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. (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 Presentations (Selected):

McKenzie, P. & Willson, R. (October 2019). Transitions and social interaction: Making sense of self and situation through engagement with others. Paper presented at 82nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology. Melbourne, Australia.

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. Paper to be presented at 79th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology. Copenhagen, Denmark.

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. & Willson, R. (July 2015). Models For effective research engagement: LIS professionals and scholars working together for success. Paper presented at the Eighth International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference (EBLIP8). Brisbane, Australia.

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. & Willson, R. (November 2014). Documenting young children’s information technology use: Observations in the home. Paper presented at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology. Seattle, USA.

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.

Willson, R. (October 2011). Learning to do library research: Scholarship of teaching and learning in one-shot information literacy sessions. Paper presented at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Milwaukee, USA.

 Willson, R. (June 2011). Independent searching during one-shot information literacy instruction sessions: Does it prepare students for research? Paper presented at EBLIP6 (Evidence Based Library and Information Practice 6). Manchester, UK.

Julien, H., Detlor, B. & Willson, R. (November 2009). Outcomes of information literacy instruction for undergraduate business students.Paper presented at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology. Vancouver, Canada.

 Julien, H., & Willson, R. (May 2009). Information literacy learning outcomes: critical factors in the learning environment. Paper presented at the meeting of the Canadian Association for Information Science. Ottawa, Canada.

 Willson, R.  (June 2008). The effect of misspellings on information retrieval on online public access catalogues. Paper presented at the meeting of the Canadian Association for Information Science. Vancouver, Canada.

Invited Talks:

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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