About me

Author | Independent scholar  | Former academic librarian and educational researcher

I am endlessly fascinated by learning and human curiosity. In particular I’m interested in how people encounter, use and create information, and in the stories we tell ourselves in order to make meaning, pattern and comfort.

A library worker for ten years, my background is in academic, digital and information literacies in higher education. My experience includes elearning course design, leading professional workshops in scholarly practices and support, and developing the highly cited ANCIL curriculum for information literacy in collaboration with Jane Secker.

Most recently, I was Research Fellow at the Centre for Innovation in Higher Education at Anglia Learning & Teaching, where I carried out individual and collaborative research into applied pedagogic research and the scholarship of teaching and learning, including design thinking in teaching and learning, pedagogies of inclusion, and research methods and ethics.

I also have a keen interest in scholarly communications practices, and acted as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Information Literacy from 2015 to 2020 and Associate Editor of the Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice from 2018 to 2020.

I tweet as @LibGoddess, no longer spend an unfeasible amount of time on trains, but still drink far too much espresso.

Emma’s publications

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  1. […] in plenary. There was first an excellent keynote presentation on writing for publication by Dr Emma Coonan. The afternoon research clinic in Question Time format generated a wide variety of questions, for […]


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