Library research: photos, artwork and participants wanted!

Contributions to research into use of libraries are eagerly sought by Rachel Salzano, a researcher at Edinburgh Napier University’s Centre for Social Informatics.

Rachel welcomes two sorts of contribution:

  • Photos and artwork
    • Please take a photo or create a piece of art that represents why you use the public library.
    • If the ways you use the public library have changed since you came to the UK (if you were not born in the UK), please also take a photo or create a piece of art that represents why the ways you use the public library have changed.
    • You can submit as many photos and pieces of artwork as you like.
    • Photos and artwork are welcome from everyone!
    • Here’s Rachel’s example artwork: Prysm dragon and Percy


  • For her detailed research, Rachel will soon want to engage with refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.
    • If you know people who might be interested in taking part, or who might be able to spread the word, please ask them to contact Rachel.
    • Rachel’s email is

You can read more about Rachel’s work on her project website, her Napier web-page, her own blog and her professor’s blog.

The role of chocolate!

(adapted form an email from a PhD student)

I am a nutrition PhD student and I am researching nutrition and healthy ageing, with a particular focus on chocolate’s role. The study is looking for volunteers from in and around the Lothian area aged between 50 to 60 years. Approval from the Research Ethics Committee at Queen Margaret University has been obtained.

Here is a link for some more information on the study:

If you would like any further information about the nature of this study please do not hesitate to get in touch and I will be more than happy to help.

Ruth Ashaye, MSc, ANutr
PhD Research Student
Queen Margaret University
EH21 6UU