Dr Allen Edward Foster

BA, MSc, PhD, PGCTHE, FHEA

Dr Allen Edward 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

Changing styles of informal academic communication in the age of the Web: orthodox, moderate and heterodox responsesShehata, A. M. K., Ellis, D. & Foster, A. 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Documentation.73, 5, p. 825-842
Managing Digital Cultural Objects: Analysis, discovery and retrievalFoster, A. (ed.) & Rafferty, P. (ed.) 2016 London: Facet Publishing. 224 p.
Scholarly communication trends in the digital age: Informal scholarly publishing and dissemination, a grounded theory approachShehata, A. M. K., Ellis, D. & Foster, A. 2015 In : Electronic Library.33, 6, p. 11501162 p.
Cross-language information seeking behaviour English Vs ArabicAl-Wreikat, A., Rafferty, P. & Foster, A. 2015 In : Library Review.64, 6-7, p. 446-467
Everyday life information seeking behaviour in relation to the environment: disposable information?Mawby, J., Foster, A. & Ellis, D. 2015 In : Library Review.64, 6-7, p. 468-479
The impact of information and communication technologies on informal scientific communication: a naturalistic inquiry approachShehata, A. M. K., Ellis, D. & Foster, A. 2015 In : Library Review.64, 6-7, p. 428-445
Serendipity and its studyFoster, A. E. & Ellis, D. 2014 In : Journal of Documentation.70, 6, p. 1015 - 1038
Modelling Nonlinear Information Behaviour: Transferability and ProgressionFoster, A. E. & Urquhart, C. J. 2012 In : Journal of Documentation.68, 6, p. 784-80519 p.
Qualitative Code Book for Foster’s Nonlinear Model of Information BehaviourFoster, A. 2011
Innovations in Information Retrieval: Perspectives for Theory and PracticeFoster, A., Rafferty, P., Foster, A. (ed.) & Rafferty, P. (ed.) 2011 Facet Publishing. 156 p.
Unifying information behaviour and process: a balanced palette and the balanced scorecardFoster, A. E., Ferguson-Boucher, K. A. & Broady-Preston, J. 2010 In : Performance Measurement and Metrics.11, 3, p. 280-2889 p.
Beyond relevance and recall: testing new user-centred measures of database performanceStokes, P., Foster, A. & Urquhart, C. 2009 In : Health Information and Libraries Journal.26, 3, p. 220-23112 p.
Validating coding for a theoretical model of information behaviourFoster, A., Urquhart, C. & Turner, J. 2008 In : Information Research.13, 4, p. 1-1111 p.
A nonlinear model of information seeking behaviourFoster, A. 2004 In : Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.55, 3, p. 228-23710 p.
Serendipity and information seeking: an empirical studyFoster, A. & Ford, N. 2003 In : Journal of Documentation.59, 3, p. 321-34020 p.
Information seeking and mediated searching study. Part 3: Successive searchingEllis, D., Spink, S., Foster, A., Wilson, T. D. & Ford, N. 2002 In : Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.53, 9, p. 716-72712 p.
Information seeking and mediated searching. Part 1: Theoretical framework and research designEllis, D., Ford, N., Spink, S., Foster, A. & Wilson, T. 2002 In : Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.53, 9, p. 695-7039 p.
Information seeking and mediated searching. Part 2. Uncertainty and its correlatesFord, N., Ellis, D., Wilson, T. & Foster, A. 2002 In : Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.53, 9, p. 704-71512 p.
Information seeking and mediated searching Part 4: Cognitive styles in information seekingEllis, D., Wilson, T., Foster, A. & Ford, N. 2002 In : Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.53, 9, p. 728-7358 p.
Information seeking and mediated searching. Part 5: User intermediary interactionFoster, A., Wilson, T., Ellis, D. & Ford, N. 2002 In : Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.53, 11, p. 883-89311 p.