Publications

Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Rowley, K. & Willson, R. (in press). Scotland’s public libraries are nothing but practical when it comes to deselection. Library and Information Research.

Willson, R. & Given, L. M. (2020). “I’m in sheer survival mode”: Information behaviour and affective experiences of early career academics. Library and Information Science Research, 42(2). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lisr.2020.101014

Willson, R. (2019). Transitions Theory and liminality in information behaviour research: Applying new theories to examine the transition to early career academic. Journal of Documentation, 75(4), 838-856. https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-12-2018-0207

Willson, R. (2018). “Systemic Managerial Constraints”: How universities influence the information behaviour of HSS early career academics. Journal of Documentation, 74(4), 862-879. https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-07-2017-0111

Given, L. M., & Willson, R. (2018). Information technology and the humanities scholar: Documenting digital research practices. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 69(6), 807-819. https://doi.org/10.1002/asi.24008

Given, L. M., Winkler, D. C., Willson, R., Davidson, C., Danby, S., & Thorpe, K. (2016). Watching young children ‘play’ with information technology: Everyday life information seeking in the home. Library & Information Science Research, 38(4), 344-352. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lisr.2016.11.007

Given, L. M., Winkler, D. C., Willson, R., Davidson, C., Danby, S., & Thorpe, K. (2016). Parents as co-researchers at home: Using an observational method to document young children’s use of technology. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 15(1). https://doi.org/10.1177/1609406915621403

Given, L. M. & Willson, R. (2015). Collaboration, information seeking, and technology use: A critical examination of humanities scholars’ research practices. In P. Hansen, C. Shah, & K. Claus-Peter (Eds.) Collaborative information seeking: Best practices, new domains and new thoughts (pp. 139-164). New York: Springer-Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-18988-8_8 

Willson, R., & Given, L. M. (2014). Student search behaviour in an online public access catalogue: An examination of ‘searching mental models’ and ‘searcher self-concept’. Information Research19(3). Retrieved from http://InformationR.net/ir/19-3/paper640.html

Willson, R. (2012). Independent searching during one-shot information literacy instruction sessions: Is it an effective use of time? Evidence Based Library & Information Practice7(4), 52–67. http://dx.doi.org/10.18438/B85323

Julien, H., Detlor, B., Serenko, A., Willson, R., & Lavallee, M. (2011). Preparing tomorrow’s decision makers: Learning environments and outcomes of information literacy instruction in business schools. Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, 16(4), 348-367. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08963568.2011.605669

Detlor, B., Julien, H., Willson, R., Serenko, A., & Lavallee, M. (2011). Learning outcomes of information literacy instruction at business schools. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 62(3), 572-585. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/asi.21474

Willson, R., & Given, L. M. (2010). The effect of spelling and retrieval system familiarity on search behavior in online public access catalogs: A mixed methods study. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 61(12), 2461–2476. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/asi.21433

Reports

Willson – Best Practices for Supporting Early Career Academics

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Thesis

Willson, R. (2016). Information in transition: Examining the information behaviour of academics as they transition into university careers. (Doctoral thesis, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia). Retrieved from https://researchoutput.csu.edu.au/ws/portalfiles/portal/9316538

Refereed Conference Proceedings and Presentations (Selected)

Willson, R., Buchanan, G., Burnett, G., Ellison, N., Erdelez, S., & Twidale, M. (2020). My favorite unreliable source? Information sharing and acquisition through informal networks [Panel Abstract]. In A. Groves (Ed.), Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and TechnologyInformation for a Sustainable World: Addressing Society’s Grand Challenges, the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 57(1). Online. https://doi.org/10.1002/pra2.294

 Willson, R., Greyson, D., Gibson, A. N., Bronstein, J. (2020). Pulling back the curtain on conducting social impact research [Panel Abstract]. In A. Groves (Ed.), Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and TechnologyInformation for a Sustainable World: Addressing Society’s Grand Challenges, the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 57(1). Online. https://doi.org/10.1002/pra2.427

Willson, R. & Julien, H. (2020). Precarious academics: Information practices and challenges. In R. Chabot, G. Campbell, & L. Brown (Eds.), Proceedings of the Canadian Association for Information Science – Diverging Trajectories in Information Science, the 48th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science. Online. https://www.cais2020.ca/talk/precarious-academics/CAIS2020_paper24_Willson.pdf

Julien, H. Willson, R., Ruthven, I., & Dalmer, N. (2020). Information behaviour and practice research for social impact. Panel presentation at the Information Seeking in Context (ISIC2020). Pretoria, South Africa (Online).

McKenzie, P. & Willson, R. (2019). Transitions and social interaction: Making sense of self and situation through engagement with others. In C. Blake & C. Brown (Eds.), Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology – Information…Anyone, Anywhere, Any Time, Any Way, the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 56(1), 459-462. Melbourne, Australia. https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pra2.47

Willson, R. (December 2018). Precarity, managerialism, and the shifting of academic work.  Paper presented as part of the symposium “Academic Work Across the Career Stages: power and precarity at the ‘micro’ level in everyday academic life” at the Society for Research in Higher Education. Newport, UK.

Willson, R. (October 2017). Information behaviour during transitions and liminal periods: Experiences of inclusion and exclusion. Paper presented at 2017 Association for Information Science and Technology SIG-USE Symposium. Washington DC, USA.

Willson, R. (June 2017). Information in transition: The social flow of information. Paper presented at Information: Interactions and Impact (i3) 2017. Aberdeen, UK.

Given, L. M., Willson, R., Albrecht, L., & Scott, S. (2016). Information in crisis: Health & technology-related information behaviors of parents in emergency departments. In A. Groves (Ed.), Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology – Creating Knowledge, Enhancing Lives through Information & Technology, the 79th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology. Copenhagen, Denmark. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pra2.2016.14505301073

Given, L. M., Kelly, W., & Willson, R. (November 2015). Bracing for impact: The role of information science in supporting societal research impact. Paper presented at 78th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology. St. Louis, USA.

Given, L. M., Kelly, W. & Willson, R. (2015). Bracing for impact: The role of information science in supporting societal research impact. In A. Groves (Ed.), Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and TechnologyInformation Science with Impact: Research in and for the Community, the 78th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 52(1). St. Louis, USA. http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1002/pra2.2015.145052010048

Willson, R. (April 2015). The check-in method: Collecting salient experiences over longer periods of time. 14th Qualitative Methods Conference. Melbourne, Australia.

Given, L. M., Winkler, D. C., Willson, R., Davidson, C., Danby, S., & Thorpe, K. (2014). Documenting young children’s technology use: Observations in the home. In A. Groves (Ed.), Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and TechnologyConnecting Collections, Cultures and Communities, the 77th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 51(1). Seattle, USA. http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1002/meet.2014.14505101028

Willson, R. (June 2013). Using Transition Theory in information behaviour research: Addressing change in personal narratives. Paper presented at the Canadian Association for Information Science. Victoria, Canada.

Rockwell, G., Sinclair, S., Simpson, J. Willson, R., Chartier, R., Dyrbye, A., & Radzikowska, M. (June 2013). Just what do they do?: On the use of text analysis in the humanities. Panel presentation at the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities. Victoria, Canada.

Invited Talks

Willson, R. (February 2020). People are not frozen in time: Using Transitions Theory and liminality to examine the experiences of people undergoing change. Talk at the School of Information Studies, McGill University. Montreal, Canada. [Invited talk]

 Willson, R. (October 2019). Difficult academic transitions: How early career and casual academics make sense of new jobs roles and contexts (and what can be done to help). Presentation to the Swinburne University of Technology. Melbourne, Australia. [Invited talk]

 Willson, R. (October 2019). How can PhD researchers prepare for what comes next?: Understanding the doctoral transition. Presentation to La Trobe University. Melbourne, Australia. [Invited talk]

 Willson, R. (May 2019). “A glimpse of the abyss on the other side”: Experiences of transitioning from PhD to early career and preparing for what comes next. Presentation to the University of Derby. Derby, UK. [Invited talk]

Willson, R. (September 2018). Transitions: How to support early career academics. Plenary presentation to Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2018. Birmingham, UK. [Invited plenary]

 Willson, R. (May 2018). Expectations and preparation: The transition from doctoral student to early career academic. Presentation to Supporting resilience at different academic stages, Vitae Regional Meeting of Scotland and Northern Ireland. Glasgow, UK. [Invited talk]

Willson, R. (April 2018). The experience of early career academics: The influence of governments, universities, and colleagues on academics’ work – and what we can do. Presentation to The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, Oxford University. Oxford, UK. [Invited talk]

 Willson, R. (January 2018). Expectations and affect in the transition from doctoral student to early career academic. Presentation to Preparing Researchers for an Unknown Future: Cultures, Behaviours & Mindsets (Vitae). Birmingham, UK. [Invited talk]

 Willson, R. (December 2017). What to expect when you’re expecting to be an academic – and how to prepare yourself for life after the PhD. Presentation for the Higher Degree by Research students at the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, Swinburne University. Melbourne, Australia. [Invited talk]

 Willson, R. (December 2017). Figuring out transitions: Using Transitions Theory to examine sense making during times of change. Presentation for the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, Swinburne University. Melbourne, Australia. [Invited talk]

 Willson, R. (April 2017). Information in transition: Applying Transitions Theory to information behaviour research. Presentation for the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Northumbria University. Newcastle, UK. [Invited talk]

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