Information Studies


Alison Hicks


Alison Hicks

I joined the department in 2017 as a Lecturer in Library and Information Science (LIS) where I teach on the core modules, INST0016 Supporting Users and INST0026 Library and Information Professional and the optional module: INST0054 Information Literacy. In 2019, I was appointed the Programme Director of Library and Information Science. I organise LIS placements and also serve as the departmental careers tutor.

I have previously worked as an adjunct instructor at the University of Denver, as well as an academic librarian at the University of Colorado, Boulder; the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Universidad Torcuato di Tella, amongst other institutions.

My research and professional interests lie in the areas of information literacy, information practices as well as in various aspects of academic librarianship. My work is almost entirely available in Open Access format from my personal web page, which can be found at http://alisonhicks.weebly.com/ . I was appointed as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Information Literacy in 2020.

Alison supervises doctoral students wishing to undertake qualitative inquiry on the following topics: 

  • Information literacy in academic, educational, workplace, health or everyday settings
  • Critical information literacy / Health literacy
  • Information practices / behaviour
  • Transition and Risk
  • Academic Libraries
  • User Experience (UX)

Using a range of qualitative methods, including:

  • Constructivist grounded theory
  • Discourse analysis
  • Arts-informed methods
  • Participatory Action Research

E-mail: a.hicks@ucl.ac.uk

Telephone: 020 7679 3370

Office hours: Term times: Monday 1300 - 1400, or at other times by appointment

Address: G18a, Department of Information Studies, University College London, Foster Court, LONDON WC1E 6BT