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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 iSchool, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde.

My human information behaviour research examines how and why people seek information (or not), and effective channels and sources of information, and influencing factors.  I explore complex access and internalised behavioural factors, the former influenced by technology and literacy issues, the latter by social structures and norms.  My work provides insight into what information to provide, to whom, and how.  Much of my work addresses the enduring limitations of mass communication strategies, informing targeted interventions both physical and digital (and interplays between) in the socio-ecological context.

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 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.  Further indicative work includes: examination of the rehabilitative cultural role of prison libraries, the role of public libraries in fostering cultural competencies and connections in disadvantaged communities, and effective public service digital design and engagement.  Also has extensive experience of applied research 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.

My research has significant practical application and impact, informing both policy and practice.  I have variously advised the Scottish Government and National Health Service on matters of effective information dissemination and digital literacy, and currently sit on an expert panel for YoungScot advising on tailored digital engagement strategies for at-risk (health and wellbeing) groups.  Recent work defining the role of people as information intermediaries has been adopted by the Scottish Government as a key action (defining professional competencies in the public sector) in their national Health Literacy Action Plan 2017-25.

Research funded by ESRC, EPSRC, and AHRC; and has a track record of research publications in top-quartile Information Science Index (ISI) ranked international 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

Developing health information literacy in disengaged at-risk populations : insights to inform interventions
Buchanan Steven, Nicol Emma
Journal of Documentation, (2018)
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

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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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