC, Glasgow, 26th February 2018.
- Surveillance in libraries and implications for freedom of inquiry and expression. Cambridge Libraries Conference, 11th January 2018.
- Ubiquitous surveillance, the IP Act and implications for freedom of expression in Scotland. ECREA Conference, Stockholm, 11th November 2017.
- Sensible or censorship? Gatekeeping, filtering and access to information in libraries. CCA Glasgow, 30th August 2017.
- Libraries for All? Libraries, social inequalities and activism in Scotland. CCA Glasgow, 28th August 2017.
- From secondary education to beyond: information literacy to support young people’s educational transitions. LILAC 2017, University of Swansea, 11th April 2017.
- Panel Discussion: The problem with knowledge: Knowledge after austerity and Brexit. University of the Arts London, 23rd February 2017.
- Panel Discussion: ‘A Good American’, surveillance and freedom of expression. Scottish PEN and University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 12th December 2016.
- Enhancing agency through information: A phenomenographic exploration of young people’s political information experiences. ASIS&T Annual Meeting 2016, Copenhagen, 14th – 18th October 2016.
- Using phenomenographic methods to support political information use. ECIL 2016, Prague, 9th- 13th October 2016.
- Can libraries be engines for youth citizenship? Contemporary Childhood Conference 2016, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 2nd – 3rd September 2016.
- Access To Higher Education: How Might This Be Achieved For Students From Economically Disadvantaged Backgrounds? ECER 2016, Dublin, August 2016.
- Keynote: ‘From the bronze age to big data: why knowledge matters.’ CILIP Conference, Brighton, 13th July 2016.
- What works in closing the access gap? A systematic review of international evidence. Widening Access to Higher Education Conference, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 22nd June 2016.
- Learning, Lending, Liberty? Can school libraries be engines for youth citizenship? LILAC 2016, Dublin, 21st March 2016.
- Young people’s experiences of political information: implications for information literacy practice. LILAC 2016, Dublin, 22nd March 2016.
- Censoring the web: mapping content filtering in UK public libraries. LILAC 2016, Dublin, 23rd March 2016.
- ‘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.
- Keynote: ‘Using social media to address professional issues in LIS‘ – MmIT Conference, Sheffield, 15th September 2015. (Storify of related tweets)
- 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.
- Changing Libraries: what’s social media got to do with it? – MmIT AGM, London, 3rd January 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.
- Golau Glau Exhibition, Test Space Leeds, 12th November 2011. Talk on library cuts and closures as part of ‘Public Interest’ art exhibition.
- Library Campaign Conference, University of London Union, 22nd October 2011. Plenary presentation about Save Doncaster Libraries campaign, workshop on media liaison.
- ‘Windows on the World – keeping them open. The Prospects for Public Service Broadcasting, Libraries and Arts’. Public event organised by the University of Leeds and Voice of the Listener & Viewer. West Yorkshire Playhouse, 16th July 2011. (Script)
- Voices for the Library stand at Hay Festival, 28th May – 5th June 2011. (My photos and Simon’s photos)
- Advocacy in Changing Times and the Role of New Professionals – CILIP Y&H / CDG AGM, 7th April 2011 (Slides)
- 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.