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.

Statistician / Bibliometrician: Rebecca Wojturska

Rebecca WojturskaRebecca is the Open Access Publishing Officer at the University of Edinburgh, where she manages a journal and book hosting service for staff, students and external partners. Previously she has worked in academic publishing, at Edinburgh University Press and the Royal Society of Chemistry. Follow her on Twitter.

Copy editors:

Head shot of Batul AlsarajiBatul Alsaraji, London Borough of Hillingdon.

Batul is a library assistant at the London Borough of Hillingdon and a library science master’s student. She has previously worked as a content manager and translator. Her professional interests include information literacy in public libraries and supporting digital literacy in the community.

Rebecca Wray, University of Bath.Rebecca Wray

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.

Andrea Wilcox Brooks, Northern Kentucky University.

Heat shot of Andrea Wilcox Brooks

Andrea is part of the Education & Outreach Services team at Northern Kentucky University’s library where she focuses on assessment and pedagogy.  She works with her team to develop undergraduate and graduate information literacy curriculum and teaches credit-bearing information literacy courses.  She also leads a campus-wide initiative called GEARUP with Information Literacy that provides faculty development around information literacy teaching and assessment.

Sae Matsuno, Stuart Hall Library, Iniva [Institute of International Visual Arts].

Sae is an Assistant Librarian at Stuart Hall Library, Iniva. Previously she was a researcher in art and architectural history. Her interests include Critical

Information Literacy, Oral History, and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion [EDI] education. Follow her on Twitter.


Amber Edwards, Malvern College Hong Kong.Head shot of Amber Edwards

Amber Edwards is a Teacher-Librarian and a teacher of Theory of Knowledge at Malvern College Hong Kong, an IB World School. She has previously worked at an IB school in Rome and a variety of university libraries in the UK. 

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.

Dr Lauren Smith, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

Lauren Smith

Dr Lauren Smith is Senior Liaison Librarian at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, where she provides subject support for Psychology, Sociology, Mad Studies, Education, Media, Communication and Performing Arts. In this role she also leads a postgraduate module in Digital Literacies. Lauren’s doctoral research at the University of Strathclyde focused on young people’s political information engagement and the role of information literacy. She has continued her research agenda in areas relating to access, equity and inclusion using critical and evidence informed approaches in a range of areas including widening participation, social care and services, online learning and self-censorship.

Dr Noora Hirvonen, University of Oulu in Finland.

Noora HirvonenDr Noora Hirvonen is an assistant professor in AI literacies at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Oulu in Finland and also holds the title of docent (adjunct professor) in health communication at the Faculty of Medicine at the same university. Her research focuses on information (literacy) practices in everyday life, specifically in health-related settings, and currently centers the ways artificial intelligence technologies mediate such practices. Most of her research has been cross-disciplinary and she is familiar with both quantitative and qualitative research approaches.

Veronica Arellano Douglas, University of Houston, USA.

Veronica Arellano DouglasVeronica Arellano Douglas is the Instruction Coordinator at the University of Houston Libraries, where she leads a team of teaching librarians and works with faculty and students to incorporate information literacy into the undergraduate curriculum. Veronica received her MLS from the University of North Texas and a BA in English from Rice University. Her research interests include critical information literacy, critically reflective pedagogy, relational-cultural theory and its application to feminist library work, and constructions of librarian identity in higher education. Veronica is a proud alumnus of the ALA Spectrum Scholarship Program and is currently a facilitator for the ACRL Immersion Program, an intensive teaching-focused learning experience for librarians.

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
  • Helen Bader
  • Anne-Lise Harding

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 Bon