JIL Editorial Team

Editor in chief :

Dr Alison Hicks, Assistant Professor, University College London.

Dr Alison E Hicks

Alison is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the Department of Information Studies at UCL. In this role, she teaches on the Library and Information Science MA, including the information literacy module, and supervises MA and PhD research. Alison also maintains an active information literacy research agenda, which focuses on sociocultural approaches to information literacy within academic and everyday contexts.

Alison received her PhD from the Swedish School of Library and Information Science, Borås, Sweden and her MSIS from the United States, where she worked for over a decade as an academic librarian. During this time, Alison developed a strong interest in critical information literacy, particularly in relation to international and intercultural settings. Since then, her research interests have expanded to centre on the broader concept of transition as well as the application of qualitative research methods within information literacy research.

Alison is at her happiest when she is outside, either walking or playing netball. She also enjoys working as an inner-city Guide leader as well as volunteering at her local toy library.

Her publications are almost entirely available OA and she can also be followed on Twitter.

Managing Editor: Dr Meg Westbury.

Dr Meg WestburyMeg is the Academic Services Librarian (Human and Social Sciences) for the Cambridge University

Libraries, where she has been involved in several information literacy initiatives, including developing a 10-month teacher librarian training course. She holds a PhD in E-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning (Lancaster University), MAs in Cultural Anthropology and Library and Information Science (both University of Washington), is a Fellow of Wolfson College (Cambridge) and is FHEA.

Meg’s research interests include collaborative and peer-supported writing processes and how research infrastructures spark new identities, agencies and communities. She is particularly interested in exploring creative approaches to peer review of academic literature and in creating fora for marginalized voices in information literacy studies.

Production Editor: Harriet David.

Harriet is a copy editor for the Library and Information Research Journal and the ARAM Periodical. She has recently completed a Library Graduate Trainee year at the Bodleian History Faculty Library. Previously she has worked in the Bodleian Sackler Library.

Book Reviews Editor: Ian Hunter.

Ian HunterIan is Library and Information Manager at Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP. Since qualifying in the early 1990s, Ian has worked for law firms, investment banks and a university business school and published articles on information literacy, free sources of legal information and Google as research tool.

Digital communications Officer: Heather Johnston

Heather JohnsonHeather is a Learning Developer at the University of Liverpool, where she designs online resources and delivers an open programme of workshops to help students from all schools and all levels of study enhance their academic skills.  Previously she has worked in both further education and school libraries. Follow her on Twitter.

Copy editors:

Helen BaderHelen Bader, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Helen is the Assistant Head of Library Services (Drama) at RWCMD. Her professional interests include information literacy, supporting student learning and copyright. Follow her on Twitter.


Rebecca WrayRebecca Wray, University of Bath.

Rebecca is an Information Officer in the Careers Service at the University of Bath. She provides and manages information for students to support their careers education needs. Previously she has worked in both academic and healthcare libraries.


Kirsten McCormickKirsten McCormick, Glasgow Caledonian University.

Kirsten is an Academic Liaison Librarian at Glasgow Caledonian University, supporting the staff and students and researchers of the School of Health and Life Sciences. Previously she has also worked in public and school libraries.


Thomas Peach, York St John University.

Thomas is an Academic Liaison Librarian at York St John University where he supports the School of Arts, the School of Education, Language and Psychology, and the School of Science, Technology and Health. He is the lead on information Accessibility Support Services, and also runs the University’s Archives and Special Collections. Follow him on Twitter.


Ellen Cole, Northumbria University.Ellen Cole

Ellen is a Scholarly Communications Librarian at Northumbria University, with responsibility for services for Open Access, including repositories, funds and publishing platforms. She supports research active staff and students in the development of research skills and knowledge of academic publishing practices. Follow her on Twitter.


Editorial Board:

The Editorial Board is made up of the Editorial Team and in addition:

Chair: Geoff Walton, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Geoff Walton

Geoff is Senior Lecturer in Information and Communications at Manchester Metropolitan University. His previous roles include Lecturer in Information Sciences at Northumbria University, Senior Researcher in the Institute for Applied Creative Thinking (I-ACT) in the Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies, and Academic Skills Tutor Librarian (Information Services) at Staffordshire University.  He was SLA Europe Information Professional 2010.  His paper for the Journal of Documentation won an Emerald Literati Highly Commended Award in 2012. Geoff is interested in the ways in which young people make judgements about information, misinformation and fake news, and is working on a number of projects to investigate these through the lenses of information literacy theory and research.

Prof Annemaree Lloyd, Professor (Chair) Department of Information Studies, University College London.

Professor Annemaree LloydAnnemaree has extensive research interests in information literacy and information practice in theoretical and applied settings.  Annemaree’s research has focused on theorizing information literacy as a socially enacted practice. Her current research program explores the role of information literacy practice in transition and resettlement of refugees and social inclusion; the role of information literacy in transition to work; information practices and the intersection of knowledge domains in the health care sector;  health information literacy and information use by patients with chronic illness.

Dr Ross J. Todd, Rutgers University, USA.

Ross Todd

Ross is the Director of CISSL, the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries. His primary teaching and research interests focus on adolescent information seeking and use. The research is multi-faceted, and includes: information and critical literacies with emphasis on digital information environments; information technology and learning; cognitive information utilization and knowledge construction; how school libraries and the role of teacher-librarians may more effectively empower student learning; and knowledge management and building schools as effective information-knowledge sharing communities.

Professor Dorothy Williams, Emeritus Professor of Information Science at the iSchool, Robert Gordon University.

Professor Dorothy Williams

Prior to 2014, she was the inaugural director of IMaGeS and established the Making Connections programme of information literacy research and events.  She was the founding Director of the Information: Interactions and Impact (i3) Conference. This biennial conference is concerned with the quality and effectiveness of the interaction between people and information and how this interaction can bring about change in individuals, organisations, communities and society.


Previous Editors:

  • Emma Coonan, Anglia Ruskin University (Vol 9. No 2 2015 to Vol 14. No 1 2020)
  • Jane Secker, LSE (Vol. 6, No.2 2012 to Vol. 9, No. 1 2015)
  • Susie Andretta, London Metropolitan University (Vol. 3, No. 1 2009 to Vol. 5, No. 2 2011)
  • Ronan O’Beirne, Bradford College (Vol.1, No. 3 2007  to Vol. 2, No. 1 2008)
  • Sheila Webber, Sheffield University (Vol. 1, No. 1 2007)

Guest Editors:

  • Alison Ahearn (Vol. 1, No. 2 2007)
  • Jane Secker and Ruth Stubbings (Vol. 1, No. 2 2007)
  • Cathie Jackson (Vol. 2, No. 2 2008 and Vol. 6, No. 1 2012)

Previous Managing Editors:

  • Cathie Jackson
  • Michelle O’Connell

Previous Copy Editors:

  • Steffani Sams
  • Lisa Hutchins
  • Lizzie Seals
  • Sarah Wolfenden
  • Sharon Lawler
  • Jennifer Yellin
  • Claire Loake

Previous Book Review Editor: Martin Wolf

Previous Digital Communications Officer: Elizabeth McCarthy

Previous members of Editorial Board:

  • Debbi Boden-Angell
  • Phil Candy
  • Claire McGuinness
  • Mark Hepworth
  • Jane Secker
  • Ruth Stubbings
  • Michelle Bond
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