Alison Hicks is Assistant Professor and Programme Director, Library and Information Studies at University College, London (UCL). Her research primarily focuses on how information literacy practices help people to cope with uncertainty, including risk and transition, within academic, health, everyday, and work contexts. She is additionally interested in qualitative, visual, and participatory information literacy research methods. Alison has published widely, including in the Journal of Documentation, Journal of Library and Information Science, and Social Science and Medicine, and her first co-edited monograph, Information Literacy through Theory, is being published by Facet in late 2023. Alison has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Information Literacy since 2020.
Tim Gorichanaz is an associate teaching professor at Drexel University, College of Computing & Informatics in Philadelphia, US. His areas of expertise are in human-computer interaction, philosophy of information, digital ethics, information experience, information behavior and human-centered design. In 2018, he has attained his PhD in Information studies from Drexel University. He has published a book on information experience titled “Information experience in theory and design” and has researched the information experience of runners during ultramarathons.
More about Tim’s work can be found on his personal pages.
Jenna Hartel is an associate professor at University of Toronto, Faculty of Information in Ontario, Canada. As an avid researcher and thinker her work is widely recognized in the field of library and information sciences. Her work, interests and energy are perhaps best understood in her own words:
“I am a theorist, methodologist, historian, and passionate educator of Library and Information Science (LIS). My work is motivated by the question: What is the nature of information in the pleasures of life? I am seeking an answer through creative, concatenated, exploratory research into information phenomena within the pleasurable and profound realms of serious leisure and hobbies. I am engaged in an imaginative, energetic, and committed form of intervention in the field of LIS. I believe a different character of LIS is possible, one that moves beyond pragmatic concerns with information resources and technologies to consider positive and upbeat information phenomena across the entire human experience. To that end, my ideas are expressed and packaged in non-standard formats that are playful, modern, and accessible to all. I hope to be a catalyst, endeavoring to inspire and encourage the field of LIS to explore new areas, import new methods, break out of traditional boxes, and entertain new possibilities.” – Jenna Hartel
Invited panel speakers
Sabina Cisek is Senior Lecturer and Vice-Director for Educational Affairs at the Institute of Information Studies, Faculty of Management and Social Communication, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. Her research focuses on human information behaviour and literacy, qualitative methods in information science, philosophy and theory of information studies, and professional information services. She is also a founding member of Polish Association of Information Professionals. Since 2013 she works for ECIL – European Conference on Information Literacy as a Program Committee member and a reviewer. In years 2002-2012 Sabina served as a vice-president of Polish Society for Scientific and Technical Information. She authored, co-authored and edited over 70 scholarly works (articles, conference papers and books), including Philosophical aspects of information science (2002), Qualitative research in the field of Information Literacy in the second decade of the XXI century (2014) and encyclopaedia entries on information, information behaviour, and information users (2017, in Polish).
Monika Krakowska is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Information Studies, Faculty of Management and Social Communication, Jagiellonian University in Kraków. Her research interests include multidisciplinary approaches to and analyses of human information behaviour, as well as methods of experiencing information through individual and collective information activities in context. She investigates the cognitive, social, and emotional elements of information behaviour and diverse information environments, as well as the many ways in which information culture is created in different situations, with considerable interest. She has published texts in Polish and foreign collective works and in scientific journals such as Information Research, Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, Education for Information, The Electronic Library. She is the author of the book Human information behaviour in the context of the epistemic information bubble phenomenon: a proposal for a new concept (2022, in Polish). For her first book New Forms of Social Communication in the European Educational Space (2008, in Polish), she received the SBP Adam Łysakowski Scientific Award in the category of best works of a practical and implementation nature.
Sabina and Monika are both members of ISKO – International Society for Knowledge Organization. They both took part in the international project EMPATIC – Empowering Autonomous Learning Through Information Competencies, which was concerned with diagnosing the state of information literacy development in the European Union, as well as developing and implementing various programmes and activities in the field of information literacy education, in the four education sectors covered by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme programmes in school, vocational, and adult education. Recently, they have attempted to identify the study potential in their idea of individual information spaces (with significant social and affective potential), analysing it using qualitative, visual, and participative methodologies. They aim to identify and diagnose not just information behaviour, but also individual components of information culture, information competencies, and the numerous information contexts that impact the building of human experience and knowledge.