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CIS professor to chair Scottish library organisation

A Professor in Strathclyde’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences has been appointed chair of a Scotland-wide library organisation. 

Ian Ruthven, Professor of Information Seeking and Retrieval and former Head of Department, is to chair the board of the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC).

Professor Ruthven’s research focuses on information seeking and retrieval, understanding how and why people search for information and how electronic systems can help people identify information more effectively. His work incorporates research on the design of information access systems and user interaction.

He has led and been involved in research projects to explore system designs to help children search for information, and studies to examine the impact of information poverty on marginalised groups and how people use online information to create a sense of happiness   

Professor Ruthven said: “It is a privilege to be appointed chair of the SLIC board.  Libraries are one of society’s most important assets, and I look forward to working with the team at SLIC to continue to develop library services across Scotland, ensuring we meet the needs of modern users.”

Pamela Tulloch, Chief Executive of SLIC, said: “We are delighted to welcome Professor Iain Ruthven to our board.  He brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge about information science that will be invaluable as we support libraries in a digital information age.  In particular, his work around how users search for, identify and use information will be particularly useful to inform how we continue to transform library services and ensure they meet the needs of communities across Scotland.

22 December 2017