Helena is a senior lecturer at the Swedish School of Library and Information Science at the University of Borås (SSLIS). Her research interests concern the credibility and authority of sources, information literacy, information practices, scholarly communication, document studies, and information architecture. Her doctoral thesis, presented in spring 2008, is a study of document and information architecture in scholarly open access e-journals. She has been teaching at SSLIS since 1999 and worked as a lecturer at the Department of Cultural Sciences, Lund University in spring 2008. During the academic year 2010-2011, Helena held a post doctoral fellowship position at the University of Borås. Between 2000 and 2007, she was co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal Human IT: Journal for information technology studies as a human science.
Helena was a member of the recently finished project "Expertise, Authority and Control on the Internet (EXACT): A study of the formation of source credibility in Web 2.0 environments for learning" funded by the Swedish Research Council. EXACT was a study of how the credibility of sources is negotiated in Swedish high school environments, with a particular focus on collaborative web technologies and genres. In the project, Helena collaborated with the principal investigator Professor Olof Sundin and Professor Louise Limberg. More information about EXACT is available at the project blog: http://projektexakt.wordpress.com
Francke, Helena & Olof Sundin (2012). "Negotiating the Role of Sources: Educators' Conceptions of Credibility in Participatory Media." Library & Information Science Research 34.3, 169-175. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lisr.2011.12.004
Sundin, Olof & Helena Francke (2011). "Förändrade kunskapsformer och förnyade informationskompetenser i gymnasieskolan [Changed forms of knowledge and information literacies in upper secondary school]." In Resultatdialog 2011. (Vetenskapsrådets rapportserie 7:2011). Stockholm: The Swedish Research Council, 149-155. [Available at: http://www.vr.se/download/18.9b19d771342fcdf4fc8000676/Resultatdialog2011-utbildningsvetenskaplig-forskning.pdf]
Sundin, Olof, Helena Francke & Louise Limberg (2011). "Practicing Information Literacy in the Classroom: Policies, Instruction, and Grading." Dansk biblioteksforskning/Danish Library Research 7.2/3, 7-17. <http://www.danskbiblioteksforskning.dk/2011/nr2-3/Sundin.pdf>
Francke, Helena, Olof Sundin & Louise Limberg (2011). "Debating Credibility: The Shaping of Information Literacies in Upper Secondary School". Journal of Documentation 67.4, 675-694. See <http://bada.hb.se/handle/2320/8351>
Ph.D., Senior Lecturer