I am Senior Lecturer in Information and Communications at Manchester Metropolitan University (from August 1st 2016). I'll be teaching on Units: Information Organisations & Their Management, Information Systems & Organisational Life, Information Organisation 7 Search and Evidence Bases,
I was previously at Northumbria University for 3 years where I secured British Academy/ Leverhulme Trust funding (with Ali Pickard). I worked on a number of research projects including the EU AMORES project (Discovering a love for literature through digital collaboration and creativity). I was Principal Supervisor for research projects on information literacy in Vietnam and qualitative big data.
Before Northumbria University I had a dual role at Staffordshire University of Senior Researcher in the Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies and Academic Skills Tutor Librarian (Information Services). As Senior Researcher I secured over €300,000 in EU funding and £20,000 AHRC funding.
I have been a Chartered Information Professional/Librarian for over 20 years. I was SLA Europe Information Professional 2010. My paper for the Journal of Documentation won an Emerald Literati Highly Commended Award in 2012.
I am particularly interested in the cognitive, metacognitive and affective processes involved in becoming information literate. I have research interests in a number of areas such as digital personae, digital literacy, discourses in information literacy, social enterprise and webometrics/analytics.
I am Chair of the Editorial Board for the Journal of information Literacy. I am currently a committee member for CILIP's Information Literacy Group (ILG). I chair ILG's Research Bursary panel.
In a previous life I had very long hair and played guitar, bouzouki and bodhran in folk bands, Boneshaker, Greensward, Cut-Throat Jake, Full Circle, the Canal Siders and electric guitar and bouzouki in the rock band Heymaker. As a musician I appeared on Saturday Superstore, Woman's Hour, Folk on 2, BBC Breakfast, Stoke in Bloom (documentary), the World Service and numerous local radio stations in the UK.
I like doing it and I want to help people to achieve their professional goals.
Bloom where you are planted
I like asking questions and doing lots of activities.
PhD in Information Science
MA in Information Studies
PgCHPE (SEDA accredited)
BA (Joint Hons) Psychology & Sociology
Chartered Member of CILIP
Northumbria University - Senior Lecturer
Staffordshire University - Senior Researcher
Staffordshire University - Academic Skills Tutor Librarian
Staffordshire University - Research-Informed Teaching Project Co-ordinator
Staffordshire University - Assistant Librarian
Staffordshire County Council - Videotext Editor
Rural Action Network - Casual Information Officer
Staffordshire County Council - Library Assistant
Self employed Musician
NACRO - Community Worker
M. Webster, A. Tomkins, G. Walton, J. Reynolds (2014). And the Doctor said: Stories of health, illness and medicine in north Staffordshire. J. Reynolds, A. Tomkins, G. Walton, M. Webster. North Staffordshire Press.
M. Hepworth, G. Walton (2013). Developing people?s information capabilities: fostering information literacy in educational, workplace and community contexts. M. Hepworth, G. Walton. Emerald Publishing.
G. Walton, A. Pope (2011). Information literacy: infiltrating the agenda, challenging minds. G. Walton, A. Pope. Chandos.
D. Parkes, G. Walton (2010). Web 2.0 and libraries: impacts, technologies and trends. D. Parkes, G. Walton. Chandos.
M. Hepworth, G. Walton (2009). Teaching information literacy for inquiry-based learning. Chandos.
G. Walton, A. Pope (2006). Information literacy: recognising the need. G. Walton, A. Pope. Chandos.
B. Casselden, A. Pickard, G. Walton, J. McLeod (2019). Keeping the doors open in an age of austerity? Qualitative analysis of stakeholder views on volunteers in public libraries. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science. 51(4), pp.869-883.
G. Walton, M. Childs, G. Jugo (2019). The creation of digital artefacts as a mechanism to engage students in studying literature. British Journal of Educational Technology. 50(3), pp.1060-1086.
G. Walton, H. Ngo, A. Pickard (2019). The information literacy capabilities of upper secondary students: The case of Vietnam. Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication. 68(3), pp.191-206.
HT. Ngo, AJ. Pickard, G. Walton (2019). An information literacy teaching model for Vietnam’s schools. Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication. 68(3), pp.191-206.
H. Walmsley-Smith, L. Machin, G. Waltonc (2019). The E-Design Assessment Tool: an evidence-informed approach towards a consistent terminology for quantifying online distance learning activities. Research in Learning Technology. 27(0),
G. Walton, AJ. Pickard, L. Dodd (2018). Information discernment, mis-information and pro-active scepticism. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science. 50(3), pp.296-309.
GL. Walton (2018). Then and now; themes in information literacy research in Anglophone countries from 2006-2016. Education Comparee. 19, pp.19-42.
G. Walton, J. Cleland (2017). Information literacy. Journal of Documentation. 73(4), pp.582-594.
G. Walton (2017). Information literacy is a subversive activity: developing a research-based theory of information discernment. Journal of Information Literacy. 11(1), pp.137-155.
H. Ngo, G. Walton (2016). Examining the practice of information literacy teaching and learning in Vietnamese upper secondary schools. Education for Information. 32(3), pp.291-303.
G. Walton, D. Williams (2016). Information: interactions and impact (i3) 2015. Journal of Information Literacy. 10(1), pp.99-101.
S. Goldstein, C. Morrison, J. Secker, G. Walton (2015). ECIL 2015: Information literacy in the greenhouse. Journal of Information Literacy. 9, pp.133-135.
A. Gröppel-Wegener, L. Raven, H. Bowstead, K. Vigurs, G. Walton (2015). Exploring ?academic depth? in Higher Education A collaborative evaluation of a visual method for facilitating information discernment for HE students from varied disciplines. Innovative Practice in Higher Education. 2,
G. Walton, J. Cleland (2014). Information literacy in higher education - empowerment or reproduction? A discourse analysis approach. Information Research. 19,
M. Hepworth, P. Grunewald, G. Walton (2014). Research and practice. Journal of Documentation. 70(6), pp.1039-1053.
G. Walton, J. Hetherington, M. Childs (2014). AMORES: Discovering a love for literature through digital collaboration and creativity. Journal of Information Literacy. 8, pp.85-88.
G. Walton, M. Hepworth (2013). Using assignment data to analyse a blended information literacy intervention: a quantitative approach. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science. 45, pp.53-63.
J. Cleland, G. Walton (2012). Online peer assessment: helping to facilitate learning through participation. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education. 4, pp.n/a-n/a.
G. Walton, M. Hepworth (2011). A longitudinal study of changes in learners' cognitive states during and following an information literacy teaching intervention. Journal of Documentation. 67(3), pp.449-479.
K. Puttick, A. Pope, G. Walton (2010). The enquiring minds project at Staffordshire University: integrating information literacy into the curriculum and assessment. Legal Information Management. 10, pp.104-108.
S. Andretta, A. Pope, G. Walton (2008). Information literacy education in the UK: reflections on perspectives and practical approaches of curricular integration. Communications in Information Literacy. 2, pp.36-51.
K. Morgan, G. Walton (2008). InfoZone: an enticing Library and IT induction?. Journal of Information Literacy. 2, pp.94-105.
G. Walton, J. Barker, M. Hepworth, D. Stephens (2007). Using online collaborative learning to enhance information literacy delivery in a Level 1 module: an evaluation. Journal of Information Literacy. 1, pp.13-30.
E. Johnston, G. Walton (2013). Summon, information literacy and ?Step Up To HE?. E. Coonan. In: Teaching, not telling: Proceedings of the 2nd UK Information Literacy and Summon Day. UK Information Literacy and Summon Day, pp.20-29.
G. Walton, J. Cleland (2013). Strand 2: becoming an independent learner. J. Secker, E. Coonan. In: Rethinking information literacy: a practical framework for teaching. Facet, pp.13-26.
G. Walton (2013). Online conversation: information literacy as discourse between peers. S. Kurbanoglu. In: Worldwide Commonalities and Challenges in Information Literacy Research and Practice. Springer International, pp.373-379.
M. Hepworth, G. Walton (2013). Introduction ? information literacy and information behaviour, complementary approaches for building capability. M. Hepworth, G. Walton. In: Developing people?s information capabilities: fostering information literacy in educational, workplace and community contexts. Emerald Publishing, pp.1-10.
A. Groppel-Wegener, G. Walton (2013). The Fishscale of academicness. In: Only connect? discovery pathways, library explorations and the information adventure. Innovative Libraries, pp.15-38.
G. Walton (2010). From online discourse to online social networking, the e-learning Holy Grail?. D. Parkes, G. Walton. In: Web 2.0 and libraries: impacts, technologies and trends. Chandos, pp.33-65.
A. Pope, G. Walton (2009). Information and media literacies: sharpening our vision in the twenty first century. M. Leaning. In: Issues in information and media literacy: education, practice and pedagogy. Informing Science Press, pp.1-29.
J. Adams, A. Pope, G. Walton (2008). Using Web 2.0 to enhance the Staffordshire University Assignment Survival Kit (ASK). J. Parker, P. Godwin. In: Information literacy meets library 2.0.. Facet Publishing, pp.139-150.
G. Walton, J. Barker, M. Hepworth, D. Stephens (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). S. Andretta. In: Change and challenge: information literacy for the 21st century. Auslib Press, pp.169-202.
M. Hepworth, S. Probets, F. Qutaishat, G. Walton (2006). Personalisation initiatives in the public and academic domain. A. Cox. In: Portals: People, processes, technology. Facet Publishing, pp.38-51.
A. Pope, G. Walton (2006). Information literacy: recognising the need ? an introduction. G. Walton, A. Pope. In: Information literacy: recognising the need. Chandos, pp.3-12.
Y. Unal, G. Chowdhury, S. Kurbanoğlu, J. Boustany, G. Walton (2019). Research data management and data sharing behaviour of university researchers'. In: Information Research: an international electronic journal. Krakow, Poland, 9/10/2018.
G. Walton, D. Brazier, M. Harvey (2019). An investigation into Scottish teenagers’ information literacy and search skills. In: Information Research: an international electronic journal. Krakow, Poland, 8/10/2018.
HT. Ngo, GL. Walton, AJ. Pickard (2016). Teaching and Learning Information Literacy in Upper Secondary Schools in Vietnam. In: Communications in Computer and Information Science. pp.499-506.
M. Childs, V. Estatiev, J. Hetherington, G. Jugo, T. Richardson, et al. (2015). Connecting to Reading: Inspiring Young Children to Read Through the Creation of Digital Artefacts and use of Social Media. In: European Conference on e-Learning (ECEL).
2016-17 CILIP Information Literacy
Information discernment and
psychophysiological well-being in response to misinformed stigmatization
PI Dr Geoff Walton
2014-16 British Academy/ Leverhulme Trust
Proactive and passive scepticism; extending digital literacy to survive misinformation, myth and conspiracy theory and support empowered citizenship.SG141574
PI: Dr Geoff Walton
(replacing Dr Ali Pickard)
2013-15 EU Comenius Multilateral
PI for Workpackage 2, member
of Steering Group
PI: Gordana Jugo (CARNet, Croatia)
2013 EU Leonardo
Bid writer and designated
project manager. (Not taken up due to change of institution)
PI: Mark Webster
2013 VCs Teaching-led small
research grants – Staffordshire University
Testing the Fish-scale of academicness
Co-PI: Dr Alke Groppel-Wegener Dr Geoff Walton
2012 Higher Education Innovation
Fund (HEIF) 5 - Staffordshire University
UniverSES: University Social Enterprise Strategy
PI: Dr Geoff Walton
2012 Higher Education Innovation
Fund (HEIF) 5 - Staffordshire University
AsktheApp – designing a mobile application for iPhone and android.
PIs: Dr Geoff Walton & David Parkes
And the Doctor Said... (aka
Medical Histories: Creating Health Narratives) AH/J006017/1
P Is: Mark Webster
Co-Investigator Dr Alannah
Tomkins (Keele University)
Project Team: Dr Geoff
Walton (bid writer, Steering Group member, Website Curator), Penny Vincent,
Dr Lisa Mansell.
2010 Teaching Quality Enhancement
Fund (TQEF) - Staffordshire University
Online Peer Assessment: An Innovative Strategy in Enhancing the Educational Practice of First Year
Students in Higher Education
PIs: Dr Geoff Walton &
Dr Jamie Cleland
2009 Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund (TQEF) - Staffordshire University
The experience of non-traditional students in HE
PIs: Dr Peter Beaney &
Dr Geoff Walton
Extending the applicability of ASK (Assignment Survival Kit) to support a wider range of learners
PIs: Geoff Walton, Alison
Pope & Julie Adams
2008 Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund (TQEF) - Staffordshire University
Extending the applicability of ASK (Assignment Survival Kit) to support a wider range of learners.
PIs: Geoff Walton, Alison
Pope & Julie Adams
2006 Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund (TQEF) - Staffordshire University
Using information literacy as a means of promoting the research process in Level 1 students
PIs: Geoff Walton &