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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

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.

 SIS student wins archives scholarship

Nathan Sentance, a Bachelor of Information Studies student, has won one of two Loris Williams Scholarships offered by the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) in 2015 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who wish to train for careers in archives and records management. Scholarship winners receive financial assistance and mentoring support from the ASA. The Scholarship is named after Loris Williams who was an Aboriginal woman of Mulinjali (Beaudesert, South East Queensland) descent through her father, and Birri Gubba (Ayr, North Queensland) descent through her mother. She was the first Aboriginal person from Queensland to gain professional archival qualifications and only the second Aboriginal person to do so.

Nathan is a Wiradjuri descendant from the Wellington area in NSW and he works in the Indigenous Services Branch of the State Library of New South Wales. He hopes to make a difference to knowledge of Indigenous intellectual property issues and to improve access to archives for Indigenous people.

Congratulations Nathan!

Further information is available from the Australian Society of Archivists at:

Judy O'Connell elected as Standing Committee member of IFLA School Libraries Section

SIS extends its congratulations to Courses Director Judy O'Connell who has been elected as a Standing Committee member of the School Libraries Section for the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). Her term of office will commence at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress August 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa, and runs to August 2019. 

The School Libraries Section concerns itself with the improvement and development of school libraries and resource centres worldwide, especially advocacy for qualified and adequate staffing. It provides an international forum for exchanging ideas, experiences, research results and advocacy. As the School of Information Studies delivers the largest school library program in the Southern Hemisphere, the Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship), this involvement in advocacy and international developments will be valuable for the School and also the discipline in Australia. 

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).

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