Christine Irving

Research Fellow & PhD Student by Published Works

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Christine Irving is a part-time Research Fellow within the Centre for Social Informatics in the Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation at Edinburgh Napier University. She is currently working on her PhD by Published Works based on her work on information literacy and lifelong learning. Christine blogs about these themes on The Right Information web site.

She was a member of the team that worked on the Mapping the workforce: library, archives, records, information, and knowledge management professions in the UK. This work was funded by The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and the Archives and Records Association (ARA) in 2014/15. 

Previous research projects are as follows:

  • Training provision for the library, information and knowledge sector - The project involved researching training provision for the UK library, information and knowledge sector. The project work was concerned with: (1) mapping current training provision; (2) identifying gaps in this training provision, and (3) developing an options appraisal for the delivery of training.
  • Work placements: where are we now, impact and lessons learned - Christine produced a report around work placement activity, specifically LTW2 (Learning to Work 2) projects for HEA/SHEEF.


Christine's main research expertise lies in information literacy and lifelong learning. Other themes in which she maintains an active interest in include reflective practice and library and information science research. Through her involvement in the LIS Research Coalition, DREaM Project and the CILIP Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) she has strong interest and expertise in online communities and collaboration, particularly as supported by social media. 

When not at Edinburgh Napier University, Christine is a Freelance Information Professional.

To access Christine's external web presence, please see her Linkedin page.

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    Recent Publications

    Crawford, J., Irving, C., Smith, L. (2015, June 2015). Information literacy in Scotland: making it mainstream. CILIP Update, 41-43.

    Irving, C., Brettle, A., Hall, H. (2015, June). How can information literacy be modelled from a lifelong learning perspective?. Paper presented at Information: interactions and impact (i3) 2015, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland.

    Crawford, J., Irving, C. (2014). Information literacy, policy issues and employability. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Comparative Studies, Volume 1, (No. 2), 8—25.

    Caddell, M., McIlwhan, R., Irving, C., Smith, C., Smith, S. (2013, June ). Can pay, should pay? Exploring paid and unpaid work opportunities from employer and student perspectives. Paper presented at QAA Enhancement Themes, Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh.

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