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Information Science Pathway: ESRC Doctoral Training Centre
Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities

Welcome to iLab

iLab is an interdisciplinary information science research group investigating arising socio-techno phenomena and evolving information behaviour. In pursuit of a literate and informed society, much of our work is societal in nature, investigating human information need and use, and informing future interactive public information system service design. Holistic in perspective, our work is theoretically underpinned by shared interests in information retrieval, information seeking behaviour, and information architecture. Working closely with industry and the Library & Information Science profession, we have active research partnership agreements with a number of public sector organisations, and are members of the ESRC Information Science Pathway Doctoral Training Centre, and the AHRC Information Science Doctoral Scheme Consortium.

We welcome collaborative enquiries from both industry and academia, which in the first instance, should be addressed to group leader, Dr Steven Buchanan <steven.buchanan@strath.ac.uk>.

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Current Activity

Empowerment and Disempowerment in Information Seeking Behaviour following a Significant Live Event


Freedom of Information and Excemptions


Constructing Information Systems for Children


Investigating Information Poverty


Everyday Life Information Seeking Behaviour of Adolescents


The Manifestation of Child Information Poverty


Investigating Information Seeking Behaviour in the Primary Classroom


Health Information Seeking of Black and Ethnic Minority Groups


The Application of Architectural Criteria to Digital Library Design to Enhance the Child User Experience


Multimodal Interaction and Museum Learning


Measuring Fun on Children's Computer Products


Ubiquitous and Context-Aware Information Provision


Understanding the Information Needs of Visually Impaired Young People


Arabic data entry for Mobile Devices


Shared Initiative Model Comprehension for Energy Modelling


Ebook Lending Provision in UK Public Libraries


Towards an Appropriate Model for Measuring the Social Value of Public Libraries


Democratic Engagement and the role of the Public Library