Dr Geoff Walton

Job Title and Responsibilities

Senior Researcher (0.5) in the Institute for Applied Creative Thinking (I-ACT)

My ongoing task is to maintain a recognisable identity for the I-ACT research group through a series of seminars, briefings and other events.  My remit is also to foster collaborations, identify funding opportunities within the creative communities in AMD, the local community and beyond.  My personal research interests centre on the psychological and sociological aspects of information literacy and social media.

About me

I recently completed my PhD at Loughborough University in 2009.  In 2010 I was awarded the SLA Europe information professional 2010 for my outstanding contribution to the information profession.  I am a chartered information professional and qualified teacher.  I have co-edited several books and co-written the book Teaching information literacy for inquiry-based learning which is currently being translated into Arabic for the middle-eastern market.  I am editor for a new book series on social media to be published by Chandos/ Woodhead and joint managing editor of the new online journal Innovative Practice in Higher Education which will be launched in June 2011.  As well as senior Researcher I am also 0.5 Academic Skills Tutor (Librarian) in Information Services.  Until September 2010 I was Research-informed Teaching Project Officer for the university.  I am a Teaching Excellence Fellow and between 2005 and 2007 I was awarded a Learning and Teaching Fellowship for my excellent contribution to learning and teaching.  I have previously worked for Staffordshire County Council, NACRO and was once a self-employed musician.



2009 PhD by research, Loughborough University.  Thesis title: Developing a new blended approach to fostering information literacy.

2005 to 2007 Learning & Teaching Fellow, Staffordshire University.

2006 Certificate of credit in e-learning, Staffordshire University

2003 Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional education (PGCHPE) with Merit, Staffordshire University.  This is a SEDA accredited qualification.

1996 MA in Information and Library Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University

1983 BA (joint hons) II(i) in Psychology and Sociology, Keele University

Professional Memberships and Activities

2009 Member of the Special Libraries Association (SLA)

2007 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (member since 2002)

1996 Chartered member, Library Association (now the Chartered institute of Library & Information Professionals - CILIP)



Information and media literacy, social media in learning, qualitative research methods.


Research and Interests

 I am interested in the ‘information society’, more specifically the sociological and psychological impact of the Internet, particularly social media.  I am also interested in evaluating the impact of social media on learning and how people become information and media literate.  I am currently interested in forging links with European colleagues to explore collaborative research and is visiting Zagreb in October 2011 as part of a Transversal Study Visit to discuss improving learning and teaching through institutional collaboration in ICT. Other areas of research include the non-traditional student and the student experience. 
For more specific details regarding my research interests and publications please visit: http://staffs.academia.edu/GeoffWalton

Selected Publications

Peer reviewed journal articles

Walton, G and Hepworth, M. (2011).  A longitudinal study of changes in learners’ cognitive states during and following an information literacy teaching intervention.  Journal of Documentation 63 (3), 449-479.

Morgan, K. and Walton, G. (2008).  InfoZone: an enticing Library and IT induction?
Journal of Information Literacy, 2 (2), pp94-105.

Andretta, S., Pope, A. and Walton, G (2008).  Information literacy education in the UK, reflections on perspectives and practical approaches of curricular integration.  Communications in Information Literacy, 2 (1), pp36-51.

Walton, G., Barker, J, Hepworth, M., Stephens, D. (2007).  Using online collaborative learning to enhance information literacy delivery in a Level 1 module: an evaluation, Journal of Information Literacy, 1 (1), pp13-30. 


Walton, G. & Pope, A. (eds.) (forthcoming 2011).  Information literacy: infiltrating the curriculum, challenging minds.  Oxford: Chandos.

Parkes, D. and Walton, G. (eds.) (2010).  Web 2.0 and libraries: impacts, technologies and trends.  Oxford: Chandos.

Hepworth, M. and Walton, G. (2009).  Teaching information literacy for inquiry-based learning.  Oxford: Chandos. 

Walton, G. and Pope, A. (eds) (2006).  Information literacy: recognising the need.  Oxford: Chandos. 

Book chapters

Walton, G. (2010).  From online discourse to online social networking, the e-learning Holy Grail?. In Parkes, D. and Walton, G. (eds.).  Web 2.0 and libraries: impacts, technologies and trends.  Oxford: Chandos, pp33-65.

Pope, A. & Walton, G. (2009).  Information and media literacies: sharpening our vision in the twenty first century.  In Leaning, M. (ed).  Issues in information and media literacy: education, practice and pedagogy.  Informing Science Press, pp1-29.

Adams, J. Pope, A and Walton, G. (2008).  Using Web 2.0 to enhance the Staffordshire University Assignment Survival Kit (ASK). In Parker, J. E. and Godwin, P (eds).  Information literacy meets library 2.0.  London: Facet Publishing, pp139-150.

Walton, G., Barker, J, Hepworth, M., and Stephens, D. (2007).  Facilitating information literacy teaching and learning in a level 1 Sport & Exercise module by means of collaborative online and reflective learning in the Blackboard virtual learning environment (VLE).  In Andretta, S. (ed).  Change and challenge: information literacy for the 21st century, pp169-202.

Pope, A. and Walton, G. (2006).  Information literacy: recognising the need – an introduction.  In Walton, G. and Pope, A. (eds).  Information literacy: recognising the need.  Oxford: Chandos, pp3-12.

Hepworth, M. Probets, S. Qutaisha, F, Walton, G. (2006).  Personalisation initiatives in the public and academic domain.    In Cox, A. (ed).  Portals.  London: Facet, pp38-51.

Professional journal articles

Puttick, K., Pope, A. & Walton, G. (2010).  The enquiring minds project at Staffordshire University: integrating information literacy into the curriculum and assessment.  Law Information Management, 10 (2), pp104-108.

Walton, G. (2005).  Assessing students is essential for success.  CILIP Update, 4 (1-2) pp36-37. (2005).

Current Teaching

Information literacy at all levels across a range of subject areas.
Occasional sociology teaching.


Geoff Walton
Staffordshire University, Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies
t: 01782 295789
e: g.l.walton@staffs.ac.uk