Lost in Information was a five-month project funded by the Information Literacy Group of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), which ran from October 2016 through February 2017. The project aimed to examine the information-related experiences and information literacy practices of Syrian refugees in Scotland ("Syrian new Scots") during their resettlement and integration. In particular, the research focused on Syrian new Scots' "ways of knowing" critical information for social inclusion (e.g. housing, welfare, education, employment), the barriers and enablers to obtaining this information, and potential opportunities for further support in helping this community to integrate into Scottish society. The research was conducted through interviews with representatives of the Scottish Refugee Council and focus groups of Syrian new Scots, and was led by Konstantina Martzoukou and Simon Burnett of RGU's iSchool.

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  • Beyond 'grey in sepia': empowering the everyday life information literacy if Syrian new Scots. 

    Martzoukou, Konstantina; Burnett, Simon M. (CILIP (ORANISERS) https://www.slideshare.net/CILIP/beyond-grey-in-sepia-empowering-the-everyday-life-information-literacy-of-syrian-new-scots, 2017-07-05)
    MARTZOUKOU, K. and BURNETT, S. 2017. Beyond 'grey in sepia': empowering the everyday life information literacy of Syrian new Scots: Syrian new Scots' information literacy way-findings practices. Presented at the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) annual conference 2017, 5-6 July 2017, Manchester, UK. London: CILIP [online]. Available from: https://www.slideshare.net/CILIP/beyond-grey-in-sepia-empowering-the-everyday-life-information-literacy-of-syrian-new-scots
    This paper presents the research findings of 'Lost in Information? Syrian new Scots Information Literacy Way-finding practices' research project, which was funded by the Information Literacy Group (ILG) of the Chartered ...
  • Scotland welcomes refugees: the roles of the library in resettlement and inclusion: Syrian new Scots' information literacy way-findings practices. 

    Martzoukou, Konstantina; Burnett, Simon M. (CILIPS (ORANISERS) https://www.slideshare.net/martzoukou/cilips-june-2017-conference, 2017-06-05)
    MARTZOUKOU, K. and BURNETT, S. 2017. Scotland welcomes refugees: the roles of the library in resettlement and inclusion: Syrian new Scots' information literacy way-findings practices. Presented at the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals Scotland (CILIPS) annual conference 2017: strategies for success, 5-6 June 2017, Dundee, UK. Glasgow: CILPS [online]. Available from: https://www.slideshare.net/martzoukou/cilips-june-2017-conference
    Aims: A scoping study that aims to examine the information related experiences and information literacy practices of Syrian new Scots (the Syrian refugees in Scotland) during their resettlement and integration. Objectives: ...
  • The information experiences of Syrian new Scots: more than meets the eye: Syrian new Scots information literacy way-findings practices. 

    Martzoukou, Konstantina; Burnett, Simon M. (Robert Gordon University https://www3.rgu.ac.uk/research/conferences/i-2017/overview, 2017-06-27)
    MARTZOUKOU, K. and BURNETT, S. 2017. The information experiences of Syrian new Scots: more than meets the eye: Syrian new Scots information literacy way-findings practices. Presented at the Information, interactions and impact conference (i3 2017), 27-30 June 2017, Aberdeen, UK.
    The aim of this study was to examine the information related experiences and information literacy practices of Syrian new Scots during their resettlement and integration. The objectives were: 1) To explore Syrian new ...
  • Syrian new Scots' information literacy way-finding practices: phase 1 research findings. 

    Martzoukou, Konstantina; Burnett, Simon M. (LILAC (Organisers) https://www.lilacconference.com/lilac-archive/lilac-2017-1, 2017-04-10)
    MARTZOUKOU, K. and BURNETT, S. 2017. Syrian new Scots' information literacy way-finding practices: phase 1 research findings. Presented at the Librarians' information literacy annual conference 2017 (LILAC 2017), 10-12 April 2017, Swansea, UK. Swansea: LILAC [online]. Available from: https://www.lilacconference.com/lilac-archive/lilac-2017-1
    The research in Phase 1 was conducted via interviews with two Scottish Refugee Council Coordinators and two focus groups with Syrian new Scots (with nine women and nine men). Syrian participants were also involved in a ...
  • Syrian information literacy. [Project website] 

    Martzoukou, Konstantina (Robert Gordon University https://syrian-information-literacy.blogspot.com/, 2016-10-01)
    MARTZOUKOU, K. 2017. Syrian information literacy. [Project website]. Aberdeen: Robert Gordon University [online]. Available from: https://syrian-information-literacy.blogspot.com/
    This is the authors official blog website for the Lost in information? project. The aim of the project was to examine information related experiences and information literacy practices of Syrian new Scots (the Syrian ...
  • Exploring the everyday life information needs and the sociocultural adaptation barriers of Syrian refugees in Scotland. 

    Martzoukou, Konstantina; Burnett, Simon M. (Emerald https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-10-2017-0142, 2018-07-30)
    MARTZOUKOU, K. and BURNETT, S. 2018. Exploring the everyday life information needs and the sociocultural adaptation barriers of Syrian refugees in Scotland. Journal of documentation [online], 74(5), pages 1104-1132. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-10-2017-0142
    Purpose: This paper presents the research findings of the 'Syrian new Scots' Information Literacy Way-finding practices' research project, funded by the Information Literacy Group (ILG) of the Chartered Institute of Library ...