JIL Editorial Team

Editors in chief :

Emma Coonan, Research Fellow, Anglia Ruskin University.

Emma Coonan

Emma is Research Fellow at the Centre for Innovation in Higher Education at Anglia Learning & Teaching. She carries out individual and collaborative research into innovative pedagogic approaches including design thinking in teaching and learning, pedagogies of inclusion, and research ethics.

A librarian for ten years, Emma’s background is in academic, digital and information literacies in higher education. Her experience includes elearning course design, leading professional workshops, and developing the highly cited ANCIL curriculum for information literacy. Her chief research interests are in the field of applied pedagogic research and the scholarship of teaching and learning. As Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Information Literacy she also has a keen interest in scholarly communications practices. Google Scholar profile

Emma spends an unfeasible amount of time on trains and drinks far too much espresso. Follow her on Twitter

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

Alison Hicks will be taking on the role of Editor-in-Chief from Dr Emma Coonan, who has nurtured authors and developed JIL over the past 5 years. Until the final handover in June, Alison will be shadowing Emma.

Managing Editor:  Michelle O’Connell.

Michelle O'Connell

Michelle is an Academic Engagement Specialist at Edge Hill University, working with the Business School and Media department to help them get the most out of the full spectrum of Learning Services, including technology enhanced learning, SpLD support and embedded IL sessions for students. Prior to this she was liaison librarian for partnership and international students. As manager of Edge Hill’s digital repository for teaching and learning, eShare, Michelle is responsible for advocacy and user training. Before entering the world of Librarianship Michelle worked in Academic Publishing as an editor, researcher and project manager.

Book Reviews Editor: Ian Hunter.

Ian HunterIan Hunter 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.

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.

Claire LoakeClaire Loake, Moulton College.

Claire is a Chartered Librarian working in Further Education. 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.


Heather JohnstonHeather Johnston, University of Liverpool.

Heather 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.

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 Jane Secker, Senior Lecturer in Educational Development at City University, London.

Jane SeckerJane was formerly Copyright and Digital Literacy Advisor at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she provided advice and training for staff and researchers.  She has considerable research experience and has published several books on information literacy, copyright and e-learning.  She was a founder member of the LILAC Conference Committee, a keen user of social media and regularly presents at international and national conferences.  Follow her on Twitter.

Ruth Stubbings, Deputy Director Services, SCONUL.

Ruth StubbingsRuth has been involved in the development of teaching materials that help develop students academic literacy skills, including INFORMS, SMILE, and the revision of the SCONUL Seven Pillars of Information Literacy with Moira Bent.  She also led the collaborative team that developed SirLearnalot.

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.

Michelle Bond, Coventry University.

Michelle is an Academic Liaison Librarian for the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing at Coventry University. She’s co-founder and organiser of LISDIS, the Library and Information Science Dissertations Conference, and is currently studying for a postgraduate certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. Follow her on Twitter.

Previous Editors:

  • 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 Editor: Cathie Jackson

Previous Copy Editors:

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

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
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