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Welcome to the School of Information Studies

Celebrating 40 years of LIS education @ CSU

The School of Information Studies has overall responsibility for the courses and research undertaken at CSU in the field of Library and Information Science (LIS). With over 2,000 students, the School is the leading provider of LIS education in Australia.

News from the school

Kasey Garrison wins the Virginia Hamilton Essay Honor Award

Lecturer Kasey Garrison's article, 'Curation in Translation: Promoting Global Citizenship through Literature', has won the 2015 Virginia Hamilton Essay Honor Award. The article was co-authored by Danielle E. Forest and Sue C. Kimmel, and was published in School Libraries Worldwide (vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 70-96). Established in 1991, the Virginia Hamilton Essay Award recognizes journal articles which make a significant contribution to professional literature concerning multicultural literary experiences for youth. The award is given annually at the Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature, the longest running conference dedicated to multicultural literature for youth in the US.

New book by Kim Thompson and colleagues

Dr Kim M. Thompson had recently published a book with Rowman & Littlefield entitled Digital Literacy and Digital Inclusion: Information Policy and the Public Library. Her co-authors are Paul T. Jaeger, Natalie Greene Taylor, Mega Subramaniam and John Carlo Bertot, all from the University of Maryland Information Policy and Access Center.

Digital Literacy and Digital Inclusion: Information Policy and the Public Library examines the interrelationships between digital literacy, digital inclusion, and public policy, emphasizing the impacts of these policy decisions on the ability of individuals and communities to successfully participate in the information society. This book is the first detailed consideration of digital literacy and digital inclusion as policy problems and as core issues in information policy and libraries.

New book by Lisa Given

Professor Lisa Given has recently had a new book on qualitative research published by Sage, 100 Questions (and Answers) About Qualitative Research

Exploring 100 key questions (and answers) on the nature and practice of qualitative inquiry, this unique book addresses the practical decisions that researchers must make in their work, from the design of the study, through ethics approval, implementation, and writing. The book's quick-scan, question-and-answer format make it ideal as a supplementary text or as a ready reference for graduate students preparing for comprehensive exams and writing research proposals, undergraduates in affiliated programs who will not be taking a primary course in qualitative research methods, and researchers working across disciplines in academic or practice environments. 

PhD students graduate

The School is proud to celebrate the graduation of three of our newest Doctors of Philosophy.

The research topics of the new graduates demonstrate the variety of research and work in our field as do their range of information backgrounds: Julia is a teacher librarian, Lily works in a special library, and Jake is an information studies academic. Our hearty congratulations to:

Dr Julia Bale. Supervisors: Drs Kirsty Williamson and Joy McGregor

Thesis: An investigation of the information-seeking preferences of secondary school teachers

Dr Lily Gao. Supervisors: A/Prof Philip Hider, Dr Lisa Soon and Dr Mary Anne Kennan,

Thesis: Information Seeking and Use of Chinese Offshore Students Studying in Australian University Programs.

Dr Jake Wallis. Supervisors: Prof Lisa Given and Dr Mary Anne Kennan

Thesis: Digital activism: Networks, new media and political action.

Congratulations to Dr Lily Gao, Dr Jake Wallis and Dr Julia Bale.

Announcing DOCAM 2015: "Documents Unbounded"

Senior Lecturer in the School, Mary Anne Kennan, is co-chair of the this conference to be held in Sydney next year. Check out the website for further information.

The 12th annual international Conference of the Document Academy

The Document Academy's 12th annual meeting, DOCAM '15 will be taking place from July 20-22, 2015 at the University of Technology's Broadway campus in Sydney, Australia. It will be the first DOCAM to be held in the antipodes! The international Document Academy conference provides a unique multidisciplinary space for reporting experimental and critical research on the concept of the document and documentation in the widest sense.  Participants draw on scholarly traditions and experiences from the arts, humanities, social sciences, education, and natural science, and come from fields as diverse as information, media, museum, archives, culture, and science studies.

In 2015 we will come together under the theme of "Documents Unbounded" to examine the challenges ahead, as our understanding of data, documents, records, artefacts, evidence and memory, form in the continuously changing landscape of new media and communications. DOCAM 2015 will be jointly hosted by the IKM and Digital Studies Program University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and School of information Studies at Charles Sturt University (CSU).

For more information about the conference and the call for proposals, visit the DOCAM'15 website at or join us on Facebook at:  and follow us on Twitter at:

CSU team wins 2014 ALIA Research Grant Award

Research project: Natural Search User Interfaces for Complex Biomedical Search

Congratulations to Dr Ying-Hsang Liu who led a CSU Team (with Marijana Bacic, Paul Thomas and Tom Gedeon) which is the recipient of the 2014 ALIA Research Grant Award that will focus on the design of search interfaces.

The practice of using controlled vocabularies, such as MeSH (Medical Subject Headings), costs millions of dollars, however, the usefulness of these terms for information search has not been rigorously evaluated in interactive search environments.

The research team will conduct a series of user experiments to inform the design of search interfaces which could guide the development of better information retrieval for experts in the biomedical domain.

Anyone interested in further information about the project is invited to contact Dr Liu:

Course Director keynotes at EDUTECH

Course Director Judy O'Connell presented a keynote at the EDUTECH national conference in Brisbane on June 3, addressing an audience of K-12 educators, leaders and library managers, as well as leaders and technology managers in higher education, VET and workplace learning. Chaired by Adam Spencer, Judy's  session set the scene for Sir Ken Robinson's plenary session on Day One. The focus for the conference was on the changing demands in learning needs, delivery, and pedagogical shifts that underpin the world of 21st century learning. Judy's presentation responded to the changing contexts of the information environment and influences on learning designs, providing a summary of key features, ranging from access to influences on areas as diverse as creativity, knowledge networks, and information architecture which underpins digital innovation. The slides for the presentation are available online

Lecturer wins CALA Jing Liao Award

Congratulations to SIS Lecturer, Dr George Yi, who has won the Chinese American Librarians Association's Jing Liao Award for the Best Research in All Media for 2014, with his paper, 'Setting goals for change in the information age: Approaches of academic library directors in the USA,' published last year in Library Management 34 (1/2): 5-19. The citation comments that 'the article provides a useful overview on how the directors set goals for change, the approaches they used, and the factors that influenced their decisions. It should be beneficial to current and future library directors, managers, and librarians alike to gain an understanding of the administrative/operational skills that required for academic library directors.' The CALA Jing Liao Award was established in 2011 to honour the memory of the late CALA member, Jing Liao, a devoted and accomplished librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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