i3 brought together academic and practitioner researchers interested in exploring the quality and effectiveness of the interaction between people and information and how this interaction can bring about change.

The conference provided a forum for exchange of research findings and an opportunity to identify key questions and issues for future research. It was relevant to those involved in researching, developing or delivering information and knowledge services in any sector as well as those concerned with the development of skills for a knowledge society.

Date and Location: 23-26 June 2015.  Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University

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Sponsored Place 2015

i3 is delighted that as part of our ongoing commitment to supporting the impact of research internationally, we were able to offer a full fees paid place at the 2015 conference.  

Jennifer Ford, recipient of the sponsored place award for 2015, reflects on her experiences at i3 2015.

Report on i3 by Jennifer Ford (PDF 76KB)

Local Organising Committee

International Programme Committee

The International Programme Committee for 2015

Dr Kendra Albright

School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina, USA

Dr Ian G Anderson

Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII), University of Glasgow, UK

Dr Joan Bartlett

School of Information Studies, McGill University, USA

Moira Bent

Faculty Liaison Librarian and National Teaching Fellow, Newcastle University, UK

Professor Simon Burnett 

Department of Information Management, Robert Gordon University, UK

Professor Mary Cavanagh

School of Information Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada

Professor Jane Farmer

Associate Dean Research and Strategic Projects, Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University, Australia

Dr Karen Fisher

University of Washington, USA

Dr Allen Foster

Department of Information Studies, Aberystwyth University, UK

Professor Anne Goulding

School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Professor Hazel Hall

Edinburgh Napier University, UK

Dr Mark Hepworth

Loughborough University, UK

Dr. Petros A. Kostagiolas

Faculty of Information Science and Informatics Department of  Archives, Library Science and Museology, Ionian University, Greece

Professor Louise Limberg

Swedish School of Library and Information Science, Borås, Sweden

Dr Annemaree Lloyd

Charles Sturt University, Australia

Professor Elena Maceviciute

Swedish School of Library and Information Science, Borås, Sweden

Professor Claire McInerney

School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA

Sharon Markless

King's College London, UK

Professor Helen Partridge    

Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Professor Dr Mario Pérez-Montoro

Department of Information Science, University of Barcelona, Spain

Dr Alison Jane Pickard

Department of Mathematics and Information Sciences, Northumbria University, UK

Professor Peter Reid

Department of Information Management, Robert Gordon University, UK

Dr Reijo Savolainen

School of Information Sciences, University of Tampere, Finland

Dr Jane Secker

Centre for Learning Technology, London School of Economics & Political Science, UK

Professor Anna Maria Tammaro

University of Parma, Italy

Dr Ross Todd

Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL), School of Communication and Information , Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA

Emeritus Professor Peter Underwood

Library and Information Studies Centre, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Dr Pertti Vakkari

School of Information Sciences, University of Tampere, Finland

Dr Ana Cristina Vasconcelos

Information School, University of Sheffield, UK

Dr Geoff Walton

Northumbria University, UK

Sheila Webber

Information School, University of Sheffield, UK

Emeritus Professor Dorothy Williams

 Department of Information Management, Robert Gordon University, UK


i3 aims to bring together academic and practitioner researchers with an interest in:

  • the quality and effectiveness of user/information interactions (e.g. information literacies);
  • patterns of information behaviour in different contexts (e.g. creativity, ethics, surveillance, ownership, information recycling/reuse);
  • the social, cultural and economic impacts of engagement with information, including the assessment of value and impact;
  • the value of information and knowledge as enablers of resilience and change in organisations and communities.

The conference focuses on the quality and effectiveness of the interaction between people and information and how this interaction can bring about change. i3 will look beyond the issues of use and accessibility of technology to questions about the way people interact with the information and knowledge content of today's systems and services, and how this might ultimately affect the impact of that information on individuals, organisations and communities. Research questions may include, but are not restricted to the following:

  • How much do we know about the impact of information behaviours and capabilities on the quality and effectiveness of learning, knowledge building and sharing, decision-making and problem solving, creativity, democracy? 
  • How do information behaviours and literacies contribute to the economic or social value of information assets or the intellectual capital of an organisation?
  • How do/can organisations and communities harness their information assets to meet challenges, solve problems, survive and thrive?
  • Is there a connection between information and inspiration?
  • How well do our models and pedagogies for information literacy relate to real-world information contexts in workplace, community, education or home environments? 
  • Are new information environments changing the way people seek and use information?
  • What are the methodological challenges of addressing such issues?

The growing research bases which inform our understanding of information behaviours, literacies and impacts have developed along their own distinctive lines. Yet all have a common interest in understanding the information user suggesting that there should be value in dialogue and collaboration across these lines of research in order to more fully understand the complex nature of human/information interaction.  In encouraging that dialogue, i3 seeks to influence the development of research towards a fuller understanding of the role of information in a complex, fast-moving information society.



Keynote Speakers

David BawdenDavid Bawden is Professor of Information Science in the Department of Library and Information Science at City University London. His interests include the foundations of the information sciences, information behaviour (especially relating to creativity), digital literacy, information history, and information organization.

David is a member of the Council of Aslib, a member of the sub-panel for Library and Information Management in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, and editor of Journal of Documentation. He is co-author of Introduction to Information Science (Facet, 2012), and co-editor of Facet’s Foundations of the Information Sciences Monograph series.


William KilbrideWilliam Kilbride is Executive Director of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), a not-for-profit membership organization providing advocacy, workforce development, capacity and partnership in digital preservation.  He started his career in archaeology in the 1990s when the
discipline’s enthusiasm for new technology outstripped its capacity to manage the resulting data.  He joined the DPC from Glasgow Museums where he was Research Manager and before that was Assistant Director of the Archaeology Data Service in the University of York.  Before that he was a lecturer in archaeology at the University of Glasgow where he retains an honorary position.


Olof Sundin is Professor in Information Studies at the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University, Sweden. At Lund University, he leads the research group "Information Practices: Communication, Culture and Society". His current research is primarily carried out in the framework project "Knowledge in a Digital World (KDW): Trust, Credibility and Relevance on the Web", funded by the Swedish Research Council. Olof Sundin

Sundin’s research interest lies in the intersection of information practices, information literacies and digital culture. He takes on his research from a socio-material position that privileges a focus on the ensemble of people, technologies and practices. He has a particular interest in new orders of knowledge that follow with digitisation of information and how these new orders re-configure various social practices in which information seeking, trust and credibility play an important role. 

Empirically, Sundin has an interest in how established knowledge actors - such as schools, libraries, encyclopaedias, and publishers - handle the challenges of search engines and digital media and people's changing expectations that come with it. This interest has led him to communicate his research also outside the academic setting and he frequently presents for teachers, librarians and the general public.

Dorothy Williams


Dorothy Williams is Emeritus Professor of Information Science at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen where, for many years, she has been involved in leading research into information literacies and impact of information.  Her interest in the relationships between information literacies, behaviours and impact led her, in 2007, to establish the i3 Conference which has since become an established biennial event.   She has a worldwide reputation for her Making Connections research programme focussed around understanding information literacies and the impact of information in school communities.  Making Connections encompasses projects funded by research councils, charities, government and professional bodies, a series of doctoral studies, and activities for information professionals.  

Between 2009 and her retirement from RGU in 2013, Dorothy was Director of the Institute for Management, Governance & Society (IMaGeS), a position which also allowed her to expand her information research interests into a wider range of contexts.  Now that she has “retired” she is as busy as ever, simply seeing retirement as an excuse to continue making more connections between information and…the world at large!