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Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Professor Lisa Given Professor Lisa M Given

BA, BEd, MLIS, PhD University of Western Ontario

My personal website is lisagiven.com.

Lisa M. Given is Professor of Information Studies and a member of the Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education at Charles Sturt University (Faculty of Education, Wagga Wagga). She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Faculties of Arts (Humanities Computing) and Education at the University of Alberta, Canada. A former Director (and now a Distinguished Scholar) of the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, Lisa holds research grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) and other agencies. She has received numerous research awards and has published widely on topics related to individuals' information behaviours and qualitative inquiry. Her most recent book is titled 100 Questions (and Answers) About Qualitative Research (Sage Publications). Lisa received her Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada.

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Lisa's research interests are interdisciplinary in nature, exploring the social construction of knowledge, research engagement and impact, user technology assessment, information literacy, qualitative inquiry and information issues in the context of higher education. Current projects include the ARC-funded studies "Information seeking & research adoption: Assessing communication strategies" and "Assessing Library and Information Studies Research Networks." She has published more than 110 books, chapters, articles and reports. Lisa is editor of The Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods (2008) and author of 100 Questions (and Answers) About Qualitative Research. (2015). 

Selected Research Grants (2010-2015):

Year Amount Project Granting Agency
2015 $191,394 Information seeking & research adoption: Assessing communication strategies Australian Research Council
2015 $219,959 Assessing Library and Information Studies Research Networks Australian Research Council
2013 $100,000 A systematic review of social media for children and youth with mental health conditions Canadian Institutes of Health Research
2013 $100,000 Engaging Aboriginal youth in tobacco prevention using social media Canadian Institutes of Health Research
2012 $100,000 Engaging Aboriginal youth in tobacco prevention using social media Canadian Institutes of Health Research
2011 $463,971 Interacting with knowledge, interacting with people: Web searching in early childhood Australian Research Council
2011 $1.6 million TREKK: Translating emergency knowledge for kids Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada
2010 $164,022 Just what do they do? Studying the usage of online text analysis tools Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada
2010 $99,989 H1N1 knowledge translation for pregnant women & seniors Canadian Institutes for Health Research

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Lisa currently supervises 1 Honours, 1 Masters, and 9 PhD students on such topics as information behaviour, information literacy, web usability, qualitative inquiry and social construction of identity, among others.

Doctoral Dissertation/Thesis – Principal Supervision

  • Caroline Love, Agriculture, Charles Sturt University, Australia (PhD) – "Why do irrigators trade water?" (in progress)
  • Wade Kelly, Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, Australia (PhD) – "Outreach activities of early career academics: An interdisciplinary cross-cultural examination of alternative research dissemination pressures and priorities" (in progress)
  • Jo Huckel, Education, Charles Sturt University, Australia (PhD) – "Strategies for managing student behaviour in the secondary school classroom" (in progress)
  • Wes Ward, Environmental Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Australia (PhD) – "Communication for agricultural development in South East Asia: Pathways, problems and possibilities (in progress)
  • Rebekah Willson, Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, Australia (PhD) – "Information in transition: Examining information behaviour of university faculty as they transition in academe" (in progress)
  • Wendy De Luca, Education, Charles Sturt University (PhD), Australia – "Ethics training in the Australian military" (in progress)
  • Theresa Schindel, Library & Information Studies and Educational Policy Studies, University of Alberta, Canada (PhD) – "Pharmacists' information behaviours and professional identities" (in progress)
  • Jacob Wallis, Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, Australia (PhD) – "#digitalactivism: Networks, new media and political action" (completed 2014)
  • Kristie Saumure, Library & Information Studies and Psychology, University of Alberta, Canada (PhD) – "Motivation and the information behaviours of online learning students: The case of a professionally-oriented graduate program" (completed 2010)

Doctoral Dissertation/Thesis – Supervisory, Candidacy & Examining Committees

  • James Purkis, Education, Charles Sturt University, Australia (PhD) – "Exploring the relationship between high school students' use of digital technology at home and school (endorsement committee; in progress)
  • Alison Hicks, Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, Australia (PhD) – "Information literacy in a time of transition: An investigation of the year abroad program" (co-supervisor; in progress)
  • Deborah Hicks, Educational Policy Studies, University of Alberta, Canada (PhD) – "The construction of librarians' professional identities: A discourse analysis" (supervisory committee; in progress)
  • Kathleen Mahon, Education, Charles Sturt University, Australia (PhD) – "Critical pedagogical praxis in higher education" (co-supervisor; completed 2014)
  • Paul Kloppenburg, Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, Australia (PhD) – "TAFE libraries and the scholarly information needs of higher education students: A multiple case study" (candidacy committee; completed 2014)
  • Matthew Griffis, Library and Information Studies, University of Western Ontario, Canada (PhD) – "Space, power and the public library: A multicase examination of the public library as organization space" (supervisory committee; completed 2013)
  • Helena Lam, Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, Australia (DInfoMgmt) – (examination committee; completed 2011)
  • Shelagh Genuis, Library & Information Studies and Nursing, University of Alberta, Canada (PhD) – "Making sense of changing and controversial health information: Exploring the information behaviours of ordinary women and health professionals" (supervisory committee; completed 2011)
  • Katherine Tamminen, Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta, Canada (PhD) – "Learning to cope among adolescent athletes" (candidacy & examining committees; completed 2011)
  • Elizabeth Domm, Nursing, University of Alberta, Canada (PhD) – "Exploring medication safety with a restorative approach" (supervisory committee; completed 2010)
  • Shelagh Dunn, Educational Psychology, University of Alberta, Canada (PhD) – "Upstanders: Student experiences of intervening to stop bullying" (candidacy & examining committees; completed 2009)
  • Michele McIntosh, Nursing, University of Alberta, Canada (PhD) – "Ethical issues in qualitative research: Participants' perspectives" (candidacy committee; completed 2008)
  • Reza Sherkat, Computing Science, University of Alberta, Canada (PhD) – "Similarity queries over archival data" (examining committee; completed 2007)

Masters Thesis – Principal Supervision

  • Sophia Hoosein, Library & Information Studies and Humanities Computing, University of Alberta, Canada (MLIS/MA) – "Older adults and government information" (in progress)
  • Ali Grotkowski, Library & Information Studies and Humanities Computing, University of Alberta, Canada (MLIS/MA) – "Dissemination of information on HIV/AIDS" (in progress)
  • Sophia Hoosein, Library & Information Studies and Humanities Computing, University of Alberta, Canada (MLIS/MA); (in progress)
  • Jorden Smith, Library & Information Studies, University of Alberta, Canada (MLIS) – "Examining secondary school teachers' understanding of information literacy" (completed 2011)
  • Chantal Ritcey, Library & Information Studies, University of Alberta, Canada (MLIS) – "Representations of Aboriginal women in pregnancy information sources: A critical discourse analysis" (completed 2010)
  • Piotr Organisciak, Humanities Computing, University of Alberta, Canada (MA) – "Why bother? Examining the motivations of users in large-scale crowd-powered online initiatives" (completed 2010)
  • Hannah Goa, Human Ecology, University of Alberta, Canada (MA) – "The construction of poverty in the Income and Employment Supports Acts and Alberta Works" (completed 2010)
  • Martina King, Library & Information Studies and Humanities Computing, University of Alberta, Canada (MLIS/MA) – "Is what you see what you get? Exploring the role of virtual reference icons on academic library websites" (completed 2009)
  • Janice Trueman, Humanities Computing, University of Alberta, Canada (MA) – "Is EHR the cure? An examination of the implementation of an electronic health record in Alberta" (completed 2009)
  • Rhiannon Gainor, Library & Information Studies and Humanities Computing, University of Alberta, Canada (MLIS/MA) – "The nature of leisure information behaviours in hobby needlework websites" (completed 2008)
  • Heather Simpson, Library & Information Studies and Humanities Computing, University of Alberta, Canada (MLIS/MA) – "Mapping users' activities and space preferences in the academic business library" (completed 2007)
  • Markus Wust, Library & Information Studies and Humanities Computing, University of Alberta, Canada (MLIS/MA) – "Attitudes of university researchers in the field of education towards institutional repositories" (completed 2006)
  • Kathy Wang, Humanities Computing, University of Alberta, Canada (MA) – "Information behaviours in the digital environment: A case study of humanities and social science scholars" (completed 2005)

Masters Thesis – Committees

  • Aidan Ruja, Biomedical Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Australia (MAppSc) – "An analysis of adolescent vaccination in country New South Wales: Are the deciding factors affecting vaccination of adolescents differently in rural areas?" (in progress)
  • Eric Forcier, Library & Information Studies and Humanities Computing, University of Alberta, Canada (MLIS/MA) - "The shoemaker's son: A substantive theory of social media use for knowledge sharing in academic libraries" (completed 2013)
  • Jacki Whitford, Occupational Therapy, University of Alberta, Canada (MSc) – "The strength of the evidence for serial splinting and serial casting as treatment for elbow contractures in burn patients: A systematic Critical Literature Review" (completed 2011)
  • Nathania van Kuik Fast, Speech Language Pathology, University of Alberta, Canada (MSc) – "Coping strategies used by children who stutter in response to teasing and bullying" (completed 2010)
  • Kathleen Reed, Library & Information Studies and Humanities Computing, University of Alberta, Canada (MLIS/MA) – "Positioning volunteer tourists in Thailand: Effects and implications for information behaviour" (completed 2010)
  • Andrew Keenan, Library & Information Studies and Humanities Computing, University of Alberta, Canada (MLIS/MA) – "Discourses of Information" (completed 2009)
  • Jing Zhou, Humanities Computing, University of Alberta, Canada (MA) – "English Chinese Kindergartens: A Location Allocation Project" (completed 2006)
  • Marcia McLean, Human Ecology, University of Alberta, Canada (MA) – "Home sewing and the construction of feminine identities in Alberta 1950-1970" (completed 2005)
  • Johanna Jurkola, Human Ecology, University of Alberta, Canada (MSc) – "Treading lightly on the environment: Using Second World War fabric saving and clothing reuse techniques to inform contemporary women's clothing design" (completed 2003)

Masters Project – Supervision

  • Linda Lowry, Communications and Technology, University of Alberta, Canada (MA) – "Interaction and knowledge exchange among academic business librarians in Ontario: A mixed methods inquiry" (completed 2005)

Honours (Undergraduate) Thesis – Co-supervision

  • Eleanora Hodgkinson, Animal and Veterinary Science, Charles Sturt University, Australia (AHS, Hons) – "The 'Farmers Connect' website: A usability study." (in progress)

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Lisa is a former member of the College of the Australian Research Council. She has been very active in contributing to international policy and dialogue on research ethics, serving on the Council of Canadian Academies' Expert Panel on Research Integrity and on Canada's Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics. She has also served regularly as an expert witness examining the credibility of internet resources, including providing testimony at Canada's Federal Court. Lisa is a former President of the Canadian Association for Information Science, served as Secretary/Treasurer for the Association for Library and Information Science Education, and has served on a number of committees and editorial boards, including the Australian Library and Information Association.

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Selected Publications (2010-2015)

Books

  • Given, Lisa M. 2015. 100 Questions (and Answers) About Qualitative Research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Leckie, Gloria J., Lisa M. Given, and John Buschman [eds.]. 2010. Critical theory for library and information science: Exploring the social from across the disciplines. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited

Edited Encyclopedias

  • Given, Lisa M., ed. 2008. The Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods (2 volumes; 1014 pages). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Chapters in Books

  • Given, Lisa M. 2013. "Foreword." In Research Methods: Information, Systems and Contexts, edited by Kirsty Williamson and Graeme Johanson, xvii-xxii. Prahran, VIC: Tilde University Press.
  • Williamson, Kirsty, Lisa M. Given and Paul Scifleet. 2013. "Qualitative data analysis." In Research Methods: Information, Systems, and Contexts, edited by Kirsty Williamson and Graeme Johanson, 417-439. Prahran, VIC: Tilde University Press.
  • Given, Lisa M. 2012. "Foreword." In Duoethnography: Dialogic Methods for Social, Health, and Educational Research, edited by Joe Norris, Rick Sawyer and Darren Lund, 7-8. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.
  • Given, Lisa M., and Dinesh Rathi. 2011. "Market research 2.0: An inclusive approach to understanding customers' needs." In Innovations in SMEs and Conducting E-business: Technologies, Trends and Solutions, edited by Maria Manuela Cruz-Cunha and João Varajão, 169-186. Hershey, PA: Business Science Reference, IGI Global Publishing.
  • Rathi, Dinesh, and Lisa M. Given. 2011. "Designing digital marketplaces for competitive advantage." In E-business issues, challenges and opportunities for SMEs: Driving Competitiveness, Volume 1, edited by Maria Manuela Cruz-Cunha and João Varajão, 1-19. Hershey, PA: Business Science Reference, IGI Global Publishing.
  • Rathi, Dinesh and Lisa M. Given. 2011. "Designing Digital Marketplaces for Competitive Advantage." In Global Business: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications. 4 vols, edited by Information Resources Management Association, USA, 468-486 (2011).
  • Leckie, Gloria J., and Lisa M. Given. 2010. "Henri Lefebvre and spatial dialectics." In Critical Theory for Library and Information Science: Exploring the Social from Across the Disciplines, edited by Gloria Leckie, Lisa M. Given and John Buschman, 221-236. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited

Journal Articles & Conference Proceedings

  • Archibald, Heather, and Lisa M. Given. 2015. Visual traffic sweeps (VTS): A research method for mapping user activities in the library space. Library and Information Science Research. 37(2):100-108.
  • Thorpe, Karen, Julie Hansen, Susan Danby, Filzah Mohamed Zaki, Sandra Grant, Sandy Houen, Christina Davidson, and Lisa M. Given. 2015. "Digital access to knowledge in the preschool classroom: Reports from Australia." Early Childhood Research Quarterly 32:174-182.
  • Rathi, Dinesh, Lisa M. Given, and Eric Forcier. 2014. "Interorganisational partnerships and knowledge sharing: The perspective of non-profit organisations (NPOs)." Journal of Knowledge Management 18(5):867-885.
  • Hider, Philip, Lisa M. Given, and Paul Scifleet. 2014. "Community information portals: Content and design issues for information access." Library Hi-Tech 32(3):435-449.
  • Davidson, Christina, Susan K. Danby, Lisa M. Given, and Karen Thorpe. 2014. "Talk about a YouTube video in preschool: The mutual production of shared understanding for learning with digital technology. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood 39(3):76-83.
  • Willson, Rebekah (Becky) and Lisa M. Given. 2014. "Student search behaviour in an online public access catalogue: An examination of 'searching mental models' and 'searcher self-concept'." Information Research 19(3). Available at: http://informationr.net/ir/19-3/paper640.html
  • Rathi, Dinesh, Lisa M. Given, and Eric Forcier. 2014. "Understanding the types of knowledge representations to meet non-profit organisations' knowledge needs." Connecting Collections, Cultures and Communities – the 77th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology. Seattle WA, USA, November.
  • Given, Lisa M., Denise Cantrell Winkler, Rebekah Willson, Christina Davidson, Susan Danby, and Karen Thorpe. 2014. "Documenting young children's technology use: Observations in the home." Connecting Collections, Cultures and Communities – the 77th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology. Seattle WA, USA, November.
  • Scott, Shannon, Lisa M. Given, Lauren Albrecht, Lisa Hartling, David W. Johnson, Mona Jabbour, and Terry P. Klassen. 2014. "Information needs and preferences of health care providers and health care consumers in 32 general emergency departments in Canada: Findings from the Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK) Knowledge Mobilization Initiative (abstract)." Academic Emergency Medicine 21(supplement s1), 196. Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Annual Meeting, Dallas TX, USA, May.
  • Schindel, Teresa J., and Lisa M. Given. 2014. "'Collaboration' is the new black: Independent pharmacist prescribing in a collaborative environment." Connecting Across Borders: Globalization and Information Science Research – the 42nd Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science. St. Catharines ON, Canada, May.
  • Kelly, Wade and Lisa M. Given. 2014. "Sexual and gender minority information behaviour and deficits: A case for increased access in a rural context." Connecting Across Borders: Globalization and Information Science Research – the 42nd Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science. St. Catharines ON, Canada, May.
  • Rathi, Dinesh, Lisa M. Given, Eric Forcier and Sarah Vela. 2014. "Every task its tool, every tool its task: Social media use in Canadian non-profit organizations." Connecting Across Borders: Globalization and Information Science Research – the 42nd Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science. St. Catharines ON, Canada, May.
  • Vela, Sarah, Eric Forcier, Dinesh Rathi, and Lisa M. Given. 2014. "Disseminating, assimilating and creating: A social knowledge cycle model for non-profit organizations." Connecting Across Borders: Globalization and Information Science Research – the 42nd Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science. St. Catharines ON, Canada, May.
  • Liu, Ying-Hsang, Paul Scifleet and Lisa M. Given. 2014. "Contexts of information seeking in self-tracking and the design of lifelogging systems." Proceedings of the iConference Workshop – Beyond Single-Shot Text Queries: Bridging the Gap(s) Between Research Communities. Berlin, Germany, March. http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1131/mindthegap14_5.pdf
  • Burford, Sally and Lisa M. Given. 2013. "The practitioners of web information architecture in small and medium enterprises." Journal of Information Architecture 5(1-2): 25-44. http://journalofia.org/volume5/issue2/04-burford/
  • Forcier, Eric, Dinesh Rathi, and Lisa M. Given. 2013. "Knowledge management and social media: A case study of two public libraries in Canada." Journal of Information and Knowledge Management 12(4). http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/S0219649213500391
  • Julien, Heidi, Lisa M. Given, and Anna Opryshko. 2013. "Photovoice: A promising method for studies of individuals' information practices." Library and Information Science Research 35(4):257-263.
  • Danby, Susan, Christina Davidson, Maryanne Theobald, Brooke Scriven, Charlotte Cobb-Moore, Sandy Houen, Sandra Grant, Lisa M. Given, and Karen Thorpe. 2013. "Talk in activity during young children's use of digital technologies at home." Australian Journal of Communication 40(2):83-100.
  • Schindel, Theresa J., and Lisa M. Given. 2013. "The pharmacist as prescriber: A discourse analysis of Canadian newspaper media." Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy 9(4):384-395.
  • Hamm, Michele P., Annabritt Chisholm, Jocelyn Shulhan, Andrea Milne, Shannon D. Scott, Lisa M. Given, and Lisa Hartling. 2013. "A scoping review of the use of social media in patient and caregiver populations." British Medical Journal Open 3(5). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-002819
  • Smith, Jorden K., Lisa M. Given, Heidi Julien, Dana Ouellette and Kathleen DeLong. 2013. "Information literacy proficiency: Assessing the gap in high school students' readiness for undergraduate academic work." Library and Information Science Research 35(2):88-96.
  • Hicks, Deborah, and Lisa M. Given. 2013. "'Principled, transformational leadership:' Analysing the discourse of leadership in the development of core competences of librarianship." Library Quarterly 83(1):7-25.
  • Given, Lisa M., Eric Forcier, and Dinesh Rathi. 2013. "Social media and community knowledge: An ideal partnership for non-profit organizations." Proceedings of the Association for Information Science & Technology Annual Conference. Montreal, Canada, November.
  • Willson, Rebekah and Lisa M. Given. 2010. "The effect of spelling and information retrieval system familiarity on search behavior in Online Public Access Catalogs: A mixed methodology study." Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 61(12):2461-2476.
  • Given, Lisa M., and Lianne McTavish. 2010. "What's old is new again: The reconvergence of libraries, museums and archives in the digital age." Library Quarterly [special issue on digital convergence] 80(1):7-32.
  • Rathi, Dinesh, and Lisa M. Given. 2010. "Research 2.0: A framework for qualitative and quantitative research in Web 2.0 environments." IEEE Archive – The 43rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Hawaii, USA, January. http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/ HICSS.2010.317

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