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Dr Steven Buchanan

Reader

Computer and Information Sciences

Personal statement

Reader, Head of Information Behaviour Research, and Director of PG Teaching within the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde.  With a particular interest in Information Behaviour at both the organisational and individual level, research interests and expertise encompass organisational and human information behaviours.

Extensive experience of applied information needs analysis within the organisational context through his authoritative information audit work, including a commonly cited methodology that has been applied across a number of public and private sector organisations.  Currently leading a number of projects investigating human information behaviours in marginalised and/or disadvantaged circumstances including a major information poverty study exploring how public information providers spanning (but not limited to) health, social care, and education can support young first time mothers from areas of multiple deprivations and their children to prosper in the digital age.

Internationally recognised, he has been engaged across Europe and Australasia by a number of public and private sector organisations, and currently has active research partnership agreements with Glasgow Life and Barnardo’s, and is an advisor to the Scottish Government and the National Health Service Scotland.  Research funded by ESRC, EPSRC, and AHRC; and has a track record of research publications in top quartile Information Science Index (ISI) ranked journals.  Recipient of an Emerald Literati Review Outstanding Paper Award; and two Outstanding Teaching Certificates of Recognition.  Member of the ESRC Peer Review College and Carnegie Trust Research Assessor.

Publications

Relationships, environment, health and development : the information needs expressed online by young first-time mothers
Ruthven Ian, Buchanan Steven, Jardine Cara
Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology Vol 69, pp. 985-995, (2018)
Public libraries as cultural hubs in disadvantaged communities : developing and fostering cultural competencies and connections
Summers Sarah, Buchanan Steven
Library Quarterly Vol 88, pp. 286-302, (2018)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/697707
Information behaviours in disadvantaged and dependent circumstances and the role of information intermediaries
Buchanan Steven, Jardine Cara, Ruthven Ian
Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, (2018)
Character building in children's online information behaviours : applying a virtue epistemology perspective to information literacy
McMenemy David, Buchanan Steven
European Conference on Information Literacy 2018, (2018)
Isolated, overwhelmed and worried : young first-time mothers asking for information and support online
Ruthven Ian, Buchanan Steven, Jardine Cara
Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, pp. 1-25, (2018)
http://dx.doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1002/asi.24037
Developing information literacy in dependent and disadvantaged circumstances : a transitional approach in the digital health context
Buchanan Steven, Jardine Cara, Ruthven Ian
Fifth European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL), Sep 18-21 2017, Saint-Malo, FranceCommunications in Computer and Information Science, pp. 409-418, (2018)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-74334-9_43

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Professional activities

Carnegie UK Trust #NotWithoutMe@the BBC
Participant
15/3/2017
Scottish Government (External organisation)
Advisor
2017
University of Texas Austin iSchool iForum Series Invited Speaker
Invited speaker
2017
2nd Annual Scottish Library and Information Council Digital and Information Literacy Symposium
Keynote/plenary speaker
18/11/2016
National Health Service Scotland Knowledge into Action (K2A) Expert Webex
Participant
9/11/2016
National Health Service Scotland Health Literacy Conference
Participant
26/10/2016

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Projects

Scottish ESRC Doctoral Training Centre DTG 2011 | Loudon, Katherine Jane
Buchanan, Steven (Principal Investigator) Ruthven, Ian (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2013 - 01-Oct-2016
Scottish ESRC Doctoral Training Centre DTG 2011 | Breslin Davda, Frances Mary
Buchanan, Steven (Principal Investigator) Ruthven, Ian (Co-investigator) Breslin Davda, Frances Mary (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2013 - 01-Apr-2019
EPSRC DOCTORAL TRAINING GRANT | Mycock, Jane Victoria
Buchanan, Steven (Principal Investigator) McMenemy, David (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Apr-2012 - 02-Jun-2016
Doctoral Training Grant 2010 | Foster, Catherine
Buchanan, Steven (Principal Investigator) McMenemy, David (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2011 - 01-Jun-2016
The Role of Public Libraries in Glasgow Communities in the 21st Century
Buchanan, Steven (Principal Investigator)
This studentship will investigate the public library (PL) role in supporting, empowering, enriching and connecting individuals, groups, and communities in the cultural context. The studentship will bring together theories and models of information behaviour with theories of cultural capital to better understand the PL role in developing the cultural competencies of individuals, and stimulating community engagement and cultural citizenship.
Period 01-Oct-2017 - 30-Sep-2020
The Role of Public Libraries in Glasgow Communities in the 21st Century
Buchanan, Steven (Principal Investigator)
This studentship will investigate the public library (PL) role in supporting, empowering, enriching and connecting individuals, groups, and communities in the cultural context. The studentship will bring together theories and models of information behaviour with theories of cultural capital to better understand the PL role in developing the cultural competencies of individuals, and stimulating community engagement and cultural citizenship.
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 30-Sep-2018

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