Title: Understanding Human Information Behaviours in Disadvantaged Circumstances to Inform Interventions
Speaker: Steven Buchanan
Location: UTA 5.522 (1616 Guadalupe St., 5th Floor)
In this talk, Dr. Buchanan will discuss how persistent barriers to information access and use are societally divisive and as yet not fully understood, particularly amongst marginalised and disadvantaged groups; barriers that place many people at risk of living a stratified and disengaged existence within an impoverished (small) information world. His work amongst high-risk groups evidences complex problematic situations and selective and infrequent engagement with State information services both physical and digital; and has implications for universal public health policy, and digital health strategies in particular.
Dr. Steven Buchanan is Reader and Head of iSchool Research Group at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland UK. He leads one of the largest Information Behaviour research groups in the UK and is currently Principle Investigator on a major information poverty study exploring how public information providers spanning health, social care, and education can support young first time mothers from areas of multiple deprivations and their children to prosper in the digital age. He is an advisor to the National Health Service Education Scotland, and the Scottish Government Population Health Directorate.
1:15pm to 2:30pm