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  • Date and time: Wednesday 9 October 2019, 6.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Location: Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, Campus West, University of York (Map)
  • Audience: Open to staff, students, the public
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Information Services Lecture

What do we mean by ‘digital wellbeing’? Do digital technologies have an impact on our health, relationships and society? Can we separate the facts from the fiction in digital society?

As digital technologies permeate our everyday lives it has become increasingly important that we consider what impact this is having on our wellbeing.  What effect have digital communications, online networks and wearable technologies had on our sense of self and our relationships with others? Such questions have led to a relatively new area of research on ‘digital wellbeing’.

In this lecture we will explore some of the key facets of digital wellbeing. We will take a look at current statistics about time spent online and opinions about the impact this has on our wellbeing. The lecture will provide you with insight into this complex topic by taking you on a tour of the themes we explore in our free three-week online course on Digital Wellbeing  which starts on the 21 October 2019.

Susan Halfpenny and Stephanie Jesper

Susan Halfpenny has been working in libraries for the past 12 years in user education roles. She is currently Teaching and Learning Manager at the University of York; the team that she manages is responsible for user education for information and digital literacy.  In her time working in libraries she has led on a range of initiatives to develop staff and students digital capabilities, including the development of a digital skills framework, the rollout of Digital Wednesdays and the Skills Guides, and the creation of two online courses. She has an interest in digital creativity and the use of digital technologies to facilitate engagement with research.

Steph Jesper has spent the last umpteen years living in spreadsheets. She’s a qualified Librarian who moonlights in IT by being a Teaching and Learning Advisor in the Information Services Teaching and Learning team at the University of York, developing and delivering digital skills training for students and staff. Prior to that, she’s had fun at a range of educational establishments, as well as having had the less fun experience of trying to sell records online. Her role-model is Maggie Philbin, her favourite Doctor Who serial is The Stones of Blood, her Eurovision Song Contest of choice is 1977, and her preferred Treasure Hunt episode is Birmingham (series 2) – all things she’s been able to rewatch thanks to the internet.

Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Hearing loop


Susan Halfpenny