Information Today Europe’s best of 2015

An exploration of ‘visitors and residents' theory, how to get a job in LIS, and university students' use of mobile devices top this year's charts

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As 2015 comes to a close, we take a look at back at some of our most popular articles from the past twelve months.

Top of this year’s charts is ‘Visitors and residents: understanding digital behaviours’ by Ian Clark which explored White and Le Cornu’s theory of ‘visitor and resident’ modes of engagement with digital technologies.

Clark detailed how, for him, thinking of behaviours as a continuum has been particularly helpful. A deeper understanding of how people use digital technologies has impacted on his own professional practice:

“This theory of internet behaviours has had a substantial impact in terms of the ways in which I view social media and how I can use make more effective use of these tools. It has been, for me, a really useful way to frame social media use, focusing on particular tools, looking at how they are used and then considering the behaviours that they suit, and adapting their use to take advantage of this.” 

Also popular this year was ‘How to get a job in LIS – advice to new graduates’ by Victoria Sculfor of Sue Hill Recruitment which gave valuable advice to early career info pros looking to win their first post-qualification role.

Gaining experience is the most important thing to do, argues Sculfor. Part-time work, or even volunteering, can illustrate commitment and a wide yet relevant skills base.

It’s important to keep your options open, and adapt to new challenges – don’t hold out for that elusive ‘dream job’ as that could lead to missed opportunities. Trying different areas at this early stage can pay dividends: “all information experience is valid at this stage”. Networking with other professionals in your chosen field can also be invaluable: “people love to help and many will remember being in your situation so don’t be afraid to ask.”

Back in March, our look at the 'Dramatic rise in university students' use of mobile devices for studying' also made it into the 'most read of 2015' category. According to the research from McGraw Hill Education, more than 80% of students use mobile devices to study, and claim it helps them to achieve higher grades. Students reported that their use of technology made them feel better prepared for classes, with more confidence in their knowledge of course material.The use of mobile devices for study has increased 40% year on year, and mobile technology is now the second most popular device category after laptops.

Meanwhile, at this year's ILI in London, 'Hard work and playfulness' were the order of the day - including the creation of a hands-on makerspace (pictured). "Playful learning helps create courageous, empathetic, compassionate, fearless learners", explained David E Bennett explained in his review of the conference. Libraries themselves can benefit from developing playful workspaces where librarians are unafraid to push the boundaries. The stage looks set for an invigorating 2016.  

Information Today Europe eNews will be taking a break over the festive period. We’ll be back in January!  We send best wishes for a happy and healthy 2016 to all our readers.