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Welcome to the School of Information Studies

The School of Information Studies has overall responsibility for the disciple of Library and Information Studies (LIS) at CSU. With around 2,000 students, the School is the leading provider of LIS education in Australia and one of the largest in the world, playing a key role in the information professions by providing high quality, innovative online education underpinned by outstanding research and scholarship.

Dr Sigrid McCausland

With great sadness, the School acknowledges the passing of Dr Sigrid McCausland on 30 November 2016. Dr McCausland was a Senior Lecturer in the School, joining CSU in 2009 to establish a new records and archives management specialisation as part of an expanded Information Studies curriculum. The development and growth of this specialisation has been remarkable success story, demonstrating Sigrid's deep expertise in archival science, her skills as an educator, and her enormous passion and commitment to the cause of archives education.

Sigrid contributed to the life of the School in many positive ways. More broadly, she was highly influential in the development of higher education for the records and archives sector and in the wider information world. Sigrid was recently conferred as a Fellow of the Australian Society of Archivists in recognition of her wonderful contribution to the archival profession over many years. In fact, Sigrid's contributions to the intellectual life of Australia were many and her research reflected her keen intellect and deep commitment to social justice. Her research focused on how archives and other cultural institutions interact with their publics. Her publications reflected this interest and included works on the history of archives and the archival profession, the use of Indigenous records, and records and archives education. Sigrid served as University Archivist at both the University of Technology, Sydney and the Australian National University, where she successfully spearheaded the fight to save the Noel Butlin Archives Centre, and later served as Education Officer for the Australian Society of Archivists.

We, her friends and colleagues at CSU, will always be thankful to Sigrid for her humour, her clear and insightful perspective on our work, her no-holds-barred approach to injustice, and for the example she set as a dedicated, consummate professional. Messages of condolence can be left at the School's Facebook page. Our thoughts are with Sigrid's partner, Phil Griffiths, and her family and many friends.


SIS programs receive Gold Reaccreditation from ALIA

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has granted Gold Reaccreditation to the School's three main programs, namely the Bachelor of Information Studies (BIS), the Master of Information Studies (MIS), and the Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship). The Reaccreditation is until December 2021 and covers both the generic BIS and MIS degrees as well as their specialisation awards; it also covers the Teacher Librarianship qualification, which has recently undergone a rigorous process of curriculum renewal. ALIA's Gold level of accreditation involves the scrutiny of a visiting Reaccreditation Panel.

Best Paper Award for Philip Hider

Congratulations to A/Prof Philip Hider for winning the Best Paper in Knowledge Organization A/Prof Philip Hider Award for volume 42, 2015. His article was entitled, "Survey of the Coverage and Methodologies of Schemas and Vocabularies Used to Describe Information Resources," and reported on the domain areas of the various metadata schemas and vocabularies published on the Web, and the methodological approaches employed in their development. Knowledge Organization is published by the International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO).


2016 Faculty Awards

2016 faculty awardsThe School was well represented in the 2016 Faculty Awards. Lecturer Asim Qayyum won an award for Professional Excellence, while our Teacher Librarianship academics, Judy O'Connell, Barbara Combes, Lee Fitzgerald and Kasey Garrison, won a team award for Academic Excellence in recognition of the work they put into their curriculum redesign. Furthermore, two of the School's former professional staff, Judy O'Connor and Tahnee Wise, both won awards for Performance Excellence. Judy and Tahnee still work closely with the School in the new Faculty of Arts and Education.

Pictured are some of the School's award winners and their supporters.

PhD student wins best poster prize at CoLIS

CoLISIn 2016 School of Information Studies doctoral student Alison Hicks was awarded a Faculty of Education resource grant to attend the CoLIS 9 conference (Conceptions of Library and Information Science) and the associated doctoral forum in Uppsala, Sweden. As a big fan of Scandinavian sociocultural research, Alison was very keen to develop a better understanding of current research in the area, while also getting to know some of the scholars whose work she has been reading. It was also a great opportunity for Alison to catch up with her principal supervisor, Annemaree Lloyd, who moved to Sweden in 2015 and with whom during the visit she was able to have some face to face supervision sessions.

Alison was also keen to use this opportunity to think about her own research on which she received useful feedback on her work at both the Doctoral Forum, as well as at the poster session where she presented an overview of her progress so far. At the conference dinner Alison was awarded the prize for the Best Poster- congratulations Alison! Finally, Alison would like to recommend attendance at CoLIS 10, which will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2019.

New Senior Lecturer joins SIS

Hamid JamaliDr Hamid R. Jamali has commenced with CSU as a senior lecturer in Information Studies. Hamid will initially be teaching in the area of information resources description and metadata. Hamid has a PhD from the University College London (UCL, UK), a Master of Arts (Information Science) from University of Tehran (Iran) and a BSc in Medical LIS from Kerman University of Medical Sciences (Iran). Hamid's doctoral research focused on information and communication behaviour of scientists. He has published in several journals such as JASIST, JDoc, IPM, JIS, Scientometrics and some other LIS journals. Before joining CSU, Hamid was a faculty member at the LIS department of Kharazmi University (Iran). He has the experience of working in both public libraries (Iran) and academic libraries (UK). Hamid has also worked as indexer of archival material, back-of-the-book indexer and abstract writer for scientific databases. His research is mainly focused on the areas of human-information interaction, information behaviour and scholarly communication.

Jessie Lymn awarded Council of Australian University Librarians/Australian Society of Authors Fellowship

J LymnCongratulations to Dr Jessie Lymn, Lecturer in the School of information Studies who has been awarded a 2016 CAUL/ASA Fellowship. She will use the funds to travel to Murdoch University Library in Perth to study their unique collection of science-fiction fanzines and correspondence. Dr Lymn will undertake a materials survey of the extensive collection and map the networks of correspondence, supporting the notion that zines are defined not just by their content, but by their materiality and their networks – that is, their practices. The project will result in a number of publications on the collection and a seminar and online publication for Murdoch University Library. The project aims to showcase the collection and highlight its importance to scholars of Australian literature, cultural studies and special collections.

Julie Lindsay's new book

the global educatorCongratulations to Adjunct Lecturer, Julie Lindsay, who has had a new book published: 'The Global Educator: Leveraging technology for collaborative learning and teaching'. The book (available as in both printed and electronic format) sets out essential pedagogical approaches and frameworks for global collaborative learning. It is also a collection of anecdotes, inspiring examples and 36 case studies featuring educators across K-12 and higher education. Senior Lecturer Judy O'Connell contributed a chapter on 'Leadership for global learning: A reflection on higher education experiences in Australia'.

SIS Professor elected as President of ASIS&T

The School of Information studies congratulates Professor Lisa Given who has been elected as incoming President of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T). ASIS&T seeks to advance the information sciences and related applications of information technology by providing focus, opportunity, and support to information professionals, researchers, students and organisations. As President, Professor Given will focus on deepening ASIS&T's engagement with members across borders and further encouraging the development of international Chapters. She will also seek to broaden the membership base across disciplines to extend ASIS&T's profile and reach, and to foster research capacity building and research leadership.

Kasey Garrison joins fans at the annual Children's Book Council of Australia conference

Last week our Children's Librarianship Coordinator and Lecturer Kasey Garrison joined book fans from across the country at the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) conference in Sydney.

"We had heaps of SIS students visit our table from across our courses and hopefully encouraged some new ones to come join the fun in the children's librarianship specialisation," Kasey said.

A highlight of the conference was the announcement of the CBCA's short lists for the Books of the Year. The winners will be announced during Book Week in August.

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 Alternatively (or in addition), you are invited to complete a questionnaire survey on the topic at 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.

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