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Welcome to the School of Information Studies

40 years of Library and Information Science Education

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

Prof Hider to lead consultations on new national learning & teaching repository

As part of his part-time secondment to the Office for Learning & Teaching (OLT), Philip Hider will lead a series of consultations on the possible options for a national learning and teaching repository that will support the work of OLT's successor, the National Learning and Teaching Institute. Co-leading the focus groups will be Pru Mitchell from the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), who is also an Adjunct Lecturer in the School. Focus groups will be held in four capital cities and online, as detailed below. If you are interested in participating in any of these sessions, please contact Helen Galatis, the Project Manager (who is also from ACER) at helen.galatis@acer.edu.au. Alternatively (or in addition), you are invited to complete a questionnaire survey on the topic at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NLTRepository. The survey is open until the end of April.

Face-to-face focus groups

Wednesday 6 April 2016 Brisbane

Time: 10.00-12.00
Venue: ACER Conference room, 75 Melbourne St South Brisbane, QLD

Thursday 7 April 2016 Canberra

Time: 2.00-4.00pm

Venue: Cliftons, Level 2, 10 Moore Street, Canberra, ACT

Wednesday 13 April 2016 Melbourne

Time: 10.00-12.00pm

Venue: ACER Keeves room, 19 Prospect Hill Road Camberwell, VIC

Thursday 14 April 2016 Sydney

Time: 2.00-4.00pm

Venue: Cliftons, Level 13, 60 Margaret Street, Sydney, NSW

Online focus group

Tuesday 12 April 2016 Webinar

Time: 12.30-1.30pm

Adobe Connect webinar

Wade Kelly awarded QPR Conference Scholarship

Wade KellyCongratulations to Wade Kelly, a PhD Candidate (supervised by Prof Lisa Given and Dr Mary Anne Kennan) in the School of Information Studies and the Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning & Education (RIPPLE) on winning the ResearchMaster Quality in Postgraduate Research (QPR) Conference Sponsorship. The award includes full conference registration, accommodation, and flight costs, to attend the QPR conference in Adelaide in April 2016. QPR is the world's largest & longest-standing conference on doctoral education. Wade received the award from a field of 130 postgraduate students from across Australia; his application detailed his research focus, which examines university-community engagement activities and research impact.

2015 Prize winners - School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University

Graduation signifies success in a particular part of a person's learning journey, and provides formal qualifications and accreditation to work in our industry. So each year we celebrate our students' graduation with joy. We also look forward to celebrating those students who throughout their study demonstrate an exceptional standard of work in our information studies courses.  Below we list and recognise the CSU prize winners for 2015.

ALIA Student Award - Michelle Allen - Bachelor of Information Studies (Information and Knowledge Management)

ALIA Student Award - Gabrielle Prior – Graduate Diploma in Information Studies

ALIA Student Award - Lara Ebbs – MEd (Teacher Librarianship)

Australian Society of Archivists - Margaret Jennings Award - Narelle Leonard - Bachelor of Information Studies (Records and Archives)

Institute for Information Management Prize - Michelle Allen - Bachelor of Information Studies (Information and Knowledge Management)

SAGE Research Prize - Katherine O'Neill - Master of Information Studies (Librarianship)

Zenith Postgraduate Information Studies Prize - Rickie-Lee Morey - Master of Information Studies, (Applied Research)

Zenith Postgraduate Teacher Librarianship Prize - Lara Ebbs - MEd (Teacher Librarianship)

Zenith Undergraduate Information Studies Prize - Susan Sturgess -Bachelor of Information Studies (Librarianship)

The following students received a Dean's Award of Excellence which is awarded to students who are enrolled in a minimum of 32 subject points in any faculty course and have achieved the level of distinction or above in all subjects studied in any one session for full-time students or in two successive sessions for part-time students.

2015 Recipients (Graduating Students):

Ms Narelle Leonard - Bachelor of Information Studies (Records and Archives Management)

Ms Sally Chik - Master of Information Studies (Community Informatics)

Ms Anna-Bella Silva - Master of Information Studies (Records and Archives Management)

2015 Recipients (Continuing Students):

Ms Sarah Garlick - Bachelor of Information Studies (Librarianship)

Ms Mardi Curcuruto - Bachelor of Information Studies (Librarianship)

Ms Lea Morton - Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship)

Ms Renee Grant - Master of Information Studies (Records and Archives Management)

Ms Sophie Gigas - Master of Information Studies.

 Prize winners 2015

Mary Anne Kennan, CSU; Judy Brooker, ALIA; Michelle Allen

Prize winners 2015

Mary Anne Kennan, CSU; Judy Brooker, ALIA; Gabrielle Prior

Prize winners 2015

Mary Anne Kennan, CSU; Rickie-Lee Morey

Prize winners 2015

Mary Anne Kennan, CSU; Susan Sturgess

Panel discussion to launch ARC project

Lisa GivenProfessor Lisa Given invites you to attend the online launch of the Australian Research Council-funded Library and Information Science Research Australia (LISRA) project on 10 March. A panel discussion comprised of leading library and information professionals and researchers will discuss the library and information professional as practitioner-researcher. They will critically consider the many opportunities and challenges in embracing practitioner-researcher as an approach to professional practice. Further details about the panel discussion can be found here.

Dr Jessie Lymn joins the School of Information Studies

Dr Jessie Lymn has commenced with CSU as a lecturer in Information Studies. Jessie will initially be teaching in the area of Collections and continuing in her existing research practices. Jessie has a PhD from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), a Master of Arts (Information & Knowledge Management) from UTS and a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) from the University of Adelaide. Jessie's doctoral research focused on the archival practices of subcultural communities and how these practices further temporal and spatial understandings of archives. She has published in Archives and Manuscripts, the Journal of Library Innovation, The Conversation and Artlink. Jessie has lectured and tutored in the Information Studies programs at both CSU and UTS. Jessie also extensive professional experience, including positions held as a Web Manager at the Australian Tax Office, Archivist at a small community archive, Data Archivist at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Data Archive, Information Management Consultant on an AusAID Pacific Governance project overseas, and prior to starting at CSU was a Research Officer at the UTS Centre for Local Government, with a research focus on public libraries.

OLT secondment for Philip Hider

Prof Philip Hider has been awarded a part-time secondment worth $150,000 by the Australian Government's Office for Learning & Teaching (OLT) to develop 'an effective, accessible and sustainable digital repository of OLT learning and teaching resources.' The secondment will build on a project that Prof Hider and his team completed in 2015 for the OLT, which reorganised and reindexed the OLT's online Resource Library. Other members of that project team will also be involved in this new project, including Pru Mitchell, Manager of Information Services at the Australian Council for Educational Research. The project aims to develop a costed proposal for a sustainable repository that meets the sector's needs and protects existing resources, as well as to engage stakeholders in the future of the repository and its assets. It will address sustainable solutions for a repository that is accessible, discoverable and usable, and that meets current standards for content, researcher identifiers, technical infrastructure, indexing, metadata, information architecture and archiving.

SIS @ CSU visits partners at HKU SPACE

The School of Information Studies has had a partnership with HKU Space (http://hkuspace.hku.hk/) to deliver the Bachelor and Master of Information Studies to students in Hong Kong for over 20 years. Each year staff in the School of Information Studies are privileged to join our graduating students in Hong Kong and to deliver an orientation and residential school for newly commencing students. On the 31st October, Drs Mary Carroll and Kim Thompson were very pleased to attend the 2015 graduation ceremony.

During the following week Drs Carroll and Thompson joined by Dr Mary Anne Kennan, conducted a busy teaching schedule in the evening , met with HKU SPACE staff, practitioners, students and HKU Space tutors and were lucky enough to visit a number of interesting and innovative library services . On Thursday the 5th of November Drs Kennan and Thompson delivered a well received and attended lectures at the Hong Kong Public Library. This event was organised by the Hong Kong Public Library Association (HKLA). It was a wonderful experience meeting the dedicated staff, tutors and enthusiastic students, who we wish interesting and enjoyable studies, followed by a wonderful career.

The visit concluded with a lunch celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University.

Hong Kong GraduationHong Kong 2015

Hong Kong DinnerHong Kong library visit

Top left: Graduation ceremony

Top right: Students doing small group work

Bottom left: Celebration with HKU Space tutors and staff of the SIS 40th anniversary

Bottom right: Dr Kim Thompson, Dr Mary Carroll, Dr Kan, Ms Annabelle Pang, Dr Mary Anne Kennan, Ms Ying Ying Lu 

Public lectures for the Hong Kong Library Association

On Thursday the 5th of November Drs Kim Thompson and Mary Anne Kennan were invited to deliver lectures to a public meeting of the Hong Kong Library Association. Kim's talk was title "Evidence-based Design of Library Services for Immigrants" and Mary Anne's "Open Access: Whipping boy for problems in scholarly communication?" based on a paper she co-authored with Dr Danny Kingsley, Head of Scholarly Communication at Cambridge University Library.  The lectures were well attended and well received and generated lively discussion. The School would like to thank the Hong Kong Library Association and HKUSpace for organising the lectures. 

 Hong Kong Library Association lectureHong Kong Library Association lecture

CSU Regional Archives/School of Information Studies Scholarship

CSURASince 2013 the School of Information Studies (SIS) has funded the cost of a scholarship at the CSU Regional Archives, for a student enrolled in either the Bachelor or Masters of Information Studies course. 

The summer scholarship program has been running successfully at the CSU Regional Archives since 1997, and originally targeted undergraduate students who were keen to use an archival collection to produce a research report. However, in recent years the Archives has opened the scholarship up to Information Studies students giving them an opportunity to gain some practical experience in working on archival collections in an archival setting. 

CSURA itemsStudents are encouraged (with the help and supervision of professional archival staff) to locate a collection which is of interest and has yet to be processed. They are then expected to produce an archival finding aid, an administrative history of the collection, a written report of their scholarship experience and deliver a presentation. Importantly, the students are able to learn and apply the archival principles of arrangement and description, sentencing and disposal on the chosen collection.

Applications for the CSURA/SIS scholarship will be open in November & December 2015. The scholarship is offered on a competitive basis and is open to all students enrolled in an Information Studies course. Applicants are required to provide the names of two academics who support their application, a copy of their most recent transcript and a brief statement outlining how they will benefit from undertaking the scholarship.For more detailed information on applying for the scholarship, and past scholar's reports please visit: http://www.csu.edu.au/research/archives/summer-scholarships

SIS @ CSU 40th anniversary celebrations

In 2015 School of Information Studies (SIS) celebrates its 40th anniversary. SIS, under a slightly different name, was set up to teach librarianship in 1974 and began teaching in 1975 as a part of the Riverina College of Advanced Education (RCAE).  In 1984, the institution changed its name to Riverina Murray Institute of Higher Education (RMIHE) and with that change, and mergers with new colleges, came the introduction of teacher librarianship. From the RMHIE, Charles Sturt University (CSU) was established in 1989.

Through all those years SIS under one name or another has remained, teaching initially librarianship then teacher librarianship, then adding other information specialisations such as records and archives, information architecture, knowledge management and so forth. 

To celebrate, SIS has been hosting 40th anniversary celebrations in Melbourne and Sydney, to coincide with our study visits. The celebrations have involved a panel of our professional and passionate alumni sharing their thoughts on the information professions, looking forward and looking back, with guests consisting of other alumni, special guests from the information professions, staff and students.

We were fortunate to be able to hold our celebrations in two iconic buildings for the library profession in Australia, the Queen's Hall, State Library of Victoria, and The Dixson Room, State Library of New South Wales.

We'd like to thank all who attended to help us celebrate our 40th, especially our curious and passionate panellists:

From Melbourne: SIS 40 - SLV

Nicky Hayward-Wright, Manager, Knowledge and Capability & Culture,  GS1 Australia

Troy Watson, Manager, Library and Learning, Moonee Valley Libraries

Pru Mitchell, Manager of Information Services, Australian Council for Educational Research

Paula Kelly, Manager, Learning Communities at Hobsons Bay City Council

From Sydney: SIS 40 - SLNSW                    

Beatriz Aroche, Library Manager, TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute

Kathy Tritsaris, Team leader, Surry Hill Library, City of Sydney

Mylee Joseph, Consultant, Public Libraries and Engagement Division, State Library of NSW

Claire McKenzie, Outreach Librarian, Humanities, Creative Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW Library

SLV CakeSLNSW Cake

Lisa Given honoured with Vice-Chancellor award for Research Supervision Excellence

On Wednesday, 5 August Prof Lisa Given was honoured with the Charles Sturt University Vice-Chancellor Award for Research Supervision Excellence. This award recognises an exceptional record supervising higher degree by research students, measured in terms of feedback from students and/or graduates, time for completion, research publications of current and previous students, and levels of assessment by examiners.

Prof Given expresses many thanks to the current and former doctoral students who nominated her for this award! 

SIS success at the 2015 Faculty and Division awards

The School of Information Studies made an excellent showing at the CSU Faculty and Division Awards in 2015. At the ceremony Ms Tanya Tye, School Office Manager, received an award for performance excellence. Tanya's performance has been exceptionally high for many years, but has been particularly outstanding in the past three, since appointed Office Manager. In this time, Tanya developed a very cohesive and extremely effective team of administrative support staff, leading very much by example, with a commitment to the functioning of the School's operations that far exceeds the call of duty. As School Office Manager, Tanya has contributed numerous innovations that have both increased efficiencies and improved the effectiveness of the School's activities. Tanya's meticulous approach and careful planning has been important for the School and contributes enormously to the School's teaching and courses.

Also awarded although unable to be present was Dr Barbara Combes who received an award for Academic Excellence. Since joining the School in 2012  Barbara has demonstrated academic excellence in many ways, including delivering a range of teacher librarianship subjects to a high standard, and in a very collegial fashion, drawing on her considerable academic and professional experience and expertise. Barbara has also achieved significant and tangible results as a teaching-professional academic, most notably as President of the Western Australian School Library Association, which has been running strong professional development and advocacy programs under her leadership, and as Secretary of the Literacy and Reading Section of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) with Barbara organising the Section's program at the annual World Library and Information Congress.

SIS staff also received a number of awards for teaching excellence: Dr Jennie Bales; Marion Bannister; Carole Gerts; Giuseppe Giovenco; and, Penny Whitten all received well deserved awards. Each of these people bring passion, commitment, enthusiasm and professionalism to their teaching and their colleagues and students value their contributions enormously.

SIS @ CSU jointly hosts the 12th annual meeting of the Document Academy

From 20 to 22 July 2015, the School of Information Studies at CSU, jointly with the Faculty of the Arts and Social Sciences at UTS, hosted the 12th annual meeting of the Document Academy (DOCAM 2015).  Conference co-chairs were Paul Scifleet from Swinburne University, Maureen Henninger from UTS, and Mary Anne Kennan from CSU. DOCAM conferences provide a unique multidisciplinary space for reporting experimental and critical research on the concept of the document and documentation, with participants from fields as diverse as information, media, museum, archives, culture, and science studies.  Delegates came from 16 countries and papers were innovative and exciting. The keynote speaker, Professor Geoffrey Bowker (pictured top right), opened the conference with a challenge to participants to think beyond boundaries, to question and explore. Professor Bowker is the Director of the Laboratory for Values in Design in Information Systems and Technology at the School of Information and Computer Science, University of California.

 

Left: CSU staff member Dr Sigrid McCausland at the DOCAM registration desk.

Right: DOCAM attendees 

Waseem Afzal awarded research grant

The School of Information Studies congratulates Dr. Waseem Afzal who has won a research grant funded by the Australian Army. This research project will examine 'how properties of information in a connected informational terrain influence public perception'.  We look forward to reading about the results! 

New ARC Linkage funding for Lisa Given

Information Seeking and Research Adoption: Assessing Communication Strategies

Congratulations to Professor Lisa Given, who will lead a study funded by the Australian Research Council ($191,394 over two years) aiming to change the way the Australian wine industry puts research into practice. The project's co-investigator is Professor Alain Deloire, Director of the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre (an alliance between CSU, the NSW Department of Primary Industries and the NSW Wine Industry Association).

Industry Partners include the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning; Australian Wine Research Institute; Wine Grape Marketing Board; Australian Grape and Wine Authority; Cumulus Estate Wines; Philip Shaw Wines; McWilliam's Wines; Lallemand Australia; Treasury Wine Estates Vintners Ltd; De Bortoli Wines; and Jarrett Agricultural Trust.

For more information: CSU media release

Lisa Given- WIN News 

Studying 'Research' in Australia's Library and Information Profession

Lisa is also co-investigator on another ARC Linkage project led by Professor Helen Partridge from the University of Southern Queensland, along with industry partners, the Australian Library and Information Association and State Library of New South Wales. This three-year ($219,959) project will help Australian libraries contribute in a more powerful way to national productivity by developing a national database of research evidence and creating a framework to help professionals to make tough decisions.

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