Dr Allen Foster BA, MSc, PhD, PGCTHE, FHEA

Dr Allen Foster

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I have specialised in information management and information behaviour and my teaching and research reflects these areas, I enjoy research methods and helping to work out research problems and my PhD supervision is enjoyable as my students and I explore a range of related topics including cybersecurity, scholarly communication, knowledge management and aspects of ICT infrastructure, and behaviour.

Teaching

Module Coordinator
Additional Lecturer
Lecturer

Teaching in a number of areas including Information Retrieval, Information Services, Information Literacy.

Research

Human Information Behaviour: Information Needs, Information Seeking and Searching Behaviour, Serendipity, Interdisciplinarity, Information Literacy and Information Skills, Knowledge Management, Technology and Communication, Mediated Communication, Information ProblemsResearch related activities: Joint Editor in Chief, Journal of Information Science Joint Regional Editor (Europe & UK), The Electronic Library: Member, Comite Cientifico, Revista Ciencias De La Documentation. Member, Editorial Board, Aslib Journal of Information Management.

Publications

2017

Shehata, A.M.K., Ellis, D., Foster, A. 2017 (In press). Changing styles of informal academic communication in the age of the Web: orthodox, moderate and heterodox responses. Journal of Documentation 73 (5) pp. 825-842. 10.1108/JD-06-2016-0083 Cadair

2016

Foster, A., Rafferty, P. 2016. Managing Digital Cultural Objects: Analysis, discovery and retrieval. Facet Publishing, London Cadair

2015

Shehata, A.M.K., Ellis, D., Foster, A. 2015. Scholarly communication trends in the digital age: Informal scholarly publishing and dissemination, a grounded theory approach. Electronic Library 33 (6) pp. 1150. 10.1108/EL-09-2014-0160 Cadair

Al-Wreikat, A., Rafferty, P., Foster, A. 2015. Cross-language information seeking behaviour English Vs Arabic. Library Review 64 (6-7) pp. 446-467. 10.1108/LR-04-2015-0044 Cadair

Mawby, J., Foster, A., Ellis, D. 2015. Everyday life information seeking behaviour in relation to the environment: disposable information? Library Review 64 (6-7) pp. 468-479. 10.1108/LR-10-2014-0120 Cadair

Shehata, A.M.K., Ellis, D., Foster, A. 2015. The impact of information and communication technologies on informal scientific communication: a naturalistic inquiry approach. Library Review 64 (6-7) pp. 428-445. 10.1108/LR-09-2014-0102 Cadair

2014

Foster, A.E., Ellis, D. 2014. Serendipity and its study. Journal of Documentation 70 (6) pp. 1015 - 1038. 10.1108/JD-03-2014-0053 Cadair

2012

Foster, A.E., Urquhart, C.J. 2012. Modelling Nonlinear Information Behaviour: Transferability and Progression. Journal of Documentation 68 (6) pp. 784-805. 10.1108/00220411211277046 Cadair

2011

Foster, A. 2011. Qualitative Code Book for Foster’s Nonlinear Model of Information Behaviour. Cadair

Foster, A., Rafferty, P.Foster, A., Rafferty, P. 2011. Innovations in Information Retrieval: Perspectives for Theory and Practice. Facet Publishing Cadair

2010

Foster, A.E., Ferguson-Boucher, K.A., Broady-Preston, J. 2010. Unifying information behaviour and process: a balanced palette and the balanced scorecard. Performance Measurement and Metrics 11 (3) pp. 280-288. 10.1108/14678041011098550 Cadair

2009

Stokes, P., Foster, A., Urquhart, C. 2009. Beyond relevance and recall: testing new user-centred measures of database performance. Health Information and Libraries Journal 26 (3) pp. 220-231. 10.1111/j.1471-1842.2008.00822.x Cadair

2008

Foster, A., Urquhart, C., Turner, J. 2008. Validating coding for a theoretical model of information behaviour. Information Research 13 (4) pp. 1-11. Cadair Other

2004

Foster, A. 2004. A nonlinear model of information seeking behaviour. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 55 (3) pp. 228-237. 10.1002/asi.10359 Cadair

2003

Foster, A., Ford, N. 2003. Serendipity and information seeking: an empirical study. Journal of Documentation 59 (3) pp. 321-340. 10.1108/00220410310472518 Cadair Other

2002

Ellis, D., Spink, S., Foster, A., Wilson, T.D., Ford, N. 2002. Information seeking and mediated searching study. Part 3: Successive searching. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 53 (9) pp. 716-727. 10.1002/asi.10083 Cadair

Ellis, D., Ford, N., Spink, S., Foster, A., Wilson, T. 2002. Information seeking and mediated searching. Part 1: Theoretical framework and research design. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 53 (9) pp. 695-703. 10.1002/asi.10081 Cadair

Ford, N., Ellis, D., Wilson, T., Foster, A. 2002. Information seeking and mediated searching. Part 2. Uncertainty and its correlates. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 53 (9) pp. 704-715. 10.1002/asi.10082 Cadair

Ellis, D., Wilson, T., Foster, A., Ford, N. 2002. Information seeking and mediated searching Part 4: Cognitive styles in information seeking. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 53 (9) pp. 728-735. 10.1002/asi.10084 Cadair

Foster, A., Wilson, T., Ellis, D., Ford, N. 2002. Information seeking and mediated searching. Part 5: User intermediary interaction. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 53 (11) pp. 883-893. 10.1002/asi.10133 Cadair