I joined ScHARR in 2001 after working as a journalist with my remit to provide support and guidance to staff and students in their use of technology and information resources. My role is to scan the horizon for opportunities relating to research, teaching and collaboration and maintain networks that support this. I have a keen interest in new ways of working by employing Web 2.0 and Social Media including video but also pay close attention to the implications and pitfalls for using such advances. I offer guidance and support on information literacies and digital copyright. My main areas of work are in digital academia, scholarly communications, Web 2.0, social media, Google Apps, Altmetrics, MOOCs, infographics and the Web.
I regularly write and give talks about digital academia, research and learning technology, scholarly communications, open research, web tools, altmetrics and social media. In particular, their application for research, teaching, learning, knowledge management and collaboration. I have a Senate Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at The University of Sheffield. I am also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I received my Senate Award in recognition as being the person who sparked interest in running the first MOOCs at my institution in 2013.
I started the ScHARR Bite Size series - where we teach you something new in 20 minutes, a model which has been replicated at various universities around the globe. I established the popular ScHARR Library Blog in 2007. I am also the Chair of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals Multi-Media and Information Technology Committee. I run occasional App Swap Breakfasts at institutions and conferences and a weekly academic writing club in ScHARR.
My research interests are focused in the area of modern Web tools, Altmetrics, Web 2.0, social networks and software and their application for research, teaching, learning, knowledge management and transfer and collaboration. I am very interested in how we manage information and how information overload affects our professional and personal lives.
My teaching interests lie in encouraging staff and students to use the many tools and technologies, quite often freely, available to aid them carry out research and collaboration within the academic and clinical setting. I teach on the IRIS programme and on various ScHARR Masters programmes. I also deliver one of workshops for staff and students in my department and faculty.
I am the Chair for the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals - Multi Media and Information Technology Committee. I am also a Mendeley Advisor for the social reference management software company and an Ambassador for Altmetric.com - both of whom I have won their monthly awards..