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Meet the IL Website Team: Sharon Wagg


Sharon WaggWhat is your role on the committee?

I am one of the newly appointed web editors of the IL website. The website editorial team is a sub-group of the CILIP Information Literacy Group.

When did you join and why?

I have just started a funded PhD at Loughborough University. My research area relates to information literacy and people’s information experiences especially those who have been digitally excluded; so I saw this role as a great opportunity for me to stay up-to-date with trends, events and current research related to information literacy and to advocate the great work carried out by information literacy communities of practice.

What do you do in your role?

Working alongside the other IL website editors my role is to source or write interesting news stories, blogs and event reviews that appeal to the website audience and Tweet this content far and wide. I’ve just been tasked with updating the content on the Sectors section of the website, and introduce a few new sections so watch this space!

What is your day job?

I am a full-time PhD researcher in the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University, in the Centre of Information Management. My PhD is funded through a studentship set up in the memory of Loughborough University’s Professor Mark Hepworth. Professor Hepworth had a close relationship with CILIP’s ILG and I am honoured to progress my IL research through his studentship. Take a look at my recent blog Mark Hepworth honoured in Aslib Journal of Information Management.

My PhD builds on my previous research developed through academic study at the University of Sheffield and through working as part of the research team at the digital and social inclusion charity, Good Things Foundation, (formerly Tinder Foundation) where I worked on projects including a Library Digital Inclusion Action Research Project and English My Way.

What are your other interests?

I have two lovely daughters who keep me very busy and a love for the outdoors. I live in the Peak District surrounded by beautiful countryside & so am very lucky to get out in the hills fairly regularly for a walk or a run. I also enjoy going on trips in our family camper van and swimming in our local pool.

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