Event report: i3 Conference, June 2017

A short summary by Sharon Wagg, PhD researcher at Loughborough University, of highlights from the i3 Conference, which was held at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen in June 2017.

I was invited to represent Loughborough University at the Information: interactions and impact (i3) 2017 conference, which took place at Robert Gordon University on June 2730, 2017. This is a biennial conference with a focus on information behaviour and information literacy research that draws information scientists from around the world.

I was bitterly disappointed that I was unable to attend as I knew the conference would be incredibly insightful for my PhD. However, I managed to follow the events of the week via Twitter  (#i3rgu), and Shelia Webber of the University of Sheffield live-blogged many of the presentations on her Information Literacy blog. Thank you, Sheila! I’ve also just received my copy of the book of abstracts for the conference. Thank you, conference organisers!

The conference opened with an introduction from i3 Chair Professor Peter Reid, followed by the delivery of the inaugural Mark Hepworth Memorial Award for the best abstract submitted to the conference. The award is in memory of Professor Mark Hepworth, a valued information science researcher. For me, as the recipient of the Mark Hepworth PhD scholarship from Loughborough University, it was wonderful to hear about this award, which was awarded to Jess Elmore from the Information School at the University of Sheffield for her abstract entitled “Information sharing in the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classroom: A case study”. Check out Sheila Webber’s blog on Jess’s presentation.

The team from Edinburgh Napier’s Centre for Social Informatics also gave a number of presentations at i3. Check out Hazel Hall’s blog, which usefully lists them all.

From following the conference tweets, it was clear this was a great event for information science. I’d just like to say a huge thank you to i3 organisers Dr Elizabeth Tait and Professor Peter Reid for organising this great conference, and I look forward to i3 2019.

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