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Information Behaviour Skills and Their Adoption by Visually Impaired Students

The researcher
Richard Lumb is a Library Aide at Newcastle University. He is currently undergoing an MSc in Information Science (Library Management) at Northumbria University. Richard suffers from a corneal dystrophy and has suffered varying levels of sight throughout his life. His Undergraduate dissertation revolved around visual Impairment in the ancient Greek world.

The aim of this study is to provide an exploration of the information seeking approaches that Visually Impaired students adopt during their studies. It is hoped that this can lead to isolating key techniques that may be used to improved information literacy provision to visually impaired users within universities.

Who can participate?
Any individual who is currently studying at an undergraduate or higher level. They must also identify themselves with having a visual impairment which impacts their ability to conduct searches in an online environment.

What will I have to do?
Participation in the study will require a 15 minute phone interview exploring your search experiences while studying. This interview will be scheduled at your convenience.

How do I express an interest in participating?
To enquire about participating or to seek further information please contact Richard Lumb.

Added: 05/04/2018


Testing how to make better touch screen devices: Request for Volunteers with a Visual Impairment

Researchers at Newcastle University are looking for people to take part in their experiment exploring how the sense of touch can help people recognise digital images and textures. The overall aim of the project is to develop new touch-screen technology for smartphones and tablets, which will enhancevisually impaired people's experiences with the digital multimedia world.
The title of the study is “Haptic Vision: Braille for the 21st Century”. Please visit our website to find out more:

What will I do?
If you would like to participate in the study, you will be asked to explore “touchable” textures on next-generation touch-screen tablets. You will then be asked to make judgements about the pictures/ patterns presented on them.
We are also keen to gather feedback from participants about what they think of the technology, in order to end up with the most usable and useful products down the line.

When / where?
You will need to make one appointment lasting around 45 minutes to 1 hour. Participants can attend a testing session at the University, or at a local venue in the community if more convenient. We are happy to arrange location and timing on an individual, or small group, basis.

Who can take part?

Anyone aged18-55 years old, who is blind or has low vision.

You will receive £5 fortaking part in the experiment.

For more information and to arrange an appointment please contact Carla Black (the project's Research Assistant)via email telephone/ answerphone on (0191) 208 3447.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration. Best regards,

The Haptic Vision team.

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