You may recall that I submitted a full paper to the Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology 2018 (ASIST 2018). The conference takes place in Vancouver, Canada, between November 10th and 14th 2018 so I was keen to have a submission to this as I have never been to this conference before.
The paper entitled: The interaction between people, information and innovation: information literacy to underpin innovative work behaviour in a Finnish organisation is concerned with the role of information literacy in the learning of innovative work behaviour in the workplace. It draws upon the findings from analysis of interviews carried out with employees of a Finnish organisation. This forms part of my Finnish case study, one of three case studies in my doctoral work.
The paper highlights three main themes that emerged from a thematic analysis of the interview data: (1) information literacy skills serve as a prerequisite for workplace learning; (2) information behaviours support the learning of innovative work behaviour and; (3) a variety of information sources support employees as they learn to behave innovatively.
With permission from ASIS&T, you can find a copy of my paper here.
The data collection and resulting paper would not have been possible without the funding from my ESRC-SDS collaborative studentship and also a John Campbell Trust Student Research Bursary that I was awarded in 2017.
I am also pleased to say that I was awarded a place in the ASIS&T Doctoral Colloquium so I will have the opportunity to share my work with other doctoral students and academics within the supportive learning environment. I will have the opportunity to critically discuss my work and highlight issues I have faced. I will be able to seek advice from the senior mentors and other doctoral colloquium participants as to how any challenges can be overcome and how the challenges may have impacted my doctoral work. I am very much looking forward to attending this event!